St George’s Hall ghost hunt in Liverpool will take you to the grandest of public buildings for an overnight investigation of the paranormal. Best described as atmospheric, this building has had various reports of supernatural occurrences, and has played host to the Most Haunted team for a live investigation.
Ghostly encounters have been witnessed in an area known as the catacombs, and staff and the public alike have bare witness to strange sounds and sights within the court rooms, and the cell filled corridors of the building.
Your ghost hunt at St George’s Hall, Liverpool will see you exploring this location in the dark when everybody else you know has gone to bed. On your ghost hunt you will be able to experience glass divination, table tipping and a group human pendulum experiment. Plus, for those comfortable enough Ouija boards will also be available for you to use. All to aid your communication with the dead.
You will have a whole host of the most up-to-date ghost hunting gadgets to use whilst you carry out your overnight ghost hunt. Taking part in spirit callouts – inviting spirits to interact with the environment being measured by the equipment, then wait and see what happens.
Haunted Houses Events likes to work in small teams to give you the very best experience possible. For the very, very brave – lone vigils (ghost hunting in a room all alone) are very popular and opportunities to do so will be given – But be warned! Doing so should only be for our more hardened investigators.
St George’s Hall has seen much in terms of trials and punishment, and some say such tormented energy can become trapped within the fabric of a building causing a real sinister paranormal occurrence. As investigators we all strive to come across that personal experience which we cannot explain, or even know where to start to try … St George’s Hall has all the history and reports of such, so join us and attempt to make contact with the dead.
On our site visit we could really feel an atmospheric chill, with feelings of being watched, perhaps wondering why we were invading their peace. Light anomalies were seen in the catacombs and reports of child like laughter have been said of been heard in the cells area.
Join Haunted Houses as we investigate the Catacombs, court room and cells of St. Georges Hall.
The site of St George’s Hall was formerly occupied by the first Liverpool Infirmary from 1749 to 1824. Triennial music festivals were held in the city but there was no suitable hall to accommodate them. Following a public meeting in 1836 a company was formed to raise subscriptions for a hall in Liverpool to be used for the festivals, and for meetings, dinners and concerts. Shares were made available at £25 each and by January 1837 £23,350 (equivalent to £2,084,110 in 2018) had been raised. In 1838 the foundation stone was laid to commemorate the coronation of Queen Victoria.
A competition announced on 5th March 1839 via an advertisement in The Times to design the hall, first prize was 250 guineas, second prize 150 guineas. By July more than eighty entries had been received, and was won by Harvey Lonsdale Elmes, a London architect aged 25 years, the second prize went to George Alexander of London.
The requirement was:
“there is to be accommodation in the main hall for 3000 persons; and there is also to be a concert room, capable of accommodating 1000 persons, applicable to other purposes such as lectures and smaller meetings….the cost of the building will be £35,000”.
There was a need for assize courts in the city and a competition to design these with first prize £300 and second prize £200, there were eighty six entries and was also won by Elmes. The original plan was to have separate buildings but in 1840 Elmes suggested that both functions could be combined in one building on a scale which would surpass most of the other public buildings in the country at the time.
Construction started in 1841 and the building opened in 1854 (with the small concert room opening two years later).
“How frequently I observe the great & true end & aim of Art entirely lost sight of in the discussion of some insignificant detail or quaint Antiquarianism. Bold and original conceptions never can find favour while so much stress is laid upon precedent” .
Harvey Lonsdale Elmes in a letter to Robert Rawlinson
Elmes died in 1847 and the work was continued by John Weightman, Corporation Surveyor, and Robert Rawlinson, structural engineer, until in 1851 Charles Cockerell was appointed architect. Cockerell was largely responsible for the decoration of the interiors.
The eventual cost of the building exceeded £300,000 ,roughly £33,000,000 in 2019.
During the 2000s a major restoration of the hall took place costing £23m and it was officially reopened on 23 April 2007 by Prince Charles.