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The Cathedral House Hotel

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The hotel in Glasgow has been the subject of many past ghostly sightings and activity and overlooks Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis.

Built in 1877, Cathedral House Hotel was used as a hostel for inmates released from nearby Duke Street Prison. The prison held female prisoners from all around Scotland, many of them Suffragettes and political activists, who were imprisoned for their protests at living conditions. The prison was closed in 1955 after several protests, and it was demolished in 1958 to make way for the Ladywell housing scheme, built from 1961–1964. The only remaining structure of Duke Street Prison is some of the boundary walls.

Haunting of the Cathedral House Hotel Glasgow
Haunting of the Cathedral House Hotel Glasgow

Paranormal activity at the hotel has included a ghost which passes guests on the stairwell, two children being sighted, and giggling children heard on the top floor.

Many people have reported paranormal sightings and experiences in the hotel. One of the most regular sightings is a ghostly presence which brushes up against people on the stairs of Cathedral House.

There have also been several reports of two ghostly children being heard on the top floor of the hotel, and items of furniture have been seen to move around on their own.

One legend says that one of the condemned prisoners was gazing out from the condemned cell from which he could see only a tree. On the tree, sparrows flirted about and chirped away. He confided to his wardens (or confessor?) that he so regretted what he had done with his life and how that had led him to this place that he would be willing to trade it all to try again - in even it it was just to be 'wane ae they wee sparras'. Quite touching, but there again there were the cynics who said it was a case of 'impending execution concentrating the mind wonderfully'!

Last updated on: Wednesday 27th December 2017




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