Called the Faceless Woman by some and the Faceless One by others who were unconvinced of its gender, the specter supposedly haunted the upper levels of the Grand Hotel from May to August every year. It supposedly would not cross the brass line in the ground next to room 397 which demarcated where the old and new buildings were joined in 1922, and was never seen on the first or second floors.

Descriptions very but most give a description similar to the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall: a vaporous apparition, internally luminous, with no discernible facial features. Sources differ on whether there is a simple void, flayed muscle, or a bare skull in place of the Woman’s face, but all agree that something is out of the ordinary there, in so much as anything regarding a ghost can be said to be ordinary.

The earliest sightings were reported in local newspapers in 1882, while the number and frequency of sightings increased exponentially after a team from Architecture Monthly captured a portrait of what they believe to have been the Faceless Woman while documenting the Grand Hotel before its renovations.

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