Moot Hall, Bedfordshire Ghost Hunt, Saturday 25th May 2019
7pm till Midnight Only £39.00 Per Person
7pm till Midnight Only £39.00 Per Person
Ghost hunts here at Moot Hall can be extremely intense with many strange disembodied voices are heard coming from within the 17th Century Kitchen. The Upper floor has had many reports of a woman dressed in period clothing peering out the windows. Wooden doors have been heard unlocked, Heavy footsteps and sudden drastic cold spots are known to this location. Can you brave the night inside this eerie old haunted location ?
ONLY 15 GUESTS IN TOTAL AT THIS HAUNTED LOCATION
The Ghosts of Moot Hall
This old timber framed building is known to the locals as being extremely haunted, many occasions there have been reports of men and women standing at the windows within the upper floors peeing out, when the building is in total darkness and totally locked up. Thomas Cox a very cheeky and naughty school is said to be the one who causes most of the poltergeist activity, from tugging on your clothes to unlocking large bolts on wooden doors and turning doors handles. Disembodied voices are also a very common thing report here. Can you face your fears and enter this truly haunted and spooky Moot Hall ?
History of Moot Hall
Elstow village is best known as the birthplace of the 17th century
preacher and author John Bunyan. But Elstow history stretches back many hundreds of
years before Bunyan's birth. Evidence of a burial ground and the discovery of the base
of a carved Saxon Cross show that there was an early Saxon settlement here. But all the
buildings which make up the village of today were built following the establishment, in
1078, of Elstow Abbey. A Benedictine nunnery, Elstow Abbey existed for 452 years,
growing to become the 3rd largest in Britain. By the 16th century, there were plans for it to
become a cathedral - the present-day Abbey church, whilst still impressive, is less than
half the length it was in the 14th century.
In the early 12th century, the Abbey was granted a charter by Henry I, permitting the nuns
to hold an annual fair, from 2nd to the 5th May. These were not like modern day fairs, but
were commercial events, where all sorts of products, livestock, clothes food etc., would have
been sold. Elstow fair was large, occupying not just the village green but several of the
adjacent fields. The Abbey gained a considerable income from these fairs; they charged
rents for stalls and booths, levied tolls for entry and probably also had its own stalls where
the nuns sold produce from the Abbey.
As the Abbey grew, cottages to house tradesmen and other lay workers were built and also
several inns, to house the many visitors to the Abbey and its fairs. Many of these properties
were owned by, and probably built on the instruction of, the Abbess. The Abbey owned
numerous other properties in Bedfordshire, as well as in 10 other counties and the rental
from these formed a substantial part of the Abbey's annual income.
Perhaps the Abbey's most unusual building project was The Green House
(The Moot Hall's former name). This was designed to be a market-house and
built in the late 15th century, possibly by the Abbey's carpenter, William Arnold. Construction
of such a substantial building demonstrates scale of the fairs and their importance to the
The ground floor of this building was divided into bays, used as shop booths and for storing
stalls and other equipment for the fairs. The upstairs was used for the "court of pie powder" -
for the hearing of disputes arising at the fairs, examining merchant's credentials and testing
weights and measures. Elstow's Manor Court sessions were also held in this upstairs room.
In 1554, Thomas Bonyon (John Bunyan's great, great Grandfather) was a member of the
"homage" (presiding jury) when his wife was fined 1 penny for 'breaking the assize of ale'.
She also appears on nearly all of this court's subsequent records for committing further
offences involving the sale of ale or bread!
Two years after the 1539 Dissolution Act, the green and Abbey were leased to Edmund
Harvey, whose daughter, Isabel, subsequently married Sir Humphrey Radcliffe. In 1553,
Edward V gave Radcliffe the former Abbey's estate with all its manorial rights. Sir
Humphrey died just 13 years later. In 1616, his son Edward sold the estate to Sir Thomas
Hillersden, who built a grand manor house, named Elstow Place, incorporating walls from the
former inner cloister.
This Event Includes
A Guided Partial History Tour Working in small groups, participating in Ouija/spirit board sessions, Evp Sessions, Table tipping, seances and many other different techniques. Tea/coffee and light snacks throughout the evening.
Please remember to wear suitable footwear as this location involves alot of walking
This Location is not suitable for people with walking and mobility issues.
OVER 18`s ONLY
PLEASE NOTE OVER 18`s ONLY, ALL PLACES ARE NON REFUNDABLE OR TRANSFERABLE ONCE BOOKED
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