These aren’t the “druids” you’re looking for! Ha! We just couldn’t help ourselves!
On January 22, 1985, The Freeman Coventry Organization held a dinner reception at the spirited St. Mary’s Guildhall. In the middle of praying, this photograph was taken and shows tall mysterious figure, standing at the top left. The weird hooded spirit, appearing almost like a druid from Star Wars was clothed much like a monk from another era. Lord Mayor Walter Brandish, who was present at the reception, stated that no one was dressed in such attire and could not comprehend how that figure appeared in the photograph.
St Mary’s Guildhall, located in the centre of Coventry, England is one of the finest medieval guildhalls in the country with foundations dating back to more than 650 years. It has seen many historical events on the national and local scale, the most significant being the centre of King Henry VI’s court during the War of the Roses and a temporary prison to Mary, Queen of Scots during the 14th century.
Intense poltergeist activity has been witnessed over the years at the St. Mary’s Guildhall. On many occasions, visitors and tourists have heard whispers on many ghost hunting vigils, had their clothes pulled, some had their scarves tightened around their necks as many unlawful hangings had taken place. Along with many reporting the sensation of stones being thrown at them and felt while some have complained of feeling sick to their stomach. One of the testimonals mentioned by a visitor was when members of a séance glowed white and after mere seconds, their faces had grown larger and appeared to be those of old haggard people, claiming it made him “fear” what he saw. Monks have reportedly been seen wandering through the undercroft, which was traditionally a cellar or storage room.
The St. Mary’s Guildhall holds ghost tours and overnight ghost hunts throughout the year. For more information, be sure to check out Haunted Happenings for details and dates.