Join Visage Paranormal for a Christmas ghost hunting event at Armley Mills, Leeds.
Armley Mills was built in the 16th Century. The earliest record of which was from a document from the mid 16th Century which records a local clothier leasing ‘Armley Millnes’ from Henry Saville.
The mills expanded and by 1788 were equipped with five waterwheels driving eighteen fulling stocks. Fulling was a necessary but dirty process where woven wool is felted. The bundles of cloth are hit repeatedly by large hammers, the fulling stocks, while soaked in water, urine and a clay known as Fuller’s earth. The urine which is a source of ammonia was collected from neighbouring houses, who specially saved it for the purpose.
In 1804/1805 the mills were sold to Benjamin Gott- but burnt down. The early mills were fire hazards, the fibres in the air igniting and setting fire to the flammable structure. Gott rebuilt the mill using fireproof principles: the mill structure survives and it is this structure that has achieved a grade II* listing. Gott was the owner of several woollen mills. He died in 1840 and was succeeded by his sons John Gott and William Gott. They introduced a steam engine to supplement the water wheels in 1850 but it was in the 1860s that the waterwheels were phased out.
By 1907 part of mill had been let out to tenants in a room and power agreement. The woollen clothing manufacturers Bentley and Tempest took over the mill. The mill closed in 1971, a victim to the changing technology, loss of market and the prevailing economic conditions. It was sold to Leeds City Council who re-opened it as a museum of industry in 1982.
Recorded ghostly goings on include doors slamming shut and shooting open, people have said that they have been forcefully pushed by unseen hands and disembodied voices have been heard.
What will we encounter when we visit this dark, depressing building with the horrible history that the building has? We will find out if the people that worked there are still working to this day!
There will be refreshments throughout the night including hot/cold drinks and snacks PLUS a FREE Raffle to win some great prizes.
Are you brave enough to join us?