York Guildhall

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York Guildhall is located behind York’s Mansion House. It was built in the 15th century and served as a meeting place for the guilds of York. The city’s guilds largely controlled the trade within York, oversaw the quality of the workmanship within the city and looked after their members’ interests.

Because of damage sustained during an air raid in 1942, the present Guildhall is a rebuilt version of the 15th century building however the stone walls escaped total destruction and form the frame of the reconstructed hall. The Inner Room survived the raid intact and has panelled walls, masons’ marks, two hidden stairways and a ceiling decorated with old bosses.

The Guildhall has served many purposes through its long history, and has even been the scene of many Royal social visits. York Guildhall was the venue for Saint Margaret Clitherow’s trial, King Richard III was entertained there in 1483 and Prince Albert, the Prince Consort to Queen Victoria was a guest of honour at a Royal banquet.

For many years there have been rumour that the Guildhall was haunted by a large male ghost appearing in a shadowy form. A former Mayor and his wife witnessed the sound of heavy footsteps in the alleyway leading down to the Guildhall, a similar sound heard inside the hall as well.

In World War I there was great excitement in the area that the ghost of Guy Fawkes was haunting locally and in the Guildhall. Several people reported hearing footsteps and the sighting of a spectre that would brush past visitors.

York Guildhall is one of York’s most historic and haunted locations, with its tales of ghostly black monks, dis-incarnate voices and shadowy figures. Now it is time for you to join Fright Nights for a ghost hunting experience at a very historic and haunted location.

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