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Ghost Hunt Guildhall Leicester
5 September, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 6 September, 2020 @ 1:00 am£39.50
Our Ghost Hunt at the amazing Leicester Guildhall.
The Leicester Guildhall is reportedly one of the most haunted buildings in England.
A beautiful building steeped in history dating back to the 13th Century. This venue has seen a variety of characters pass through its doors over the centuries.
But who still resides here? Whose spirits remain within its walls?
The Guildhall dates back to medieval times. It was the meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi from 1393, a select group of influential businessmen. It would have been a building of great importance during the reign of Richard III.
Is his spirit still among those who are said to haunt this magnificent building?
The building has had so many different uses during its long history. From a Town Hall to a library, a courtroom and even a school, this place has seen so many historical events and a multitude of different people.
So why not join us on our ghost hunt? Experience the historical significance of this timber framed building for yourself. What spirits will you encounter and who still haunts the Leicester Guildhall? The Guildhall
The History of Leicester Guildhall
Leicester Guildhall is one of the last remaining timber framed buildings in the country and is protected by Grade I listing.
It was originally built in 1390 as a place to hold meetings for the Guild of Corpus Christi. The Guild was the wealthiest in the town and an extremely powerful force in medieval Leicester. The Great Hall was used for banquets and celebrations so would have been filled with energy, laughter and enjoyment.
Given its importance as a meeting place, the Guildhall would have been hugely significant during the reign of King Richard III, whose remains were discovered under a carpark not far away.
We also know that the Guildhall was used as a space for public performances. It is rumoured that Shakespeare may even have performed here and that the building inspired him to write his play King Lear, although this is not proven.
During the English Civil War, monetary demands of £2000 were made against the Mayor and cooperation of Leicester and important decisions were made within the walls of the Guildhall. An appeal was set before King Charles I and an offer of a loan of £500 was sent to Prince Rupert. However, in 1645 Prince Rupert and his Royalist Army attacked the city. The Royalists breached the walls, entered the Guildhall and looted the town’s archives, mace and seal.
Leicester Guildhall has also been the home of one of the oldest public libraries, the town hall, a courtroom and even a police station. In Victorian England, parts of this building were used as a school but in 1876, the building was partly dilapidated and the people of Leicester considered it “old fashioned” and “gloomy”. The building was now under threat of demolition.
Luckily, the new City Council decided to start a renovation programme in 1922 and in 1926, the Guildhall was reopened to the public. Today, the Guildhall is a museum and remains one of the city’s most important medieval buildings. A truly iconic local landmark attracting thousands of visitors (and paranormal investigators) each year.
With a varied and turbulent past, whose ghosts still reside here and what stories do they have to share? Join us on an investigation and help us to find out… what (or who) will you discover?
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. What will you discover? What spirits will you encounter? Join us to find out!
Please note that this event will be led by our medium.