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Abington Park Ghost Hunts, Northampton Ghost Hunts

Abington Park Northampton Ghost Hunts 

Abington Park Ghost Hunts / Northampton Ghost Hunts / Paranormal Events 

Abington Park Ghost Hunts With Paranormal Eye UK 

Ghost hunts at the haunted former hospital are only for the brave Standing in the middle of Northampton’s oldest park, Abington Park Museum is a Tudor Manor house dating back to 1485. The building has seen several different uses, including a domestic residence, asylum and museum. Abington Abbey Asylum closed its doors in 1892, and the manor house and park surrounding it were given to the people of Northampton. The building was reopened as a museum and gradually developed into what we see today. The museum is a disorientating maze of rooms and corridors, an eerie, unsettling atmosphere. Precisely who haunts the building is a mystery – very few investigations have been carried out at this location in the past and present – so you have the opportunity to step into the unknown and uncover the hidden secrets of this daunting old former hospital. Join the team as we invite you on this ghost hunting experience

Various sightings and occurrences have been reported by both staff and visitors, including dark shadows and figures that have been sighted in multiple areas of the building, disembodied footsteps and voices coming from behind locked doors, and feelings of sadness, anger and distress.

Visitors have also reported being watched, and some have felt a presence standing close to them, even though they have been alone at the time. A staff member was left terrified after having their arm grabbed by an unseen hand whilst locking up.

Conditions in the asylum are not believed to have been overly cruel or unpleasant. However, it has been reported that two patients hung themselves during this time. Over the years, guests have reported feelings of great sadness and distress in the area where the bodies were discovered. Ghost hunts can leave you feeling terrified. Are you ready to join the paranormal eye team?

History of Abington Park Museum 

The building was built and initially owned by John Bernard and was home to several generations of the family over the following 200 years, including Elizabeth Bernard. She was the granddaughter of William Shakespeare and lived in the house during the 17th century. The manor house then passed into the possession of the Thursby’s, who lived in the building until 1841, when financial problems resulted in the home being auctioned off.

In 1845, the building was turned into an asylum, known as Abington Abbey, run by Doctor Thomas Octavius Pritchard.

The museum was originally a manor house built at the turn of the 16th century. The Great Hall, now called the Oak Room because of its oak panelling, dates to 1500. It was once home to William Shakespeare's granddaughter, Elizabeth Bernard née Elizabeth Hall, buried in 1670 in the adjacent late 12th-century church of St Peter and St Paul. Her second marriage was to Sir John Bernard or Barnard, the MP for Huntingdon from 1660, who successively enlarged the house in the 1660s. It passed to the Thursby family in 1669 and was further enlarged and remodelled in the classical Georgian style between 1738 and 1743 by William Thursby. While owned by the Thursby, the actor David Garrick planted a mulberry tree in the grounds in 1778 to recognise his friendship with Anne Thursby. In 1821, during repairs to the church, all but the church’s central tower was blown down in a storm; the Thursbys rebuilt the main body of the church, which retains few of its original features.

In 1841 the manor was sold, and its contents auctioned off. It was converted into an asylum in 1845, directed first by Thomas Octavius Prichard and later by his cousin Thomas Prichard. The asylum was closed in 1892 when the Manor House and grounds were donated to Northampton Council. In 1994 the house was reopened as a museum after a complete restoration. The museum features a display of the social history of Northamptonshire (including a costume collection) and its military history (including artefacts from the Northamptonshire Regiment). The Museum of Leathercraft is also based in the house.

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