Haunted BPL

If the afterlife intrigues you or you just like the thrill of things that go bump inn the night, these spooky articles about hauntings around Blackpool and the Fylde coast are bound to get your spine tingling.

Haunted Blackpool – The Foxhall

Our first ghost story in our Haunted Blackpool month surrounds the popular Foxhall hotel situated on Manchester Square on the Promenade. The Foxhall Hotel as it stands today is a tribute to the early beginnings of Blackpool.  We'll first take you back to when Blackpool was quiet and rural and the first inhabitants started a…

Haunted Blackpool – The Grand Theatre

Today, we take a look at one of Blackpool's most beautiful buildings, The Grand Theatre. The Grand Theatre In the Early Days Designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1894, the Grand Theatre in Blackpool has been the entertainments venue for shows, plays and concerts for more than a century. This stunning Victorian theatre was…

Haunted Blackpool – Bourne Hill, Thornton

The past few days, we've kept our ghost stories local, but today, we venture outside Blackpool to take a look at haunted Bourne Hill in Thornton. On Bourne Hill in Thornton once stood an impressive farmstead known as Bourne Hall. Although it was demolished towards the end of the 20th Century, it is believed that…

Haunted Blackpool – The Regent

First opened as The Regent Picture house on 17th of January 1921, this two story auditorium has served many purposes since it first opened as a cinema.   Until the late 1960's, the building was used as a cinema, but with the introduction of televisions, and the opening of larger and more exciting cinemas, The Regent became…

Haunted Blackpool – Carleton Crematorium

Carleton Crematorium was opened on July 18th 1936.  There are many deceased locals who are buried there. including some famous people too.  These include Violet Carson who was a Coronation Street actress, comedian Jimmy Clitheroe and football player Stanley Moreton. A local newspaper printed an article in the year that the cemetery was opened about…

Haunted Blackpool – Lytham Dunes and Lonely Kitty Breaks

Today we take a look at the tragic story of Kitty Breaks who was murdered by her lover on the dunes in Lytham. The Relationship In 1919, Kitty Breaks, aged 25 years old was in a relationship with a man named Frederic Rothwell Holt.  Holt was wealthy by inheritance as his mother had left him…

Haunted Blackpool – Raikes Hall

Built in 1760 by William Boucher, Raikes Hall was originally intended to be a family home, complete with servants’ quarters, gardens and stables. Between the years of 1888 and 1899, Raikes Hall, which was a cricket and football ground by then was actually the home of Blackpool Football club. It became the 13th location to…

Haunted Blackpool – The Lost Chapel Of Kilgrimol

Today, we take a slightly different direction with our ghost stories.  Instead of ghostly people, we bring you the story of a ghostly building and land.  A sort of Atlantis of the Coast. Between Lytham and Blackpool as we know it today, there was a small settlement.  It was known as Kilgrimol and it comprised…

Haunted Blackpool – Illuminations Depot on Rigby Road

There are only a few weeks left of the illuminations this year, which will be running until November 5th.  Today's ghost story features the old illuminations depot on Rigby Road, where the illuminations were once stored, cleaned and maintained when they were not being used.  Said to be one of the most haunted places in…

Haunted Blackpool – Lytham Hall

Lytham Hall is a Grade I listed building located around a mile from the centre of Lytham.  It is made up of 78 acres of parkland and was built in the 18th century.  Not only is it a beautiful piece of history, but it's also reported to be quite haunted too! The property has been…

Haunted Blackpool – The Pleasure Beach

Today it's Friday the 13th!  Spooky!  So we thought we'd bring you the tales of the ghosts that haunt the Pleasure Beach!  Yes - ghosts, plural! Background The Blackpool Pleasure Beach was founded in 1896 and has always been owned and run by the Thompson family.  Not only is it one of the most popular…

Haunted Blackpool – The Marine Hall, Fleetwood

A short drive north of Blackpool is Fleetwood, and here, on the waterfront, you'll find the Marine Hall.  Built in the 1930s, the Marine Hall is one of the newest buildings in our Haunted Blackpool series. The Marine Hall was first opened in 1935 and is made from brick and concrete in an art deco…

Haunted Blackpool – Witches!

Whilst we're trying to keep all our ghost stories in this series as local as possible, we can't help but mention a few places that are a little further away.  Pendle Hill is about an hour's drive away from Blackpool in Lancashire.  There were some pretty dark things that happened there a few centuries ago…

Haunted Blackpool – The Old Coach House

We have some beautiful buildings still standing in Blackpool from over a century ago, and it is not surprising that some of these buildings are said to be haunted.  The Old Coach House is just one of them. The Old Coach house can be found in South Shore, Blackpool.  It is believed to be the…

Haunted Blackpool – The Eagle & Child

In the quiet village of Weeton, you'll find The Eagle & Child pub.  It is situated across from the village green. The pub was built in 1585.  Lord Derby used to own the land around the building and so the pub takes its name from his family's crest.  It is one of the oldest pubs…

Haunted Blackpool – The Ship and Royal, Lytham

The Ship and Royal pub in Lytham dates back to the early 1800s and it features a striking tudor style front.  It is a grade II listed hotel and it is said to have a number of ghostly manifestations. There is a long history of reported hauntings in the Ship and Royal.  For around 5…

Haunted Blackpool – The Black Horse

Kirkham is a small but busy town between Blackpool and Preston.  The Black Horse is near to Kirkham's main high street and as a result, it's a popular and busy local pub for residents. The Black Horse has always been a popular location in Kirkham and dates back to the 13th Century!  It's made up…

Haunted Blackpool – Mains Hall

It is believed that there has been a stately home on the site of Mains Hall in Singleton since medieval times, if not earlier, although the current building was actually built some time in the 16th century. It was always a “catholic” household and was owned by a devoutly Catholic family. The Hesketh family owned…

Haunted Blackpool – Whittingham Mental Asylum

Whittingham Mental Asylum in Preston first opened on 1st April 1873. Whilst the building was still being built the previous year, 115 patients had already been moved to the facility. Some of the patients actually helped with the construction of the building! The completed asylum had a 1100 patient capacity and had a catholic chapel,…

Haunted Blackpool – Blackpool Zoo

Blackpool Zoo is a fun tourist attraction these days, which has seen a great refurbishment recently.  Walking around the Zoo, you wouldn't think that it was haunted, but it hasn't always been a zoo and if we look into the history of the land, we find out why so many people have claimed that they…
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