On our first investigation to Exwhistle Hall we encounter very strange phenomenon from lights, sounds and positive responses.
Extwistle Hall is a 16th century building now part of Briercliffe, Burnley but formerly situated in the now non-existent parish of Extwistle, this historic hall and the land it was built on has survived almost every major incident for hundreds of years.
Above image: The front of the hall with a grand step way to the right of the image now bricked up assumed this entered to a main room hence the two fantastic stone church like windows of the second floor.
The doorway down the bottom middle is the entry to the hall and offset rooms. The far doorway leads to a annex style cottage with a main room downstairs and a bedroom in the upper.
This image above shows the four floors on the right that housed a stone staircase. Like most of the rooms / floors they are all in a bad shape. Before Extwistle Hall was constructed in 1585, by the Parker family, the land had been in possession by the monks of Kirkstall Abbey in Yorkshire and then monks in Newbo Abbey, Lincolnshire throughout the Medieval period.
As you enter the hall via the 'middle' lower door this is what greats you. The far doorway to the left seems to be a bathroom. To the right is a back door to the out side grounds. Behind the photographer is the lower image of the main room we seemed to get most activity in.
The fire place is small compared to others indicating this was a less of a room to impress. Possible maids or caretakers room? To the right might of been a bedroom or dining room. Behind the photographer is a doorway leading to the main corridor for the stairs or front door.
The Parker family took possession of the house after the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, giving possession of monastic lands over to the state. The above image is of the hall way / corridor. Directly in front you can see the entrance to a bathroom. Behind will be the stone staircase as shown below.
In the East part of the hall the stone stair case is very poor condition. In 1718 the Parkers left the hall for good following a fire and the entire estate was sold off in the 1920s. Currently it is derelict and in a poor state of repair with Historic England marking it a top priority for repairs.
Ghost stories: 17 March 1718, either way Captain Robert Parker had been out shooting when the weather turned very wet. After reaching home he apparently hung his coat in front of the fire forgetting that he had a flask of gunpowder in the pocket which subsequently exploded. Extwistle Hall was damaged by the explosion and the fire it caused, so the family abandoned the Hall following his death and moved to Cuerden Hall.
Above is a photo showing Fuzzy looking across the bedroom area of the annex cottage. Most of the flooring has collapsed.
There is a bit of folklore associated with this tragedy. The story says that Captain Parker was a Jacobite and just a few weeks before his death, whilst returning from one of their meetings, he came across a goblin funeral procession at the top of Netherwood Fields. His own name was inscribed on coffin lid and this he saw as an omen of his own death if he did not renounce the Jacobite cause. According to the story he severed his Jacobite connections but alas he could not save his life.
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