Boston Guildhall Lincolnshire Ghost Hunt
Boston Guildhall Ghost Hunts, Ghost Nights and Ghost Hunting Experiences
Boston Guildhall Ghost Hunts
The Boston Guildhall is a beautiful medieval building located in Lincolnshire. However, it is also known for its ghostly occurrences. Visitors and staff members have witnessed unexplained activities such as loud bangs, the appearance of a woman's apparition, and documents flying in the air. There have been sightings of a full-bodied female apparition peering into the cells at the Guildhall, as well as ghostly apparitions of children in period clothing. However, ghost hunts at the Guildhall are not for the faint-hearted, as many visitors have fled the cell areas in fear. Dark ghostly mists and shadow figures have been reported in the former banqueting hall, and drastic sudden cold spots have been felt in several regions of this location. If you're up for a spooky adventure, join the team for a ghost hunt at the Guildhall and see who or what is haunting this location. You can become a real ghost hunter for an evening inside one of Lincolnshire's most haunted locations.
History of Boston Guildhall
The Guildhall was built in the 1390s by the Guild of St Mary, a collection of the wealthiest and most prominent members of Boston society. In the late 14th century Boston was a wealthy trading centre, second only to London in importance. St Mary's Guild was founded in 1260 and was open to anyone who could pay an annual subscription fee of 1 shilling. In return the Guild paid for two priests whose job was to say masses for the souls of all members. In addition, they distributed 1000 loaves of bread and 1000 herrings to the poor of Boston each year.
The Guild had a chapel inside St Botolph's church (Boston Stump) and founded a school for local children that became in time the Boston Grammar School.
The Guild received a crown license to incorporate in 1392, and it seems likely that the Guildhall was erected very shortly after this date. The Guildhall coffers must have been very full, for local citizens kept granting land and property. The Pope helped, too, by granting indulgences for Gild members, thus making membership even more appealing.
The Guildhall was built of locally made brick, at a time when stone and timber were much cheaper and more readily available. Brick is now considered a cheap building material, but in the 1390s it was the height of fashion and showed the enormous wealth and status enjoyed by the Guild of St Mary. The Guild even employed Flemish masons to build the guildhall, rather than use local craftsmen. The result is a building made of two skins of brick walling with rubble infill.
The Guild sponsored composer John Tavernier, and supported a choir that became nationally known in the 16th century. It also acquired sacred relics, including a finger of St Anne.
When Edward VI abolished chantries and religious guilds, the Guild's property was seized by the crown. The newly established Boston Corporation had a struggle to get the Guildhall back, which they did in 1555.
The Guildhall then became used as a Town Hall, and over the following centuries the medieval origin of the building were hidden under layers of renovation and alterations. Finally in 1902 the Corporation moved into new purpose-built quarters in West Street. The Guildhall was used as a 'National Kitchen' in World War One, offering free meals to the poor. It fulfilled a similar role in WWII, acting as a 'British Restaurant'.
The Pilgrim Fathers Connection
The most famous episode in the long history of the Guildhall came in 1607, when a group of religious dissenters was prevented from leaving the country without the king's permission and brought to Boston for interrogation. This group of men, women, and children would become known as The Pilgrim Fathers. They were brought before magistrates at the Boston Guildhall.
The Pilgrims seem to have been treated with some sympathy, for many of the leading citizens of Boston sympathised with their religious views. The Pilgrim Fathers were eventually discharged and dispersed to their homes in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. They eventually made it across the Channel to Holland the following year and finally set sail for the New World from Plymouth in 1620.
Ghost hunts after dark at the Guildhall.
This Event Includes
Exclusive access to the Old Guildhall After Dark
A guided tour of the location with the lights on, before the vigils
Working in Small Groups, Using array of different equipment and techniques
Spiritual Medium during the investigation
Complimentary Tea, Coffee,
Complimentary light snacks
Please remember to bring your torch as these are required at all our events. Please remember to wear suitable footwear as this location has a lot of stairs and very uneven floors.
This Location is not suitable for people with walking and mobility issues.
OVER 18's ONLY
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