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Join Haunting Nights as we travel to the Blackpool to investigate some of the town`s Most Haunted locations before we start our Ghost Hunts & Interactive Ghost Hunts in Blackpool.
The Frenchman`s Cove
Frenchman’s Cove is in the South King Street premises which once housed Duckworth’s Tobacco warehouse. Reports from owner Billy Johnson have included that workmen building in the cellar have thought that someone or something have been watching them. Billy got sent an article and photograph from the time the warehouse was built, this revealed that the ghost in question came from Scarborough and was called Laura . To this day late at night staff still feel that someone or something is watching them. The sound of footsteps have been heard many times & the smell of smoke has been reported.
The Manchester Blackpool may owe its early reputation for healing the sick in mind and body to the priests who took refuge in the isolated building of ‘the Foxhall’ in the 17th century. The original building was far from grand. It was a long, low three-gabled residence which resembled a farmhouse. Its three storeys each had 4-5 rooms with low ceilings. The ground floor also included a private chapel. There was a small lead tower on top of the house gained from within by a staircase and the thick walls contained many hiding places (priest’s holes) and secret passages. Over the years this house turned into a hotel and public house. Many spirits over the years have been seen that have ranged from priests, smugglers and aristocracy.
The Pleasure Beach
The most notable Ghost that has been reported is the phantom that is said to haunt the Ghost Train The ghost of a man by the name of “Cloggy”, so called because was one of the ride operators who used to wear clogs. Witnesses claimed to have heard Cloggy walking around inside the Ghost Train, the sound of his clogs clattering on the tracks making an eerie, spine-chilling sound. Many of the staff there have reported hearing these strange footsteps.
Cloggy died about 20 years ago, but his is not the only spirit that haunts Blackpool’s attractions. His friends include a possible female ghost in the Arena. There are also spectres in the Star Pub and Sir Hiram Maxim’s Gift Shop.
Staff working late at night, walking across to the tractor bay, have felt really cold, chilled to the bone and an “awful” presence. At the Star Pub there have been sightings of shadows and a male figure in the cellar, living accommodation and Morgan and Griffin Bars. He is said to bear a resemblance to Karl Marx. Five years ago two workmen claim to have spotted him.
Four years ago, a figure was seen at 3am walking through the bar before disappearing.
The ghost of a small female child, aged about nine, is said to have been seen at Sir Hiram Maxim’s Gift Shop. Sir Hiram Maxim’s Flying Machines is the oldest ride at the park, built in 1904. And about three years ago an item moved itself overnight to a completely different spot.
You might think that all these spooky happenings would frighten the punters off. On the contrary, they’re still flocking to the Pleasure Beach where the ghosts are seen as part of its rich history.
The Winter Gardens
The Winter Gardens Since the Winter Gardens opened in 1878, millions of people have crossed its threshold as guests, performers and speakers; dining and dancing in its sumptuous rooms and treading the boards of the Opera House theatre. How many have left their spirits behind them? Find out on one of the historic venue’s chilling Ghost Hunts, which raise the curtain on the 176-year-old building’s spooky secrets. For rumour has it there are lots of spirits wandering through the extensive complex, including a man in a bowler hat. The Opera House is reported to be one of the most haunted parts of the venue. It first opened in 1889, then was closed in 1910 for rebuilding works. In 1911 it was reopened only to be demolished 27 years later and rebuilt again. The third theatre, which we know and love today, opened in 1939 and features one of the largest stages in Europe, with a capacity for 2813 guests over three levels. But not everything, or everyone disappeared when the previous versions were demolished – for example the old projectionist who is said to be lingering in the original projector room. So those in search of phantoms of the Opera House may well feel the hair on the back of their necks stand up during the backstage investigation, which also takes in the auditorium, the circle, and above and below the stage. Apparently stepping behind the velvet curtain may also reveal soldiers, the joker on the fly floor and something strange under the stage.