Published On: Sun, Sep 28th, 2014 on 1:17 pm

Dark gatherings taking place in Bradford’s oldest ‘haunted house’

Bolling Hall Bradford

Bolling Hall in Bradford. Image courtesy: Stuart Burrows

People have been invited to visit Bradford’s famous Bolling Hall to learn about its haunting past, at night.

Organised by Bradford Council’s Museums and Galleries, an annual event named Dark Gatherings is giving visitors the chance to learn about the building’s history and learn about its supernatural happenings.

Bolling Hall is mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 and parts of the current building date back to medieval times.

It also supported the Royalists during the Civil War and provided a stronghold during the ‘siege of Bradford.’

The first recorded supernatural encounter is believed to have occurred in 1643, when Royalist Commander the Earl of Newcastle was visited by the ghost of a woman who woke him by tugging his bedsheets telling him to “pity poor Bradford.”

Ever since, there have been over 20 recorded sightings of full bodied apparitions from visitors and staff with reports of doors opening, voices, footsteps and heavy breathing down corridors and in empty rooms.

The event is free, but due to its popularity, places need to be booked in advance.

40-minute slots are available at 7, 8, 9 and 10pm. Parents are asked to use their judgement when deciding whether to bring young children. No unaccompanied under 18s or organised groups will be permitted to book.

Visitors will not be charged, but they may be asked to make a donation during their visit.

To book a place call the museum on 01274 431826 or email

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  1. Dan says:

    As a sceptic I’d like to visit this place, however the woman telling the man to pity poor Bradford sounds made up.

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