10 Most Haunted Places In Bradford
The West Yorkshire city of Bradford has plenty haunted hotspots with, some of which dated back hundreds of years, while others are much more unassuming.
Below are the ten places in the city where you are most likely to run into a ghost.
10. Paper Hall
Paper Hall was built in 1643 and holds the title of being the oldest domestic building in the city. The hall is said to be haunted by plenty of strange noises, including the sound of distinctive footsteps heard walking up and down the stairs. The disembodied footsteps are said to be those of an Admiral who was murdered in the building, the distinctive sound being his wooden leg. Passersby have reported seeing a large pair of eyes staring out of one of the hall's windows.
9. Bradford City Football Club
The home ground of Bradford City FC is the Northern Commercials Stadium, formerly known as Valley Parade and it is said to be haunted. A groundsman working at the stadium on night spotted a light in the pavilion. He went to investigate and saw a man wearing the team's colours inside the building. The groundsman called the police, but upon their arrival they found no sign on the man or the light, and the building was securely locked. Some fans think that the figure might have been the ghost of former player, who had died a few days previously.
8. Black Bull Pub
The historic inn, which was allegedly where Branwell Brontë's declined into alcoholism and opium addiction, shut its doors in 2018, but the pub's owners say they are now working on finding a new licensee and re-opening. The pub is said to be haunted by the spirit of Brontë, drinkers have reported seeing a figure with his disheveled red hair and wild eyes.
7. Midland Hotel
The 90-bedroom three-star Victorian hotel in the city centre was constructed over five years from 1885, built by the Midland Railway Company. The hotel has played host to many famous guests, including the English actor Sir Henry Irving, who died on stage in a nearby theatre in 1905. His spirit is still said to roam the hotel's corridors. His ghost has been seen in the room where he spent his last night before his final performance.
6. Keighley Bus Museum
A bus museum is far from the stereotypical haunted location, but the museum in Keighley has its fair share of ghost stories. The museum is packed full of old buses from every era, each one has its own history and story. The depot was formerly a foundry and it too has a very grim past with stories of suicide and accidental death.
One part of the museum which is said to be haunted is the spiral staircase which leads to the upper floor. People have reported hearing whispers and growls here and some have even said they've been pushed by an unknown force. The spook which haunts this particular location is thought to be the spirit of a night watchman who took is own life by throwing himself into a huge vat of molten metal.
Up on the second floor is an area where two old rusting furnaces stand. It's in one of these furnaces that a security guard is said to have fallen in and was killed by the intense heat. All that was found of the man were his legs and many believe his ghost wanders the building.
5. East Riddlesden Hall
This 17th century manor house, perched on a small plateau overlooking a bend in the River Aire, is said to be one of the most haunted properties in the area and even featured in series eight of the long-running ghost hunting show 'Most Haunted'. The hall's most common spook is that of a Grey Lady, who has been seen in one part of the hall so often that a bedroom has been named after her.
4. West Bowling Golf Club
The now dilapidated clubhouse at West Bowling Golf Club is said to be haunted by a ghostly figure wearing a grey suit. The apparition has been spotted by the clubhouse's bar staff in the women's toilet. The club's caretaker also reported seeing snooker balls moving around the table of their own accord and hearing disembodied footsteps in an all but empty locker room.
3. Parkside Social Club
The Parkside Social Club has had many uses throughout its history, including a time as a school and it seems this era left its mark on the building. Many staff and customers have reported seeing the ghostly figure of a young girl in Victorian-style clothing. She is most frequently spotted in the pool room and her footsteps have been heard running around the upper floor.
2. Bradford City Hall
The Grade I listed, 19th century town hall in Centenary Square is one of the city's most recognisable landmarks because of its distinctive clock tower. The building has had several uses over the years, the cellar once housed the city's police cells and it is a former prisoner called Charlie who is said to haunted the building today. He was held in the cells before being executed.
His ghost has been blamed for a general feeling of unease and for what has been described as poltergeist activity. Staff have also reported hearing the sounds of a full court in session, but upon entering the old courtroom have found it to be completely empty.
1. Bolling Hall
Bolling Hall is one of the oldest buildings in Bradford. It currently houses a museum, but dating back to the 14th century, it had historical significance during the English Civil War as a Royalist stronghold. It is also said to be very paranormally active, with allegedly over twenty resident spooks.
In fact, the ghostly sightings date back to the Civil War when the Earl of Newcastle witnessed what he described as the spirit of a woman tugging on his bed sheets during the night. He claims that the woman told him to "pity poor Bradford", which convinced him to abort his plan to execute all of the town's residents, instead just ten were killed.
Other apparitions spotted in the property include the menacing ghost of a man in a long black coat who has been seen several times in the Blue Room. There's also said to be a lady in white, who has been seen floating effortlessly through the air before vanishing into the fireplace.
The hall is also said to be plagued by strange noises, like banging doors, unexplained footsteps and disembodied voices coming from otherwise empty rooms. Visitors have reported feeling as if they're been watched and a general sense of unease throughout the property.
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