Cheshire is a landscape steeped in myth and mystery.
Evidence that our earliest ancestors hunted, farmed, fought, lived and died across Cheshire can be found all over the landscape. But to find it, you need to know where to look.
There are hidden caves and camps, standing stones, hill forts, burial mounds, old churches and castles at every turn. There are Cheshire ghosts and hauntings, stories of Cheshire murders and massacres, and enough strange tales and fanciful folklore to make your spine tingle.
Capesthorne Hall Macclesfield Cheshire has been standing for close to 1000 years, so as you might imagine it has plenty of history surrounding it and of course, more than its fair share of ghosts! There are various spirits that call Capesthorne Hall home, but one of the most commonly reported is an apparition of a grey lady who is spotted in the west wing of the building. There is also a grouping of shadow figures seen walking down the stairs that lead to the chapel.
Perhaps the most frightening experience that visitors have reported is an experience with a disembodied arm! The story goes that one of the younger members of the family was in bed when a banging on the bedroom window! When he went to check it out he saw a disembodied arm attempting to open the window! Naturally he froze in terror and then watched as it disappeared into thin air.
The Old Hall Hotel Sandbach Cheshire, is a near perfect example of genuine Elizabethan architecture, built from original wattle & daub, and was probably one of the last genuine black and white buildings to be completed in England.
The earliest date given to the building is 1656, which is probably when the descendents of Sir John Radcliffe erect the building. The building occupies the site of an ancient mansion of the sandbaches, who were once lords of the manor.
Much of the original structure is preserved today including: the Jacobean paneled dining room and lounge, original Jacobean fireplaces, a priest hole & an underground passage leading to St Mary’s Church.
Many Ghost haunt the Old Hall:
Room 11 is our most haunted bedroom. It is haunted by several ghosts.
The old Lady
A 90 year old lady sits in the chair by the bed. The lady died of a heart attack over 200 years ago in the room and now can’t understand why people come into her room. People sense a presence in the room and objects move in the night.
A number of guests have jumped out of the bed at 3 am, they report they felt that the bed was on fire and that they just had to get out of the room. This haunting is believed to date back to the mansion which stood on the site before the current building which burnt down. This blind fear may be the result of a soul who died in the fire perhaps while only half awake.
The spirits of two young girls who died at the age of 12-13 and believed to be prostitutes brought into the hotel for the gentlemen’s pleasure at the time that the building was a coaching inn in the 19th century are seen throughout the hotel including room 11. These spirits are somewhat mischievous they are heard in the bedroom and also in the kitchen and restaurant in the early hours were they can be heard giggling, opening doors and in one case terrifying the chef who then left by arranging his knives in the kitchen.
The Bar & Lounge.
The Bar and Lounge as shown on our web cam are haunted by a number of spirits including:
The Grey Lady.
Some of the paneling for the hotel was taken from nearby Haslington Hall. When it was removed, the skeleton of a baby was found behind the paneling. Since the paneling was moved, a grey lady has been seen in this area of the hotel. It is believed that she has is looking for her baby, as she wanders around the hotel as if searching for something
The Priest Hole.
Behind the Jacobean Fireplace in the lounge is a priest hole. If you look carefully, you can see the hidden door to the right of the fire place and above the fire to peep hole to allow air in and to allow the priest to look out. While the priests often did escape the soldiers who searched for them, they often did not escape the fire and burnt to death in the priest hole. No specific ghost is attributed to the fireplace but many orbs and presences are felt and seen in this area.
Sir John Radcliffe.
Sir John was the original owner of the old hall, staff report seeing a tall man who appears directly in front of them. He also clicks door latches repeatedly and makes hanging pint pots swivel on their hooks in the bar. Sir John likes to give the staff a bit of a scare by moving things suddenly.
The Bee Keeper
The Bee Keeper is one of our more famous ghost as she is regularly seen. The lady, dressed as a bee keeper walks from the front door to the stairs. She is believed to be very old and un effected by our presence.
In the cellar is a tunnel that leads under the main road to St Mary’s Church opposite, emerging behind the alter. The tunnel is believed to have been used by priests and was also used to smuggle girls into the hotel. Another tunnel leads from the church to a house on front street and a further tunnel is alleged to exist linking the old hall with the house on front street but it has not been found. The tunnel is believed by psychics to create a passage for spirits from the church to pass into the hotel. A man with a gauntlet for a bird of prey was seen sitting in the cellar by a visiting psychic and the web designer who built this web site saw peculiar blue lights in the pictures he took of the cellar.
The attic was once the servants quarters and those that venture into the attic sense them. The spirits that dwell in the attic seem to come from both houses, both the existing building and the mansion that burnt down before and so many of these spirits are believed to be those who died in the fire.