Borley Rectory in Essex, England, was originally built in 1862 by Reverend Henry Dawson Bull. Bull was chosen to be the rector/parish priest for the nearby Borley Church just up the road. The rectory was built to house Bull and his family, which eventually grew to 14 children, and as the family grew, so did the Gothic brick house (per The Infographics Show, posted on YouTube). The site where the rectory was built — as do most all places in England — already had quite a reputation: Previously, a Benedictine monk and a nun, each living in buildings near to the eventual rectory, had fallen in love and snuck out at night to see each other. When they decided to elope and run away together, they were caught. The monk was hanged, and the nun was imprisoned and bricked-in alive in the basement of the convent, subsequently suffering a brutal death.