It’s the evening of Friday 13 – the superior of superstitious days. Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, there is no denying that ghost stories pique everyone’s interest, even if you are a little scared. Read more: ‘Spooky’ orb caught on camera in Hull pub as musicians play With historic tales of tragedy and gore, of jilted lovers and vengeance, the stories alone are enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Some speak of their unusual sights or sounds from other realms on a day like today, whilst others refuse to leave their homes as they cannot cope with the superstitious nature of the day.
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It’s often on television or in films that we see the likes of haunted houses coming alive on this frightful Friday, but East Yorkshire has plenty of haunted spots of its own. The best part is a trip to these spots can be a fun day out, providing beautiful scenery, and epic tales. Here are some of the most haunted places in and around Hull. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here. Annison Funeral Parlous
The Annison building
Funeral parlours aren’t short of stories about death, but there is one woman who has brought the most attention to the Annison building. The spot is just a seven minute drive from Hull’s city centre and continues to remain a spook-filled spot. Mary Jane Langley was 18 when she was murdered after having left a photographer’s studio within the building in 1891, with the photographer one of the prime suspects of having slit Mary’s throat. Another theory is Mary was a victim of Frederick Bailey Deeming, a Jack The Ripper suspect who had murdered his wife and four children and buried them under the floorboards of his house. The spot has now transformed into a museum called the Extraordinarium, run by a Hull exorcist.
Hull exorcist and medium Ralph Keeton
Hull exorcist Ralph Keeton has watched a woman burst into flames in front of him and has been thrown down the stairs by an evil spirit. His attempts to clear spirits from homes have even inspired a documentary by none other than Steven Spielberg. Now 60, Ralph has embarked on a 40-plus year career which really took off when he helped solve a murder case in Holland. The Old Chocolate Factory
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Sadly its not quite as colourful as Willy Wonka’s factory. Just four minutes from Hull’s city centre, the Wincolmlee chocolate factory can be traced back to the 1840s. It was used as a Tallow Mill, with many recorded deaths and injuries recorded over the years. Now a recording studio, incarnate voices and signs of the occult have been rife at this Victorian factory. Burton Agnes Hall
The gardens at Burton Agnes Hall
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This grand home was built by three sisters with the inheritance from their father, with one of the sisters, Anne, said to have overseen all of the work carried out. When Anne was dying, she begged her sisters to let her head remain in the house, but they buried her whole in a nearby churchyard. For months after her death, the remaining sisters and staff at the house were “terrorised” by noises and sightings, until Anne’s head was brought into the house and the ghostly happenings stopped. 39 De Grey Street Do you even live in Hull if you don’t know this haunted home? The De Grey Street property has quickly become one of the most haunted houses in Britain.
This Hull home is said to be one of the most haunted in Britain
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Previous tenants of this house have been so terrified that they have found their experiences difficult to talk about. These experiences include being strangled in the night, furniture being thrown, growling, and a menacing presence. In fact, the house is so terrifying that no-one will live in the property. The last tenant managed four days before escaping the ghostly activity and never-forgotten experiences that something evil lurked within its walls. The house is also supposedly haunted by an “evil” presence who locked children in cupboards. Monks Walk pub
The Monks Walk in Highgate
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The pub’s passageway was once used to carry plague victims through to a burial pit near to what is now the railway station. Figures of monks have been spotted in the passageways and doorways of the pub, as well as the noise of jangling keys when no one is around. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here.