Friday the 13th comes around once more, the date shrouded by superstition. If the date alone doesn’t give you the creeps then take a look at some of Birmingham’s spookiest buildings.
Legend has it not one, not two but five ghosts call Alexandra Theatre home one of the most famous is known to be the former manager Leon Salberg. Leon was known to be the pantomime king and was found dead in his office. Apparently, his spirit has stayed on, and people have sworn to hear him singing and performing in there. Another one of there infamous ghosts is the former master of wardrobe who in 1937 was also found dead inside the building! It's not only the ghosts that surround this venue in mystery the power has been known to drain from all of the electrical devices in the building with no rhyme or reason.
One of the most well-known places in Birmingham shrowded in mystery and superstition is Aston Hall. The hall has been described as one of the most haunted places in the city. According to legend, the daughter of Sir Thomas Holte, the wealthy owner of the hall in the late 17th century and known to be a power-hungry and cruel man haunts the building. Holte locked his only daughter Mary in her room when she tried to run off with her love. Mary was imprisoned in her room for 16 years and slowly went mad and died. Her spirit is said to roam the halls and staircases and has been seen looking longingly from the window. Mary is now referred to as the white lady of Aston Hall.
The former burial ground in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter is famed for its multiple catacombs which all have their own tales of supernatural activity. One of the most common sightings is that of a young lady dressed in work clothes, people that have seen this ghostly figure have also noted a smell of bitter almond which is the scent of potassium cyanide. Potassium Cyanide was notoriously used in gold and silver plating in the jewellery quarter in the 18th and 19th century, all of which suggests the young women could have been on of the many victims of cyanide poisoning in one of the local factories!
John Ryland brought Baskerville Hall which was once part of the vast Easy Hill estate in the 1791. The same day as Master Ryland was due to move in the notorious Priestley Riots started. A mob from the riots broke into the hall and many-headed down to the wine cellar. All of which we're unaware that rioters above had set fire to the building. They all died in the inferno, and following the halls renovation residents and visitors have heard screaming and shouting coming from the wine cellar below.
For our last tale, we wanted to end on a nice one to ensure you don't have too many sleepless nights. Reports of ghost sightings at Birmingham Council House are believed to be that of the Lord Mayor of Birmingham in the late 18th century, Joseph Chamberlain. Joseph Chamberlain is said to be still roaming the halls, keeping an eye on his beloved city and always dressed in his smart attire of a black velvet coat, red necktie and his monocle. Sightings of him also have been reported to come with a smell of cut flowers, which Joe always asked for in his office when he was Lord Major.