3 Haunted Halls in Dorset
Stewart | On 05, Dec 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!
Bournemouth Town Hall
You’ll find Bournemouth Town Hall situated along Bourne Avenue.
The Grade II listed building dates back to 1885 when it started life out as the Mont Dore Hotel.
During and after the First World War the hotel was used as a military hospital and convalescent home for injured Indian and British soldiers.
Bournemouth Borough Council bought the building in 1919 and turned it into the Town Hall.
Witnesses have reported hearing phantom footsteps walking about the bulding.
And some have even been tapped on the shoulder by somebody unseen!
The Town Hall is believed to be haunted by the ghost of an Indian serviceman who died in the building when it was being used as a military hospital during the First World War.
In 1980, a cleaner working on the third floor witnessed the ghostly apparition of an Indian soldier appear before him.
He described him as being bearded and wearing eastern clothing with a turban.
Canford Cliff Village Hall
You’ll find Canford Cliff Village Hall situated along Ravine Road in Poole.
The hall dates back to 1923 when it was first built for the recreation of servants from the surrounding large houses.
Over the years the hall has been used as a kindergarten for the local children and as a meeting venue for the Women’s Institute.
The hall is said to be haunted.
Witnesses have reported seeing lights turned on by themselves, curtains open and close on their own accord and have heard phantom voices, laughing, gramophone music and smelled the odour of old style tobacco smoke.
On one occasion a ghostly woman appeared to a lady in one of the back rooms of the hall as she was locking it up for the night.
Apparently, the ghostly woman was very solid looking and she wore a red dress with a black fur jacket whilst smoking a very long cigarette.
The witness said ‘hello’ to her at which she smiled in return and then disappeared into thin air!
Herrison Hall, Charlton Down
You’ll find Herrison Hall situated on Sherren Avenue in the village of Charlton Down.
The village is located about four miles to the north of Dorchester.
It’s a new village which was developed on the four hundred acre site of the former Victorian mental hospital of Herrison Hospital.
Herrison Hall which acts as the village hall was once the old ballroom of the hospital.
Witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparitions of two women glide across the floor of the hall.
They describe them as being dressed in white and giggling to themselves!
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