Lancashire, along with Yorkshire, Greater London, is one of three areas of the UK where residents make the most reports of paranormal activity. Plus police in the area recently revealed that they've been regularly dealing with reports of not only UFO sightings but also claims of alien abductions in the county and a craft landing in Marsden Park, Nelson.
The county in the north west of England also has several very famous haunted location and a dark a sinister history, including the site of the Pendel witch trials in East Lancashire.
There are so many haunted locations in the area that Yvette Fielding and the 'Most Haunted Live!' team once broadcast live from various locations across Lancashire for eight consecutive nights.
Below are the 20 haunted locations and their paranormal history which are best known throughout the county.
Liverpool Central Library is the largest of the 22 libraries in the city and has its fair share of ghost stories, including reports of shadows moving in the dark corners of rooms. There's also claims of some unusual haunting such as a demonic rat and even a phantom black cat with glowing eyes. It is often heard at night throughout the building and occasionally seen in the International Room.
The oddly shaped cinema with its unique curved frontage is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who died of a heart attack while paying an exciting game of bingo at the venue before it became a cinema. It's claimed that she still wanders the building in search of her unclaimed winnings.
The cinema is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a man who hanged himself behind the screen, his ghost is blamed for reports of shadowy figures and unexplained light anomalies.
The Slaughter House, a well-known pub in the centre of Liverpool, is known for its reports of ghostly goings-on, which range from a little boy laughing, pint glasses smashing and staff heave reported having their hair pulled and encountered dark figures and heard footsteps on the stairs.
Walton Hall is said to have a few ghostly residents, some are friendly, some are definitely not.
The most common reports are of the sound of children crying, laughing and running around various parts of the host, most commonly on the stairs. It's said that a little girl died in this area and her ghost has seen been seen here, she's also said to have pushed visitors on the stairs.
Another of the house's ghosts that of Lady Daresbury, the wife of Sir Gilbert Greenall. It's believed that she died in the bathroom that adjoins her bedroom, and since then she has been haunting her rooms. The legend states that if she doesn't like you, you'll be sure to have an unpleasant experience, she might even try to push you out of her room.
The Empire's resident spooks include the ghost of a tearful young girl seen wearing Victorian era clothing. She's been spotted by staff on many occasions, usually late at night in one of the bar areas. Some have reported seeing her being dragged away by a man.
The theatre is also said to be haunted by a handyman called Les, he was a painter at the theatre and is said to have come back to his former place of work after his death. There's also been reports of a dark apparition seen in one of the dressing rooms. The apparition was most often seen as a dark shape in the mirror and was been blamed for temperature drops in the room. The dressing room has now been converted into a store room, which seems to have put an end to the haunting.
Charnock Hall seems like an unlikely location for a haunting, it's not a big old castle or an old remote manor house. It's a house that is said to be very paranormally active and it stands at the end of a quiet cul de sac in the outskirts of Preston.
Charnock Hall has a long history and was once owned by the royal family. In the 17th century, Robert Charnock, a Catholic priest lived here, it was around this time that Catholicism was frowned upon and many services were conducted here in secrecy. Residents have witnessed dark shadowy figures, that look remarkably like priests.
Some who have investigated the house before have reported getting locked inside the bathroom and seeing another person face transform into that of a nun. The electricity is also said to have flicked off in strange circumstances.
The first paranormal experience that the previous owner, Carol Rawlinson, had was when she first moved in to the house and had the stairs removed as part of renovation works. She heard the sound of someone walking up the stairs, despite the fact the new staircase hadn't been installed yet. She said her stereo also frequently turns itself on in the middle of the night. On another occasion, a friend waiting for Carol outside saw a boy bouncing a ball in the upstairs window.
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The original part of Woolton Hall was built in 1704 for the Molyneux family. Since then, the hall has been home to several notable figures, including the Earl of Sefton and Liverpool shipowner Frederick Richard Leylands. Later in its 300-year history the hall was used as a hospital during WWII, then became a meeting place for the Freemasons, before eventually becoming a school. Today the Grade I-listed mansion is abandoned and decaying.
Paranormal investigators who have ventured into the property have reported an overwhelming feeling of unease and have even heard a sinister growl. The aggressive noise is believed to have been the spirit of a Freemason threatening a female ghost hunter as he tries to enforce the Mason's strict 'no women' rule from beyond the grave.
After the the incident, the investigator, Rebecca Palmer said, "I genuinely feared for my safety. I could tell there was some kind of negative presence around and I was worried it would try to take hold of me."
There is also a report that over 100 years ago, a pregnant lady sadly fell down the stairs inside the home and lost her baby. It is believed that she still walks up and down the stairs, perhaps reliving the tragic accident.
The now derelict building is now a popular location for amateur paranormal investigators as well as urban explorers who document their visits to the property on YouTube.
