Hickleton Hall

 

Overview

A grand, beautiful stately home on the outside. The inside barely a shadow of its former self, neglected and decaying. An enormous location with over 100 rooms spread over 4 floors. Get ready for an exciting adventure at Hickleton Hall.

Hickleton Hall Ghost Hunts, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Hickleton Hall brings you everything you want from a ghost hunt experience! This grand, impressive and imposing Georgian stately home will take your breath away when you see it’s beauty and that of the surrounding gardens. However, all is not as it seems. When you take your first steps inside you will see it is the complete opposite of what you were expecting. Rooms and corridors stripped bare, peeling paint and wallpaper. Stately rooms decorated with ornate ceilings and pillars that once looked grand, now unrecognisable from years of neglect and vandalism.

On your ghost hunt at Hickleton Hall you will have access to the whole building. That’s over 100 rooms, including a small chapel, over 4 floors to explore and investigate! The vast expanse of this building with leave you feeling dis-orientated as you find your way around the maze-like layout; where doors lead onto more doors and lead you round in circles. This is one exciting location for every ghost hunter, from first timers to the most experienced ghost hunter. It’s a ghost hunt not to be missed.

The 18th century hall has had many purposes from being the ancestral home to the Lords of the Manor of Hickleton, to being used in the Second World War, as a POW camp and as a nursing home. As a result, this varied history of the hall means there’s much to be discovered when searching out the ghosts of Hickleton Hall.

Take a look at the History and Reported Ghosts sections for more spooky information on Hickleton Hall.

Your Event

On a ghost hunt with Haunted Houses you will have exclusive access to the building/location during the evening. You will learn all about ghost hunting and the techniques used to encourage paranormal activity. We have a whole host of scientific ghost hunt equipment for you to use to aid communication with the spirits. You can take part in Ouija boards, glass divination and table tipping; the more traditional ghost hunt techniques. Or simply sitting in the dark and asking for the spirits to interact with you. Lone vigils (ghost hunting alone) will also be offered where available. During your evening you will be split into smaller groups so you can get the most out of your experience. If you are new to ghost hunting we warn you now – by the end of the night you may just become addicted to the fascinating and intriguing world of ghost hunting.

This is a real ghost hunt experience, there is no fakery, tricks or actors jumping out at you. What are you waiting for? Book your places today from just £20 deposit!

Haunted Houses look forward to welcoming you at this amazing building and sharing a night that you will not forget.

Reported Ghosts

There have been sightings of an apparition of a grey lady staring out of one of the windows on the 2nd floor. Disembodied voices, phantom footsteps have been heard. There is an uneasy feel to the basement level, particularly to one end of the building, a sense of fear came across one of the team members in a certain room down there when they were performing an initial visit to the location. The door shut in front of them leaving them alone in the room in pitch black, and despite trying several times, their phone torchlight wouldn’t turn on, leaving them feeling around for the exit. At this point there was a strange smell and the sudden uneasy feeling of a presence close by that made them freeze on the spot. As soon as they were out of the room their phone torchlight started to work again.

The 2nd Viscount Halifax at Hickleton Hall was said to have an avid interest in the supernatural world, he loved collecting ghost stories and would often read them to his sons and daughters which left them terrified walking through the corridors at night, which then would have been lit by oil light. The Earl of Halifax later published his father’s ghost story collection into one book, entitled Lord Halifax’s Ghost Book. Lord Halifax the 2nd Viscount died at Hickleton Hall and with his keen interest in the supernatural maybe this will make a stronger connection for communication or even a full apparition sighting.

St. Wilfrid’s Church sits close by on the land of Hickleton Hall and there have been several sightings and ghosts caught on camera. There are 3 skulls set behind a grill in the lychgate that are said to be of three sheep rustlers that were hung nearby. A lot of paranormal activity has been documented at the crossroads that sit next to the church and just off the driveway to Hickleton Hall. A ghostly figure on horseback, a headless man and two ghostly figures wearing old fashioned clothing.

Venue History

Hickleton Hall is a grade II listed Georgian stately home in Hickleton, South Yorkshire. It was built between 1745-1748 for Godfrey Wentworth who bought the estate in 1730. In 1775 he extended the house, adding two single story wings on either side and a servant’s wing. When he died in 1789 the house was inherited by his grandson Godfrey Wentworth Armytage, who later changed his name to Godfrey Wentworth Wentworth. His failed banking business led to the property being sold.

