3 Haunted Places in Merseyside
Stewart | On 17, Apr 2017
Croxteth Hall, Liverpool
The Grade II* listed Croxteth Hall in Liverpool dates back to 1575.
It was the Molyneux family home for many centuries but when the last Earl died in 1972 Liverpool City Council took charge of the hall.
Over the centuries the house has been expanded many times which has resulted in the building’s Tudor, Georgian and Queen Anne styles.
Today the hall and Victorian gardens are open to the public…
So you can have a look around it if you fancy!
Back in 2004, the TV paranormal show Most Haunted investigated the hall due to its reputation for being very haunted…
The hall’s kitchens are said to be haunted by staff of bygone years doing their daily duties.
A ghostly apparition of a house maid is often seen by terrified witnesses going about her daily work.
Dark shadowy figures and the smell of old fashioned tobacco have been reported in the billiard room.
And, the motion detectors in the breakfast room are always being set off by something unknown.
In 2009, the CCTV outside the hall caught an alleged ghost walking along the path towards the house!
The ghostly apparition of a young boy has been seen by witnesses in the dining room.
And the apparition of a gentleman who some say is the 6th Earl of Sefton has been seen walking through the tearoom.
Recently, witnesses have been scared witless after seeing the ghostly apparition of a hooded man with a horrific face walking the hall’s corridors.
Members of staff at the hall have also reported the ghostly sounds of phantom footsteps and doors opening and closing on their own accord!
Speke Hall, Liverpool
Another hall in Liverpool which the Most Haunted gang investigated, this time in 2009, was Speke Hall.
Speke Hall is a beautiful wood-framed wattle-and-daub Tudor manor house which dates back to 1530.
The house has some fantastic features…
It has a thunderbox toilet, a priest hole, an observation hole built into a chimney and an eavesdrop hole.
In the courtyard, there are two ancient Yew trees called Adam and Eve!
The families which have owned Speke Hall over the centuries are the Norrises, the Beauclerks and the Watts.
Today, the hall is owned and run by the National Trust so it’s opened for you to have a look around if you wish.
Now, Speke Hall is said to be haunted…
The hall’s Blue Room is said to be the home to a negative spirit who scares the living daylights out of visitors by whispering ‘get out’ in their ear.
Witnesses have heard ghostly phantom footsteps and the upsetting sound of children crying in the hall’s upstairs corridors.
Local legend says that Mary Norris hurled her infant son and then herself from the Tapestry Room’s window into the moat below because she was depressed by her husband’s mounting debts and gambling problems.
Since then, terrified witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly female figure gliding across the floor of the Tapestry Room.
Some say that this ghostly apparition is Mary Norris herself!
Cammell Laird, Birkenhead
Cammell Laird is a world famous ship building firm located in Birkenhead.
In 1903, Laird, Son & Co. of Birkenhead merged with Johnson Cammell & Co. of Sheffield to form Cammell Laird.
It’s said that over a thousand ships have been launched by Cammell Laird.
Some of the famous ships which came out of their shipyard were the Ma Roberts, CSS Alabama, HMS Caroline, the Fullagar, RMS Mauretania, HMS Ark Royal (91), HMS Prince of Wales and the HMS Ark Royal (R09).
Now, the Cammell Laird shipyards have a reputation for being haunted…
A ghostly apparition of a man in blue overalls and a flat cap has been witnessed many times in the Construction Hall.
Members of staff have also witnessed the apparition of an old lady in the corridor near the kitchen area.
Many dark ghostly figures have been seen in the corridors walking through walls into adjoining rooms.
And the firm’s offices are also believed to be haunted by ex Cammell Laird employees!
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.