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Where: Parnell Street, Gainsborough DN21 2NB
Gainsborough Old Hall is one of the country’s best preserved medieval manor houses. It has a magnificent Great Hall at its centre linking the East and West Ranges and boasts one of the best-preserved examples of a late medieval kitchen in England.
Samples of timber from the Great Hall suggest the trees used in its construction were felled between 1454 and 1485 with a likely felling date around 1465 suggesting the current building dates from around the 1460’s. The Hall received two royal visits. Richard III visited in 1483 and Henry VIII, together with his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, in 1541.
The East Range of the House was built over two floors and housed the Burgh family’s private apartments, reception rooms and rooms reserved for the most high-status guests. The long corridor which links the rooms of the East Range is unusual for a manor house of the late 1400’s and more often a feature of urban dwellings of this period. This long corridor has another story attached – a ghost story- which has led it to become more affectionately known as the “Ghost Corridor"!
Sightings of the Grey Lady walking the Ghost Corridor have been part of local legend from before the Victorian era. Dressed in grey and in Tudor style, the grey lady walks the length of the corridor and turns right before the end to disappear through a wall. In the 1960’s the lath and plaster removed from this wall revealed a Tudor doorway – at the exact spot where the grey lady walks through the wall!
- Work in small and personal groups
- Take part in activities such as glass divination, ouija boards and table tipping
- Full use of our ghost hunting equipment such as EMF devices, EVP recorders and Spirit Boxes
- The chance to conduct a lone vigil for the very brave
- Hot and cold drinks and light snacks available throughout the night included in the cost
- A friendly and experienced team of Investigators and mediums giving help and guidance
- Qualified first aider present on a fully insured event
- Access to all areas of the building made available to us
What hauntings will you encounter when darkness falls on a ghost hunt at Gainsborough Old Hall in Lincolnshire? Will you come face-to face with a ghostly figure of the Grey Lady, a famous phantom said to walk through walls of the East range– locally known as the “ghost corridor” in search of her lover.
The Grey Lady is said to be the daughter of the Lord of the Manor, who fell in love with a poor soldier and planned to elope with him. Her father discovered the plan, locked her away in the tower where she died from a broken heart. Will you hear her sobbing in the dead of night?
Spirits and entities that dwell within the walls of Gainsborough old Hall have given it such a spooky reputation, Haunted Houses just had to take it’s guests along to find out!