June 24, 2024

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Video captures chair moving by itself in room at Chester’s haunted hotel

A creepy rocking chair appears to move by itself in an eerie video shared by the owners of Chester’s most haunted hotel. The video is among the latest paranormal happenings to have been reported by the owners of Ye Olde Kings Head on Lower Bridge Street.

The historic hotel is said to be home to more than just the spirits behind the bar, with no less than 13 ghosts said to be haunting the building, which dates back to the Stuart period in 1622. It is said to be haunted by the tormented souls of civil war soldiers, Roman soldiers, young children and even women who worked there when it was a brothel in the 17th century.

The foundations of the original building that the hotel is on are even older, having been constructed for Peter the clerk in 1208. Ye Olde Kings Head has gained such a reputation for its paranormal activity that it has featured on TV show Most Haunted and more recently on Sky Pick’s Paranormal. It was also named spookiest hotel in the North West last year.

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Ye Olde King's Head, Chester.
Ye Olde King’s Head, Chester

It was bought by paranormal enthusiast Harry Achilleos 15 years ago and his dream has been to turn it into a top dark tourism destination, due to its spooky reputation. Sightings over the years are said to range from eerie mists to full body apparitions, with poltergeist activity reported in the bar, including pints being knocked over.

It is one of a number of reputedly haunted buildings in Chester, with a thriving ghost tour industry built up around them. Harry has now installed a series of 16 infrared cameras around the Grade II Listed building in a bid to monitor any unusual activity.

And amongst the latest finds is a video of a rocking chair which appears to be moving by itself. The chair, which has a creepy doll on it, is in room six at the hotel, one of a number of supposedly haunted rooms there.

Inside Chester's most haunted hotel, Ye Olde Kings Head
Inside Chester’s most haunted hotel, Ye Olde Kings Head

Paranormal investigator Danny Moss, who has joined Harry and fellow team member Brett Jones to work on the My Haunted Hotel project at Ye Olde Kings Head, said that he and the rest of the team there had been stunned to see the footage of the rocking chair and had even attempted to debunk it without success.

Danny said: “Chester is one of the most haunted cities in the UK, without a doubt, and this 400-year-old building is reputedly one of the most haunted in the country. Harry has installed 16 infrared cameras with the hope of catching evidence of anything paranormal happening.

“It’s become such a huge attraction locally. It’s the ninth week of the cameras being installed now and the activity we have captured on camera has been phenomenal. We found the footage of the rocking chair moving at 3.28pm in the afternoon when there were no guests in the hotel. Harry got a notification on his phone, saying that there was movement in room six.

A full-spectrum photo taken in the function room that reportedly shows the legs of a spirit.
A full-spectrum photo taken in the function room that reportedly shows the legs of a spirit. This area was, at one time, a brothel.

“He went back and told me and Brett and we even tried to debunk it but could not find an explanation for this happening as the chair is pretty heavy and would not be moved by a draft or people moving around it, for example. I’m quite a scientific person and I will always look for a rational explanation. When I can’t find one then that’s when I know it’s real.”

Hotel owner Harry added: “Setting up My Haunted Hotel has always been my dream and now this has finally happened I just want to prove that this is the most haunted hotel in the UK.”

For more on the evidence captured from the hotel, which has six horror-themed bedrooms available for hire for overnight ghost hunts, visit the My Haunted Hotel website. Episodes of the hotel’s YouTube paranormal show can be watched here.

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