5 Haunted Places in Greater Manchester
Stewart | On 14, Aug 2014
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Haunted Hotels in Greater Manchester
The Stork Hotel, Billinge
You’ll find the Stork Hotel along Main Street in the village of Billinge.
The Stork Hotel dates back to 1718 when it started life out as a farmhouse.
It’s said that it was built on the site of an older building dating back to 1640.
The hotel’s cellars were once the crypt of the older building.
And during the English Civil War it was used as a Parliamentarian jail where Royalist prisoners were incarcerated.
The Stork Hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of a Cavalier who was tortured to death within the building during the English Civil War.
His ghost is said to haunt the whole of the building.
A former resident of the building once told the press that she witnessed the ghostly apparition of a man in her bedroom wearing a plumed hat, long boots and carrying a sword by his side!
The hotel is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a highwayman called George Lyon who in his day would regularly frequent the hotel.Click Here to Stay in the Stork Hotel
The Black Lion, Salford
You’ll find the Black Lion along Chapel Street in Salford.
The historic pub dates back over one hundred and thirty years.
Witnesses have reported seeing ghostly apparitions of men, women and children wandering around the pub.
They’ve also seen doors opening on their own accord, furniture and glasses moving by themselves and a coin fly across an empty room.
Eerie voices have been heard in the Black Lion too!Click Here to Stay in the Black Lion
Haunted Places in Greater Manchester
Smithills Hall, Bolton
Another haunted hall the Most Haunted gang investigated in 2005 was the Grade I listed Smithills Hall in Bolton.
The manor house is very old, it dates from the 15th century and if you’re wondering what the name means…
Well it means smooth hill in Old English!
Over its long lifetime, the hall has had many owners, from the Knights Hospitaller, the Radcliffe family, the wealthy Bartons, the Ainsworths and now Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council.
You’ll be please to know that the council have opened it to the public if you fancy having a look around the old place.
The hall is said to be haunted by many ghosts…
Visitors and members of staff alike have reported to have their bottoms pinched by an unknown entity within the hall.
The area between the Bower and Solar rooms is the place where most visitors report being touched by unseen hands!
A ghostly apparition of a lady in a period dress has been seen on the stairs by terrified witnesses.
And apparitions of Royalist Civil War soldiers have been seen in the grounds of the hall too.
A protestant martyr who was burned at the stake in 1555 called George Marsh was tried at the hall.
He’s said to have created a footprint in a flagstone at the hall to show the injustice bestowed upon him.
His spirit is also said to wander the corridors of the hall.
In fact, on one occasion a tour guide at the hall saw an apparition of a short figure with black hair dressed in old clothes crouching in the Tea Room…
The tour guide believed the apparition was that of George Marsh!
Wythenshawe Hall, Manchester
You’ll find the 16th-century medieval Wythenshawe Hall five miles south of Manchester city centre.
The half-timbered Tudor house was built by Robert Tatton in 1540.
It remained in their family home for nearly four hundred years!
Robert Henry Grenville Tatton sold the hall to Ernest Simon in 1926.
He then proceeded to donated it to the Manchester Corporation to be used for the good of the public.
The Grade II* former stately home was opened as a museum in the 1930s.
But due to spending cuts the hall was unfortunately closed to the public in 2010.
Wythenshawe Hall is reputed to have the odd ghost or two knocking about the place…
There’s the White Lady who’s been seen by terrified witnesses in the corridors and bedrooms of the hall.
The White Lady is said to be the ghost of a former servant at the hall called Mary Webb who was killed by soldiers during the English Civil War.
Members of staff at Wythenshawe have reported poltergeist activity taking place within the hall.
Phantom footsteps, unexplained bangs and crashes and the odd sound of musket fire have all been heard by scared witnesses.
On one occasion a large tapestry flew from its place on the wall and landed on two frightened members of staff!
The library is said to be haunted too, strange unexplainable noises have been heard in there.
Ghostly apparitions of monks have also been seen by terrified witnesses in the grounds of Wythenshawe Hall.
Ordsall Hall, Salford
The former historic stately home of Ordsall Hall is located in Salford.
The original hall dates back well over seven hundred years to 1215.
The older parts of the Grade I listed hall which you can visit today for free is mainly from the 15th century.
The Radclyffe family became owners of the hall in 1335.
And it remained as their family home for over three hundred years.
Now Ordsall Hall has a reputation for being haunted…
So much so that the paranormal TV program Most Haunted deemed it worth investigating in 2005 for Series 5.
Like Wythenshawe Hall, Ordsall Hall is said to be haunted by a ghost of a White Lady.
Unlike the White Lady at Wythenshawe Hall nobody knows exactly who she is.
Some say she’s a maid of Queen Elizabeth I, some say she’s Margaret Radclyffe, or a jilted bride who committed suicide at the hall or even Viviana Radclyffe.
Whoever she is, her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in the Star Chamber and walking around the halls…
Apparently, she’s often seen carrying a lighted candle!