Tolhouse Museum Great Yarmouth
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Ghost Hunt makes a return to this amazing location!
Tolhouse was built about 800 years ago, it must have looked a grand place, with its sturdy stone walls, finely carved doorway and arched windows. Then it was the home of a rich merchant whose livelihood no doubt depended on the nearby quayside.
Before long, however, the house passed into the hands of the Yarmouth town officials. So began its long association with the law, as the courtroom for various types of courts, the town gaol with the notorious dungeon known as ‘the hold’, and a police station.
The Tolhouse has certainly had a turbulent history. Over the years it has been home to pirates, robbers and murderers as well as countless common crooks. It has been attacked by rebels and rioters and gutted by enemy bombs. Since the 1880s, the building has housed a museum. Today it tells the story of the building and of crime and punishment in Great Yarmouth through the ages.
Matthew Hopkins, the infamous witchfinder general turned up in Yarmouth in 1645. Most people in the 17th century, even the educated, believed in witchcraft. Hopkins made a fine living for a year or two finding out witches, torturing them to get a confession and then seeing them tried. Several Yarmouth women were tried here, found guilty and hanged; Hopkins bloody reign was short-lived as he died two years later.
The Tolhouse prison finally closed in 1878. It escaped demolition and was restored as a library and museum. Yarmouth was badly bombed during the second world war, and the Tolhouse was almost destroyed in 1941. After post-war rebuilding, the current displays were remodelled in 2002.
The Tolhouse would be one of the most likely places to find a ghost. The ghost of a lady with her hair in a bun has been seen walking between the Tolhouse and the Library basement. Guests have seen a reoccurring name at the venue return time and time again in the name of Anne. Guests have heard the scratching noises on the prison door.
Ghost hunt UK look forward to a return visit, to see if this building has anymore secrets to give up.
When you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our team and you will be placed into a small group. Once introductions have been made and the team have run though the health and safety. You will explore different parts of the building throughout the evening with your team member. You will get the chance to conduct some amazing experiments such as Ouija Boards, Table Tipping, Glass Moving vigils and our up-to-date ghost hunting equipment. We will be using the most active areas of the venue throughout the night and you will be guided through this terrifying process by our friendly and capable team. Included near the end of your evening you will be able to go off and explore for an hour to yourself using what equipment you would like. Do you dare to explore the unknown?