Belgrave Hall

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Belgrave Hall

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.[citation needed] Between 1767-1844 it was the home of the Vann family who in about 1776 built the nearby Belgrave House.[1]

In 1845 the hall was bought by John Ellis who was a railway entrepreneur. This followed many years of the hall being occupied by Vann family relatives.[1]

Following its sale to the local authority the Hall was opened to the public in 1936 as a museum.[citation needed] Today, Belgrave Hall shows the contrasting lifestyles of an upper-middle-class family and domestic servants in Victorian society.[citation needed]

In 1999, Belgrave Hall became famous across the world when two ghostly figures were recorded on security cameras outside the Hall.[2] The site is still of interest to ghost hunters.[citation needed] The ISPR (International Society for Paranormal Research) examined the footage and decided the image was environmental in nature rather than paranormal.[citation needed] They also noted the apparition would have had to be over 10 ft (3.0 m) tall.[citation needed] The team from Ghost Hunters International concluded it was most likely people with reflective jackets walking around.[citation needed]

Living TV's Most Haunted crew investigated here in 2003 with celebrity guests Vic Reeves and his wife Nancy Sorrell.[citation needed] Belgrave Hall was featured on the 26 June 2012 episode of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b 'Parishes added since 1892: Belgrave', A History of the County of Leicester: volume 4: The City of Leicester (1958), pp. 420-428. URL: Date accessed: 04 July 2014
  2. ^ "Museum gives up the ghost". BBC News (1999-02-02). 

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Coordinates: 52°39′32″N 1°7′29.6″W / 52.65889°N 1.124889°W / 52.65889; -1.124889