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Dunkenhalgh

Dare to visit the Dunkenhalgh

The 700-year-old Accrington hotel hosts murder mystery weekends and ghoulish ghost walks.


The Dunkenhalgh first appears in recorded history in 1285, but has probably existed for some time before then. In 1332 it came into the hands of the Rishton family who held it for nearly for 250 years. Some time between 1332 and 1376 the Rishtons removed from Rishton to the Dunkenhalgh, but unfortunately nothing is known of the house. However, it is reasonable to expect that the new owners, being a family of much property, would even enlarge or rebuild it.

The oak panelling in the Oak Room came from Hacking Hall, Billington, another property belonging to the estate, and the fine staircase dates from the early eighteenth century. There are several interesting family portraits in the Portrait Room.

In our grandfathers time many a fearful and furtive glance was cast around by people compelled to pass the hotel after nightfall. Not “for love nor money” could anyone be prevailed upon to pas that way at the witching hour of midnight on Christmas Eve.

A ghost or boggart is supposed to appear every Christmas Eve in the form of a young lady, dressed in a winding sheet, who moves along the trees and by the site of the bridge, then disappears. The story goes that in olden times, when the Petre family were in their heyday, they had a young French lady as governess to their children, known to all the countryside as Lucette.

One Christmas there came a dashing young officer who fell in love with Lucette, soon found a way to woo her, and gained her affections. But he never intended to marry her.The deceiver rode away after he had accomplished her ruin and promised to return.

The promise was false and Lucette realised that Dunkenhalgh was no place for her but did not dare go home to France. Often she wandered about in the gloaming, through the glades where her false lover had gone. Her reason failed at last and one stormy night she wandered to the bridge and threw herself into the rushing torrents.

But her lover did not escape; he was killed in a duel by her brother, who thus avenged the death of his sister. Her ghost is still said to haunt the scene of her unfortunate love on Christmas Eve.

last updated: 05/04/06
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Nicole
my nanna works at the hotel and one night they got cctv footage of some woman a ghost of course. my nanna was lucky enough to get the only icture of her. she showed it to me and she looks just like it was explained in the above.

Bryan
During a wedding at the Dunk I took a photo of the tree lined glade . When it was developed people say they can see a woman, I can,t but I showed it to my grand daughter as just a photo of some trees and she said " Nice photo grandad but who is the lady holding the baby"???

Joanne
my mum worked in dunk,she was in the resent bar 2 or 3 in the morning.and someone in room 2 came running down from his room and said there were a lady sat on the end of his bed.and he left and never came back

Kate Hummer
My mum worked at the dunk when she was a teenager and she says she saw a for ghost and that one evening when they were setting up for a dinner party all the silverware kept getting mixed up when she left the room!

Kayla
yea.....i was in my kitchen and i went and got some food then all of a sudden when i went in the living room i heard the cabinent door shut i ran back in there but nothin was there

Sam
I was driving through a little village near Blacksnape, Blackburn, Lancashire when I saw a figure of a man move in a graveyard. This freaked me out, i'm 100% sure it was a ghost.

mark
it wasnt long after my dad had died i had a dream my dad was sat in is usual place on the sofa but when i said to him i love u dad he said no not me him over there i turned and my dad was sat on the chair aswell there were 2 of my dad i said to the 1 on the chair i love u dad but its not right this is it.he said work it out for yourself lad the next day my mum told my aunt on the phone about my dream and my aunt went quiet my mum asked wots wrong and she said my dad was a twin and his twin died at birth

tom
some friends of mine camped out near the dunkenhalgh in the christmas holidays and they said they saw a figure on a horse run down a hill near the bridge

sean roscoe
it was good

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it was the night me grandad died..... After i had found out that my grandad had died, i went too my nans house to keep her company because i didnt want to leave her on her own. It was about 10 pm ( half hour after my grandad dies) i went into the kitchen and saw him in the window. i said "grandad" but then he just disapered.... i know it was his spirit. but it looked like he was still here

craig holley
ghost boy and headless man in my room

jade
my mum has seen the lady lucette when she was baby sitting at dunkenhalgh when she was younger nad said she appered in white dress and lauging but no sound coming out

AYSHA
I WAS WALKING ABOUT IN MY GRANDADS HOUSE AND I FELT THINGS AND HEARD THEM THE LIGHTS WERE FLICKERING AND I WAS GOING TO PUT THE LIGHT ON AND IT WENT OUT THEN I THOUGHT IT WOULD HWVE BEEN OUT BUT IT CAME BACK ON AGAIN THEN MY AUNT CAME TO STAY AND SHE WAS JUST WALKING AND SHE HEARD CHAINS

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