An email went round work yesterday about a sponsored spook-sit at Bolling Hall in November. by the catering staff. The idea is to spend an overnight session in all the scary bits of the hall, where the unexplained things happen.
Bolling Hall is the most famous haunted building in Bradford and even recently appeared on Living TV’s Most Haunted. The ghosts of the Hall date from various historical backgrounds but are famous for being active. There are over 20 reported sightings and incidents of paranormal activity and we believe it’s a night not to be missed!
In the past some of the things reported include the sound of a baby crying has been heard all around the hall and ladies’ voices are heard.
In 1900 when J.M. Tankard lived at the hall one of the maids was meeting her fiancé in the east part of the grounds when they saw a group of Parliamentarian officers approaching them who suddenly disappeared. Back in the 1940′s the head attendant reported seeing a lady in period dress floating 3ft off the ground in the entrance and gliding over to the fireplace and disappearing into it.
The staff like the “Blue Room” the least – people have experienced the feelings as if you are being watched, and a man with long coats tails has been seen by the fireplace in here.
In 1643 the first ghost was sighted at Bolling Hall. The head of the Royalist army, the Earl of Newcastle (who was based there) felt his bedclothes being pulled away from him and saw the ghost of a lady wringing her hands and saying ‘pity poor Bradford’. As a result he changed his orders from his troops to kill all in Bradford to only kill those who offered armed resistance. As a result only 10 people were recorded as being killed in the siege.
And there is much, much more! Fright Nights have organised an overnight investigation of Bolling Hall with access to all its haunted areas. The experience includes an exclusive tour of the location, use of the latest ghost hunting equipment and overnight investigation.
With over 20 years experience within the paranormal, Fright Nights will also undertake a series of psychic experiments including glass moving and you will be joined by a clairvoyant medium through the night.
Now I’m a bit of a skeptic when it comes to the supernatural, although that is not to say that I haven’t been a little spooked in an empty theatre in the middle of the night. It is interesting that there is a Company devoted to running such activities so there is obviously money in it. you can see more here, but their ISP seems a bit flaky.
Serious investigation, trickery, Entertainment, or perhaps a mixture of all three? I’m a bit too much of an early bird these days and if I went I’d be wrecked for the weekend. It might be a laugh though!
My shot of the ghost room doesn’t have anything unusual (apart from a dummy in the bed), but the BBC claim there is something spooky in their 3D panorama.