Most Haunted filmed at Oakwell Hall

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Oakwell Hall in Birstall will be on paranormal television series Most Haunted on Thursday, 23 July.

Presenter Yvette Fielding and a production crew from the Really channel show visited the historic house earlier in the year to try to track down evidence of the house’s ghost, William Batt.

Most Haunted team hunt ghost of William Batt

Senior Heritage Officer Eric Brown was filmed talking about the legend of William Batt who owned the house in 1684. A bachelor of 25, William’s widowed mother, Elizabeth, lived at Oakwell.

The story goes that there was a knock on the door and when a servant opened it, there stood Captain William Batt. He strode through the hall and up the stairs to his room – where he vanished.

Later it was discovered that William had been killed in a duel in London that very same afternoon of December 9, 1684. The legend also states that he left a bloody footprint behind in a bedroom. William was buried in Birstall on December 30, 1684.

Did Most Haunted discover evidence to support the story or any other ghostly occurrences?
“You will just have to watch and find out,” commented Eric.

‘Most Haunted’ will be aired at 10pm.

More about Oakwell Hall

Oakwell Hall was built by John Batt in 1583 and is now run as a ‘living museum’ furnished as the Batt family home in the 1690s

Thanks to only minor alterations over the years and a fine collection of period furniture, the Hall offers visitors a real insight into a post English Civil War household. Charlotte Bronte was so inspired by the house during her visits in the 19th century that she featured it as “Fieldhead” in her classic novel Shirley.

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