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Could this Macclesfield pub be Britain's most haunted?

Sean Hutchinson with his wife at their pub on Chestergate in Macclesfield Photo: MEN Syndication

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.

I’ve been told by the Wythenshawe Paranormal Investigation team that there are at least 14 spirits upstairs. There’s one ghost called Richard who wants to kill me – I know because he told me. He said ‘kill you’. I’ve never seen him but hear his voice and we hear really loud bangs like a truck hitting the pub when he’s there.

I’ve heard a woman screaming. We also have a small boy that plays hide and seek with my three-year-old daughter, Mia – one of my darts players saw him and it scared him half to death.

– Sean Hutchinson, Landlord of Bate Hall, Chestergate, Macclesfield
Sean Hutchinson upstairs in his old pub Credit: Men syndication

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.

I’m used to ghosts, but the scariest thing is speaking to them through the investigators’ machines. I was shocked to hear so many voices.

– Sean Hutchinson, pub landlord
Sean Hutchinson and wife Georgie upstairs at the Bate Hall, Chesterfield Credit: MEN Syndication

This is one of the most haunted public houses we’ve been to. “When I held the rope that Sean found when he was doing building work I felt like I was being strangled.”

– Andrew Elson from the Haunted Company