Belgrave Hall is a Queen Anne-style house built for Edmund and Ann Cradock in 1709 in the midst of 2 acres (8,100 m2) of walled gardens in Belgrave, Leicester. It is a Grade II* listed building. Between 1767-1844 it was the home of the Vann family who in about 1776 built the nearby Belgrave House.
Following its sale to the local authority the Hall was opened to the public in 1936 as a museum. Today, Belgrave Hall shows the contrasting lifestyles of an upper-middle-class family and domestic servants in Victorian society.
In 1999, Belgrave Hall became famous across the world when two ghostly figures were recorded on security cameras outside the Hall. The site is still of interest to ghost hunters. The ISPR (International Society for Paranormal Research) examined the footage and decided the image was environmental in nature rather than paranormal. They also noted the apparition would have had to be over 10 ft (3.0 m) tall. The team from Ghost Hunters International concluded it was most likely people with reflective jackets walking around.
Living TV's Most Haunted crew investigated here in 2003 with celebrity guests Vic Reeves and his wife Nancy Sorrell. Belgrave Hall was featured on the 26 June 2012 episode of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.
- 'Parishes added since 1892: Belgrave', A History of the County of Leicester: volume 4: The City of Leicester (1958), pp. 420-428. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=66590 Date accessed: 04 July 2014
- "Museum gives up the ghost". BBC News (1999-02-02).
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