6 Haunted Places in the West Midlands
Stewart | On 17, Apr 2017
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux Room!
The Old Crown, Birmingham
You’ll find the Grade II* listed Old Crown in the historic Deritend area of Birmingham along its High Street.
The black and white timber framed Old Crown is aptly named as it’s the oldest surviving non-religious building in Birmingham.
It’s said that some parts of the medieval pub actually date back to 1368!
But a lot of the Old Crown you see today is from the 16th century.
The Old Crown is an impressive building and it’s thought that it was first built as Deritend’s Guildhall.
With such a long history you probably won’t be too surprised if I told you that the Old Crown has a reputation for being haunted…
The pub is said to be haunted by two ghosts.
The area around the old well seems to be a hot spot for paranormal activity.
Terrified witnesses saw a ghostly apparition of a lady in an old fashioned dress walk into the bar and disappear into thin air!
Members of staff have reported seeing a ghostly figure they described as being Victorian looking in the pub’s cellar.
Shadowy figures are often seen walking around the pub and disappearing through a wall where a doorway once existed.
Bottles have mysteriously jumped off the shelves in the bar on their own accord.
And punters are often reporting being tapped on the shoulder only to find nobody there when they turn around!
On night, a spooked couple staying in one of the Old Crown’s bedrooms reported seeing a strange white mist manifest in their room right in front of them.
Days Hotel (Aston Court Hotel), Coventry
You’ll find the Days Hotel situated along Holyhead Road in the city of Coventry.
The hotel was formerly known as the Aston Court Hotel.
Although the modern hotel isn’t spooky looking at all, it is in fact said to be haunted by many ghosts…
The hotel is said to be haunted by the ghosts of two men, two women and a young girl.
The ghost of the young girl is said to hate men because when she was alive she was a servant to a man who would beat her.
It’s said that members of staff at the hotel tend to keep male guests out of a certain room in fear that the young girl ghost might attack them in revenge for the bad treatment she received at the hands of her former master.
One of the women ghosts is said to be the spirit of a former cleaner of the hotel.
Apparently, she hated her job so much that she now hides the hotel’s dustpans!
The Station Hotel, Dudley
On Castle Hill in Dudley you’ll find the Station Hotel.
The Station Hotel was first opened back in 1898.
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!
New Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield
You’ll find the New Hall Hotel situated along Walmley Road in Sutton Coldfield.
The Grade I listed building dates back to the 13th century when the Earl of Warwick built a hunting lodge on the spot.
With such a long history you probably won’t be too surprised to discover that it’s reputed to be haunted.
The ghostly apparition of a White Lady is the most witnessed spook at the hotel.
She’s been blamed for causing eerie unexplained loud banging noises.
The White Lady ghost is most seen wandering the hotel’s corridors.
She’s believed to be the ghost of a former maid of New Hall!
The ghost a former owner of the hall called George Sacheverell who was suspected of practising black magic and devil worship is said to haunt a former hidden room now called the Oak Room.
Smashing sounds have been heard coming from the empty room.
The kitchen courtyard is said to be haunted by the ghost of a cavalier from the English Civil War period.
And a ghostly woman in dark clothing together with a dog is also said to haunt the building.
Guests walking along the hotel’s Yew Tree Walk have reported hearing eerie phantom voices and the sound of a horse drawn carriage.
Local legend says the horse drawn carriage is carrying a cavalier making his escape from parliamentarian troops!
Spooked witnesses have also reported hearing the sound of phantom children laughing in empty bedrooms.
In 1785 a man was executed by the Duke of Cumberland.
And it’s now said that his ghostly severed head floats across the grounds of New Hall looking to be reunited with his body!
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!