Ghost Hunt @ Hodroyd Hall, With Simply Ghost Nights

Hodroyd Hall

Like a scene from The Woman In Black Hodroyd Hall, Wakefield appears to have been been derelict for a generation or two, just slightly better than a gaunt shell of a mansion. Where there was still glass it was grey with the grime of twenty years. Some areas a time capsule of sorts, the lives of the inhabitants preserved.
During our pre check of this location we could feel the atmosphere change from room to room, and just as you can imagine areas made a creaking noises like every abandoned house does.
There has been a house on the site of Hodroyd Hall from the 12th century, when records show the land was owned by Sir John de Hoderode who was also for some time the steward at Pontefract Castle.

After the dissolution of the monasteries, Hodroyd Hall was owned by Sir Thomas Gargrave of Nostell Priory and stayed in the Gargrave family until it was acquired by Dr. Richard Berrie in 1623.  Dr. Berrie subsequently married Prudence Gargrave, the great granddaughter of Sir Thomas and it is his coat of arms impaled with hers which adorn the rear of the house.  Their marriage was childless but Richard Berrie had an illegitimate daughter Mary, who married a Marmaduke Monckton who changed his name to Marmaduke Berrie on the instruction of Richard Berrie enabling Marmaduke to inherit Hodroyd Hall in 1688.

In 1725, the house was owned by John Monckton, who in that year was created Viscount Galway and it is the coat of arms of the Monckton family that is seen at the front of the house.  Over the years the Monckton family spent more time at their grander country seat of Serlby Hall in Nottinghamshire and eventually sold Hodroyd Hall and the adjoining estates in 1911.  In the 20th century, the house was used as a military hospital and a convent before being sold to the National Coal Board. 

With so much history, we simply cannot wait to hold our first event at this location and hopefully it will become a regular for simply ghost nights.
Ghost Sightings include
A nun and a monk
A man is seen on the staircase, known locally as Dr Bell.
A murdered kitchen maid who was actually murdered and burnt in one of the huge fireplaces at Hodroyd Hall.

Hodroyd Hall

Hodroyd Hall,
High Well Hill Lane, South Hiendley,
South Yorkshire,
S72 9DQ.