Haunted Halls?

Below is a small list of the most well known Halls in the UK which are said to have paranormal disturbances. MAPIT neither confirm nor deny that such location definately have such phenomena. There are a number of details below that talk of the said experiences at these locations compiled by investigators, researchers and authors of the subject...

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Ordsall Hall was once a moated Tudor Mansion and although the oldest parts were built during the 15th Century there has been a house on the site for over 800 years. It was about 1335 when the Manor of Ordsall came into the posession of the Radclyffe family but Sir John Radclyffe did not become the legal owner of Ordsall Manor until 1354. Sir John  took over the Manor including a chapel. The Hall is said to have poltergeist type disturbances as well as people reporting odd feelings. Temperature changes, feelings of being watched and people being touched have also been reported.

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Wythenshawe Hall was a family home for nearly four hundred years. The original Hall was built around 1540 by Robert Tatton, possibly on the site of an earlier medieval building. It was further developed over the following centuries by fourteen generations of the Tatton family until 1926, when the estate was sold to provide new housing for the people of Manchester. The Hall is said to be haunted by a lady in a long white Victorian dress. Object movement and unusual sounds have also been reported. Apparitions of monks and soldiers are said to have been seen on its grounds.

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This timber-framed, moated minor house is considerd to be one of the finest in Britian and has been used in the films Lady Jane and Moll Flanders. There is said to be a grey lady in the Long Gallery who likes to stun visitors by drifting slowly past them before dsappearing. There are also uncontrollable sobs from a child that can be hear in and around the Chapel.  The hall opens onto a cobbled courtyard and the main body of the Hall. Magnificent wall paintings and a notable knot garden are of special interest. Occasionally, visitors have reported the odd strange sounds of people walking around.

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It is stated that there is no place in the whole of Cheshire that can rival the beautiful and idyllic surroundings of the village of Gawsworth, near Macclesfield, and in this respect, that statement is true. Over the years, Gawsworth has often been referred to as one of the most haunted villages in Cheshire, for not only is Gawsworth Hall presumed to have been witness to paranormal phenomena, but there are also well documented reports concerning the Church and Churchyard, the Old Rectory, the surrounding lanes, the Harrington Arms Public House, and the Spinney (Maggoty’s Wood).

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Built In the 1630's William Davenport owned this magnificent tutor style hall.  They say if you visit Bramall Hall on New Years Eve you are likely to encounter this visitor who rides the courtyeard on his horse. The Plaster Room in the house is said to be haunted by a woman as well as Neville's Room on the first floor as well as the Withdrawing room. Even dogs are said to panic and refuse to go into the Plaster Room. William Davenport was found dead on after letting a red caped stranger in on one fateful New Years Eve. His body was found in the morning and the mystery stranger had vanished.

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The atmospheric interior of this rambling house spans many periods. Built in 1530, with a fine Great Hall and priest hole from that time. During the Protestant Reformation, tunnels were dug from this house to the nearby River Mersey, to allow priests to escape to Ireland via a boat if necessary. Even today, these holes are still visible. Allegedly, a woman, devastated by the actions of her philandering husband, killed herself and her baby. Many have reported feeling cold spots, while others have reportedly seen an apparition of a woman. However historical reseach does not confirm this.

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Rufford Old Hall, one of Lancashire's finest 16th-century buildings, famed for its spectacular Great Hall. It is rumoured that Shakespeare performed in this hall for Sir Thomas Hesketh, whose family Rufford remained for over 400 years. The Hall is reputedly haunted by three ghosts; a "Gray Lady", a man dressed in Elizabethan clothes and Queen Elizabeth I. The "Gray Lady" has been seen by the main entrance or on the drive leading up to the house. She is thought to be the ghost of Elizabeth Hesketh, a young woman who died from illness whilst waiting for her husband to return from war.

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Ford Green Hall was built in 1624 on a main route between the market towns of Leek and Newcastle-Under-Lyme. The large timber-framed building is the only one of its kind to survive in Stoke-on-Trent, and tells the story of this part of Staffordshire before it became known as the "Potteries". The museum can be a scary place after dark and many of the halls staff members claim to have seen shadowy type apparitions and heard the strange sound of people walking upstairs when there is no one else in the building. On occasion visitors report unusual odours throughout the building.

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Just north of Preston, in the small village of Goosnargh, lies one of Britain's oldest and most haunted buildings(it's the oldest inhabited brick building), Chingle Hall. The house formerly known as Singleton hall was constructed in 1260 by the knight Adam de Singleton.  The Hall, once considered as England's most haunted building boasts anything from 6 to 20 different apparitions that include monks, children, and even a demonic spirit. Poltergeist type disturbances have allegedly been witnessed along with times slip incidents, phantom cats and dogs and unusual odours.

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Capesthorne has been touched by nearly 1,000 years of English History. Roman Legions passed across it. Titled Norman families hunted on it. In the Civil War the family was Royalist and an ancestress helped Charles II to escape after the Battle of Worcester. The Hall itself was built between 1719 and 1732. Capesthorne Hall is haunted by a number of ghostly figures, including that of a `Gray Lady`,  the appearance of a group of ghostly shapes walking down the stairs into the chapel vault and a The sinister spirit of a disembodied arm. There have also been unusual sounds reported.

MAPIT Investigations.


Ordsall Hall : Visited Tour and a 4 hour investigation on May 23rd 1992 - Dust orbs photographed.

                      Visited Tour in August 7th 1993 - Nothing to report.


Wythenshawe Hall : Visited Tour and 8 hour investigation on June 10th 2000 - Unusual sounds recorded.

                                 Visited Tour around 12 times from 1992 - 2010 - Nothing to report.


Little Moreton Hall : Visted Tour but not investigated on July 6th 2002 - Nothing to report.


Gawsworth Hall : Visited Tour but not investigated on May 29th 1999 - Nothing to report.


Bramhall Hall : Visited Tour but not investigated on April 4th 1998 - Nothing to repot.

                         Visited Tour on 3 other occasions from 1999 - 2003 - Nothing to report.


Speke Hall : Visited Tour and 4 hour investigation on October 6th 2001 - Temperature fluctuations.

                     Visited Tour on May 4th 2002 - Nothing to report.


Rufford Old Hall : Not Visited nor Investigated.


Ford Green Hall : Not Visited nor Investigated.


Chingle Hall : Visted and investigated around 26 times from 1996 - 2003. Object movement and Sounds.



Capesthorne Hall : Not Visited nor Investigated.


There are many other halls throughout the UK which may warrant an investigation. Even though there are many stories of paranormal phenomena at such locations, MAPIT can only confirm a few accounts.