In 1828 the property was purchased by Sir Francis Lindley Wood and remained in the Wood family until 1947. On Sir Francis’ death in 1846 the house passed to his son Charles Wood, who became Chancellor of the Exchequer and was created Viscount Halifax in 1866. He died at the hall in 1885. The property then passed down to his son Charles Lindley Wood who became the 2nd Viscount Halifax and after his death at the hall in 1934 to his son Edward Wood. Edward was the 3rd Viscount Halifax, Viceroy of India 1926-129, Foreign Secretary to PM Neville Chamberlain in the early years of the Second World War and created Earl of Halifax in 1944.

After the resignation of Neville Chamberlain from Prime Minister Lord Halifax was seen as a leading candidate for replacement and at Hickleton Hall he plotted his leadership bid against Sir Winston Churchill. He later realised that Churchill would make a superior war leader, and pleading ill, health he withdrew.

During the Second World War, Hickleton Hall was the headquarters of the “First Corps” after the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940 and then a Prisoner of War Camp housing mainly German and Italian prisoners. Remnants of the concrete hut bases were unearthed on the estate in 2014, whilst searching for prehistoric remains.

In 1947 the Halifax family moved to their other estate at Garrowby and leased Hickleton Hall as a girl’s school to St. Hilda’s Church of England school until 1961 when the hall was run as a nursing home by Sue Ryder Care. The nursing home continued to operate until 2012. The following years of neglect and vandalism have left the house in a major state of disrepair.

Hickleton Hall Ghost Hunts, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Hickleton Hall brings you everything you want from a ghost hunt experience! This grand, impressive and imposing Georgian stately home will take your breath away when you see it’s beauty and that of the surrounding gardens. However, all is not as it seems. When you take your first steps inside you will see it is the complete opposite of what you were expecting. Rooms and corridors stripped bare, peeling paint and wallpaper. Stately rooms decorated with ornate ceilings and pillars that once looked grand, now unrecognisable from years of neglect and vandalism.

On your ghost hunt at Hickleton Hall you will have access to the whole building. That’s over 100 rooms, including a small chapel, over 4 floors to explore and investigate! The vast expanse of this building with leave you feeling dis-orientated as you find your way around the maze-like layout; where doors lead onto more doors and lead you round in circles. This is one exciting location for every ghost hunter, from first timers to the most experienced ghost hunter. It’s a ghost hunt not to be missed.

The 18th century hall has had many purposes from being the ancestral home to the Lords of the Manor of Hickleton, to being used in the Second World War, as a POW camp and as a nursing home. As a result, this varied history of the hall means there’s much to be discovered when searching out the ghosts of Hickleton Hall.

Take a look at the History and Reported Ghosts sections for more spooky information on Hickleton Hall.

Your Event

On a ghost hunt with Haunted Houses you will have exclusive access to the building/location during the evening. You will learn all about ghost hunting and the techniques used to encourage paranormal activity. We have a whole host of scientific ghost hunt equipment for you to use to aid communication with the spirits. You can take part in Ouija boards, glass divination and table tipping; the more traditional ghost hunt techniques. Or simply sitting in the dark and asking for the spirits to interact with you. Lone vigils (ghost hunting alone) will also be offered where available. During your evening you will be split into smaller groups so you can get the most out of your experience. If you are new to ghost hunting we warn you now – by the end of the night you may just become addicted to the fascinating and intriguing world of ghost hunting.

This is a real ghost hunt experience, there is no fakery, tricks or actors jumping out at you. What are you waiting for? Book your places today from just £20 deposit!

Haunted Houses look forward to welcoming you at this amazing building and sharing a night that you will not forget.

Hickleton Hall is a grade II listed Georgian stately home in Hickleton, South Yorkshire. It was built between 1745-1748 for Godfrey Wentworth who bought the estate in 1730. In 1775 he extended the house, adding two single story wings on either side and a servant’s wing. When he died in 1789 the house was inherited by his grandson Godfrey Wentworth Armytage, who later changed his name to Godfrey Wentworth Wentworth. His failed banking business led to the property being sold.

In 1828 the property was purchased by Sir Francis Lindley Wood and remained in the Wood family until 1947. On Sir Francis’ death in 1846 the house passed to his son Charles Wood, who became Chancellor of the Exchequer and was created Viscount Halifax in 1866. He died at the hall in 1885. The property then passed down to his son Charles Lindley Wood who became the 2nd Viscount Halifax and after his death at the hall in 1934 to his son Edward Wood. Edward was the 3rd Viscount Halifax, Viceroy of India 1926-129, Foreign Secretary to PM Neville Chamberlain in the early years of the Second World War and created Earl of Halifax in 1944.

