Category Archives: Halls and Houses

Blackley Hall and Old Shay’s Ghost

Blackley Hall was a large and ancient manor house dating from Tudor times but by 1760 it was no longer used as one large family home. Separate parts of it were rented out by the Scholes family, who owned it. … Continue reading

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Huntroyd Hall, Simonstone

In 1594, no less than seven members of a Huntroyd family were possessed by evil spirits. Nicholas Starkie and his wife lived in the large house with their two children, John and Anne. The children were the first to be … Continue reading

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Samlesbury Hall – Bells, Witches, and a White Lady

During the Lancashire cotton riots in 1878, a young sub-altern was garrisoned with his company at Samlesbury Hall, near Blackburn. In the early morning he was awakened by the sound of a woman crying bitterly in the corridor outside his … Continue reading

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Hackensall Hall, Pilling

There may have been a Hall here as long ago as the 9th century, as it is believed the name of the place comes from Haakon, a Viking settler who chose to make the place his home. The Hall now … Continue reading

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Lancashire Folk – the Book!

‘Lancashire Folk’ by Melanie Warren Very pleased to finally be able to announce that Lancashire Folk will be published in November 2015, by Schiffer Publishing, as part of their extensive collection of paranormal literature.  As stock comes to their UK … Continue reading

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Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors

A few hundred years ago the Dunkenhalgh was a grand old Hall, the seat of the Walmesley family and the centre of a vast estate covering thousands of acres. Now it’s a typically English hotel, a beautiful building, standing in … Continue reading

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Astley Hall, Chorley

  Astley Hall was built in 1580 by the Charnock family and remained in their care for many generations. It passed through several other families over the centuries, until the Tattons presented it to Chorley for the purpose of using … Continue reading

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