A landlord from Macclesfield is claiming his pub is one of Britain's most haunted with 14 different spirits appearing at The Bate Hall on Chestergate. Sean Hutchinson says he and his young family have been plagued by spirits ever since moving in to the town’s oldest pub two years ago. But while three-year-old daughter Mia is happy to play ‘hide and seek’ with a young boy ghost, Sean says another ghost called Richard has told him he wants to kill him. Sean, 44, says his claims are backed up by paranormal investigators who visited the building.
The pub, which dates back to 1525, is believed to have once had Oliver Cromwell as a guest, has a Jacobean staircase and priest holes that served as hiding places for Catholic priests. The staircase is also reported to have marks at the top which Sean says are from when the Witch of Macclesfield, the Grey Lady, was hanged. He also unearthed an old rope which he believes was used to hang her. But Sean says he and wife Georgie are not scared of the ghosts and have experienced paranormal activity before. Sean, who is also dad to Alfie, has now arranged for a second team of paranormal investigators to assess the building.