“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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“There are lots of features of the past still contained within the mill – the ‘naughty ring’ where children were taken when they misbehaved. Shoes have been found within walls, placed there to ward off witches.”
In addition there had been numerous reports of strange sights and sounds in the mill. It was rumoured that a lady in clogs could be heard wandering around one of the top floors, and that former foreman Myers was still roaming the building watching over his workers.
There are a number of spirits who are said to haunt East Riddlesden Hall – the Grey Lady who is apparently the wife of a former Lord of the Manor and who can be seen wandering the corridors as though looking for something. The White Lady who is seen walking around the Halls lake and who was allegedly thrown from her horse whilst hunting and a phantom coachman who again has been seen near the lake perhaps looking for his horse and coach.
Curiously there is a spirit known as the “Assassin-Dishwasher” who, it is said, was a man who worked at the hall by day as a dishwasher, but at night was an assassin. Normally he doesn`t pay much of a visit, but if somebody harbours a depressive mood then he will strike.
Stories of paranormal activity abound at East Riddlesden such as if a bunch of fresh flowers are left on Table 3 within the halls tea room sometimes, by morning, they have wilted and died. Chairs are also reported to move on their own accord within the tea rooms.
Also within the tea rooms, there is the spirit of a mother and two young boys, one of whom supposedly drowned in the lake in the grounds of the hall. Some mornings, books and stuffed toys have moved from the toy-box contained in the tea room and can be found in locations throughout the room that they could not have reached if they had somehow just fallen out of the box.
After opening in 1913, an actress is said to have committed suicide in this theatre by throwing herself from a balcony. She may have been seen in the early 2000s by members of the public who complained that a woman had opened a fire door. When staff investigated, the door was secure. Staff have also reported that screen one has a bad feeling, while the second projector room has a warm inviting feel.
The landlord of the Cricketers Arms, John Mitchell reported seeing a man wearing a flat cap just outside the front of the pub, while a member of the cleaning staff spotted the ghost sitting at a table with a bicycle next to him. It is thought he is one of the pub patrons from years ago.
Paranormal investigation groups have reported recording a laugh and a phantom dog barking after the landlady called them in. Locals named the dog as 'Rusty', a Jack Russell who died many years previous.
A pig farmer hit by a coach close by was brought to the pub and died upstairs of her injuries. Her ghost is said to move items around causing banging and clattering as she goes.
A spectral dog is said to have appeared briefly to prevent a robbery on the roadside, only once the threat has passed the dog simply vanished into this air.