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8 Haunted Places in County Durham (Updated 2017)

| On 16, Apr 2017


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Ancient Unicorn Inn, Bowes

The Ancient Unicorn Inn in Bowes was once a coaching inn back in the 16th century.

This old coaching inn is rumoured to have the odd ghosts or two knocking about the place…

The ghostly apparition of a twelve year old boy has been seen by startled witnesses in the cellars of the inn.

And a ghost of a bearded man wearing a bowler hat has also been witnessed at the Ancient Unicorn Inn.

Guests at the inn have also reported to have been touched and had tricks played on them by something paranormal!

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Lumley Castle Hotel, Chester-le-Street

In the town of Chester-le-Street you’ll find the Grade I listed Lumley Castle.

The building is a former 14th century manor house which was later fortified and turned into a castle.

It’s said to be the most haunted place in County Durham!

The ghost of Lady Lily Lumley is said to haunt the castle by walking up and down the corridors and suddenly appearing in rooms.

Phantom children are often heard playing on the top floor of Lumley Castle by spooked witnesses.

A ghostly apparition of a man sitting at the bar is regularly seen by both shocked members of staff and guests to the hotel.

It’s said that a ghost known as Black Jack often plays pranks on startled guests!

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Hall Garth, Coatham Mundeville

You’ll find Hall Garth Golf and Country Club Hotel off Brafferton Lane near the village of Coatham Mundeville.

The Grade II listed building dates back to the 17th century and was original part of the Bishop of Durham’s estate.

Local legend says that Hall Garth is in fact haunted.

Spooked guests staying in Room 2 at the hotel have reported the bathroom taps having the annoying habit of turning themselves on in the middle of the night.

The room is said to be haunted by the ghost of a nun who was bricked up alive between two walls after she was caught having an affair with a local monk!

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The Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington

You’ll find the stunning Blackwell Grange Hotel along Grange Road in Darlington.

The Grade II* listed hotel dates back to the early 18th century… 1710 to be precise!

A wealthy industrialist called George Allan built it and it remained in the family for many centuries afterwards.

The hotel has a ghostly story with a Scottish twist associated with it…

During a military campaign in Scotland in 1746, the Duke of Cumberland stole a portrait of a woman dressed in tartan and brought it to Blackwell Grange.

Since that time the portrait has been lost or destroyed.

Unfortunately, the spirit of the Tartan Lady came with the portrait.

And it’s now said that her ghostly apparition haunts Blackwell Grange to this very day!

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The Manor House Hotel, Ferryhill

The Manor House Hotel is located in the town of Ferryhill.

The 15th century house was originally built as a farmhouse.

Since then the building has been used as a convent, a court house and an orphanage.

The Manor House has a reputation for being haunted.

So much so, that back in 2004 the Most Haunted gang investigated it as part of Series 4.

Room 6 of the hotel is said to be haunted by a crying five year of boy who’s said to be looking for his mother.

Now, spooked members of staff have witnessed the apparition of a lady they’ve nicknamed Betty in the upstairs of the hotel.

Guess what?

She said to be looking for her lost little boy!

Room 7 is another room at the hotel which is said to be haunted, this time it’s a large man.

Hotel guest and members of staff have often experienced severe temperature drops throughout the hotel.

Although the hotel is a non-smoking property, guests often report the smell of old style tobacco smoke in Room 4…

This typically occurs during the Devil’s hour from 3am!

Stunned members of staff have also reported seeing objects float across this room.

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George Hotel, Piercebridge

You’ll find the George Hotel situated along the B6275 near the village of Piercebridge.

The Grade II listed building dates back to the 17th century.

The former coaching inn was originally called the Bridge Inn.

Over the years the hotel has gained a reputation for being haunted.

Guests and members of staff alike have reported hearing the phantom voices of two people having a disagreement in the empty bar area.

Some people believe it’s the spirits of local farmers having an argument over the price of cattle whilst others think it’s the Jenkins brothers who owned the hotel in 1875 and were known for their bickering!

A ghostly apparition of a gentleman wearing old fashioned gaiters has been seen standing next to the George’s famous Grandfather Clock.

Room 11 is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman who was the daughter of one of the first landlords of the inn.

She had her heart broken and sadly committed suicide by hanging herself from a beam in the room.

Her apparition dressed in white shows itself to young men staying in the room during springtime and places her hand on their shoulders!

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Redworth Hall Hotel, Redworth

The elegant Redworth Hall Hotel is situated in the village of the same name.

The Jacobean-style manor house dates back to 1693 when it was first built by George Crosier as a family home.

In 1744, Robert Surtees acquired the hall and it remained a family home until 1955.

Redworth Hall is reputed to be haunted by a couple of ghosts…

Apparently, Lord Robert Surtees was said to have had a mentally ill child and had the poor boy chained to the fireplace.

And now the ghost of the young boy is said to haunt the corridors of the hall.

Guests to the hotel have become spooked after hearing the eerie sound of the phantom child crying in the middle of the night!

Another ghost story associated with Lord Surtees is that of a young scullery maid he got pregnant.

Distraught, the young girl threw herself down the hall’s staircase and killed herself.

Her ghost is now said to wander the halls corridors late at night!

The most paranormal active rooms at Redworth Hall Hotel are said to be Room 7 and 14.

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The Whitworth Hall Country Park Hotel, Spennymoor

Just to the east of the town of Spennymoor you’ll find the Whitworth Hall Country Park Hotel.

The Grade II listed Whitworth Hall is a country house and former family home of the Shafto family.

Before the Shaftos, Whitworth Hall Estate was owned by the Lords of Whitworth spanning as far back as 1183.

The present house dates from the early 1900s but there’s actually been a manor house on the spot for centuries.

Whitworth Hall is said to be haunted…

Members of staff have reported sudden temperature drops in the Library Restaurant.

And a ghostly apparition of a man sitting at one of the restaurants tables has been witnessed on many occasions.

Books in the restaurant have been known to mysteriously fall off the book shelves on their own accord!

It’s said that the ghosts of Elizabeth Bessie Hewitson and Bobby Shaftoe haunt the hall.

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