Lancashire, a county in north west England is full of rich history. Though it boasts of some beautiful seaside towns, Lancashire is equally infamous for its haunted locations where lurk few super malevolent spirits. Beware as you step out to these most haunted places in Lancashire-
Coronation Street, Lancashire
Coronation Street was first filmed in 1960 and is one of Britains most popular soaps. Granada Studios were it is filmed as only been in use for the past 20 years. It was built on the site previously occupied by the Church of Saint John graveyard where it is believed that over 20,000 people were buried.
The most reported things to happen here are the sense of being pushed and the spirits of actors who used to work on the show.
Charnock Hall, Lancashire
Charnock Old Hall is a Grade II listed building. It as had many names over the years including Blacklache Hall and Leyland Hall. Its most famous owners were the Charnocks from Cuerden in the 17th century, they had lived in the area over 100 years prior to their move to the Old Hall. When William died in 1598, Roger his son then aged 11 was left the estate.
The Charnocks were a well-known Roman Catholic family, and it was at this time that this religion was frowned up on. The estate then passed to Robert Charnock, a Roman Catholic priest, who had the hall rebuilt in 1660. Before he died in 1670, he conveyed his estate to a Grace Bold, the house and estate to be left in trust for the benefit of the priests and secular clergy.
After a trial at the Lancaster Assizes in 1686, it was declared that the property being so left was illegal. In 1688, the house was forfeited to the King and when the parishioners petitioned against this, the Vicars of Leyland were granted the house and lands . It then became a farmhouse, the hall was eventually converted into two individual houses.
Many figures of monks and nuns have been witnessed here, also doors close by themselves, footsteps are heard and electrical appliances have been known to turn on by themselves.
Chingle Hall, Lancashire
This manor house was built in 1260 by Adam De Singleton, whose family lived there for many years, Adam was a devout Catholic and a chapel was built inside the manor, as mass was outlawed at the time many priest holes were built, so the priests could hide if necessary, it is the oldest domestic brick house in Britain, it originally had a moat, but this is now dry, but you still have to enter via the bridge over where the moat was.
Many spiritual things are said to happen here. Hooded monks have been seen, a cat is said to haunt the great hall and footsteps are heard. The main ghost that is said to be there is John Wall who was born at the manor house. He was one of the last English Roman Catholic Martyrs. He was executed for his belief in 1679.
It is said his severed head was taken around the country before being returned to Chingle Hall, but it is not known where the final resting place is. And the most haunted part is a bedroom which once belonged to Eleanor Singleton, it was reported she was kept captive there for over 12 years and she died or was murdered at the age of 20.
Hoghton Tower, Lancashire
The house was finished by Thomas Hoghton in 1565, and is an ancient fortified manor house which as played host to many distinguished guests including James I, George V and Queen Mary, it is also thought that William Shakespeare once stayed there.
Since the Norman Conquest it has been the home of the Hoghton family, and it remains so to this day. Now the family live in part of the Tower while the rest can be visited by the public.
It is said to be home for some spirits including a female dressed in green who is seen walking around the building and sometimes the sound of quiet laughter can be heard.
Mains Hall, Lancashire
It is not sure when the Mains Hall that stands today was built, but a hall was on the site from around 1236, before this since 1066 there was a settlement. The Great Hall was built in 1995 which is a replica of the original which was demolished in 1853. The hall as had many uses over the years as a farm, a bed and breakfast, a hotel, wedding venue, restaurant and as a family home.
There are many ghosts that are said to roam the hall including children, monks, cavaliers and past Lords and Ladies. Also people have been known to be touched, doors open and shut, objects are moved around and things happening to electrical items.
Ordsall Hall, Lancashire
It is thought that Ordsall House dates from 1251 when William de Ferrers exchanged the hall for some land at Pendleton. The longest use of the hall was for a family home to the Radclyffe family who came into ownership after the death of Richard de Hulton, who died childless. Different members of the family owned the hall for over 300 years.
Sir Alexander Radclyffe was High Sheriff of Lancashire; he held this position on four separated occasions. A lot of the family were knighted for their services in battle and regularly taking part in court. Margerat Radclyffe was a favourite Maid of Honour for Queen Elizabeth. Over the years that the family lived there work was carried out at the hall and additions were made.
After it ceased to be their home in the late 17th century Ordsall Hall had many uses. It was first sold on to the Oldfield family. Up until 1871 it continued to be a home for many different families the last were descendents of John Markendale who lived there himself in 1814.
In 1875 it was leased to Haworth Mill who used the property as a workings men club, the great hall became a gymnasium, and also there were places for a bowling green, skittle alley and a billiard room. When the lease ran out Earl Egerton of Tatton opened the great hall as a Clergy Training School, and he paid architect Alfred Darbyshire to carry out major renovations.
The hall was brought by Salford Corporation in 1959 and again following more restoration work, was opened in 1972 to the public as local history museum and period house.
The main ghost at the hall is a ‘white lady’ possibly that of Margaret Radclyffe, she is seen in the Great Hall or at the front of the property, also noises have been heard like the sound of doors being opened or closed, dragging sounds and footsteps, and occasionally people have reported that they have smelled roses or lavender when there has not been a presence of either.