3 Haunted Places in Lancashire
Stewart | On 17, Apr 2017
Probably thanks to the spotlight that the TV paranormal show Most Haunted put onto Pendle Hill when they investigated it in 2004 for their Live Halloween series and then again in 2005 for their Series 6 the area has become notorious for being haunted by witches.
The isolated Pendle Hill is located in the east of Lancashire surrounded by the towns of Nelson, Colne, Clitheroe and Padiham.
The hill has a lot of history…
For instance, did you know that a burial site dating back to the Bronze Age was once unearthed on the summit?
And in 1652, the Quaker George Fox said he had a vision while on top of the hill.
Also, in 1661 the local mathematician and astronomer Richard Towneley conducted his barometer experiments on the hill!
And of course there are the infamous Pendle Witch Trials…
Twelve locals from the Pendle area were put on trial in August 1612 at the Lancaster Assizes accused of murder and for being witches.
Ten of them were found guilty and hung, one was found not guilty and one died in prison before the trial.
Today, the isolated buildings on Pendle Hill are said to be haunted by the spirits of the hung witches.
When investigating the area, the Most Haunted gang encountered a lot of paranormal activity at Lower Well Head Farm and Tynedale Farm!
Morecambe Winter Gardens, Morecambe
The Grade II* listed Morecambe Winter Gardens is another location the Most Haunted team investigated…
This time it was back in 2008 for Series 10 and then in 2009 for an eight night special Most Haunted Live!
Back in 1897, the original name of Morecambe Winter Gardens was the Victoria Pavilion Theatre.
It was actually an extension to the existing 1878 Winter Gardens complex which sadly was demolished in 1982.
Now, Morecambe Winter Gardens has a reputation for being very haunted…
One of the most haunted places in the Gardens is said to be the stage in the main auditorium.
Terrified victims have reported being pushed or poked whilst they’ve been standing on the stage!
Ghostly shadows are often seen crossing the stage.
On one occasion a spooked witness actually saw the ghostly apparition of a man standing on the stage.
One of the dressing rooms off the auditorium is said to be haunted by the ghost of a seamstress who once longed to become a professional dancer but failed to live her dream.
Other parts of the building which are said to be haunted are the bar area, the stairwells and the upper areas of the theatre.
Paranormal investigators have recorded weird noises, phantom voices, eerie footsteps and EVPs within the Morecambe Winter Gardens.
Samlesbury Hall, Preston
The historic Grade I listed medieval manor house of Samlesbury Hall is located to the east of Preston.
The Great Hall was built in 1325 by Gilbert de Southworth of Warrington after he acquired half of the manor by marrying Alice d’Ewyas whose family owned Samlesbury at the time.
It remained the Southworth’s family home until the late 1600s.
After the Southworth’s, the building was made into the Bradyll Arms inn in 1830 and then a boarding school for girls in 1850.
Since then the house was renovated a couple of times by its owners.
One owner called Joseph Harrison tragically shot him due to financial problems after he ploughed a lot of his money into the hall.
In the 1900s, the hall was left to deteriorate and was close to being demolished only to be saved by the Samlesbury Hall Trust.
Now, if you fancy having a look around this magnificent building then your luck is in as it has now been opened to the public by the trust.
Samlesbury Hall is another location which the Most Haunted gang investigated due to its reputation of having the odd ghost or two knocking about the old place…
Members of staff and visitors alike have been scared witless by seeing the ghostly apparition of the White Lady floating down the corridors of the hall.
The White Lady is said to be the ghost of Dorothy Southworth!
Now the Hall has a priest’s room which dates back to the 1500s…
Unfortunately, one of the priests it was hiding was discovered by local soldiers who beheaded him on the spot!
It’s now said that the murdered priest haunts the room and that the bloodstain from his murder sometimes reappears on the wooden floor.
FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: The Arnos Manor Hotel
Along the Bath Road in Bristol you’ll find the Arnos Manor Hotel.
The hotel was first built as a private home for the business merchant William Reeve in 1760.
It was once a girl’s school which was run by nuns and it’s the ghost of one of these nuns that is said to haunt the hotel today.
Local legend says that a nun had committed suicide because she fell pregnant.
To hide the scandal, the other nuns bricked up her body behind a wall at the hotel.
During the Second World War the hotel was bombed by the German Luftwaffe.
The workmen who were sent in to repair the bomb damage area of the hotel uncovered a female skeleton.
Apparently, to avoid delay, the workmen just buried the bones elsewhere within the building!
Since then, poltergeist activity has taken place throughout the hotel.
Terrified guests have also witnessed a ghostly brown figure within the hotel especially within Room 160.
Guests have heard a female voice calling their name and have felt a figure pinning them down whilst they’ve slept in Room 160.