Although small, Lydiate Abbey near Liverpool, has its fair share of hauntings and is well worth a visit. Furthermore, it is a lovely old chapel that certainly has an ambience about it.
Ghosts of Lydiate Abbey
Firstly, legend has it that you can hear the cries of children and babies that were apparently offerings of sacrifice. Equally important is the fact that I cannot find any additional information to support this. Also, sometimes it only takes one person to claim something is true for rumours to begin.
In addition, there is a lost priest tunnel that leads from the chapel to the nearby ruins of Lydiate Hall. Also seen walking the grounds is a ghost of a monk and pilots from a WW2 plane crash. Again, I cannot find addition information to substantiate this.
You maybe wondering if I began sensing any hauntings during my visit?
The answer is no although these ruins will take you back in time to a medieval period.
You will find Lydiate Abbey on Southport Road next to the beautiful Scotch Piper Inn. The inn dates back to 1320 and is one of the oldest inns in Lancashire.
It is also known as St Catherine’s Chapel and although not an abbey, it dates back to the 15th century. The Ireland family held the Lydiate lordship from 1410 to 1673 and the chapel was for their private worship. Extensive damage can be seen on the South Wall. Most likely, this is a result of the dissolution of abbeys by King Henry VIII or by the Civil War. Please visit the Friends of Lydiate Abbey for additional information.
Perhaps I should do some night time photography here. Would anyone like to join me?
If you like photographs of abbeys, view my others here.