Bamber Bridge, Baxi Heating Factory

old hob inn

The photo above is of Ye Olde Hob Inn, in Bamber Bridge, which features in this story.

During World War II there was a base in the town for American servicemen.  There were both white and African American servicemen here but, this being the 1940s, the two were segregated.  In June 1943 there were race riots in Detroit and their effects were not lost on the troops in Bamber Bridge, despite the fact that all the soldiers were welcomed by the local residents regardless of their colour.  The discomfort caused by news of the riots eventually led to a riot here in Lancashire, a riot which became known as the Battle of Bamber Bridge.  It began as a simple disagreement between some soldiers drinking in the Old Hob Inn, but it quickly led to a fist-fight between white and black men, which then spilled out onto the road and through the town.  It escalated into a battle between the African American soldiers and the white Military Police, and in the end shots were fired and one black soldier, William Crossland, suffered a fatal headwound.

Seventy years have passed since then, but at the local Baxi Heating factory, all is not well.  Some night-shift workers have reported feeling very uncomfortable during the darkest hours; they have heard the sound of someone whistling and, at other times, laughing.

In recent years, a security officer swore he would not venture into the warehouse again after he saw a ghostly World War II soldier…

© Copyright Melanie Warren, photo © Copyright Galatas and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


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2 Responses to Bamber Bridge, Baxi Heating Factory

  1. Donnie says:

    Hi ,just like to say I’m the security officer that actually captured the ww2 soldier on my phone camera I printed it n put it on the wall in the hallway of the manual press shop ,done some research found that William crossland died here during the mutiny of bamberbridge ,also on other patrols I had whistling around my feet and a dog running up to me ,others have seen other things too ,I’m not there anymore but was employed by stalwart security services bk then ,regards ,Donnie


    • Patrick Gethings says:

      I worked at Baxi on Security With Safeguard Security 2008 . Many Events took place Whilst i was on Duty on Nights , Around midnight whilst going through the Big Machine shop towards rear door to Paint shop ,i was Confronted by a Dog Howling like a Wolf 2 Feet in front of Me ,4 night workers plus 2 Electricians heard this and came to me and stayed with me on the Following, as a Medium i can say This is Poltergeist Activity .I called out his Name William Crossland and he responded to this by Loud Taps ( ie 1 for yes – 2 for no ) I asked him did he want to mover towards the light ( Heaven ) and he tapped no ,I then requested him to make his dog Howl which he did Twice ,My next request to him was to Move Something he Obliged by Dragging a Huge Cage along the Concrete Floor Twice .This Event Lasted 45mins . Regular Lights in Offices being turned on /off , on the Following Night All the Lights in the Research and Development Office were fully on ,the only access is by my Fingerprint key system.I entered the Department at 2am To see if anyone was in there Discovered No one i the Switced all the lights off and Left. Reaching Bottom Stairs outside the Building i turned around to see all the lights on Again ,2 night Electricians Approached me and Seen the Shock on my face ans asked whats the Probem ,I told them i had Just turned the Bloody lights off and they were on again .The only Person with Access was me with my Fingerprint Coded key,Back inside we go and Searched the Complete Areaand found Nothing .The Night Foreman said to me that events he Seen were the Best he Heard and Seen in 26 years working there This Comment is Honest Factual and Totally True and Correct .


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