10 Most Haunted Places In Birmingham
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These ten most paranormally active buildings in the city of Birmingham are some of the most haunted locations in the whole of the West Midlands.
Corky has been described as a "wine snob" and apparently haunts the pub's cellar, where he's blamed for bottles of wine mysteriously smashing, and some customers have seen the ghostly figure of a man behind the bar. Witnesses say the man appears to be in his 60s and has been spooking the staff for years.
Visitors to the Grade II listed site have frequently reported the ghost of a white lady, who has been seen wandering the graveyard and the road outside its gates. Passing drives claim to have slammed on their brakes after seeing her walking out in to the road, only to see her disappear seconds later.
There's also the ghost of an unknown young woman who is seen in the cemetery by passersby at night. It's said she's seen sat on top of her own grave, but no one has ever been brave enough to venture into the cemetery at night in order to read the name on the grave stone.
The house was built in 1878 by the Haden family, throughout its lifetime the building has been used as a public air raid shelter and a home for evacuated children during the Second World War. It was also used as a library and a doctor's surgery. The house was almost completely destroyed by a fire in 1977, but thankfully the house was restored and maintained.
Legend tells of the ghost of a monk who fell in love with Eleanor, a young woman who lived nearby. In order to prevent them from being together, Eleanor's parents captured the monk and walled him up alive in the secret passage that couple had used to meet each other.
The main paranormal activity in the house is said to be the deep sound of moaning, which is thought to be the monk. As well as doors banging and footsteps which coincide with a partial apparition in the form of feet running up and down one of the flights of stairs in the house.
Other ghostly sightings include that of a former master of the wardrobe department who also died in the building, a military man in a top hat, a stage manager called Dick who can be heard jangling his keys and the mysterious grey lady who was first seen by a cleaner in the 1980s.
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There's been multiple sightings of a female spirit, a white lady, who is thought to be Holte's daughter, Mary. Holte imprisoned her in a room for years as he didn't approve of her choice of lover. The story goes that she went mad and died 16 years later.
There's also the spirit of a servant boy called Dick, who's said to have hung himself in the staff quarters in the attic due to the fear of the repercussions after being accused of theft.
Other visitors to the building have reported seeing a green lady sitting on a chair in the great hall, who is said to be Holte's housekeeper. Records show that Holte was charged with her murder, but he wasn't found guilty of the crime.
The grim prison is packed full of small cells on all its floors, and inmates would be confined to their cells as there's no dining area or exercise yard in this fairly small city centre prison. It was used as a remand prison, which meant criminals stayed here while on trial, hence the lack of facilities you'd find in a longterm penal establishment.
In recent years, the grand old building started to struggle to cope with the demands of modern policing and in 2017 its doors were slammed shut for the final time. Like most prison, Birmingham Central Lockup has its fair share of ghost stories. Many people have reported seeing dark shadows walking across empty corridors, and objects moving on their own. They've heard the moans of a distraught woman throughout the day and night, as well as the loud slamming of heavy doors, jangling keys, and heavy footsteps. Most of the paranormal activity is said to happen in cell B23.
The building's great hall is allegedly haunted by the ghost of two stonemasons, who died in 1833 during the construction of the town hall. The pair were said to have been working on the external carved pillars when part of the roof collapsed and crushed them. Ever since, the men have been seen and heard continuing their work, chiselling away at the pillars.
His apparition has also been seen by staff in the Lord Mayor's office, wearing a black velvet coat and red neck tie, sat behind his wooden desk, upon which he insisted on always having freshly cut flowers.
The hall was once part of an old monastery, which is thought to be linked to sightings of a shadowy monk roaming the corridors. Others have reported seeing the ghost of a former councillor, who allegedly hanged himself in the entrance hall. His ghostly figure is seen hanging at the top of the main staircase.
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