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Harrogate Sightings


The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.?

Could there be a world that lies beyond our beliefs?

These are some of the reported sightings and stories of ordinary people, who believe they have had an extraordinary experience!

Some names have been changed for the purpose of this website!

 

?The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.?

Could there be a world that lies beyond our beliefs?

These are some of the reported sightings and stories of ordinary people, who believe they have had an extraordinary experience!

Some names have been changed for the purpose of this website!

?The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.?

Could there be a world that lies beyond our beliefs?

These are some of the reported sightings and stories of ordinary people, who believe they have had an extraordinary experience!

Some names have been changed for the purpose of this website!

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Druids Temple Ilton
Ashville College Harrogate
Cavendish Hotel Harrogate
Spofforth Castle Harrogate
Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate
 
 

Druids Temple Ilton

The Druids Temple, situated near Ilton, about 4 miles west of Masham is a folly created by William Danby of nearby Swinton Hall in 1820.

The structure sits deep within a private forest and includes a large stone table, a sheltered cave and an altar stone. The temple is approximately 100 feet long and 50 feet wide, with some of the stones standing over 10 feet high.

William Danby (1752-1832) was made High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1784. He created the temple to generate work for the local population who were paid 1 shilling a day. A salary was offered for someone to live at the Temple as a hermit for seven years. I am unsure if anyone did stay the full seven year term, but I believe someone stayed for five years before going a bit mad.

Baroness Masham of Ilton (quoted in Hansard): "A few miles from Masham, on the estate, is a realistic copy of a druid temple, with all the stones, including the sacrificial stone, in the correct positions. One Sunday afternoon, my secretary was going for a walk with a friend when she found a pig's head sitting on the altar, which gave her a terrific shock. It is thought that there has been Devil worship there."

Ashville College Harrogate

A ghostly apparition of a green lady is said to appear in the clock tower and corridors of Harrogate’s Ashville College. Said to be a former nursing sister who worked in the school’s sanatorium, she has reportedly been seen at all times of day and night since the First World War. Legend has it she threw herself from the clock tower after learning of the death of her lover.

 

Cavendish Hotel Harrogate

An apparition of grey haired man has been seen sitting on the edge of a bed late at night, the short, aging figure rose and walked towards the window, suddenly vanishing into thin air.

 

Spofforth Castle Harrogate

Haunted by an indistinguishable ` half human` shape this ruined fortified manor was originally the home of the Percy family who arrived in this country in 1069. The apparition, if that is what the figure can be called, is bluish-white in colour, and is seen `standing` on the tiny parapet at the top of the eighteenth century tower for a few seconds and then falling rapidly to the grass path below. A group of schoolchildren and their teacher saw the phenomena in 1969 and two picnickers also witnessed `the ghostly suicide` in 1973.

 

Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate

The old building, which has stood on the same spot since 1672, has been changed countless times in the last 300 years. But one wing has stayed the same - and ‘spooky corridor’, as it is known, is said to be home to some ghoulish guests.

“We’ve had guests say they’ve seen people dressed in old-fashioned attire,” said general manager Simon Cotton.

“One guest went into their room and found two ladies dressed in Victorian clothes sat on the bed.

“And last year we had someone who swore blind they had chased someone from their room. We even checked the locks. But the door hadn’t been opened all night.”

A handyman at the hotel once walked into a room, and seeing that it was full of ladies in fancy dress, apologised and left. It was only later that it transpired there was no booking for that room - he believes he saw the ghosts of Victorian ladies. The attic space, long deserted, is said to be haunted by the ghosts of soldiers who stayed there during the war.

One of the oldest tales is that of Mabel, a chambermaid who died nearly 200 years ago, and is said to still haunt a corridor, scaring staff, moving objects, and occasionally, cleaning rooms. He said the staff all referred to the hallway as ‘spooky corridor’. “It’s done in a lighthearted way. We’ve never had any guests running down the corridor and saying they’ll never stay here again.