Ghost Hunt Guildhall Leicester
5 September @ 8:00 pm - 6 September @ 1:00 am£39.50
Ghost Hunt Guildhall Leicester. The Guildhall dates back to medieval times and would have been a building of importance during the time of Richard III.
The Great Hall, built in 1390, was a meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi, a select group of influential businessmen and gentry founded in 1343.
The hall, is a timber framed building, with the earliest part dating from c. 1390. The Guildhall once acted as the town hall for the city until the current one was commissioned in 1876. It is located in the old walled city, on a street now known as Guildhall Lane.
Today, the Guildhall is a museum where visitors can step back in time and come face to face with ‘Crankie Gemmie’ and ‘Emma Smith’, two of Leicester’s notorious pick-pockets who can be found lurking within the Victorian police cells.
Take a look at Leicester Castle
The Guild of Corpus Christi
This Guild was the richest in the town and a powerful force in medieval Leicester. The emblem of the Guild, the Host and Chalice, is featured in 15th century painted glass window fragments in the Mayor’s Parlour. The Guild had their own altar in the Church of St Martin (now Leicester Cathedral) and used the Great Hall for banquets at times of high festivals. Originally the Great Hall had a beaten earth floor which would have been laid with rushes and heated by an open hearth, with smoke rising to the roof. The Guildhall in its present form incorporates a later Tudor extension to the original Great Hall.
A threat of demolition
With its main civic purpose gone, the Guildhall became neglected. Townspeople considered it old-fashioned and gloomy and it was under threat of demolition in 1876. Fortunately the newly-created City Council embarked on a major renovation programme in 1922, spearheaded by the Leicester Archaeological Society. The Guildhall was reopened to the public in 1926 and today, as one of the city’s most important medieval buildings and an iconic local landmark, enjoys protection as a Grade I listed building.
Ghost Hunt Guildhall Leicester - past events
The guildhall is a very popular site for visiting paranormal groups, and with very good reason. Many gruesome stories to be heard and reports of ghostly figures
It’s also reputedly the city’s most haunted building, claiming five ghosts including the mysterious White Lady, who makes her presence known in the library.
Originally constructed in the late 14th century and since extended, the Guildhall had various purposes. It was Leicester’s first police station, housing prison cells and the Constable’s House. One of the eerie cells of the old gaol features a reconstructed gibbet, conjuring up thoughts of bygone horrors. You will also be interested to know that in 1832, Leicester was the last place in England to display the hanged bodies of convicts in this dastardly manner.
So, what lies in wait for the haunted heritage team as we delve in search of all things paranormal. This event will be medium lead.