The North West of England is home to many beautiful and historical locations, as well as mystery and intrigue. Those searching for a paranormal adventure can be sure to find a bewitching and spellbinding evening in this curious region, and we have selected three of our favourites. We guarantee that these would be memorable venues, but only suitable for the fearless!
Pendle Hill, Lancashire
Pendle Hill, situated in Lancashire, is infamously known for the witch trials that took place here in 1612. During this time, religious persecution was rife, and people lived in anguish and fear, throwing around accusations based on rumours, memories and hearsay. As a result, ten people were executed having been found guilty of witchcraft, and a paranormal investigation here would attempt to make contact with those who were killed. Pendle Hill is surrounded by stunning countryside, but a sinister past of paranormal incidents have left many frightened and panic-stricken. This includes the sighting of a ghost in 2015, who was thought to be Pendle Witch Jennet Preston, caught on camera looking up from a gravestone.
Ordsall Hall, Salford
Ordsall Hall was established in the fourteenth century and is well and truly haunted. The Great Hall, which was built in 1548 by Sir Alexander Radclyffe, is one of the earliest and largest within in the north west of England and is an extremely impressive room to visit. The East Wing of the building also contains rare examples of medieval apartments, however as well as the spectacular history that can be found within this building lies many accompanying paranormal occurrences. Guests to Ordsall Hall have experienced being pulled, hearing loud bangs and have reported sightings of spirits. The hall can present an unsettling experience, with many fleeing in particular the unwelcoming attic space – would you be brave enough to stay?
Smithills Hall Bolton
One of the oldest and best preserved manor houses in the north west of England, Smithills Hall, situated in Bolton, has a rich history and record of paranormal occurrences. Dating back over 800 years, many people have inhibited the manor, however the private chapel on the grounds is believed to have been first constructed in AD 792. Visitors to Smithills Hall have reported seeing a lady roaming across the stairs and figures dressed in soldier’s uniform through the windows of the drawing room. Many have also described unexplained touching, and pinching to, leaving the hall feeling horror-struck and fearful.
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