Guest writer RYAN FOLEY works as a porter at The Station Hotel in Dudley – one of The Black Country’s most haunted buildings.
The Station Hotel in Dudley, in the heart of the Black Country, is a Victorian building sitting directly opposite Dudley Castle.
There have been reports of poltergeist activity from guests and staff for many years.
It was once the scene of a brutal murder where George, the landlord and proprietor of the hotel, coaxed Elizabeth, a young maid, down into the cellar.
Here, George attempted to seduce her, however, Elizabeth spurned his advances and threatened to tell his wife about the incident.
Fearing for his marriage and reputation, George stabbed Elizabeth and hid her body in a barrel in the large cellar.
A short time later, he is alleged to have buried her in the waste ground outside the hotel.
Both the waste ground and original cellar still remain and George has been seen and heard wandering up and down the cold cobble pathway.
The ghost of Elizabeth also walks the halls of the ‘Station’ and, in particular, room 214, where TV’s Derek Acorah and the Most Haunted team captured orbs on camera and got footage of movement in the room, an infra red camera was set up and left overnight; the team captured the bed and armchair jump simultaneously.
They described it as “some of the most compelling footage ever to appear on the show”.
Also in room 214, many people have reported waking in the night and seeing a white figure standing over them or sitting in the chair directly opposite the bed.
Guests have also alleged that they have heard young children playing in the hallways, with sounds of both laughter and agonised shrieks.
Derek Acorah claimed the young children were Catherine, who died in a tragic accident when she was ran over by a carriage outside the hotel and Richard, who died of a blood disease, both in the late 1800’s.
Though horrific, it is widely-accepted that the ghosts of Elizabeth and the children are friendly. George, on the other hand, is regarded to be altogether nasty and conniving.
Both staff and guests have witnessed knives flying across tables and plates crashing to the floor with nobody within the vicinity.
Guests have woken with scratches and feelings of someone sitting on top of them. They’ve also felt strangulation and nausea.
Women, in particular, often complain of getting headaches, when they enter the cellar.
Does George regret killing his young maid?
Or is he still tormenting her in the afterlife?
Is Elizabeth still trying to find his wife to reveal all?
Who knows? Better go and check it out!
Ryan Foley lives in Dudley, West Midlands: “I work as a hotel porter and I’m an aspiring writer, film aficionado and a fan of all things Stephen King.”