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Take part in a ghost hunt a Bolling Hall, a building known locally for being one the city’s oldest buildings, but also for being one of, if not the most haunted buildings in Bradford. Many who enter its doors at night have left without any doubt to the presence of its ghostly residents. Prepare to feel your hair stand up on end as you test your nerve at this incredible and haunted location.
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On a ghost hunt with Haunted Houses you will have exclusive access to the building/location during the evening. You will learn all about ghost hunting and the techniques used to encourage paranormal activity. We have a whole host of scientific ghost hunt equipment for you to use to aid communication with the spirits. You can take part in Ouija boards, glass divination and table tipping; the more traditional ghost hunt techniques. Or simply sitting in the dark and asking for the spirits to interact with you. Lone vigils (ghost hunting alone) will also be offered where available. During your evening you will be split into smaller groups so you can get the most out of your experience. If you are new to ghost hunting we warn you now – by the end of the night you may just become addicted to the fascinating and intriguing world of ghost hunting.
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Ghost tours at Bolling Hall have often come to the same conclusion. Something very strange indeed goes on here at night! It has been reported that this old dwelling is home to at least 20 active ghosts – so your chances of meeting at least one has never been higher.
It is said to be very common to feel hands reach for you and to tug you off your feet in the darkness of certain rooms. Dark figures and shadows have been witnessed walking around the corridors and disappearing into rooms, but on inspection found to be empty. A sweet smell of tobacco is a common occurrence here even though it is very clear smoking has not been taking place for many years inside this giant former home.
There is a very famous ghost sighting reported at Bolling Hall which dates as far back as 1600’s by the Earl of Newcastle, who had taken up residency after his troops had fought a winning battle to take over Bradford Town. The story goes how the Earl claimed to of had his bed clothes torn off him in the dead of night, there before him stood the spirit of a woman begging him to “pity poor Bradford” As it was his plans to destroy the town and kill all residents. After this encounter the Earl spared the town killing only who resisted the takeover, by which this number was few.
Bolling Hall’s blue room is notorious for its haunting by a Victorian woman who seems to watch everything you do. But be warned; she may just have a temper as there are reports of objects being thrown across the room.
Set high on a hillside, Bolling Hall is one of Bradford’s oldest and largest buildings, and is said to date back as far as the 14th Century.
The history of Bolling Hall dates back to it’s mentions in the Domesday Book as being in the possession of Mr. Sindi. During the years the Hall changed hands to several owners such as Ilbert de Lacy, then finally to the Bolling Family who owned the property and its whole estate until the 15th century. It then past to the Tempests who held seat at Bolling Hall until 1649.
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Bolling Hall - Bradford, South Yorkshire Overnight ghost hunts at this chilling location are not to be missed
The haunted Bolling Hall in Bradford is a haven for ghosts and spirits. Haunted Happenings ghost hunts at Bolling Hall will really test your nerve as you work through this ghostly building. Spending the night at Bolling Hall will really help you to gain that elusive evidence which all ghost hunters crave. With footsteps being heard frequently and shadows swiftly darting past you, it is difficult not to feel terrified here.
A Bolling Hall is the perfect ghostly building to carry out lone vigils and to sit quietly with your camera rolling. Overnight ghost hunts at this chilling location are not to be missed and Bolling Hall is a the top of the list for our ghost hunts where people have fled in terror.
Your Ghost Hunt at Bolling Hall
Bolling Hall is Bradford's oldest building which has a history of hauntings dating back for many hundreds of years with connections to the infamous Leeds Witch, The Knights Templars and Oliver Cromwell. This haunted former residence has seen many overnight ghost hunts and has given us some of the most chilling experiences and activity imaginable. The main staircase is an area where many people refuse to be alone with the feeling of being pushed by unseen hands, the smell of pipe smoke is often evident in the main hall from the balcony above the hall figures are seen to walk only to disappear when entering the adjoining room. Will you come face to face with the imposing Victorian figure who watches people who enter the blue room? Join Haunted Happenings for an overnight ghost hunt as we attempt to uncover the hauntings of Bolling Hall
Ghosts of Bolling Hall
Bolling Hall in Bradford, hidden away from the bustle of the city centre, has been investigated many times in the past, the old hall is reputed to have at least 20 resident ghosts. The very first report of a haunting occurred in the 1600's when the Earl of Newcastle, who was stationed at the hall after his troops took over the Town of Bradford, claimed that his bed cover had been tugged, waking to see a woman wringing her hands, telling him to "pity poor Bradford". It was the Earls original intention to devastate the town, but after this experience he changed his mind and instead ordered his troops to only kill those who offered resistance resulting in just a handful of people being killed. A childs crib has been witnessed on many occasion to rock back and forth as people enter the room. A lady dressed in white has been seen, appearing to float in mid air across the room and disappearing into the fireplace.
