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Peterborough Museum

Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery has been managed by Peterborough City Council since 1968 but the building itself dates from 1816 and was the town house of newly-weds, Thomas and Charlotte Cooke. In 1856 the Priestgate mansion was sold to the 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam, who allowed it to be used as the city”s first hospital, the Peterborough infirmary from 1857 until 1928.

Many of the original Georgian features can still be seen today, as can traces of its use as a hospital – our modern conservation room is the old operating theatre!

The museum is one of the most consistently active locations Fright Nights visit and has over a dozen reported ghosts.

They include:

  • A grey figure, said to be the ”Lonely ANZAC”, First World War soldier Thomas Hunter who died in the building in 1916 from wounds received in France. His ghost is seen on the stairs or first floor corridor, and was most recently seen in July 2006, but has been felt or sensed since. A strange figure was caught on camera on the stairs in April 2007.
  • A ghostly kitchen maid who fell to her death on the back stairs. Female visitors report the impression of being pushed from behind by invisible hands, many people feel unwell in this area and strange noises have been heard.
  • A dark male presence has been seen and felt lurking near the Museum”s recreation of a period shop on the first floor.
  • A ghostly Roman soldier is said to be connected for eternity to his sword, on display in the Museum’s archaeology gallery. * A white lady who follows visitors around the upper floor of the building.
  • Poltergeist activity has been reported in one of the ground floor rooms – furniture has been found mysteriously moved overnight.
  • A little girl returns in spirit form in the Geology gallery, leaving messages on tape recordings as well as terrifying a workman.
  • The Museum”s eerie ancient cellar has a particular reputation, where slamming doors, strange noises and a threatening male presence have been reported. Items have been thrown at some ghost hunters, and a hooded figure has been seen in the cellar!
  • Banging doors, ghostly footsteps and voices, unaccountable smells, mysterious lights and orbs have all also been reported around the building….


Address: Priestgate, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE1 1LF

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