SPOOKS, ghouls and things that go bump in the night, whether good or bad, can be seen and heard haunting the nooks and crannies of Bolton.

Old halls, pubs, farms and theatres ­— all have tales of blood curdling spectres making their presence known.

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Smithills Hall has its very own resident ghostly grey lady who has made several appearances in the past four years. And the ghost of George Marsh, a farmer who was brought to the hall before being burnt at the stake for his protestant beliefs in 1555 has often been sighted and there have been a number of mystery occurrences including objects being moved around and even the sound of children giggling being hear

Old Timberbottom Farm, Bradshaw, has long been associated with the paranormal. Although long-demolished, the farmhouse has strong links to two skulls which now reside in Turton Tower. The skulls were discovered in Bradshaw Brook in the 1750s and kept in the farm. It is said any attempt to remove the skulls led to inexplicable screams and furniture moving of its own accord leading to the belief they had to remain in the house.

The Octagon Theatre is home to the affectionately named Fida, the theatre’s first wardrobe mistress. Fida has been spotted strolling across the gallery and even takes pride of place in the stage control box. Fida has even been known to operate the sewing machine.

Hall i’ th’ Wood, the 16th Century manor house, now a museum, has a long history of spooky goings on.

Visitors have reported report sightings of a peculiar white mist, a grey lady, strange lights, the sound of footsteps made by unseen feet and doors slamming of their own volition.

The hall was visited by a TV crew for the show Most Haunted in 2008. Samuel Crompton lived in part of the house when he designed the spinning mule.

Watermillock, Bolton ­—now a Toby Carvery ­— the historic building which was originally the home of mill owner T M Hesketh at the end of the nineteenth century, has long thought to be haunted. There have been sightings of a mysterious lady in the rooms on the upper floor and the sounds of things being moved around have been reported.

Readers told of other hauntings. The A666 between Bromley Cross junction and Ewood Park is said to be haunted by a spirit, with sightings also reported on the road to Bamber Bridge, via Belmont Road.

Another told of tales of the unexpected in Turton, with other places in the village said to have their own resident ghost.