The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is the fear of the unkown...
Could there be a world that lies beyond our beliefs?
www.haunted-yorkshire.co.uk have some reported sightings and stories of ordinary people, who believe they have had an extradordinary experience... Some names have been changed.
North Deighton Manor
Phantom footsteps are often heard around the Manor, they have been described as weighty and sluggish as they seem to drag along the floor.
A holding of William de Percy, one of the early supporters of William the Conquer, who was given vast tracts of land in Yorkshire for his brave service.
The family stayed at the castle for 300 years. The house was fortified around 1308, and renovated in 1559, but was ruined during the Civil War. A ghost only visible from the waist up has been witnessed jumping from the top of the 13th Century tower by several witnesses. One sighting was in October 1969.
Hazelwood Castle, Tadcaster
Hazelwood Castle, a former Monastery and retreat has been thoughtfully and tastefully designed to offer a distinctly different lifestyle experience. Hazlewood combines the elegance of the Castle with the excellence of the food and service offered to all our guests. Whether visiting Hazlewood for the first time with friends or as a delegate at one of our major conferences you will always be greeted with a warm welcome. We have twenty-one bedrooms and suites at Hazlewood. Nine of them are situated in the main castle and twelve are in our annex area 'St Margarets' which is located in our picturesque Courtyard.
All bedrooms are beautifully decorated to the highest standards, with great care taken to enhance their natural beauty. All bedrooms are individual and vary in shape and sizes, designed to provide a relaxing haven full of knickknacks (and little rubber ducks!).Set in seventy-seven acres of tranquil parkland, Hazlewood Castle is steeped in a history of fortified knights dating back before 1086.
Tansy bedroom is mentioned in a ghost book (nothing to do with the hotel) as having a black habited monk making his presence felt in the room. Seen to come from the exit from St Margaret?s courtyard, a black dressed figure walks across and disappears into the yew tree. The same figure is seen to cross from St Margaret's across the courtyard to the laundry store area. A priest is believed to have walked from the direction of the Great Hall into the Library and disappear (they used to walk from the Great Hall to the tower to go down into the cloisters i.e. where the fireplace is now positioned in the Library).
Lavender bedroom - recently when one of the housekeepers was kneeling down facing the mirror in the bedroom, which faces the bathroom, she became aware of someone in the bathroom and began a conversation believing another housekeeper was there, with no reply. She had a more determined look and there was no-one there!
Rose bedroom - When entering the door, a shadow movement on the wall made one lady look up the corridor to Jasmine bedroom but no sighting. Over the Christmas period of 2003 one guest complained repeatedly overnight of a baby crying which kept her awake. No babies were in the adjoining rooms.