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Rufford Old Hall

This elegant fifteenth century house is situated near Ormskirk in Lancashire and has been host to many famous visitors, including William Shakespeare.

Rufford Old HallThe Hall is reputedly haunted by three ghosts; a 'Gray Lady', a man dressed in Elizabethan clothes and Queen Elizabeth I. The 'Gray Lady' has been seen many times, usually by the main entrance or on the drive leading up to the house. She is thought to be the ghost of Elizabeth Hesketh, a young woman who became dangerously ill while her husband was at war overseas. She vowed that she would not leave this world without saying goodbye to her dear husband, but he never returned and she was never given the chance to bid her farewell.

The ghostly figure of the man in Elizabethan costume has sometimes been seen near the huge fireplace in the Great Hall. It was here that a secret chamber was found, presumably used to hide catholic priests from sight.

Queen Elizabeth I has been seen in the dining room, where she vanishes if anyone tries to approach her.



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