Cheshire is a county in North West England, famous for its hauntings, especially in the Chester, which is amongst the oldest cities in Britain, originally a Roman settlement and once one of the busiest sea ports in the country. The historic walled city is now well-known for its high concentration of allegedly haunted locations.
Throughout Chester and the wider county, there are countless paranormal hotspots, not to mention what are said to be the most haunted toilets in the world. They can be found on Frodsham Street in Chester and are said to be haunted by the ghost of a man who took his own life near to the present day location of the facilities. He's been given the nickname "Tom" and has been described as one of Chester's "most disturbing ghosts" by the local paper. Tom, who naturally haunts the gents, is seen holding a razor blade to his wrist and wearing 1960s style clothing.
Below are ten more haunted locations to look out for in the county.
The Battle of Rowton Moor took place here during the English Civil War in 1645, and it has left its mark on the land forever. It was one of the most bloody battles of the conflict with a huge number of English soldiers brutally killed here.
The area is now haunted by the ghosts of men on horseback, who are said to appear each year around September 24th. Walkers have reported hearing the faint sound of music echoing across the landscape, which is thought to be the ghost of William Lawes, King Charles' court musician, who was shot down by a parliamentarian.
The Grade I listed remains of the priory in Runcorn are said to be one of the most haunted locations in the area. Most of the structure was demolished following the dissolution in 1536. All that remains today is the excavated ruins of the Church, cloister, chapter house and dormitory and latrines.
The remains of the abbey are said to be haunted by dark shadowy figures seen wandering the ground. Loud disembodied screams and female cries have been heard coming from the upper gallery, and a pale skull-like face has been witnessed in the undercroft - could this be connected to the 130 skeletons that were found during the site's excavation?
One of the most famous ghost photographs of all time was taken in the library at Combermere Abbey. The building is said to be haunted by Lord Combermere, a British cavalry commander who died in 1891 after being run over by a horse-drawn carriage. The famous photo which is supposed to show his ghost was taken in the library using a one-hour-long exposure during while his funeral was taking place elsewhere.
Crewe station opened in 1837 and is one of the most historically significant railway stations in the world, it is alleged to be so haunted that the former station manager, Sheila Breeze, recently described one area of the station as "not for the faint-hearted".
Throughout its 180 year history, there have been reports of the patter of children's footsteps, a phantom cat and a there's said to be a general feeling of unease in the north subway near an old lift, that was rumoured to have once been used by Queen Victoria to access a secret private tunnel.
In 2014, Virgin Trains employed a paranormal consultant, Barri Ghai, to detect paranormal activity following the frequent reports of strange goings on. There have been so many tales of unexplained supernatural activity, that for a time the station ran official ghost tours.
The hotel was one of the grand railway hotels to be built in the UK and is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl. She's most frequently spotted on the second floor in an area that was said to have once been a nursery, and people have reported hearing her tricycle in the corridors at night. Her ghost is said to sneak up on female guests as they fill up the baths in the hotel rooms. Some have even claimed that the mischievous spook has pulled their hair.
Staff, actors and customers have reported seeing the ghost of a stage hand, as well as the spirit of a lady in white. She has been seen all over the building for at least 50 years, often wandering the stage and most recently in the circle. The woman is believed to be the ghost of a ballerina who tragically killed herself in one of the dressing rooms. Her ghost is often said to be accompanied by the smell of lavender.
Elsewhere in the building, a hooded figure has been seen in the cellar areas, some think he could be connected to the original chapel. Meanwhile backstage, there are said to be three spirits. One is a playful ghost called Charlie, who is said to hide props on the stage.
There's also a more sinister energy that lurks in this area, some say this menacing entity could have been responsible for the 1910 fire. The third ghost is a that of a lost child who's seen wearing period costume and is attracted to other children.
The paranormal activity at the Lyceum was said to have been so bad that in 1969 an exorcist was called in. Clearly this didn't work, as the hauntings continue to this day.
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A very famous Tudor timbered-framed mansion right in the middle of Nantwich on Hospital Street. It was originally owned by a family of wealthy merchants, the Churches, who lived there from 1577. Since then it has had many uses, including being used as a cow-keeper's store, and more recently a restaurant, and now antiques shop.
The property was investigated by Yvette Fielding and the 'Most Haunted' team in their 2007 spin-off series, 'Midsummer Murders'.
The paranormal activity in the mansion is said to be caused by three resident ghosts. The spirit of a Civil War cavalier, a girl since wearing 19th century style clothing, and the ghost of William Churche, the father property's original owner. The ghostly goings on includes reports of objects moving around on their own, items like cutlery and plates falling off of tables, lights switching themselves on and off, and even full ghostly apparitions.
Hack Green was first used during the Second World War, its purpose was to confuse German bombers looking for the vital railway junction at Crewe. In the 1950s, the site became part of the ROTOR project and a reinforced concrete bunker was built and became known as RAF Hack Green. After being abandoned for some years, the Home Office took it over and converted the bunker to Regional Government Headquarters which remained in use until 1992.
The bunker is now a museum, and guests and staff have reported paranormal activity, including seeing the apparition of a young woman in the bunker's former telecommunications area. An aggressive male spirit is also said to haunt this area.
In the main corridor witnesses have seen a man dressed in period uniform, or have picked up on a general feeling of unease. Part of the bunker is now a theatre, and here guests have reported being touched and even pushed by an unseen force.
The Old Hall sits within the grounds of Tatton Hall, in Knutsford, Cheshire. The whole park is now a tourist attractions and the 15th century Old Hall is a listed building.
In the main hall, the original 1490 part of the house, visitors and staff have reported a strangling sensations, almost as if a rope was being gradually tightened around their neck.
Witnesses have also reported hearing guttural moans, loud knocking and footsteps throughout the house and poltergeist activity is said to be commonplace, especially in the old Victorian dining room.
The building is said to be haunted by a number of female spirits and one very powerful male entity called Tom, who was at one time a poacher. He's said to have been a very violent person and then drank himself into an early grave.
Yvette Fielding, who has investigated the building a total of four times as part of the long-running television show 'Most Haunted', has said that "it's one of the most haunted locations I have ever investigated."
Dating back to the late 16th century, the Bate Hall has become one of the most historically significant buildings in Macclesfield. The paranormal activity in the pub includes staff being touched by unseen hands, glasses flying off of shelves and dark shadowy figures seen around the building. The activity is most commonly reported in the residential space above the pub. According to the owner, her daughter plays hide and seek with the ghost of the young boy called Billy, who is said to haunt the pub.
The ghost of a grey lady has been seen in the inn walking the staircase and the empty rooms. She's thought to be the spirit of a woman who was hanged in the stairwell for being a witch. A poltergeist is said to throw objects around, children have been seen and heard around the building.
On the abandoned upper floor, strange markings are said to appear on the walls before vanishing again without leaving a trace, the ghost of an old lady and a young boy have been seen, as well as a seven-foot-tall shadowy figure that lurks in the dark recesses of this foreboding place.
The pub's cellars are also said to be haunted and it's thought that the activity could be related to a now buried tunnel under the cellar floor, which was once used as a hideout for a priest during the period when Catholics were persecuted by law.