Dorchester Shire Hall Ghost Hunt
Despite its haunted reputation, the Dorchester Shire Hall remains a fascinating testament to the past. Its architectural beauty and historical significance continue to draw people from all walks of life.
Ghost Hunts Old Shire Hall Dorchester If you're interested in a ghost hunt in Dorchester, the Old Shire Hall is the perfect place to begin. Located a short distance down High West Street, Dorchester Shire Hall serves as the courthouse and a jail. Over the years, the old shire has gained a reputation for being haunted by the ghost of Jeffreys. Hundreds of prisoners have been held in cells below the streets, awaiting their judgement and fate. Tragically, many of them took their own lives to avoid a crueller end. The ghost hunts conducted here are considered a genuinely terrifying experience, with reports of frequent poltergeist activity. During renovations at this location, the workmen claimed that their tools would often be found moved upon their return to work. They also reported hearing heavy footsteps coming from within the old courtroom, as well as the sound of fingernails scraping down the walls. Some have spotted ghostly figures. If you're ready to explore this haunted location, join the Paranormal Eye team on their intense ghost hunt at the old shire hall.
History Of The Old Shire Hall
Shire Hall was Dorset’s courthouse from 1797 until 1955. It saw everything from the 1834 trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs to the 1856 domestic abuse case that inspired Thomas Hardy to write ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles to victim’s mesmerism, child perpetrators, and American GIs tried during the Second World War. Alongside its human history lies Shire Hall’s intrinsic architectural value as one of the best-preserved buildings of its kind. This is recognised in its Grade I listed status, awarded in 1950. Architect Thomas Hardwick designed it. As well as being a well-known architect in his own right, Hardwick was also the architectural tutor of the artist J.M.W. Turner before advising him to focus on his painting instead. After ending its life as a court in 1955, Shire Hall was used as an office for West Dorset District Council (previously the Rural District Council), thus preserving the Georgian architecture for future generations.A fascinating element of Shire Hall’s history relates to the Trades Union Congress. In recognition of the importance of the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ trial that took place here in 1834, the TUC took ownership of part of the building for 12 years in the 20th century. In 1956, after Shire Hall had ceased to be used as a courthouse, the TUC created a charitable trust, which bought the courtroom and cells from the Rural District Council for £4,000. The trustees were Harold Tewson (TUC General Secretary, 1946–60), Harold Collison (General Secretary, National Union Agricultural Workers, 1953–60) and Frank Cousins (General Secretary, Transport & General Workers Union,1955–69).In 1968, the TUC decided to return their part of the building to the ownership of the Council, with this Council at this moment covenant with the Trustees to keep the courtroom open for public inspection at all reasonable hours in the day-time on weekdays.’Since then, the TUC and numerous union members have visited the courtroom where the infamous trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs took place.
Investigating with the Paranormal Eye UK Team throughout the evening
Exclusive access after dark
Spiritual Medium during the investigation
Working in Small Groups, Using an array of different equipment and techniques
Complimentary Tea, Coffee,
Complimentary light snacks
Get Directions to Old Shire Hall Dorchester
Explore the eerie world of the supernatural with a range of thrilling activities such as paranormal events, ghost hunts, and ghost investigations. Immerse yourself in the spine-chilling atmosphere of ghost events and ghost hunting nights, where you can embark on overnight ghost hunts and unravel the mysteries of the spirit realm. Whether you're in the UK or searching for ghost hunts near you, these haunted adventures offer a unique ghost hunting experience. Join haunt nights and paranormal nights to participate in ghost hunting tours and paranormal investigations, where you can delve into the unknown and uncover the secrets of the afterlife.
The Paranormal Eye Team is organizing ghost hunts at the Dorchester Old Shire Hall, a location steeped in history and known for its eerie and haunted atmosphere. These ghost investigations are part of our many Ghost Hunts UK events, which offer a unique ghost hunting experience for those interested in the paranormal. During these haunt nights, participants will have the opportunity to explore the old courtroom known for its ghostly happenings. The Paranormal Nights will be led by experienced ghost hunters of the team, who will guide the group through the haunted location and share their knowledge of the paranormal. The Ghost Hunting Tours will take place at night, adding to the spooky atmosphere of the location. These Ghost Events are perfect for those interested in the paranormal and want to experience a ghost hunt in a historic and haunted site. Join the Paranormal Eye Team for an unforgettable Ghost Hunting Experience at the Dorchester Old Shire Hall.