After the resignation of Neville Chamberlain from Prime Minister Lord Halifax was seen as a leading candidate for replacement and at Hickleton Hall he plotted his leadership bid against Sir Winston Churchill. He later realised that Churchill would make a superior war leader, and pleading ill, health he withdrew.

During the Second World War, Hickleton Hall was the headquarters of the “First Corps” after the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940 and then a Prisoner of War Camp housing mainly German and Italian prisoners. Remnants of the concrete hut bases were unearthed on the estate in 2014, whilst searching for prehistoric remains.

In 1947 the Halifax family moved to their other estate at Garrowby and leased Hickleton Hall as a girl’s school to St. Hilda’s Church of England school until 1961 when the hall was run as a nursing home by Sue Ryder Care. The nursing home continued to operate until 2012. The following years of neglect and vandalism have left the house in a major state of disrepair.

There have been sightings of an apparition of a grey lady staring out of one of the windows on the 2nd floor. Disembodied voices, phantom footsteps have been heard. There is an uneasy feel to the basement level, particularly to one end of the building, a sense of fear came across one of the team members in a certain room down there when they were performing an initial visit to the location. The door shut in front of them leaving them alone in the room in pitch black, and despite trying several times, their phone torchlight wouldn’t turn on, leaving them feeling around for the exit. At this point there was a strange smell and the sudden uneasy feeling of a presence close by that made them freeze on the spot. As soon as they were out of the room their phone torchlight started to work again.

The 2nd Viscount Halifax at Hickleton Hall was said to have an avid interest in the supernatural world, he loved collecting ghost stories and would often read them to his sons and daughters which left them terrified walking through the corridors at night, which then would have been lit by oil light. The Earl of Halifax later published his father’s ghost story collection into one book, entitled Lord Halifax’s Ghost Book. Lord Halifax the 2nd Viscount died at Hickleton Hall and with his keen interest in the supernatural maybe this will make a stronger connection for communication or even a full apparition sighting.

St. Wilfrid’s Church sits close by on the land of Hickleton Hall and there have been several sightings and ghosts caught on camera. There are 3 skulls set behind a grill in the lychgate that are said to be of three sheep rustlers that were hung nearby. A lot of paranormal activity has been documented at the crossroads that sit next to the church and just off the driveway to Hickleton Hall. A ghostly figure on horseback, a headless man and two ghostly figures wearing old fashioned clothing.

  • Feel safe! Hosted by a friendly, genuine, safety conscience, and knowledgeable team of experienced people
  • Experience the atmosphere! Enter one of the UK’s most haunted buildings, communicating with its resident spirits and ghosts in the dark
  • Honesty is our only policy! This is a real ghost hunt experience. There is no faking or trickery of paranormal activity. If it happens, then it is for real!
  • Keep refreshed! Unlimited hot and cold drinks, crisps and biscuits available all night and included in the ticket price unless specified. Dietary requirements also catered for
  • Teamwork! Your ghost hunt will be run in a small and personal group giving you maximum involvement
  • Be hands on! You will have access to everything you need to conduct your experiments throughout the night – no sharing equipment with other groups or waiting around
  • Don’t be disturbed! Exclusive night-time access to the location for your overnight ghost hunt
  • Learn about various ghost hunting techniques and try them out for yourself on your investigation or share any knowledge you already possess to aid the investigation
  • Discover more about the high-tech ghost hunting gadgets. Many as seen on T.V, hold them in your hands and freely use them
  • Take part! Help to lead a scientific vigil, or perhaps a more traditional ghost hunting experiment- or simply just be an observer. The choice is yours
  • Working respectfully. Start your evening by learning how to apply spiritual protection, and work using the upmost respect for the sprits we encounter and fellow guests
  • Lone vigils (ghost hunting in an area all alone) can be made available for the brave
  • You may hold your place with a £20 deposit, and pay you balance four weeks before your event
  • All attendees must be 18 years or older
  • Not suitable for those in pregnancy
  • This is a very dark location, all attendees must bring a torch with them
  • All attendees are expected to wear sensible shoes and warm layered clothing
  • This location has free parking. A private car park is to the front of the building
  • Refreshments are provided by Haunted Houses Events and are included in the price
  • Guests may also bring own personal breaktime snacks
  • This is not a sleepover event
  • This location is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with mobility issues

Hickleton Hall

£49.00 Per Person

A grand, beautiful stately home on the outside. The inside barely a shadow of its former self, neglected and decaying. An enormous location with over 100 rooms spread over 4 floors. Get ready for an exciting adventure at Hickleton Hall.

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