Ordsall Hall in Salford, Manchester dates back to the 15th century although the original hall on the site was built in 1251 and owned by David De Hulton. It later passed to the Radclyffe family around 1335 and continued to pass through the family for 300 years. During the 1340s Sir John Radclyffe campaigned with Edward III in France, distinguishing himself at the battles of Caen, Crècy and Calais. As a reward for his service, the king allowed Sir John to take some Flemish weavers back to his Ordsall estate, where he built cottages for them to live in. English weaving skills at that time were poor, and textiles from Manchester were considered to be of particularly poor quality, so the Flemish weavers were employed in instructing the local weavers. They also started up a silk weaving industry, the foundation for Manchester's later cotton industry. Ordsall Hall passed through many different families and rich owners over the years slowly deteriorating until it was purchased by the Earl Egerton of Tatton who restored it in 1896. Salford Corporation purchased Ordsall Hall from the executors of the Baron Egerton of Tatton in 1959 and after major restoration work it was opened to the public in April 1972, as a period house and local history museum. Ordsall Hall is known for William Harrison Ainsworth's 1842 novel Guy Fawkes. It is said the famous gunpowder plot of 1605 was planned in the house. The hauntings of Orsdall Hall make it one of the most haunted halls in Britain and even multiple ghostcams have been installed around the location, these cameras have picked up many sightings including the apparition of a lady dressed in a white dress walking across the great hall and then vanishing. It is said to be the spirit of Lady Margaret Radclyffe who has been seen on many occasions walking around the Great Hall and Star Chamber. Sir John Radclyffe has also been seen in the Star Chamber and is known to appear by the fireplace suddenly and then vanish! Female guests who enter the house are known to attract Sir John and many women have been touched and even pushed by him. The spirit of a young girl named Cecily can be heard and seen running around the house, she is also attracted to female guests and is known to respond to ladies who call our her name, the smell of roses is very strong when she is around. The attic is a hot spot for paranormal activity and the spirits of 2 male servants are known to haunt this section. Guests who are brave enough to attend our investigations at Ordsall Hall should be very wary of this section of the location as people have been pushed violently and had one of the male spirits whisper in their ears and blow in their faces. The old dungeon which is not accessible was known to hold naughty servants during the Radclyffe reign, could these be two of the servants who were held in the dungeon? Ordsall Hall can become a house of horrors during paranormal investigations and although none of the spirits that are grounded in the location are evil, it is clear some of them do not want people in their home and often make it known to people who dare enter at night. Knocks and bangs, disembodied footsteps and voices, people being pushed and made to flee the building. Ask yourself…. Are you brave enough to join us at Ordsall Hall?
Mill Street Barracks was built in 1861 and is steeped in military and local history. It has accommodated many branches of the armed forces throughout its time and was used in numerous wars. The barracks has connections with the local church and a tunnel was found that led to the church, this was believed to be where bodies were blessed before being returned. Mill Street Barracks has been used for many purposes over it's long history, it was used as a morgue and it was even used as an isolation unit for TB patients. However the barracks main purpose was for the Home Guard and soldiers who would depart from these Barracks to leave for war, most of them never returning home to loved ones. With so much history and so many deaths related to the building, Mill Street Barracks is the most haunted building in St Helens and one of the most famous on Merseyside where it is known to have overwhelming paranormal activity. We do not know the exact number of spirits that haunt the barracks but we believe it's possible that there are up to at least 20 spirits that still haunt the building. With so many soldiers passing through as well as nurses, patients and old caretakers, Mill Street Barracks is extremely active and countless accounts of activity has been recorded there. Shadow figures patrol the upper levels, loud screams can be heard from under the building, the spirit of a dog has been seen on many occasions as well as a man in uniform and the sound of painful moans can be heard in the main hall. A truly brilliant place to investigate with so many different spirits attached to the building. Are you brave enough to join us at Mill Street Barracks?
St Helens, Merseyside
For 4000 years the land that Tatton Old Hall stands on has been occupied by human settlements. Anglo Saxons and Norman Knights once occupied the land that is now the disappeared village of Tatton. The Great Hall was built at the turn of the 15th century although it is not clear by whom, some say it was the powerful Stanley family who altered the course of history by putting Henry Tudor on the throne of England. Others say it was Sir Richard Brereton who allied himself to the Stanley's through marriage. By 1598 a more comfortable two-storey wing had been added and Sir Thomas Egerton, Lord Chancellor of England, now owned the estate. It was the heart of a very busy working estate and lay on one of the busiest trade routes in England. There have been many battles over the 4000 years on this particular part of land, most recently the Civil War where it is believed Tatton Old Hall was hit by a cannon ball. As the fortunes and status of the building changed it was eventually turned into cottages for estate workers. In the downstairs rooms of the Old Hall you can see life as it would have been for a Victorian gamekeeper and his family before you move on to rooms set in 1958, the last year of Egerton ownership. With so much history dating back over thousands of years Tatton Old Hall is our oldest location and is without a doubt one of our most haunted. At one point there would have been over 20 children staying in the hall and many of them still haunt the building today, there are regular sightings of small children running in and out of rooms. A lady in a dress can also be seen wandering the walkway above The Great Hall. Loud bangs and shadow figures are frequently heard and seen in The Great Hall. A nasty spirit of one of the old gamekeepers likes to make his presence known to guests by pushing them and appearing out of nowhere, the feeling of someone running towards you is often felt before he appears. The most fascinating thing about Tatton Old Hall is that it is known to have a portal in the doorway of one of the rooms, many experts have tried to understand this portal but it still remains a mystery. Pagans from Denmark first discovered the portal while visiting the location and many people feel an electric shock whilst walking into the room where a lady has been seen sat looking out of the window. This room has a very strange feeling to it as soon as you walk in and many people refuse to enter the room due to feeling very uneasy. The caretaker of the building has witnessed strange activity for many years whilst working alone there and many guests who attend the day tours have been touched. Are you brave enough to step into history and venture into one of the most haunted locations in Britain?
