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Haunted Chingle Hall

Updated on October 7, 2015

Singleton Hall was built in 1260 by Sir Adam de Singleton, just outside the village of Goosnargh, near Preston. But the oldest inhabited brick building in England has become world famous as Chingle Hall, one of the most haunted houses of England...

Seance with Levitating Table.
Seance with Levitating Table.

The True Story of a Roman Catholic Martyr

1620... John Wall is born in Chingle Hall. Twenty years later, at the time of the Catholic Reformation, he is a Roman Catholic priest who practices illegal masses in the Hall. Priest holes and secret compartments are made, where one can hide if the Hall is raided by the soldiers of the King.

1678... John Wall is taken to the Worcester jail, where he is offered his life if he will forsake his religion. John Wall declines and is quartered at Redhill. His body is buried by his friends in on the grounds of Saint Oswald, but his head - a true martyr's head - is treasured by the friars at Worcester for more than a century. People are whispering the head is buried now somewhere in the Hall...

1764... Chingle Hall passes to the Farrington family. It's a hub now for zealous Roman Catholic activity. Cavities are built into the walls and tunnels are dug to the surrounding buildings as a method of escape...

Viking Symbols Spontaneous Catches Fire & Leaving Only A Cross...

A number of wooden beams going across the ceiling of the Chapel bear strange symbols. No one knows where they stand for... until some scientists take samples of the wood and find that it is much older than the Hall and has a lot of salt in it. The wood comes probably from a Viking longboat.

Somewhere in the 1950s a beam spontaneously catches fire... and then extinguishes itself. After this incident a wooden cross is found, embedded in the wall...

Eleanor's Room...

... is the most haunted of the Hall. This room once belonged to Eleanor Singleton, who was kept captive here for over 12 years and was murdered at the age of 17. The room is decorated now with toys and dolls.

Visitors claim to be overwhelmed by a deep feeling of sadness when entering the room of poor Eleanor Singleton. You can smell lavender, see orbs, feel phantom tugs at your clothing. Maybe you'll faint then.

1997... Parapsychologist Darren Done has a strange experience outside Eleanor's Room. While he is preparing to film the area where the phantom of a monk has been seen, he is suddenly slapped in the face hard, very hard...

Black Out Ghost Poetry On Polaroid

A Poltergeist in the Kitchen and A Flying Monk

A Poltergeist in the kitchen is usually rearranging the pots and pans and chances are great you will see a monk wandering through Chingle Hall, for instance upstairs, in the priest's room. A man with shoulder-length hair has been seen here walking outside the window... which is about twelve feet above the ground.

Ghost Writing Black Out Poetry

Psychic Investigations

1980... Ghost hunters Gerald Main and Terence Whitaker are in the Hall, recording rapping sounds emanating from a hiding hole. There is a sudden decrease in temperature and they see 'an indefinable shape' move by...

1985... A visitor is recording in the priest's room some sounds of bricks that are being moved. He looks into a hiding hole and sees part of a hand moving one of the bricks. As he watches, the hand disappears. Later he captures the sounds of footsteps on tape and a spectre on film. Bricks are found scattered on the floor of the chapel.

1996... a team from the Northern Anomalies Research Organisation takes two photographs of orange lights appearing near the oak-beamed ceiling. The investigators don't see these orange lights but they do see small white flickering lights. Again, sounds are heard and recorded in the priest's room.


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      2 years ago

      I have stayed at and visited chingle hall many times . And every time experienced lots of things that have been mentioned . I've had my hair played with hand held clothes tugged many many things one of the things I'd like to mention though is that I was always very comfortable But on one occasion I took my partner and we walked in through the door and he felt so uneasy that he wouldn't go any further.

      Trip over.......

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      Kathleen Odenthal 

      4 years ago from Bridgewater

      Very interesting post! I love stories about hauntings! I will definitely need to read more of your hubs!

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      sofie green 

      6 years ago

      i need number to contact chingle hall has every one got

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      7 years ago

      very well done hub quite impressive work I must say.

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      9 years ago

      I MUST visit this place and would love to stay there - but definitely not alone! An excellently put together hub. Really gave me goosebumps.

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      Christoph Reilly 

      9 years ago from St. Louis

      Very thorough article about an intriguing place. Very fun going through it! Thanks!

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      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Loved this. Very spooky and fascinating at the same time :)


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