HOWARD JACKSON takes a look at some of Liverpool’s spookiest locations, including the world-famous Beatle landmark Penny Lane!
If you do not want to hang around after dying and you are called George and live in Liverpool, think about changing your name. Of the 37 ghosts that haunt the city the most popular name is George. These five five are well worth looking at. So, enjoy the atmosphere of a city that relishes the past more than most. Visitors that are called George should be fine.
The old, famous and once very grand Aldephi Hotel is still popular with those who come to see the Grand National. It occupies pride of place in the city centre and is the other side of Lime Street, the same street Maggie May had to abandon when her career in prostitution was terminated. George has been seen in the Adelphi several times and by different guests. He stands by the beds on the fifth floor. The rumour is he likes to observe out of town racing folk.
Out in the suburbs but not too far away is Penny Lane, the location made famous by The Beatles and popular with tourists. It is near to the enormous Abbey Cinema, now destroyed, and a sorely missed gothic monument. Number 44 is the house that suffers the visitations. The ghost has not been seen but witnesses have testified to hearing his loud and very creepy footsteps.
For those who think Scousers only drink and watch football, we have ghosts who are well read and inspired by the great authors. A fan of the classic supernatural story, ‘The Signalman’, the ghost around Otterspool Rail Station appears waving a red flag. The history of the ghost is recent. In 1951, a teenager was saved from being killed by a train. The rescuer, though, died and he is still there waving his red flag, as anxious as the hero created by Charles Dickens. There is a fine coastal walk from Otterspool, pick a fine day.
Breeze Hill, Walton is busy with traffic and many travel it once a fortnight to Anfield to watch the world famous Liverpool football team. It also has a special attraction for the paranormal. Two of the old terraced houses have hauntings. George, there is that name again, was once a former slave. The experience has left this George full of anger. No merely standing by beds for this George. He has slapped one man as he lay on the bed. A woman who rented the property was forced to flee the premises. She was in tears and she screamed something about an angry spirit. There is, though, a decent pub around the corner. Visitors can combine a look at the famous street with a pint and a visit to the two football stadiums.
Sir Thomas Street
This old street is located in the city centre and is popular with the young that roam between bars. There is much to do and see. Before I began drinking, I was given my first job in Sir Thomas Street at something called the Youth Employment Bureau. In the same street, a ghost has been heard in a toilet. It issues warnings about future events and since Cameron became Prime Minister has been quite busy. Fortunately, the ghost is not confined to the loo. It has been seen climbing stairs and passing doors. The toilet is significant. A woman was supposedly murdered close to the toilets where the warnings are heard. This is just the thing for the curious but you have been warned.
HOWARD JACKSON is the author of Treat Me Nice Elvis, his music and the Frankenstein Creature. He is also one of the contributors to Frankenstein Galvanized which is edited by Claire Bazin. Treat Me Nice and Frankenstein Galvanized are published by Red Rattle Books, which can be followed on Twitter here.