Tatton Park, Cheshire
Tatton Old Hall
Ruabon, North Wales
Built in 1690, this Gothic style country house is situated at the head of a bucolic valley, in the centre of its 500-acre estate, which straddles the English/Welsh border. It is by far our most mysterious location with very little history on the location due to records being 'burnt' in a fire. Pen Y Lan Hall sits on the land previously occupied by a farm house which may have dated back to the 1400's, it is a must visit for anyone interested in the paranormal world. The dining room is an area for some of our best ever evidence and constant results occur here, footsteps and voices can be heard from the empty rooms and hallways and shadows can be seen lurking in the dark. Both the hall and the grounds are very active, full body apparitions have been seen on many occasions and people have been touched by an unseen presence. The hall itself has a very impressive cellar which may have once held prisoners, screams and the sound of a crying baby can be heard from the many dark tunnels in this section of the hall. Many ghosts of children have been seen and even caught on camera around this location and a very negative spirit lurks in the old stable barns of the Pen Y Lan estate. Our investigations at Pen Y Lan Hall are sure to test your nerves to the limit. Are you brave enough?
Pen Y Lan Hall
The plan to open an Orphanage in Liverpool for the children of men lost at sea began in 1868 and in 1871 the Seaman's Orphan Institute was constructed on the North East side of Newsham Park over a 7000 square foot plot of land. In 1874 the Orphanage opened it's doors and by 1899, 321 children occupied it. During the second world war the children were evacuated with many of them moving to the Wirral and the Seaman's Orphan Institute began to decline until eventually closing in 1949. Places in various schools were made available for the children who lived in the Orphanage with many of them moving to the Royal Merchant Navy School in Bearwood. In 1951 the Ministry of Health purchased the Orphanage and turned it into a hospital. Newsham Park Hospital opened its doors in 1954 the hospital developed its own psychiatric department and received an influx of patients with severe mental problems. The hospital officially stopped taking new patients in 1988 and in 1992 all remaining patients and staff were relocated. In 1992 with the closure of Rainhill Lunatic Asylum the inmates were moved to Newsham Park Hospital taking up 90% of its space and Newsham Park Asylum now housed some of the most severe mental patients in Britain such as Ian Brady. In 1997 Newsham Park Asylum closed and is now owned by property developers, the location has remained untouched and beds, machines, wheelchairs etc all remain. Without a doubt our largest location, Newsham Park Hospital holds the crown as our most terrifying location and is said to be possibly the most haunted location in England. Our team have exclusive access to some of the most horrific areas of this old Asylum such as the naughty boys corridor, laundry area, autopsy room and patients rooms. Each area of this location is highly active with growls, grunts, laughter and screams all heard from it's dark rooms, tunnels and stairways, poltergeist activity is also said to occur inside certain areas with doors known to open and close by themselves, tables and chairs move and much more. Newsham Park Hospital can be one of the most terrifying experiences of your lives..... do you dare join us inside this Asylum?
Mill Street Barracks
Newsham Park Asylum
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Built in 1790and added to in the mid 1800's, Weir Mill lies in the center of Stockport and is known as 'the haunted mill'. The first record of a mill on this site was when John Collier, a cotton manufacturer built a mill on this site in 1790. The mill probably consisted of two multi-storey spinning mills and attached weaving sheds, one destroyed by fire in 1831 and the other rebuilt in 1884. Thomas Fernley bought the mill in 1824 and in 1831 needed to replace one mill with a new one that was of fireproof construction. Weir Mill is believed to be one of the most haunted locations in the North West of England and has a very dark story behind it. A murder took place during the Mill's early history when 7 children and a woman were murdered in the children's living quarters by a man who then took his own life. Very recently, multiple suicides have also taken place at the mill. This huge location is a maze and it is very easy to get lost inside. The paranormal activity that exists inside the location includes full bodied apparitions seen on a regular basis, disembodied footsteps and voices, people are regularly touched by unseen hands and something extremely dark is known to follow people around the location. Prepare yourselves for one of the most intense experiences you'll ever have as we lock you down inside the famous 'haunted mill'.
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