Yorkshire, a historic county in northern England is famous for its heritage castles and abbeys and equally infamous for its creepy destinations. Having said that, wade through five of the most haunted places in Yorkshire where evil spirits reside.
Burton Agnes Hall
Sir Henry Griffith built the Jacobean manor house between 1601 and 1610. The ceiling of the long gallery was restored in two stages in 1951 and 1974. Generations of the same family have always lived at the hall. The building is Grade I listed.
The hall is said to be haunted by Anne who was robbed whilst on her way home and one of the robbers hit her over the head, she died from her injuries a few days later. Now her apparitions can be seen in the hall.
Plans suggest that a pit had existed on this site since the 1700’s. Before 1827 the colliery was owned by the Milnes family, then ownership passed to the Lister Kaye family up until 1917. After this the pit was run by a company which included Percy Greaves. Arthur Sykes of Lockwood and Elliot brought the colliery around 1941.
He remained the owner until Nationalisation in 1947. The conversion to a museum began in 1985 when the coal had become exhausted. The Yorkshire Mining Museum opened in 1988. The mining shaft is still in use today and is believed to be the oldest one still working. Life at the mines was not easy and working conditions were hard. Child labour was common place, and there were lots of industrial accidents. Death, disease and hardship were also rife.
There as been many reports of paranormal activity including the sound of machinery, things being thrown and deceased workers returning to their place of work.
Fountain Abbey in North Yorkshire is Britain’s largest monastic ruin, it was founded by 13 monks in 1132 who wanted a simpler life, they later became Cistercian monks.
After the dissolution of the monasteries, the crown sold the abbey and all its 500 acres of land to a merchant Sir Richard Gresham. It passed through several generations of his family until it was sold to Stephen Proctor, and sometime between 1598 and 1604 he built the Elizabethan mansion Fountains Hall. It was built partly from stone from the Abbey ruins.
The Studley Royal Estate which was once separate land up until 1767, was inherited by John Aislabie in 1693, following his expulsion from parliament in 1721 up until his death in 1742, he devoted his time to the creation of the Water Garden. His transformation of the gardens was completed by his son William who had purchased the Abbey ruins in 1767, and he continued to landscape the grounds.
The house passed on through different owners until it was brought by the City Council in 1966, and the National Trust took over ownership in 1983. It is now a visitors attraction.
The Abbey ruins is said to have a few strange occurrences and ghost one being the sound of a choir chanting, and the nearby hall is said to be home to a blue ghost said to be Stephen Proctors daughter, and an Elizabethan man who is seen emerging from the walls.
This is where an English Civil War battle took place in July 1644, between the royalist troops led by the Marquess of Newcastle and Prince Rupert and an allied army of Parliamentary and Scottish troops led by Sir Thomas Fairfax and Lord Manchester.
The Parliamentary army surprised the Royalist by their attack and the battle went on for several hours, the army won, not surprisingly many people died, the royalist lost as many as 3000 men.
It is said that still the sound of the battle can sometimes be heard, and phantom soldiers seen.
The Busby Stoop Inn
The Busby stoop inn in North Yorkshire is said to be haunted by Thomas Busby, which is how it got its name. Thomas owned the pub in the 18th century and was hanged from a gibbet opposite the inn for murdering his father in law while in a drunken stupor.
It was said that a chair that once was in the inn, if anyone sat on it, they would die not long after, it is now in the Thirsk museum high up so no one can sit on it.