East Riddlesden Hall was built in 1642 by wealthy Halifax cloth merchant, James Murgatroyd. The hall is a Grade I listed building and is now owned by the National Trust. The hall.
The building is reputedly haunted by a number ghosts. These include a Grey Lady; a White Lady, said to be the remnant of a woman who accidently drowned in a fish pond; a coachman, said to have been dragged into the lake by one of his horses, has been sighted walking around the lake; a Blue Lady, whose identity is unknown; and finally a Scottish Merchant haunts the palce where he was murdered by a steward whilst he slept.
Something unseen rocks a cradle in an upstairs room on New Year's Eve.
Pictured above is East Riddlesden Hall courtesy of John Darch.
West Yorkshire, BD20 5EL.
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For further information, please read Britain's Haunted Heritage by J A Brooks and Ghosts: Mysterious Tales from the National Trust by Sian Evans.
Brooks states that the district in itself appears quite haunted. Other apparitions take animal form, and although no specific places are mentions, their inclusion is worthy of note. The spectral animals include "a giant scrawny grey cat" and a black hound "the size of a donkey". These are said to bring death to those they appear to.
Another animal apparition is that of a black bear that howls around the house of a local resident about to die.
For further information, please read Britain's Haunted Heritage by J A Brooks.