History of Bolling Hall
Bolling Hall is one of the oldest buildings in Bradford set in a commanding position on a hillside. The earliest part of this building dates back to the 14th Century. The Manor of Bolling is first mentioned in Domesday Book and was at that time in the possession of a man named Sindi. The manor then came under the control of Ilbert De Lacy. By 1316 the manor was owned by William Bolling, and Bollings owned the estate until the late 15th century when control went to the Tempests who held the estate until 1649.
During the second siege of Bradford in 1643, during the English Civil War, the house was a Royalist base. On this occasion the Royalists took the town, which had strong Parliamentarian sympathies, and it was thought that the victors would put the inhabitants to the sword. There is a legend that a ghost appeared in the bedroom where the Royalist commander Earl of Newcastle was staying to tell him to "Pity poor Bradford".
There is usually material on display relating to the English Civil War including a death mask of Oliver Cromwell. In the 18th Century parts of the house were modernised by the architect John Carr, following a fire. The Bolling chapel at Bradford parish church, now Bradford Cathedral, was restored by the Tempest family in the 17th century but did not survive the twentieth-century rebuilding of the Chancel.
The estate changed hands several times thereafter until eventually it was let to several tenants until being presented to Bradford Corporation in 1912. It was opened as a museum three years later.
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- Use of ghost hunting equipment including EMF Meters, K2 Meters etc.
- Experiments including glass divination, table tipping and Ouija Boards.
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- Includes teas and coffees
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Ghost Hunt at Bolling Hall
Saturday 9th December 2023 Time: 9.00pm - 3.00am
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The Hauntings Of Bolling Hall Ghost Hunt Bradford West Yorkshire
Haunting Nights Ghost Adventure continues in the city of Bradford West Yorkshire as we investigate the Hauntings of Bolling Hall
Join the Haunting Nights Team on an overnight ghost hunt at Bolling Hall, situated one mile from the centre of Bradford and is reputed to be the oldest property in the area dating back to 1165
Set over three floors Bolling Hall is a rambling mixture of styles with every nook and cranny packed with haunting history and chilling tales of ghostly activity.
Will you meet the ghost of an old lady dressed in white who resides in the halls very own ghost room?
Bolling Hall played a role in the Civil War as a Royalist stronghold while Bradford was on the Parliamentarian side, and it was an important strategic base during the Royalist siege of Bradford.
According to a legend, a royalist general was sleeping in what is now known as The Ghost Room and on the eve of the planned attack on Bradford was woken by a ghostly figure of an old lady standing over him saying “pity poor Bradford”
Maybe you will you meet the old lady dressed in white who still resides in the halls very own ghost room?
The laughter of children can be heard coming from the nursery, the strong smell of pipe smoke is often reported around the bottom of the sweeping staircase, whilst in the solar room at the very top of the oldest part of the hall menacing shadows have been seen and footsteps heard coming from the tower in the corner of the room
Paranormal activity is rife throughout this ancient hall, with up to twenty different ghosts in residence we are set for a spooky night in Bradford as we investigate The Hauntings Of Bolling Hall
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During your night you will be taking part in various methods of Ghost Hunting to include Ouija boards, table tipping, glass divination, Psychic seances and along with modern day ghost hunting techniques.
