On the day of Halloween, the Chronicle & Echo has put together a list of the five spookiest places in Northampton.
1) Delapre Abbey
A number of ghost hunts have taken place at the 12th Century building, which was founded as a monastery in 1145.
The abbey was also the venue for the Battle of Northampton and visitors have reported seeing chanting nuns, soldiers on their way to battle, and a black dog that scours the hall in search of help.
In 2011, of group of ghosthunters claimed they found the spirit of a woman and a dog after they looked round the tea rooms of the abbey.
2) Wig and Pen pub
The pub, in St Giles Street, is believed to be a site of spooky activity following a gruesome murder in a cellar in 1892.
In 2010, paranormal historian, Richard Felix, from Living TV’s Most Haunted, led a team of ghosthunters during an event at the pub, which was filmed.
Nick Stoppani, the show’s presenter/producer, said a high amount of ghostly activity was discovered. He said: “The most interesting thing was a voice coming through one of the speakers saying ‘Annie Pritchard’, who was the mother who was murdered in the cellar in 1892.”
3) Shipmans pub
The small pub in The Drapery built in 1790, which is currently being refurbished, is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a former landlord Harry Franklin who took his own life in a “gruesome manner” 100 years ago.
A ghostly figure, suspected to be Harry, has been sighted near the fruit machine.
Poltergeist-like activity has also been reported such as moving pint glasses and the sound of footsteps crossing the upstairs floors.
4) Grosvenor Shopping Centre
The Grosvenor Shopping Centre in Northampton town centre is said to be haunted by a monk who roams the corridors when the building is closed.
The shopping centre was built in 1976 on the site of the former Grey Friars Monastery.
During Victorian times, local residents of houses and the local newspapers reported a grey hooded figure, which was thought to be a monk seen in this area.
It is thought that the Abington Street entrance was where the gardens of the monastery were sited and the monk is often seen here.
It has been suggested that the monk looks out for the workers of the centre, to make sure they come to no harm.
5)King Billy pub
An elderly lady has been reported walking along the main corridor in the upper part of the pub in Commercial Street.
The Northants Haunted group conducted a seance on site, revealing that six spirits remained in the building, one of whom had the initials JG.