The history of Ordsall Hall dates back to around 820 years ago and has since been used as a family home by many different families, a working man’s club from 1875 and as a church hall and clergy training school. Most notable of these uses was the occupation of Ordsall Hall by the Radclyffe family who resided there for over 300 years. In 1959 the hall was bought by Salford Corporation from the Executors of the Baron Egerton of Tatton. It received huge refurbishments and was finally opened to the public in April 1972 as a period house and local museum of history. Ordsall Hall is famous for its many ghostly sightings and apparitions of numerous resident spirits. One of the most popular ghosts seen by many is that of the White Lady, often seen in the Great Hall next to the portrait situated there and wandering the halls carrying a candle. She is thought to be Queen Elizabeth I’s best Maid of Honour – Margaret Radclyffe who died in 1599 from a broken heart. Others believe she is a jilted bride who killed herself by jumping of the balcony.
There are many other sightings, not only in the Great Hall but all over the building. Ghost cams have been set up so people can view the rooms online after visiting hours and see if there is any spectral activity. Experiences include sights of a figure of a young girl on the stairs, responsive tapping and bangs, people reporting they have been touched or grabbed, the sound of a lady’s voice and strange whispers. In 2004 TV’s Most Haunted visit Ordsall Hall and numerous accounts of supernatural and poltergeist activity was reported including moving tables, strange noises and one of the crew being grabbed by an unknown force.