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We arrived at about 10:30 and were the only people there for a while, which surprised us as it is... read more
Enjoyed going back, spent many Sunday's there as a child. Brought our new family who were impressed... read more
Fab building, very old in parts, atmospheric, definitely haunted. Lovely staff who are very knowledgeable.
A tucked-away curiosity. Historic building of mixed styles and ages in the middle of a housing estate Not a pretty building and the grounds are uninspiring
Free to enter museum - love this place. Bolling Hall one of is the oldest buildings in Bradford. It is about a mile from the centre of Bradford, set in what is now Bolling Park, occupying a commanding position on a hillside. The earliest part of this building, dating from the 14th century, has been interpreted as a pele tower, although Bradford is somewhat outside the typical geographical area for these defensive structures. The Manor of Bolling (Bollinc) is first mentioned in Domesday Book and was at that time in the possession of a man named Sindi. The manor then came under the control of Ilbert de Lacy. By 1316 the manor was owned by William Bolling, and Bollings owned the estate until the late 15th century when control went to the Tempests who held the estate until 1649. During the second siege of Bradford in 1643, during the English Civil War, the house was a Royalist base. On this occasion the Royalists took the town, which had strong Parliamentarian sympathies, and it was thought that the victors would put the inhabitants to the sword. There is a legend that a ghost appeared in the bedroom where the Royalist commander Earl of Newcastle was staying to tell him to "Pity poor Bradford". There is usually material on display relating to the English Civil War including a death mask of Oliver Cromwell. In the 18th century parts of the house were modernised by the architect John Carr, following a fire. The estate was presented to Bradford Corporation in 1912.
A lovely place to visit, full of character and very informative. Free to enter and was fantastic all round. We enjoyed the experience very much and we will be back to visit. Pleasent place and full of history.
After many years finally visited this 14th century house. Quite impressed with the care that has been taken to bring this house alive. Each room offering clear information and staff at hand if needed. Felt the grounds were run down and a continued amount of money needs to be invested to improve and make this as important as its history to the area dictates. But definitely well worth the visit.
We love bolling hall and have been many times , I myself have done an overnight ghost hunt and was amazed at the things that happened so if thats your type of thing do it you wont be dissapointed.The house is set in lovely grounds and kids are welcome.
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Set inside its ground and away from the outside world, Bolling Hall in Bradford is one of the oldest buildings. There are reports of seeing a woman standing in the window looking across the grounds dressed in Victorian clothing. Visitors have reported an overwhelming feeling on the grand staircase; Doors are heard and seen opening by unforeseen hands. Be Prepared to be scared if you are attending this ghost hunt; as this location is vast, there are many rooms to investigate, and some you sit alone in and conduct your vigil.
This grand vast old building is said to be home to many spirits; rumours have it there are well over 20 spirits that are said to reside here. The Grand old staircase is one hotspot area for paranormal activity. There have been reports of people being pushed and grabbed; many report the feeling of being watched here. There are endless rooms and spaces inside Bolling Hall to hold vigils; Shadows are often reported darting past, light anomalies seen floating around then disappearing into thin air. On the upper floors, many believe there is a young lady they believe to be a nanny as, on many occasions, a crib has been witnessed rocking back and forth when guests have entered a room. Bolling Hall is a great location, and we invite you to be part of this intense ghost hunt.
History Of Bolling Hall
Bolling Hall is one of the oldest buildings in Bradford, set in a commanding position on a hillside. The earliest part of this building dates back to the 14th century. The Manor of Bolling is first mentioned in Domesday Book and had a man named Sindi. The manor then came under the control of Ilbert de Lacy. By 1316 the manor was owned by William Bolling, and Bollings owned the estate until the late 15th century when the power went to the Tempests, who held the estate until 1649. During the second siege of Bradford in 1643, during the English Civil War, the house was a Royalist base. On this occasion, the Royalists took the town, which had strong Parliamentarian sympathies, and it was thought that the victors would put the inhabitants to the sword. There is a legend that a ghost appeared in the bedroom where the Royalist commander Earl of Newcastle was staying to tell him to "Pity poor Bradford. "The estate changed hands several times after that until it was eventually left to several tenants until it was presented to Bradford Corporation in 1912. It was opened as a museum three years later. Bolling Hall is one of the oldest buildings in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. It is currently used as a museum and education centre. The building is about a mile from the centre of Bradford. Its surroundings are suburban. Before the Industrial Revolution, Bradford was a small town and difficult to defend as it lay in a basin.
