<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Cheshire Life today click here

5 of the most haunted spots in Chester

PUBLISHED: 19:33 23 October 2017 | UPDATED: 20:24 23 October 2017

Moonlight Over Chester by Ron Sutton

Moonlight Over Chester by Ron Sutton

Archant

With Halloween looming, CH1ChesterBID is helping to shine a light on some of the darker stories lurking within Chester’s most haunted buildings.

From unexplainable paranormal activity to things that go bump in the night, Chester city centre is home to more than its fair share of eerie tales.

As part of Talking Walls – the history and heritage project created by CH1ChesterBID – many of these stories have been brought to life through mobile technology, helping to showcase hundreds of years-worth of history and highlight some of Chester’s oldest legends and widely proclaimed hauntings.

With Halloween just around the corner, CH1ChesterBID take a closer look at some of the city’s spooky buildings and attractions, so here are five to get you started…

The Pied Bull on Northgate Street The Pied Bull on Northgate Street

The Pied Bull – Northgate Street

According to the legend, the ghost of a man named John Davies – who fell down the cellar stairs in 1609 and accidentally stabbed himself – haunts the building. With some staff even refusing to even go down there alone, the cellar has been a focal point for many paranormal rumours over the years.

The hotel itself dates back to the 11th century and it is said that two of the bedrooms are haunted by chambermaids that used to work there, although you’ll have to book a room there yourself to find out which rooms!

Sofa Workshop on Watergate Street Nick Spencer - NJS Photography Sofa Workshop on Watergate Street Nick Spencer - NJS Photography

Sofa Workshop – Watergate Street

A relative newcomer to the list of Chester’s most haunted buildings, staff at Sofa Workshop have recalled various ghostly sightings in recent years. During the 18th century, the building was a public house called The Hand and Snake and according to legend, young boys used to work within the pub cleaning the powdered wigs of aristocrats that visited. This was done using arsenic, which caused the death of many of them and rumours have it that the ghost of a little boy can sometimes be heard sobbing and playing with what sounds like a toy car.

Current staff also report black shadows appearing in the shop and the constant feeling of being watched! As one of 26 buildings on the Talking Walls route, pay the shop a visit to scan the heritage-style plaque and hear the stories for yourself!

Thornton�s on Eastgate Street Nick Spencer - NJS Photography Thornton�s on Eastgate Street Nick Spencer - NJS Photography

Thorntons – Eastgate Street

The ghost of a scorned bride named Sarah is reported to mope through the building, wreaking havoc with shop staff. It is said that she has haunted the building for more than 200 years and takes great pleasure in moving objects around to give both staff and customers the creeps.

Rumours say that Sarah hanged herself in the early 19th century after her fiancé jilted her at the altar. Mediums have claimed that her ghostly activity is a way of reaching out for help to find him.

Barista�s Coffee Shop on Watergate Street Nick Spencer - NJS Photography Barista�s Coffee Shop on Watergate Street Nick Spencer - NJS Photography

Barista’s Coffee Shop – Watergate Street

Although the Barista’s building appears to be safe from paranormal activity, the coffee shop still has its own gruesome tale to tell. The building was actually home to one of the very few families in Chester who survived the outbreak of the bubonic plague in 1647.

The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics to hit the city wiping out over a quarter of its population, but the Barista’s building was one of the only spots to keep its family safe from the grisly death that the plague brought with it. Another hotspot on the Talking Walls route, grab a coffee and listen to the story for yourself!

Dewa Roman on Bridge Street. Nick Spencer - NJS Photography Dewa Roman on Bridge Street. Nick Spencer - NJS Photography

Dewa Roman – Bridge Street

The city attraction that tells the story of the Roman era in Chester has a much more sinister story behind its HQ. The stories here have also been giving a new lease of life thanks to Talking Walls, with the building said to be home to three spirits named Nathaniel, Charlotte and Brandon.

The centre was even once visited by famous spirit medium, Derek Acorah, who believed that the three ghosts were involved in an unknown tragedy within the building and are particularly active in building’s the cellar.

For more facts, haunted history and information on the activities taking place in Chester this Halloween, visit www.experiencechester.co.uk/halloween2017

Louise Minchin on the talking walls of Chester

Related articles

More from Out & About

Rebekka O’Grady looks at businesses in Frodsham that have stood the test of time, and meets those hoping to have a bright future

Read more
Frodsham
Mon, 00:00

In 2018, Wales celebrates its outstanding coastline and invites visitors to discover epic experiences all around its shores. This is the Year of the Sea, writes Penny Lloyd

Read more
Thursday, January 11, 2018

There are several major canals that run through Cheshire, these walks run alongside or cross over sections of at least of these waterways.

Read more
Canals
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

We head for Styal for a walk which combines river and woodland with the din of international air travel, writes Howard Bradbury.

Read more
Styal Quarry Bank
Monday, January 8, 2018

What is it that makes Macclesfield a magnet for the art crowd? Janet Reeder heads over there to find out

Read more
Macclesfield
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Whether you’re horse crazy or just along for the ride, equine events are an important part of the Cheshire social calendar.

Read more
Equestrian
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Eight great, and easy, resolutions that will help make 2018 your greenest year yet. Words by Katie Piercy from Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Read more
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

Cheshire Life Application Link

Local Business Directory

Cheshire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search