Borley Rectory: Q&A with Animator Ashley Thorpe

The Horror Hothouse

Image provided by Ashley Thorpe Image provided by Ashley Thorpe

Borley Rectory in Essex had the reputation of being the most haunted house in Britain. The Gothic revival house, built in 1822 to house the rector of the local parish was demolished in 1944 after being badly damaged by fire in 1939, but its reputation lives on and it will shortly be the subject of a short film by animator Ashley Thorpe.

Horror fans have helped Borley Rectory make it onto the screen thanks to an Indiegogo campaign. We like the punk ethos of this at the Hothouse, we like haunted houses too, so we tracked Ashley down to his studio and had a chat. Let’s begin by finding out a bit more about Ashley.

“I’m a Devon based animator whose work is inspired by what I believe to be the neglected aspects of British folklore and myth. Other than making animated horror shorts I’m also an illustrator…

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