However, Bolling Hall occupies a commanding position on a hillside. The earliest part of this building, dating from the 14th century, has been interpreted as a Pele tower, although Bradford is somewhat outside the typical geographical area for these defensive structures. The Manor of Bolling (Bollinc) is first mentioned in Domesday Book and had a man named Sindi. The manor then came under the control of Ilbert de Lacy. By 1316 the manor mansion was owned by William Bolling, and Bollings owned the estate until the late 15th century when the power went to the Tempests, who held the estate until 1649. The estate changed hands several times until it was eventually left to several tenants until it was presented to Bradford Corporation in 1912. It was opened as a museum three years later. During the second siege of Bradford in 1643, the house was a Royalist base during the English Civil War. On this occasion, the Royalists took the town, which had strong Parliamentarian sympathies, and it was thought that the victors would put the inhabitants to the sword. There is a legend that a ghost appeared in the bedroom where the Royalist commander Earl of Newcastle was staying to tell him to "Pity poor Bradford". There is usually material on display relating to the English Civil War including a death mask of Oliver Cromwell. In the 18th century, parts of the house were modernised by John Carr, following a fire. The Bolling chapel at Bradford parish church, now Bradford Cathedral, was restored by the Tempest family in the 17th century but did not survive the twentieth-century rebuilding of the Chancel.
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Bolling Hall is a classic haunting, it’s first reported ghost sighting dates from the 1600s. It’s darkened rooms and corridors harbour the souls of the unsettled dead. Who haunts the Blue Room, why are objects mysteriously thrown into the middle of the room and who is the shadowy figure that stands in the main hall? Join us for our Bolling Hall Ghost Hunt, a real haunted night at Yorkshire’s most haunted house!
Bolling Hall is one of the most interesting historic houses in Yorkshire. Perched overlooking the city of Bradford, Bolling Hall has a rich history. In fact the first known reference to the manor of Bolling was in the Doomsday Book compiled in 1086.
Bolling was first held by Ilbert De Laci and then by 1316 passed to William Bolling. Over many centuries Bolling Hall passed through several families including Tempest, Lindley and Wood. During the Civil War the household supported the Royalist cause, and the house provided a stronghold during the ‘siege of Bradford’ It was presented to the City of Bradford in 1912 after falling into disrepair. Three years later it was opened as a period house and museum.
- Supernatural history tour of Bolling Hall
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We arrived at about 10:30 and were the only people there for a while, which surprised us as it is... read more
Enjoyed going back, spent many Sunday's there as a child. Brought our new family who were impressed... read more
Bolling Hall haunted house
I have been visiting this place since i was a lad in Bradford, last time would be in the late 1960s so i decided it was time to go back for a vist and introduce the wife to Bradford ( my home town ) I looked the place up on the internet and was surprised to see it was still free to enter the Museum, what more could a Yorkshireman ask for. We called in early on a Saturday morning ( 1005am ) in November to find it had just opened so was very quite. I spent some time talking to the 2 members of staff who were on duty, they were very friendly and helpful advising us that some parts of the hall were closed for refurbishment. We spent a long time looking round and reading all the information notices learning more about the hall and indeed the City as we went, it even dispelled some childhood myths i had heard about the ghost room, I bought a guide book which held lots of interesting facts re the hall and its past owners, this was taken to Cumbria and loaned to my Mum and 2 sisters so they could share in the exrperience and maybe get the urge tovisit again. Well recommended to all ages.
