It’s the time of year when ghouls and ghosts roam the streets, going from house to house, only pacified by a delightful treat!
As one of the oldest cities in the country, it’s only natural that there would be a host of haunted locations, where the ghosts and history of these places linger on!
Here are three of the most haunted places in Leeds:
Armley Mills was once the largest wool mill on the planet and with that accolade comes the thousands of people who would’ve worked within the mills. Long before the days of stringent health and safety, age restrictions and minimum wage, tragic accidents were commonplace.
The workforce would have consisted of people of all ages, including young children, who were the ideal size to fit underneath looms and could navigate spaces which were simply too small for grown adults. Although the original mill was destroyed in a fire, it was rebuilt as the mill which remains as Leeds Industrial Museum.
Over the years there have been countless reports of “hauntings,” “sightings” and other ghostly encounters, which include doors inexplicably slamming shut and more sinisterly, the cries of previous occupants who would have been exposed to terrible working conditions.
Temple Newsam is one of Leeds most well-known and visited destination. It’s famous for the vibrant calendar of events which are hosted there all year round.
Its popularity is easy to understand upon observing its beautiful grounds. With a history which stretches over five hundred years, visitors are often enthralled by its Tudor architecture which is unique in nature.
Naturally, with such a long and diverse history, there are an abundance of ghosts within both the grounds and walls of Temple Newsam. Most infamous perhaps, is the so-called “Blue Lady of Temple Newsam,” her identity is thought to be Lady Mary Ingram, who was the granddaughter of Sir Arthur Ingram who owned the estate until 1922. Her tragic story tells of a fatal robbery, from which she suffered critical injuries. Her ghostly spirit is said to linger in Temple Newsam and there have been countless sightings over the years.
With over 800 years of history, Kirkstall Abbey attracts visitors from far and wide and is widely considered one of the most interesting attractions in the region. During the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII rule, Kirkstall Abbey was emptied and its remains were left. With this impressive and trouble history, of course there are ghosts! Amongst the tales is the story of Mary, a woman who witnessed her husband committing a murder, who haunts the abbey to this day.