The Most Haunted Buildings in Leeds - According To Urban Legend

Whether or not you believe in ghosts, there are plentry of places in Leeds with surrounding ghost stories. In this roundup, we're taking a look at some of the places which are widely regarded as haunted.

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1. Thackray Medical Museum

Thackray Medical Museum

Thackray Medical Museum is said to be one of the most haunted places in Leeds. This is no surprise, as it was once a work house and then Leeds Asylum.  There have been many ghostly sightings over the years, particularly of a man in a white coat who walks the Victorian street; and a woman can be seen in one of the top windows waving at guests that come to visit.   

2. Abbey House Museum

Abbey House Museum

Abbey House Museum is just across from the famous Kirkstall Abbey. Both of these locations are well known for their spooky happenings. Locals that have lived in the area from the 1920-1940s have often spoke of hearing noises from midnight onwards. Strange occurrences such as doors slamming, footsteps and noises that cannot be accounted for. In the 1940’s a mother and daughter were walking the grounds of Abbey House when they came across a frightened monk wearing traditional brown robes and habit. He was said to have been so frantic he couldn’t speak and disappeared soon after with no explanation of where he came from. 

3. Armley Mills

Armley Mills, Leeds

There is plenty to keep you awake at night at Armley Mills. There have been several accounts of doors swinging open and slamming shut, as if someone still walks around the mill at night. There has been many sightings of a little boy crying sat in the corner of the mill. It was said that he died in the mill. There have also been sightings of a man in a top hat walking around and a woman in a black dress. During tours many visitors have expressed the feeling of being forcefully pushed,  but have no idea how to explain it.  

4. The House of Hassetts

House of Hasset - Haunted Leeds

This house is owned by the Hassett family and they still live in this stately home. Over the years the family has allowed paranormal experts into the house to study the events that take place regularly. The house became well known as it had been featured in the the TV show, "Haunted Homes”.  Pictures fall off the walls inside the house, doors slam and voices can be heard in the small spaces and chimneys. 

The family dogs constantly stare at thin air and refuse to enter the cellar, which is said to be particularly haunted as there have been accounts of people emerging from the cellar with scratches that they did not have when they entered.  The owner Phil Hassett claims he was once woken by someone shaking him by the shoulders, he did not see their face in the dark but he was alone that night. The family must have nerves of steel. 

5. Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey

With over 800 years of history, Kirkstall Abbey attracts visitors from far and wide and is widely considered one of the most interesting attractions in the region. During the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII rule, Kirkstall Abbey was emptied and its remains were left. With this impressive and trouble history, of course there are ghosts! Amongst the tales is the story of Mary, a woman who witnessed her husband committing a murder, who haunts the abbey to this day.

6. Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam is one of Leeds most well-known and visited destination. It’s famous for the vibrant calendar of events which are hosted there all year round.
Its popularity is easy to understand upon observing its beautiful grounds. With a history which stretches over five hundred years, visitors are often enthralled by its Tudor architecture which is unique in nature.

Naturally, with such a long and diverse history, there are an abundance of ghosts within both the grounds and walls of Temple Newsam. Most infamous perhaps, is the so-called “Blue Lady of Temple Newsam,” her identity is thought to be Lady Mary Ingram, who was the granddaughter of Sir Arthur Ingram who owned the estate until 1922. Her tragic story tells of a fatal robbery, from which she suffered critical injuries. Her ghostly spirit is said to linger in Temple Newsam and there have been countless sightings over the years.

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