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Halloween at The Black Swan Inn , York  

 

Saturday 2nd November  

 

9pm till 3am

 

£45 Per Ticket with Buffet Included

 

** Limited to 25 Guests **

Join us this Halloween as we return to The Black Swan In York . We have the entire building including the hotel bedrooms for the whole evening with free buffet is included.

 

The pub, like many in York, is as interesting below ground as it is above. It dates back to the 15th century, when it was a private house, with alterations and additions been made in the following two centuries. Prior to the present building, a medieval inn had stood on the site and remains may well still be beneath the pub.

 

It was built for William Bowes, a merchant and Sheriff of York in 1417, who also became Lord Mayor in 1428.

 

Various ghostly sightings have occurred...............

 

There is a ghost of the gentleman in a bowler hat who appears to be impatiently waiting for someone at the bar - eventually his apparition slowly fades away.  

 

Another ghost can be seen sitting staring into the fire in the bar. It is the ghost of a particularly beautiful young woman thought to be a jilted bride. It is said that should a man stare into her face he will die in ecstasy.

 

There are several other ghosts who appear regularly. A small boy, known affectionately to the staff as Matthew, is frequently seen in the bar and passageway. He is dressed in Victorian style clothes and is reportedly a pickpocket, which might explain the disappearance of various items kept behind the bar.

 

A rumoured highwayman, who we know as Jack, appears regularly in the kitchen, dressed in riding boots and a long black cloak. Interestingly, the kitchen was built over the original stable yard. He can also be heard singing along to Irish folk songs in the corner of the bar late at night.

 

A less frequent ghostly visitor is a large black cat wandering around the pub. This ghost causes confusion among staff and frequent customers alike as it bears a strong resemblance to Salem, the pubs resident feline.

 

The chair by the fire is reputedly cursed and it is said that should anyone sit in it a curse will fall upon them. We recommend standing.

 

There have been regular sightings of a pair of legs disappearing up the stairs leading to the landlord’s flat. We believe the landlord may have to be legless himself to dare to sleep there!

*Over 18’s only

 

*Full use of ghost hunting equipment and light refreshments available throughout the night

Oakwell Hall , Birtstall

 

Saturday 26th October

 

5.30pm till 10.30pm

 

£45 per ticket

 

Join us at this rarely investigated location !!

 

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Oakwell's most famous legend concerns the ghost of William Batt, owner of the house in 1684. He was a young man of 25, a bachelor whose widowed mother, Elizabeth, lived at Oakwell. The best account of the ghost story comes from the Victorian writer Mrs Gaskell in her "Life of Charlotte Bronte".

 

Her account is as follows:

"Captain Batt was believed to be far away; his family was at Oakwell; when in the dusk on a winter evening, he came stalking along the lane, through the hall and up the stairs, into his own room, where he vanished. He had been killed in a duel in London that very same afternoon of December 9th 1684."

 

The legend also states that he left a bloody footprint behind in a bedroom

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*Over 18’s only

 

*Full use of ghost hunting equipment and light refreshments available throughout the night

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Armley Mills , Leeds

 

Saturday 28th September

 

9pm till 2am

 

£45 per Ticket

 

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The earliest record of Armley Mills dates from the middle of the sixteenth century when local clothier Richard Booth leased 'Armley Millnes' from Henry Saville.

 

Ownership changed several times up to 1907 when the company Bentley and Tempest took over the entire site and this continued up to 1969, when production ceased and Leeds City Council bought the building in recognition of its historic importance.

 

Working conditions in the mills were unregulated and frequently appalling, children were particularly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, working long hours in terrible conditions. In one notorious case in 1832 a child died in a Leeds mill when he was not allowed to stop work to go to the toilet.

 

Staff have reported dark shadows crossing their path, the feeling of hands brushing over their hair and faces and the sounds of children crying or shouting have been heard by staff and visitors. The presence of a large and angry man has also been  sensed by visiting mediums.

 

*Over 18’s only

 

*Full use of ghost hunting equipment and light refreshments available throughout the night

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The Village Mansfield Ghost Hunt

 

Saturday 16th November

 

9pm till 2am

 

£29 per person

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There has been many sightings at The Village.  

Some of the ghosts that have been picked up here are a Mr Merryweather who was the owner of the Malt Houses until his death in 1835. He has been seen in the Village by volunteers who were painting here before its reopening in 2013. The CCTV footage shows nobody was there but they all swore that they saw the figure of a man.

Many psychics have also picked up on the name Merryweather which was not well documented. There has also been mention of the name Catherine who has been picked up on by many groups during investigations here. She is thought to have been murdered at The Village along with her child. Many people have heard the sounds of a baby crying in the lower rooms.

 

There is also a piano which plays on its own, the owners say that this piano was there when they purchased the building.

 

One other group of spirits who appear to stick together are said to be those of prisoners who were held captive in secret rooms here. These males seem to be very unhappy and often make their presence felt during ghost hunts at The Village.

*Over 18’s only

 

*Full use of ghost hunting equipment and light refreshments available throughout the night

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