When i volunteered as a zombie for the spooktacular i walked around the place to get to get used to the atmosphere i felt scared and exited because the place is haunted but the first time i visited bolling hall i was 12 i was walking across the balcony toward the ghost room a woman dressed in white was at the other end as i got closer the woman turnes around screams and vanished i was that scared i ran to the lobby fell over laughing and told the curator he then said you just seen the ghost of the lady in white since then ive gone back to bolling hall to see the other ghosts it was awsome
What an amazing place, bursting with local history! Its got some great links with nationally significant events in history - battle of Adwalton Moor for example, does some excellent work with young people on developing local culture and interest in heritage. Just a fab place - if you get chance to have a look, well worth a visit! Then call at one of the wonderful curry restaurants in the Curry Capital!!! Brilliant day out and FREE ENTRY!!!
i visited bolling hall when i went to stay with friends and was suprised that such a lovely house has managed to survive in urban surroundings, when inside the house you just get lost in the splender of it all. i loved the nursery it felt very serene and calm. i sat for a while and just took it all in, it must of been a beautiful family home at one time. i also believe that they have ghost hunts as well so it has a lot to offer in many ways. please go and see this house and get lost in history and time.
It shows life over a period of about five hundred years with each room being different. The 'ghost room' is a real step back in time. There's a park across the road too so all in all a good day out for the kids.
The very stones in the walls seem to have a story to tell. So much history here and so often special displays. You can almost feel the characters who lived. Early history and later.
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the 6 Most Haunted Places in Bradford
If you have ever thought about taking a trip to Bradford, then you may be interested in finding out all of the best spooky spots to visit!
That’s why we have gathered together six of the most haunted places in Bradford that you might want to investigate for yourself! Here they are:
6 - Paper Hall
Paper Hall was built back in 1643 and it is believed to be the oldest surviving building in Bradford city centre. It wasn’t always known as Paper Hall, and there are various different theories surrounding the name, but the most likely is that it is a corruption of the original name ‘Papists Hall’ since the original owners were Roman Catholic at a time when Popish superstition was suppressed throughout Britain. As you might expect with such an old building, it is also reportedly haunted. In fact, it commonly features on lists of the most haunted places in Bradford.
One of the most striking reports of paranormal activity to come out of Paper Hall tells of a pair of large staring eyes belonging to a very ghastly face often seen looking out of the windows, startling those passing by! Residents have also reported the sound of someone going up and down the staircase in the dead of night, but upon investigation, there is nobody around. The footfalls seem to have a very distinct pattern with a distinct tap which has led people to believe that the spirit in question is an old Admiral with a peg leg who was apparently murdered in the building some time ago!
5 - Bradford City Hall
Bradford may appear a little worn and shabby today, but believe it or not, in its heyday Bradford was a wealthy city that served as the very heart of the textiles industry in Britain! It is still possible to see evidence of the city’s former grandeur when you look at Bradford City Hall. This is a fantastic example of Victorian architecture which has been very well preserved and is now a Grade 1 listed building.
City Hall was first built back in 1873 and for several decades the cellar of the building served as the police cells for the local authorities. Local legends speak of a prisoner named Charlie who once occupied those cells before being executed for his crimes and it is said to be his restless soul that now haunts City Hall as he seeks his revenge for the ill-treatment at the hands of police. Members of staff hate working in the basement and the first to arrive each day immediately turn on all the lights to drive out any menacing presence that lingers there. There have been instances of poltergeist activity here and there over the years and it is fairly common for staff to hear the sounds of a full-court in session despite the fact that it has been well over 20 years since the courtroom has been used!
4 - Grafton Street
Grafton street may look like any ordinary residential area, but in 1926 it was the site of a widespread panic caused by paranormal activity. At the time, the city was in the grip of rumours that ‘Spring-Heeled Jack’ was terrorising residents. For those unfamiliar with the legend, Spring-Heeled Jack was an entity sighted all over the UK starting in 1837. He was often described as a tall man with clawed hands and fiery red eyes who dressed in an oilskin coat. When spotted following attack Spring-Heeled Jack would apparently escape by leaping over walls and over the rooftops. However, while the entity that appeared in Grafton Street had a similar escape route, it did not fit the standard description of Spring-Heeled Jack, instead, what appeared to terrified residents was something shrouded in white. The entity came to be known as the ‘Grafton Street Freak’ and the disturbances continued for several weeks. No culprit was ever caught and to this day there is some debate surrounding whether or not this was truly paranormal, or some prankster taking advantage of the unease created from the Spring-Heeled Jack rumours!