Speke Hall is a wood-framed Tudor manor house that is said to be haunted by the ghost of a former heiress, Lady Mary Norris. She married Lord Sidney Beauclerk, a man nicknamed "Worthless Sidney" who gambled away the family fortune. It's said that Lady Mary, so distraught by this took her baby son from his cradle and threw him from the window of the tapestry room into the moat below, before taking her own life in the great hall.
As well as the ghost of Lady Mary, the building is said to be home to plenty of paranormal activity, including a general feeling of unease, the sound of unexplained footsteps and children crying, as well as sightings of dark shadowy figures, including one figure that is said to whisper the words "get out".
This historic theatre is said to have several resident spooks, one of which coincidentally shares a name and occupation with a ghost who haunts the Empire Theatre, also in Liverpool. Les was a former caretaker at the theatre and it's a matter of record that he died after a fall while working on the building's roof in the 1970s, but the staff of the building still feel his presence.
The theatre is also said to be haunted by a crying usher dressed in 1920s style clothing, she has been seen by several visitors. Others have reported seeing an apparition of a lady in red and the ghost of a man wearing a Cavalier costume, and two cleaners reported seeing an apparition that they described as looking like the Grim Reaper.
The Adelphi in Liverpool is actually the third hotel on the site and the Grade II listed building is easily one of the most haunted in the country. Guests have reported seeing multiple spirits in naval attire. Staff have seen someone hanging out of a window in the Crosby Room, but upon investigation found that the room was empty and the window was locked.
Other guests have claimed to have seen the ghostly figure of a man known as George standing next to their bed at night. While others have reported feeling inexplicably ill, or like they are being watched. Most of the reports are focussed on the hotel's third floor, where there has also been reports of a demon.
The grand hotel, which now stand abandoned on the seafront, was built in 1895 by Edmond Park, the luxury hotel attracted England's wealthiest and most influential, but it was rumoured that after hours Park held séances and strange occult rituals. He mysteriously disappeared in 1899, never to be seen again. Many think that he was murdered in the hotel, cursing the property and his spirit has never left. The story of the curse it well known throughout the town.
Locals say a young soldier drowned in the sea and was brought back to the hotel, where he was pronounced dead. They also tell the tale of a woman named Emma Manson, who was murdered by her husband on the second floor and his body was found hanging in the tower. Another man took his life on the tower too, hanging himself from the outside.
Staff and visitors in the hotel have heard disembodied screams, seen phantom apparitions in the hallways and witnessed a child spirit roaming the building. Lights are said to turn themselves on and off and the property's manager has even caught a demonic face on CCTV.
Mains Hall in Blackpool is home to many fantastic stories of paranormal activity. With an ancient burial ground to murdered monks and children playing in bedrooms. The house dates back to at least the 15th century and is possibly built on foundations dating back to the 12th century.
The master bedroom is said to be one of the most active rooms in the property. The ghost of a tall lady has been seen walking around the bed and the door's latch rattles as if someone is trying to get in. The ghost of a cavalier has been frequently spotted in watch was once a cocktail bar.
The ghosts of murdered monks are commonly sighted in the house and in its grounds, and the building is also said to be plagued by poltergeist activity, the disembodied sounded of voices are often heard when no one is around and doors slam on their own.
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The Greengate Brewery is said to be troubled by ghostly goings-on including barrels moving around in the cellar, a dark figure appearing in the attic and a security guard getting his face slapped by an invisible presence. Inside it resembled an old factory, while the outside of the building looked like it belonged in the television show 'Coronation Street' with its cobbled lanes and red brick buildings.
In 1828, a successful cotton manufacturer by the name John Lees bought the Greengate house premises and set up a brewery. Although new to this line of work, John succeeded in creating a thriving family business. In 1876, ale product was so good, that a new brew house had to be built to cope with demand. Two years later, the founder's sole surviving grandson, John Willy Lees, took the helm and the brewery became J.W. Lees & Co. The brewery has managed to change with the time and remained a successful independent company.
The brewery has a high level of reported paranormal activity, such as poltergeist activity, phantoms and footsteps have all been witnessed here.
A figure has been seen walking across the tank room in a long white coat, but when challenged the figure disappears. Many staff have reported hearing footsteps walking across this room. The filing is also the site of a reported apparition. A tall dark cloaked figure has been seen here walking between the filing shelves. The board room is also said to be haunted, the ghost of a lady has been seen sitting at the meeting table and a security guard reported being hit across the face by an unseen hand, and objects have been seen flying across the fermenting room.
The Royal Court Theatre was once the site of the Henrietta Street Iron Foundry, until it was destroyed by fire in 1850. It was later rebuilt and opened its doors to the public in 1893.
Many staff, guests and performers have reported paranormal activity in the form of poltergeist activity, ringing bells, unexplained draughts, and even disembodied blue legs seen walking through the building.
