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Ghostly goings on at old mill

A former 17th century mill in Eccleston which is now an antiques centre really is full of "atmos-fear."

Ghostly goings on at Bygone Times are well known thanks to Jason Karl, former presenter of television's Most Haunted, who included it in his book, Haunted Places of Lancashire.

He visited last November for the launch of the book and will return for a Hallowe'en ghost night special this autumn.

There have always been ghost stories told from the time the site was Grove Mill.

Four mediums who visited the site and reported the same paranormal feelings and descriptions of spirits.

There are several ghost hotspots,' in the mill where most sightings or unearthly sensations can be felt.

These include the place where an apparition of a man pacing up and down was seen; the face of a lady looking out of a window and ghostly outlines of small children running around.

It is well documented that small children who worked in the weaving sheds were often badly injured while climbing through machinery.

Grove Mill ceased production of textiles in the early 1980s and some older parts were demolished while others were let as industrial units.

In the late 1980s a business consortium, which included John Rigby and the present owner Tim Knowles, began to re-develop the mill into Bygone Times, the antiques and collectors centre we know it as today.

Jason Karl will be there on Saturday, October 27, between 7.30pm-1am.

Bygone Times have teamed up with his haunted attraction company Atmos fear' for a Hallowe'en 13 day and night festival, named Ghost Encounter Live, that will take place after dark from Saturday, October 20 to Friday, November 2.

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