Expect a fright night at some of Chorley’s most haunted houses this Hallowe’en

A 'ghost' outside Heskin Hall
A 'ghost' outside Heskin Hall

As Hallowe’en approaches, KEITH JOHNSON talks about the myths and ghost stories from a number of haunted houses in the Chorley area ....

Lancashire is well known for its legendary ghosts, traditions that surface every Hallowe’en bringing back the haunting memories of the past.

The stately looking Hoghton Tower according to legend is still haunted by the figure of a lady dressed in a green velvet gown.

In fact, had you ventured out on All Hallows Eve a century ago there was many a ghost already engraved into the history of the old county.

The folk then believed that there was barely an old hall worthy of its name that did not have its familiar phantom.

The ancient Astley Hall at Chorley would seem to have gathered its fair share of ghosts down the centuries.

Ghostly figures from the time of the Civil War are said to have manifested themselves at various periods, others claim that a woman dressed as a Victorian maid was seen in the kitchen and in more recent times it was claimed the ghost of a country gentleman was observed walking up the staircase.

The stately looking Hoghton Tower according to legend is still haunted by the figure of a lady dressed in a green velvet gown.

A love affair between a Catholic and a Protestant is at the root of this tale.

Her suitor slain, this daughter of the house is believed to have spent her remaining days in a nunnery before her spirit returned after death to its spiritual home.

A black dog is also said to haunt the Well House at Hoghton Tower.

Bank Hall, at Bretherton, also laid claim to ghostly apparitions and visitors spoke of the sound of horse hooves along the carriage drive, long after those days had passed.

And a White Lady was said to appear at Heskin Hall, being someone who was persecuted for her faith.

Whatever the truth the tales of ghosts in the grand houses of Lancashire never seem to subside, and there is little doubt any hall worthy of its name would embrace such time held traditions.

- Hoghton Tower, reputedly the third most haunted house in Britain, is hosting a number of Ghost Tours this October and November.

Visit www.hoghtontower.co.uk for details.