St Marys Guildhall - The Ghost Book
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St Marys Guildhall

St Mary's Guildhall
LOCATION INFORMATION

LOCATION: Coventry, Warwickshire, UK

DATE BUILT: 1340s.

GRADE LISTED: Grade I

RUINED: No.

ORIGINAL PURPOSE: A guildhall. 

OTHER USES: In 1552, the guilds were dissolved and the hall was passed to the council for their use. During the English Civil War 1642-1651, the hall was used as an Armoury. The weaving trade collapsed during the 1800s and the hall was used as a soup kitchen for those affected. In the late 1800s, some of the rooms in the hall were tenanted out. The hall was was also used as a theatre at times. 

PREVIOUS BUILDINGS ON SITE: The guildhall was built over part of the site where Coventry Castle once stood.

HISTORY

INTERESTING FACTS: Behind the scenes of the modern kitchen lies the original medieval kitchen of the guildhall. 

It is said that when King James II visited the hall as a guest, the table was laden with so much food that it collapsed, covering the king in ‘Corporation Custard’. 

CLAIM TO FAME: Mary Queen of Scots was held captive before her execution on the orders of her cousin Elizabeth I. In 1569, she was moved from her holding place at Tutbury Castle and spent some time at St Mary’s Guildhall.  

Guild members included kings Henry V, Henry VI and Henry VII as well as Dick Whittington who was Mayor of London three times. 

It is very likely that William Shakespeare would have performed here. 

GRIZZLY HISTORY: There are rumours that unlawful hangings took place at the guildhall. 

DEATHS: As well as the suggestions of unlawful hangings, there is a vague story that someone died at the guildhall in the 1800s after falling down some stairs.  

HAUNTINGS

RESIDENT GHOSTS: 

• A monk. 

• A Grey Lady.

• A little girl.

• A man in a skull cap. 

• People in Elizabethan attire.  

TIMESPAN OF HAUNTINGS: Unknown.

REPORTED PARANORMAL ACTIVITY:

Audible: Growling heard. 

Visual: Full bodied apparitions. Mysterious blood patches appear on the floor of the Princes Chamber.

Intelligent: EVPs recorded have matched answers obtained via a spirit board.

Sensory: Visitors report feeling great sadness in certain rooms. People experience having their clothes tugged by unseen hands.  

Poltergeist: Stones have been thrown at people. 

Technological: The spirit of a monk is believed to have been caught on camera.  

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ST MARYS GUILDHALL GHOST HUNTS

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PHOTOS & VIDEOS OF INTEREST

Photographer: Unknown.

Photographer: A Telegrapher photographer ‘Joe’.
EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS

Have you experienced paranormal activity at St Mary’s Guildhall?

Would you like your encounter published on The Ghost Book? Then get in touch! 

INVESTIGATION FOOTAGE
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GHOST HUNTS AVAILABLE: Yes

CURB APPEAL: 

FOOD & DRINK SERVED: Yes – in the Undercroft Cafe

ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE: No 

ST MARY’S GUILDHALL

Bayley Lane,

Coventry,

Warwickshire

CV1 5RN

UK