BECKY KEANE picks the five spookiest places to visit in Haunted Blackburn in Lancashire
Turton Tower, Chapeltown Road, BL7 0HG
Countryside surrounds Turton Towers, situated closely between Bolton, and Blackburn with Darwen county lines. Blackburn council now operate this beautiful manor house. Believed to date back to the middle ages and extensively added to over the years, Turton Tower is renowned for its spooks. The most documented occurrences is that of two skulls found at Timberbottom farm, and then moved to a now demolished Bradshaw Hall. It is said that if the skulls are moved from the Bradshaw family bible at Turton Tower paranormal activity quickly escalates. A lady with a silk dress rustling can be seen and heard.
Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa, Blackburn Road, Clayton Le Moors, BB5 5JP
This magnificent building has 175 rooms and spa. The four star hotel dates back to 1285, but records show it may have existed before this. Reports of a lady dressed in a white sheet called Lucette is know to haunt especially at Christmas time. The hotel offer ghost hunts and weekend stays for any eager paranormal investigators.
King George’s Hall, Northgate, BB2 1AA
A host of concerts, shows and pantomimes King George’s Hall had the first stone laid in 1913. War erupted and the hall was used as a Red Cross hospital. The hall officially opened in 1921. It is reported a man died at the hall after falling into a large pipe. A local paranormal team investigating reported seeing a man with a top hat and young children running through the corridors of the hall.
The Duck & Puddle (aka Quarryman Arms), Dukes Brow, BB2 6DH
In 2009 the landlord of the then Quarryman Arms, which is now The Duck & Puddle reported paranormal happenings. It dates back to the 18th century when employees from an nearby quarry used the pub for respite. A medium reported it was a past bar employee spirit who had passed away by falling into the cellar, hundreds of years ago. Named Albert by customers, phenomena such as the gas and light switches being turned off , footsteps and orbs have been experienced.
Haunted Blackburn Jubilee Telephone Exchange, Jubilee Street, BB1 1EP
Built upon where Blackburn’s Grand Theatre once stood, it’s reported that previous employees have heard a piano playing of it’s own accord. People say its the theatre’s last owner who still mourns the loss of the theatre by playing the piano.