Uncanny UK editor Richard Holland continues his countdown of the most haunted places in Britain.
41. CAPESTHORNE HALL: Macclesfield, Cheshire
This vast red-brick mansion was built in the 18th century but the history of the site on which it stands can be traced back to Roman times. The ghosts are varied, from the traditional to the bizarre. The most traditional is the quiet presence of a Grey Lady, who has frequently been encountered, on one occasion by a visiting MP. Another eerie manifestation is the long line of shadowy figures that has been seen descending into the vault beneath the chapel.
Oddest of all is the horrible apparition witnessed by William Bromley-Davenport in 1958. He woke to the sound of his bedroom window rattling and was shocked to see a disembodied hand ‘reaching out of nowhere’ as he put it and scrabbling at the glass. The hand looked as if it had been severed at the wrist. Summoning up his courage, Mr Bromley-Davenport threw open the window, whereupon the hand vanished.
[SOURCE: Cheshire Ghosts and Legends by Frederick Woods; Haunted Britain by A. Hippisley Coxe]