3 - Parkside Social Club
Parkside Social Club may not look like much, but it is actually one of the most haunted places in Bradford. In the past, the building has served as an institute and a schoolroom and this is where the resident spooks seem to come from.
One of the most common sightings is of a young girl in Victorian style clothing who is often seen and heard by staff and customers alike. She is said to run around upstairs and her footsteps are frequently heard on the stairs.
The girl has also been spotted in the pool room and many customers are too afraid to go into the room. However, one of the staff says that her 10-year-old daughter is anything but scared!
During a recent party at the club, she decided to leave some balloons in the pool room for the little ghost girl to play with!
2 - Bolling Hall
The history of Bolling Hall dates all the way back to 1086 and it played an important role in the English Civil War, so it really is not at all surprising that it has a high number of reports of paranormal activity. Over the years as many as twenty full-bodied apparitions have been reported in the mansion!
The current building that stands as Bolling hall is the oldest house in Bradford and it has served as a family home for more than 5 centuries starting in 1316 when the hall was taken over by William Bolling. The Bollings owned the estate until some time in the 15 th century when the Tempest family took over. The property changed hands once again in 1649 after which it changes hands with some frequency, even being let out as apartments at one time. In 1912 it was presented to Bradford city council who opened it up as a period house and museum – the same purpose that it still serves today.
If we look back to the Civil War, the Royalists took the town of Bradford in 1643, putting all inhabitants to the sword. It was actually during this time that the first paranormal occurrence was reported at Bolling Hall” One night the Royalist Commander, the Earl of Newcastle said he was woken during the night by a ghostly woman tugging on his bedsheets. She apparently warned him to ‘pity poor Bradford’. This was enough to change his plans and instead of executing all of the town’s residents only 10 were put to death. It seems that the Earl did indeed take pity on the people of Bradford!
Over the years, there have been growing reports of paranormal disturbances, and the building has even featured on popular paranormal television shows such as #Most Haunted’. There have been 20 recorded sightings of full apparitions and a child’s crib has been caught on film rocking back and forth on its own without anyone touching it. A great deal of the paranormal reports seem to centre on the Blue Room where people get the sensation of being watched and where many reports of a male apparition in a long black coat have been made. He is said to be particularly menacing. Another of the commonly sighted apparitions is a lady in white who is seen floating in mid-air and then disappearing into the fireplace.
Throughout the entire building, staff and visitors report hearing doors opening and closing, footsteps, disembodied voices, and heavy breathing from empty rooms. This is without a doubt one of the most haunted places in Bradford!
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If you are in search of accommodation with a resident Bradford ghost, then you may want to go ahead and check out the Midland Hotel. This is a very classic example of a Victorian-era railway hotel. It was built back in 1890 next to Forster Square Station and it remains popular to this day. One of the hotel’s claims to fame is that famous Thespian Sir Henry Irving and his manager Bram Stoker stayed there during Irving’s turn as archbishop Lord Tennyson’s ‘Beckett’ at the Theatre Royal. It was there that he famously collapsed on stage after suffering a stroke and was rushed to the lobby of the Midland Hotel where he passed away. It is no surprise then, that there are claims that Irving is the ghost who haunts the hotel today. In fact, his apparition has been spotted in the room in which he slept the night before that final performance. He is said to appear fairly incorporeal surrounded by hazy smoke, but still recognisable.
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Haunted Bolling Hall in Bradford is a haven for ghosts and spirits, ghost hunt overnight to discover more!
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Haunted Happenings ghost hunts at Bolling Hall will really test your nerve as you work through this ghostly building. Spending the night at Bolling Hall will really help you to gain that elusive evidence which all ghost hunters crave. With footsteps being heard frequently and shadows swiftly darting past you, it is difficult not to feel terrified here.
A Bolling Hall paranormal investigation is the perfect ghostly building to carry out lone vigils and to sit quietly with your camera rolling. Overnight ghost hunts at this chilling location are not to be missed and Bolling Hall is a the top of the list for our ghost hunts where people have fled in terror.
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