Bedern Hall, York *EXCLUSIVE TO PRY*

October 5, 2022



Bedern Hall Ghost Hunts are Exclusive to Paranormal Research York.  You won’t get to investigate here, unless you book an event with us.  Are you brave enough?

Bedern Hall has had many uses in its long and dignified past – once a dining hall for the priest’s college from the 1390’s until the middle of the 17th century, when, as the area around decayed into slums, Bedern Hall was dragged down with it. However, the Hall was always a focal point and people say that the cries and screams of those who died in the area can still be heard in and around the Hall.

Ghostly Sightings On previous investigations we have heard feint cries from within the building, guests have had their hands held, had their hair touched and many have experienced the overwhelming sense of darker emotions gathering around.  We have connected with a Hall Keeper – a large and imposing spirit, priests, past tenants and the spirits of children have been felt by many guests.  On a previous visit, the inner door handle into the main Hall was rattled from the outside, with all guests accounted for and the external doors locked.

The Hall The hall itself is not short of scandalous stories…the intense cloistered life of the vicars was taking its toll and several had started to stray. But what of the children of Bedern?  One story is of a George Pymm, who allegedly ran a school and workhouse near Bedern for poor and orphaned children.  Legend says he neglected them so badly they died in large numbers and another story says he buried and stored children in the cupboards within the school.  Numerous stories from Bedern and around the Hall are of children’s shadows seen on walls, invisible hands touching unsuspecting passers-by and the sounds of screams and giggles.

The History The area around the Hall housed immigrants from Ireland after the great potato famine.  Houses were crammed, it was overcrowded and hygiene unspeakable. Bedern was full of drunkenness’ and disease, a crime ridden red light district where decent people feared to tread. Bedern tenants fell into insanity from the pressure of living in the slum, the area was so violent with serious crimes, those who passed by the covered passageway to Bedern from Goodramgate knew to stay well clear…and so the Bedern slums had arrived.