Gainsborough Old Hall
 Gainsborough Old Hall 01

LOCATION: Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, UK

DATE BUILT: Circa 1460

GRADE LISTED: Grade I

ORIGINAL PURPOSE: A manor house

OTHER USES: During it's time, Gainsborough Old Hall has had a variety of uses. It has seen time as a theatre, a pub, a masonic temple and a linen factory.  

PREVIOUS BUILDINGS ON THE SITE: A castle once stood on the site of Gainsborough Old Hall. King Sweyn of Denmark stayed at the castle after the Danish invasion of England. 

Gainsborough Old Hall Ghost CorridorCLAIM TO FAME: The hall was visited by King Henry VIII and Kind Richard III 

 

INTERESTING FACTS: The West range of the hall was once home to the Rose family. William Rose invented a packaging machine, used by Cadbury's for wrapping their sweets. Cadbury's even went on to name one of their most popular products 'Roses'. The hall also boasts its own ghost corridor! See image

 

GRIZZLY HISTORY: None known.

 

DEATHS: King Sweyn of Denmark died at the hall in 1014. Legend says he was tormented to death by the ghost of St Edmund. 

RESIDENT GHOSTS:

• King Sweyn

• A girl who was the daughter of a previous caslte owner. Stories say she fell in love with a soldier. Forbidding their relationship, her father locked her in the tower. Some say she died of a broken heart while others say she jumped to her death from the window. 

• The Grey Lady - dressed in grey Tudor attire. 

• Elizabeth - daughter of Sir Thomas Burgh. 

•  A young Victorian boy.

• A Cavalier

 

REPORTED PARANORMAL ACTIVITY:

Audible: Moaning heard, believed to be King Sweyn. 

Visual: Full bodied apparitions. Strange lights seen in the gift shop. 

Intelligent: Torches being turned on when requested. Tapping heard when requested. 

Sensory: -

Poltergeist: Tables moving on their own during investigations. 

Technological: -

Gainsborough Old Hall Kitchen

 

HAUNTED HOTSPOTS: • The gift shop  • The Ghost Corridor  • The Tower Room

 

TIMESPAN OF HAUNTINGS: The Grey Lady has been talked of since before Victorian times. 

 

PHOTOS & VIDEOS OF INTEREST: 

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS: Yet to be discovered....