It is a genuinely dark, misty and atmospheric night in Sheffield as I meet Mrs J Dreadful on the steps of the town hall for an evening of spooky stories.
Ghouls and ghosts lurk in every corner of the city. As the Steel City Ghost Tour is led by down Surrey Street a shiver runs down my spine. It might just be the cold though.
Our first terrifying tale is story of a coachman who was injured in an accident and then suffered years of woe while working in the a pub on Norfolk Row before hanging himself from the rafters.
His mischievous ghost now likes to make trouble for the landlord and patrons alike.
As we sit on the benches in Tudor Square Mrs Dreadful holds our attention with tale after tale. It seems every building has a story to tell from ghostly children singing in Winter Gardens to a faceless maid in the Crucible. I am so engrossed that a man seems to appear out of nowhere next to me. Hovering on the edge of our group he interrupts to introduce himself. A ghost? No just an Irish man who has had a few beers and wants to join in.
The tour is about more than just ghosts there are some interesting historical nuggets thrown into the mix, albeit slightly creepy ones. Before Sheffield library was built there was a mortuary in its place and part of Fargate was a 13th century burial ground.
“We check all our facts, Mrs Dreadful tells me after the tour, and we love it when people tell us something new.”
The city is full of stories and everyone has at least one. If there is a tale to be told we will do it the best way possible.”
Family friendly tours are available as well as more gruesome ones all year round and have been running for over a decade.
Her parting words are ‘don’t be afraid of the dead’ that’s easy for her to say. I have a lonely walk down side streets to my car with a ghostly full moon and who knows who - or what i might bump into….
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