10 Most Haunted Places In Leeds
The West Yorkshire city of Leeds isn't well known for its paranormal hotspots, but there are plenty of locations that are said to be haunted as a result of the city's vibrant history and industrial past.
10. Hassett's House
It's not known who are what haunts this stately home, which is owned and still lived in to this day by the Hassett family, but the activity there is rampant. It ranges from unexplained knock and bangs, and doors slamming own their own, through to much more violent acts. One family member reported being awoken in the night by unseen hands shaking him by the shoulders.
There's also claims that those brave enough to venture into the cellar, a place where even the family dog refuses to go. The house is plagued by phantom moans coming from the fireplace, pictures inexplicable falling from the walls with stark regularity, and strange unexplained sounds coming from seemingly empty room.
9. The Palace
One of Leeds' most historic pubs that's been serving customers since 1821. As well as hosting thousands of customers over the years, it's also played host to the ghost of a famous entertainer. It said that Michael Hill, an actor, singer and poet who died in the pub in 1948 can still be seen propping up the bar.
8. Leeds Crown Court
Leeds Crown Court has for many years been the place of emotional trials, where sentences have been passed. Those working and visiting the building have regularly reported seeing the spirit of an old bald man, he's been given the nickname Fred by the staff. The hauntings actually date back further than the court rooms, which were open in 1974. It's said that the ground the buildings stands on is haunted, with stories from as far back as 1874 of locals gathering to try to spot the ghosts roaming the grounds.
7. Thackray Medical Museum
Now a museum, the Grade II listed building stands on the site of a workhouse, which once housed the poor and those who could not support themselves in the community. With so much misery and death associated with this building, it's no surprise that there are so many claims that it is haunted. With reports of poltergeist activity, a phantom doctor that's seen wandering around wearing a white coat, ghostly patients, and even dark entity.
Staff and visitors have also reported hearing moaning and guttural cries in the dead of night, could these be the ghostly cries of suffering patients?
6. Kirkstall Abbey
Now nothing more than ruins, the abbey dates back to the 12th century both the ground of the abbey and the museum which sits within the grounds is said to be haunted. The abbey's most famous ghost is that of a spirit called Mary, who's said to have witnessed her husband taking his own life.
The Abbey House museum feature a mock-up of a Victorian street, lined with shops from that era. The creepy shopfronts created plenty of dark corners for spooks to hide in. The museum is said to be haunted by the former abbott of the abbey. Visitors have reported seeing dark shadows and hearing disembodied voices, screams and footsteps. Some have even reported being grabbed by unseen hands.
5. Temple Works
When Temple Works was built in 1840 it held the record of being the biggest single room in the world, but it's also famous for its ghosts. There is said to be a phantom cat that haunts the undercroft, as well as the spirit of a former worker from the building's time as a factory, they are seen roaming around the old canteen building.
4. Leeds Town Hall
The Victorian town hall in the heart of the city was opened in 1858 and as well as housing a court and the bridewell cells, it is also said to be home to several hauntings, mostly in the old cells, which still exist in the buildings basement to this day. One of those most infamous ghosts is that of Charlie Peace, a murderer who was held in prison before being executed for his crimes. Elsewhere in the building, the spirits of dead politicians are said to roam.
3. Temple Newsam House
Temple Newsam is believed to be home to several ghosts. The Tudor-Jacobean house, which is now a museum, is said to be haunted by a Blue Lady. It's thought she is the spirit of Lady Mary Ingram, the granddaughter of Sir Arthur Ingram, a former owner of the property. Another of the estate's spooks is the ghost of Phoebe Gray, a maid who once served at the house until she was murdered by a servant called William Collinson, his spirit is also said to haunt the building.
2. Armley Mills
Armley Mills is said to house Victorian ghosts and poltergeist activity, as well as disembodied voice and dark shadows. One of the building's resident spooks is a tall Victorian gentlemen who's been seen many times wearing a top hat and using a cane. He's said to walk the floors of the mill in the dead of night.
In a part of the mill which is now known as the cinema room, two spirits are said to roam. One is an original ghost of Armley, whereas the other has come with the fixtures and fittings of the cinema. One of the apparitions is said to be sinister. People have reported seeing seats move all on their own.
As the mill's workforce was made up of children as young as six, there were many accidents and deaths amongst the machinery were common in the mill's heyday. As a result, the ghosts of children have been witnessed around the old machinery.
1. City Varieties Music Hall
A 19th century performance venue that was refurbished and re-opened in 2011 and is said to be a hotbed of paranormal activity, including unexplained knocks and bangs, poltergeist activity and there's even stories that the building's paintings which adorn the walls have become warped.
Customers have experienced everything from the sounded of a piano being played by unseen hands to disembodied legs walking up stairs, and even the full apparition of a gentleman wearing First World War attire.
Other spooked in the theatre include a man in a bowler hat and the spirit of a red haired woman, who's seen wandering the building during performances. It's said that if she's seen it means the show will be successful.
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