The Most Haunted Places in Trafford
It’s the third time this year that we have stayed in Altrincham. We have not so far, however, provided any write-up for these visits.
We intended to investigate a few public houses and hotels, in and around Altrincham and Hale. We stayed at the Travelodge on Stamford New Road as usual.
Many of the public houses we visited have ghostly reports surrounding them. Here are the places we visited in order of arrival:
The Altrincham Travelodge
One might not expect any ghosts here. Nonetheless, it is an inexpensive hotel with a bar with a choice of refreshing drinks.
In recent times, this public house has had a report of paranormal activity dating back to the beginning of the millennium. A local newspaper wrote an article on glass being smashed behind the bar, as well putative cold spots. This is the only event that we can recall to present.
Since the noughties, this pub now offers food and has been significantly refurbished. Real ale is served in this eatery milieu.
Slightly further up Victoria Street, we have the Roebuck. We used to frequent here when we lived nearby. There is still a choice of real ale. It also still provides an ample choice of cooked food. Tom and Linda, dedicated publicans, continue to put in an appearance.
The Old Market Tavern
Again, we have spent many an hour in this establishment. It’s just over the road from the Roebuck. Here, John is still an active part of the team, in an exceptionally atmospheric pub. It offers possibly the most impressive range of music bands, the best value for money with its cooked food, and real ales in Altrincham.
There are ghostly reports too: including the more common smashing of pots, there are cold spots. The paranormal activity does not end there: conversation from invisible folk may also be audible. When one examines the history of this large building, it is little surprise. This establishment was once the court house for the area, where punishments were delivered.
The Orange Tree
Years ago, we would visit this pub almost as often as the Old Market Tavern. We were initially drawn here after hearing the ghost stories about the establishment. It was well-promoted along these lines at the time. It was when the true blue landlord ran the establishment. It was shortly before Andy and Sue became the tenants.
It has a number of ghostly reports. One involves that of pious monk in the cellar; another tells of disappearing people in the bar area. There are even sighting of a ghostly female in one of the rooms upstairs. Reports are fewer and fewer.
Real ale is still served and one’s custom is appreciated. The pub is also mentioned in a nineteen century tome, where a traveller sold his wife for a paltry sum.
The Hale Kitchen and Bar
We were happy enough to eat at this establishment. There is an impressive three course a la carte menu. We opted for an impressive looking fish and chips; the starters were as impressive. There is also a selection of alcoholic drinks. There are bottled real ales sold here too, such as Marstons’ Pedigree. We had no expectation of ghosts at this establishment. However, there are sporadic reports of “paranormal” events at the Robinsons’ Railway, just opposite. This affluent village also boasts a few other ghostly reports. One such report pertains to hauntings in the cemetery.