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Could you imagine the
famous 'Chav' town of
If your answer is
no, then you need to experience this walk - it is a frightening descent
into the darkest realms of a tough northern mill town...
Keighley has always had a reputation as a tough town; bar-room
brawls and prostitution had, until quite recent times, been a normal part
of a night out on the town. Yet, over the centuries, other, far darker
deeds and events have taken place, and this walk has been designed to
highlight the very worst...
Join me, as I take you to the Market Cross, where on one terrible
day in 1711, a young, defenceless woman and her two children were whipped
- possibly to death - in front of a baying crowd of drunken townspeople...
to a shadowy corner of a neglected graveyard, where a 'dark lady' has been
seen hovering near to where she was shockingly murdered by her violent
husband...to the site of a house - long pulled down - where a satanic cult
conjured up demons that would haunt the area long after the cult had
The above stories, and many more, make up this - perhaps the most
chilling - walk of them all.
This is not for the nervous or
You have been
never knew anything about Keighley's history - dark or otherwise, until I
came on the Keighley Darkest Secrets ghost walk. It was a revelation;
walking with Malcolm Hanson taught me more about life in the past than any
book I could have read. Keighley Festival handed us a real treat by
booking him and if they re-book him next year then I will certainly be
Finally, a word from Malcolm Hanson...
"Look at the photograph on the right. What exactly are the mysterious orbs that appear on it? This phenomenon is extremely interesting since the mill is generally regarded as being the most haunted structure in Keighley - I even referred to it my book: 'Keighley's Darkest Secrets' as the Mount Everest of haunted buildings".
"But even though we have captured orbs on this photograph in the main building, I believe there is another part close by that is more prolific. The mill house - built in 1881 - has certainly had a dramatic past: supposed suicides and at least one murder is said to have taken place there. One particular ghost is that of a little girl - eight-year-old Fanny Slingsby - who died in the house around 1890. She has been appearing to tenants and owners of the house for many years and strangely asks them if they can see her."
If you want to know more about the house and the girl, click on the 'Ghostly Goings On' image on the right. >>>
Don't forget to read the book
The tour starts here
Is that a ghost?
Orbs inside the most haunted mill?
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