Ghost of Ordsall Hall
Every self-respecting Tudor manor house of distinction has a ghost - and Ordsall Hall is no exception...
There are numerous stories and legends surrounding our ghost - The White Lady - but one thing is certain, she has been seen by many a local. Sightings generally put the old(?) girl hovering around the Great Hall and Star Chamber, sometimes climbing the stairs to the tiny room above the oriel. But who was (is) she?
Some will tell you that she is Queen Elizabeth I's favourite maid of honour, our own Margaret Radclyffe, who died in 1599 from a broken heart following the death of her brother. Others will tell you she was a bride-to-be, jilted at the altar of a once-adjacent St Cyprian's Church. This grief stricken lass is reported to have climbed the stairs in the Great Hall and thrown herself off to her death!
Then again, she could be the legendary Viviana Radclyffe, with whom the infamous Guy Fawkes fell in love with when he supposedly came to Ordsall Hall to plot the Gunpowder Plot!
This page was last updated on 15 September 2011