Ponte's poltergeist home named among Britain's most haunted in new poll

Pontefract's most infmaous address has been named among the most haunted in Britain.

Friday, 30th October 2020, 2:54 pm

The property at 30 East Drive was listed fourth on the top 10 ghoulish destinations in the UK, according to research commissioned by Amazon Prime Video.

It was carried out to coincide with the launch of paranormal comedy drama series, Truth Seekers, a comedy series about amateur paranormal investigators which stars Nick Pegg and Simon Frost.

The Chequerfield house at East Drive is said to be the haunting ground of the Blank Monk who was hanged 500 years ago for the rape and murder of a young girl.

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The former council house made headlines around the world in the 1960s when a supposed poltergeist tormented the family living there.

Lights turned off and on again, furniture overturned, pictures were slashed, objects levitated or disappeared, foul smells travelled through the house and heavy breathing sounds were heard. The spooky goings-on were coupled with a mysterious black-robed figure who the family members claimed to have seen on several occasions.

Their experiences were eventually turned into a horror film in 2012 - When the Lights Went Out.

With its eerie reputation, the house has remained empty for years and paranormal investigators have made numerous pilgrimages to the property, eager to make contact with the evil spirit many say lurk within its four walls.

But while East Drive was named fourth, topping the list is Liverpool's Newsham Park Hospital, an abandoned hospital and orphanage that people claim is haunted by former patients and residents.

The Top 10 List:

1) Newsham Park Hospital, Liverpool

2) Ordsall Hall, Manchester

2) HMP Shepton Mallet, Somerset

4) 30 East Drive, Pontefract

5) Chillingham Castle, Alnwick

6) The Ancient Ram Inn, Wotton under Edge

7) Drakelow Tunnels, Kidderminster

8) The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Abergavenny

9) The Jamaica Inn, Bolventor

10) Edinburgh Vaults, Edinburgh