Is Crowley Hall really Haunted?
by Brendan Moore
Work at Crowley Hall in England has had to be
halted after suggested paranormal activity has taken place there.
Steven Newton of Manchester, UK had recently
purchased Crowley Hall intending to turn it into flats and had begun work in
early 2006. It had previously been reported in the newspapers that his team of
workers found enough bones for four human bodies, hidden in an alcove behind a
fireplace. Steven claims it was just after this that the haunting began.
"It has reached the point where some of
these incidents that are happening here, have got so bad, that the builders
have stopped work, and are refusing to come back to the hall. I am finding it
very hard to get builders willing to work here."
One of the workers, who wanted to remain
anonymous, told us that he had been working on replacing some flooring, when
his toolbox flew across the room and smashed against the wall. He also told us
of occasions when some of the other workers were physically pushed, on one
occasion, almost down a flight of stairs. It was when one of the workers was
bitten by an unseen force, that they felt they couldn't continue to work there
any longer. This has left Steven in a position where he has had to call in
"I called the team of investigators after
the police told me they could do nothing about these incidents. I think they
thought me and my builders were mad or making the whole story up."
Crowley Hall, built in the late nineteenth
century, has had it's fair share of controversy over the years. Originally
built to operate as a hospital, then mental asylum, it ceased serving this
purpose when its founder, Dr. Bernard Leys, died of a heart attack during an
operation. It was after this incident that rumours surfaced of Dr. Leys
carrying out unsanctioned tests on inmates. This has never been verified, due
to a fire that broke out at the Hall, destroying all of Dr. Leys' notes and
The hall lay empty for a number of years,
before re-opening as a childrens hospital during the seventies. There are a
number of occurrences on record of paranormal happenings during this time. It
has also been reported that the paranormal activity got so bad, that a medium
was called in to cleanse the hospital of spirits. Once again, this cannot be
verified, although no further reports of paranormal activity have been reported
after this supposed cleansing. The hospital was closed when a bigger hospital
was built, and the children were moved there.
Steven purchased the hall in 2005, and wasn't
really a believer in the paranormal until now. He hopes that if the
investigators can help to explain what's going on there, then he might be able
to understand a little bit more of the afterlife, and continue with the work.
"All I want is to know is, what is going
at Crowley Hall. Hopefully it'll stop me feeling as though I am losing my
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