17 of the most haunted places in Calderdale - and their spooky stories

As Halloween is nearly upon us we’re taking a look at some of the most haunted places in Calderdale.

Friday, 30th October 2020, 2:07 pm
Most haunted places in Calderdale
Most haunted places in Calderdale

From ghostly pubs to spooky sightings on the street, here are 17 locations in the borough and their stories that could have come straight from a Halloween film.

This Elland pub is known for its spooky happenings having been visited by TV series Most Haunted. Paranormal activity includes tales of a headless horseman, re-appearing bloodstains and a dancing chair.
This Grade II* listed building in the centre of Halifax was built in the 1860s and designed by Sir Charles Barry. The town hall is said to be haunted by a former mayor who wanders the halls in his mayoral robes.

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Ghost hunters are known to flock to Todmorden Unitarian Church as it is known for its haunted past. It has also been visited by the Most Haunted cameras with visitors seeing shadowy figures and hearing phantom footsteps.
The hall was built in 1420 and was transformed by Anne Lister in the 1800s. The hall and outbuildings are believed to be haunted by previous owners. Many orbs have been caught on camera.
The famous Piece Hall was built between 1775 and 1779 as a cloth market for the display and sale of pieces of worsted and woollen cloth. It is said to be haunted by market men who were murdered there.
Legend says that outlaw Robin Hood is buried in grounds of old Kirklees Priory. In 1924 a tenant farmer was suddenly knocked to the ground as he walked near the grave. He saw a figure in the gatehouse window holding a bow.
The former Halifax railway station waiting room near the Eureka Museum is now used as offices and a nursery. It is believed to be haunted by an old passenger and man who worked on the rail yard.
Wainhouse Tower, built in the 19th century and standing at 253ft tall, is one of the most prominent landmarks in Calderdale. Back in the 1990s there was a sighting of a wailing ghostly figure by the tower.
The grounds of this house dates back to the 13th century and features a lot of history. Previous residents have said to have spotted a lady in a white dress who would walk along the gallery
Atik Nightclub in Halifax town centre used to be a former cinema. It is thought to be haunted by the ghost of a projectionist who burned to death during a horror film showing 70 years ago.
Ghosts and orbs have been caught on camera, although it is still unknown who haunts the site. A ghost holding a staff is thought to be the Soul Collector, who comes to collect the ghosts.
This town centre pub was originally built as a town house in the 1580s by William Saville of Copley. The building is said to be haunted by a chambermaid and her baby.
The Theatre Royal was built in 1905 and could hold an audience of up to 2,000. It replaced the old theatre and the ladies toilets are said to be haunted and machines have mysteriously switched themselves on and off.
The old pub sits in the shadow of the Halifax Minster and dates back to the 1700s. It is believed that taps turn themselves on in the middle of the night and switches turn themselves off.
Henry Murgatroyd completed the house in 1650 and added the gateway arch in 1660, but there had been a home on the site long before then - possibly as far back as 1307. It is said to be haunted by Quakers and Roman soldiers.
Bacup Road, which leads out of Todmorden, had a spooky event happen back in 2011. It was reported that a ghostly brown cat with high hind legs was wandering along the road.
The offices are said to be haunted by James Edward Jacobs, who was murdered there in 1858 when he worked for weekly Halifax paper The Guardian. A senior apprentice carried out the deed with a dumb bell and hatchet."