Aston Hall is located in Birmingham, built between 1618 and 1635 by the local squire Thomas Holte. It is thought that Aston Hall is the most haunted building in Birmingham, with paranormal activity being well documented over the past century.

Holte, one of the richest men in the country, had been knighted by King James I in 1603 and bought the title of baronet when James was raising funds to keep Ireland under control. Aston Hall was built to reflect the rank wealth and influence of Thomas at the time.

Aston Hall

Thomas was a personal friend of King Charles I and allowed the king to stay at Aston on the evening of 18th October 1642, just before he lost the Battle of Edgehill during the English Civil War. Support for the king resulted in a three day siege when Parliamentarians attacked the Royalist garrison stationed there, and the hall was badly damaged. Some of this damage can still be seen on the balustrade of the Great Stairs. There is a hole in the staircase where a cannonball went through a window, an open door and into the banister. The Civil War impoverished the estate, which was inherited by Sir Robert Holte (MP for Warwickshire) who was the son of Edward Holte and grandson of Thomas Holte.

In 1817 it was leased to the eldest son of James Watt, and, following his death in 1848 the property was sold to The Corporation of Birmingham. It has since been renovated externally and internally - even though most original furniture is not there any more.

It is thought that Aston Hall is the most haunted building in Birmingham, paranormal activity at the hall has been documented over the past century. The most active ghost at Aston Hall is the grey lady who is thought to be Holte's daughter. It is said that she, chose to elope and marry the man she loved rather than the man he picked out for her to marry, but her father found out about her plan and put a stop to it by locking her up for 16 years in a room on the upper floor. Loneliness took its toll and when she died 16 years later, she had gone insane. Her ghost is seen at least twice a year, and people often mistake her for staff dressed in period costume.

Mrs. Walker, a housekeeper of Sir Thomas Hilt is known as the green lady of Aston Hall. Her apparition is often seen wearing a long green dress, sitting in a chair in the Housekeepers Room or in the Great Hall. She never says anything, and usually will disappear shortly after being noticed.

The entrance to the central tower and servants quarters is made via a long corridor on the roof. It is known as Dick's 'Garret' after a servant boy hung himself there after being accused of stealing from his employers. It is recorded that his ghost was seen very often about the hall, but over the course of time his appearances have become few and far between.

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