One of the theatre's ghosts is that of Kitty, who is thought to be an usher who worked at the theatre at some point in the past.
Others have reported hearing shuffling feet, the sound of an audience taking their seat but on investigation have found the theatre to be empty.
Reports of ghostly goings on have been made as recently as 2008, when a spirit was captured in a photograph taken during a performance by the Second Rossendale Scout Band. Although the ghostly figure wasn't visible at the time, in the photo an old woman with grey hair was seen wearing a black dress with a white collar.
A theme park conjures up images of fun and games and seems a world away from the gothic towers of a classic haunted house, but the historic Pleasure Beach in Blackpool is said to be a hotbed of poltergeist activity.
Before the advent of the railway, Blackpool was no more than a small seaside village, a far cry from the bustling resort it is today. Since opening in 1896, the pleasure beach is the town's most famous attraction and it's grown in size over the years.
By day the park is a tourist attraction that draws in around seven million people every year, many of whom don't realise it's haunted. Although the pleasure beach is a place of fun, there's not many places creepier than an empty fun fair at night.
The two most paranormally active locations are said to be the gift shop, which is underneath the Sir Hiram Maxim's Captive Flying Machines ride. The spirits of children, often a young girl, have been sighted here and staff have reported poltergeist activity, in the form of objects flying off the shelves and moving around at night.
Another active location at the pleasure beach is the ghost train, which is said to have a real mischievous ghost called Cloggy. The spook gets its name from a former train operator who used to wear clogs. Staff and visitors have heard the sound of his shoes tapping on the floor as his spirit walks behind them.
Newsham Park is a former seaman's orphanage and hospital and over the years has been the site of many reports of paranormal activity. Dating back to its operational days, a female nurse reported seeing an unexplained apparition, soon after she was found dead on the main corridor.
Many patients witness seeing the ghost of children over the years, as well as seeing dark shadowy figures, and haring disembodied, as well as reports of moving objects.
More recently ghost hunters at the hospital have reported hearing banging sounds coming from inside a row of cupboards in an upper floor corridor. It's said that these were the cupboards where badly behaved children were sent during Victorian times. This area is said to be haunted by a little boy who died while locked in a cupboard.
Nestled within a modern estate, just five miles outside of Liverpool city centre, is a 210 roomed mansion that is said to be haunted by its previous occupants. The building doesn't have the grim or negative stories that are normally associated with haunted houses, but none the less, it is said to be haunted by visions of its past.
In the kitchens the sounds of servants can be heard busying themselves and the ghostly vision of a house maid has been seen. In the billiard room, dark figures have been seen sitting in non-existent chairs and the smell of tobacco has been smelt. Motion detectors continuously go off for know apparent reason in the breakfast room. The former servants quarters in the building's attic is also said to be a very active paranormal hotspot.
Originally built as the Victoria Pavilion Theatre in 1897, but closed in 1977 due to a fall it profits. The building once house a ballroom, but sadly this part of the building was demolished in 1982, a campaign to restore and preserve the rest of historic building has been running ever since.
The most haunted part of the building is said to be the main auditorium, where shadows have been seen moving across the stage and witnesses have reported being pushed, slapped and poked by an unseen force. One of the theatre's dressing rooms is believed to be haunted by the spirit of a seamstress who died having not realised her dreamed of becoming a professional dancer. There's also the ghost of young boy who's spotted running through this part of the building.
Other haunted hotspots include the the bar and in the many stairwells and many visitors have reported hearing disembodied footsteps, unexplained voices and strange sounds.
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Pendle Hill is famous for its history of witchcraft, murder and execution. In 1612, 12 people were accused of a spate of local murders and witchcraft was said to be involved in the killing. The twelve witches lived in the area surrounding Pendle Hill and were charged with the murders of ten people
One of the accused died in prison, the other 11, nine women and two men, were tried for witchcraft and ten were found guilty and hanged. The trials are some of the most famous and best recorded witch trials in British history.
The location was the sight of one of Most Haunted's most memorable investigations to date. Yvette Fielding took her team to Pendle Hill for a live show which was broadcast over halloween 2004. During the broadcast the team were investigating the farmhouse, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of the witches, several team members said they felt like they were being chocked and one-by-one left the location.
St. James's Cemetery, situated behind Liverpool Cathedral, is said to be one of the most haunted locations in Liverpool. The Grade I Historic Park and urban burial site dates back to 1936 and has made the news in recent years after reports of ghostly sightings.
A video was recently posted on Facebook which appears to show a silvery white figure on a path running through the gardens. The ghostly figure seems to appear and disappear.
Others have seen the ghost of MP William Huskisson leaving his grand mausoleum where he was laid to rest in 1830, after he was run over by George Stephenson's Rocket locomotive. There's also said to be a woman in black who's been seen gliding towards a tomb that was ransacked by grave-robbers in the 1970s.