3 Haunted Places in the West Midlands (Updated 2017)
Stewart | On 17, Apr 2017
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The Station Hotel, Dudley
Dudley’s Station Hotel dates back to 1863.
In its heydays, it was located across the street to the Opera House.
When the Opera House sadly burnt down the Dudley Hippodrome was built in its place.
During this time, the Station Hotel was a popular place to stay for performing artists.
It’s said that in the early 1900s the manager of the hotel murdered a young maid in the cellar and deposed of her body in a beer barrel!
With such a long eventful history and also a murder story flung in for good measures, you probably won’t be too surprised to discover that the hotel has a reputation for being haunted.
So much so, that in 2003 the team from the paranormal TV show Most Haunted investigated it.
The cellar is said to be haunted by a lady in a Victorian dress.
Members of staff are regularly being spooked by finding that the heavy beer barrels have moved on their own accord.
The ghostly apparition of an elderly gentleman dressed in black has been seen sitting at one of the hotels dining tables.
More frightening for the hotel’s members of staff are the occurrences of knifes being thrown at them by an unknown entity in the Dining Room!
Rooms 213 to 217 at the hotel are said to be haunted by a ghostly apparition of a lady in white…
Now, if you want a ghostly experience, stay the night in the infamous Room 214!
Dudley Castle, Dudley
A stone’s throw away from the Station Hotel you’ll find the ruins of Dudley Castle.
The Grade I listed Dudley Castle dates back to 1070.
It’s believed that the first castle built at Dudley by Ansculf de Picquigny was most likely a wooden construction.
The first stone building was built by the Paganel family but was demolished in 1173 after the failed rebellion against King Henry II.
In the late 13th century the castle was rebuilt by the Somery family.
During the English Civil War, the castle was Royalist but was lost to the Parliamentarians forces in 1646.
The Parliamentarians then partly destroyed the castle in 1647 which together with a fire in 1750 has left the castle in the ruinous state you see today.
In 1937, the castle grounds were incorporated into the Dudley Zoo.
The castle is said to be one of the most haunted places in the Midlands…
The most infamous ghost said to haunt it is that of the Grey Lady.
She’s believed to be the spirit of Dorothy Beaumont who died at the castle shortly after child birth.
Her ghostly apparition is often seen by the Castle Keep and in the castle’s pub which is called the Grey Lady Tavern after her!
The chapel undercroft is said to be the castle most haunted area.
Eerie sounds, being prodded by unknown entities and ghostly shadowy figures have all been reported by scared witnesses in the chapel undercroft.
By the stone coffin in the Ancient Room, witnesses have seen phantom legs which some people believed belong to John Somery whose body was once held in the coffin.
During the English Civil War, it’s said that a young drummer boy was killed by a single musket bullet during a skirmish.
Today, his ghost is said to roam the castle grounds whilst drumming away madly!
West Bromwich Manor House, West Bromwich
The medieval Grade I listed West Bromwich Manor House was built by the de Marnham family in the late 13th century.
The manor was the hub of their agricultural estate.
It consisted of living quarters, agricultural barns and sheds but unfortunately all that survives from that era today is the Great Hall.
Over the following centuries the complex was added to.
In 1823, it was sold and three families moved in.
By 1880 the manor had be converted into tenements.
The manor house then went downhill and by 1950 it was sadly in a derelict state but was saved by the West Bromwich Corporation who renovated it.
They then rented it to Ansells Brewery in 1961 which use the building as a restaurant.
Today, the manor house is in the hands of Sandwell Council which is restoring it with plans to open it as an attraction and venue.
West Bromwich Manor House is said to be very haunted…
In fact, the team from Most Haunted investigated it back in 2004 when it was a restaurant!
The ghostly apparition of a black bearded man has been seen by terrified eyewitnesses staring out of the windows of the chapel.
One of the manor’s rooms was sealed up for many years.
It’s now been opened up and since that day a spirit of a young girl has been seen in the room on many occasions.
Now, last but by no means least…
A medieval ghost has been reported, in of all places, the Ladies Toilet!