Published On: Thu, Apr 17th, 2014 on 8:13 pm

Paranormal investigators to relive past experiences at Armley Mills


Pete Boulton and Robert Hughes founded Ghostnspectors


A 'face' photo taken in South Wales at the Skirrid Mountain Inn


Paranormal investigators will be returning to Armley Mills next week to relive the eerie experiences they had five years ago.

The Manchester-based Ghostnspectors Paranormal Group will be returning to Leeds on 26 April as part of their latest paranormal investigation.

They will return to the mills – which now houses an industrial museum – with electromagnetic field (EMF) meters, CCTV monitoring equipment, video cameras, audio recordings and even a Ouija board.

Co-founder of the group, Pete Boulton, told the Yorkshire Standard: “There were some things that happened last time. Things were being thrown and there was one girl who described a pain on the side of her head, when we were in an area where machines used to be.

“This was an area where the children used to go underneath the looms and a lot of them used to suffer head injuries because of equipment on there.”

Mr Boulton – who used to be a sceptic – co-founded the Ghostnspectors group over ten years ago with Robert Hughes for the sole purpose of investigating paranormal phenomena.

During their time as investigators, they have explored numerous locations including private homes, with families who were genuinely terrified of events that were occurring there. They’ve also appeared in a BBC3 documentary.

Mr Boulton said: “You’re either open-minded to believe that these things are possible, or you’re not. We’re not trying to convince anyone that this is real. All we’re saying is that this is what we do and this is what we enjoy.”

The group now has around 500 members and around 30 members will be at the investigation at Armley Mills.

The earliest record of Armley Mills dates from the middle of the sixteenth century when local clothier Richard Booth leased ‘Armley Millnes’ from Henry Saville.

It later played a pivotal role in the wool and cloth trades in Leeds, becoming the world’s largest wool mill at one time.

But working conditions were also known as being appalling, and children throughout the region are reported to have died from exhaustion and machine-related accidents.

Armley Mills is considered by some investigators to be the most haunted building in Leeds.

Phenomena reported by investigators include poltergeist activity, an apparition of a woman believed to be looking for her child and crying from a young boy.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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