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. 

CLAIM 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!

 

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 woman who vanishes through a wall where a staircase used to be.

• A man in a red coat often seen standing at the top of the attic stairs with his hands on his hips.

 

REPORTED PARANORMAL ACTIVITY:

Visual: Full bodied apparitions 

 

HAUNTED HOTSPOTS: Unknown

 

TIMESPAN OF HAUNTINGS: The Grey lady has been talked of since Victorian times

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS: Yet to be discovered....