This building is one of the best preserved Timber framed buildings, dating back over 600 years. Thought to have been built in around 1390 it was originally believed to have been used as a meeting place for the guild of Corpus Christi who were a powerful group of businessmen and gentry.
The Guildhall was also used regularly for theatrical performances, banquets and civic events - it is believed that Shakespeare performed here during Tudor times. In the 19th century it became increasingly clear that the Guildhall was now far too small as a town hall. After much debate a new Town Hall was built on Horse Fair Street which opened in 1876. For the next fifty years, the Guildhall was used for several purposes including the headquarters of Leicester's first police force and a school. The building became increasingly dilapidated and there were even calls for its demolition as an eyesore!
The Guildhall is also reputedly Leicester's most haunted building, claiming five ghosts including the mysterious White Lady, who makes her presence known in the library. The spirits of 'Crankie Gemmie' and Emma Smith, two of Leicester's notorious criminals are often found lurking within the Victorian police cells with eerie noises and unseen hands announcing their presence. A tormented Cavalier has been seen in the Great Hall, a phantom policeman haunts other parts of the building, a ghostly dog has been reported in the courtyard, a black cat in the Great Hall, and at least one witness claims to have been shocked to see a pair of legs manifest from the portrait of Henry Earl of Huntington hanging in the Major's Parlour. Leicester City Museums released video footage in 2006 of what appears to be a ghostly figure crawling across the floor in one room.
What will happen on a Haunted Britannia event?
- Full medium walk round
- Psychic and ghost hunting experiments using the very best technology to date
- Old and new techniques including psychic circles, human pendulum and Victorian séances
- Lone vigils
- Full access to our highly experienced team and all our equipment
- Full refreshments
- Your chance to join a real ghost hunting team and be part of the team yourself!
Experienced and knowledgeable team who’ve worked with Channel 4, Living TV and Most Haunted among others...Including International Medium Andy Hopkins.