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Speke Hall

Liverpool, England

During the Protestant Reformation, tunnels were dug from this house to the nearby River Mersey, to allow priests to escape to Ireland via a boat if necessary. Even today, these holes are still visible. Allegedly, a woman, devastated by the actions of her philandering husband, killed herself and then her baby. Many people have reported feeling cold spots, while others have reportedly seen spirits of the agonized woman.

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Kylie says:

October 24, 2005, 10:59 pm

how could the woman kill herself and then her baby shouldn’t it be she killed her baby and then herself?

Dave says:

October 26, 2005, 4:22 pm

A friend of mine worked at Speke Hall at one time. She never told any story about the woman and baby but was convinced that the place was haunted.

philicia says:

November 22, 2005, 7:46 pm

it means they were both killed by the lady just in a wierd order *****

sarah says:

November 26, 2005, 1:03 pm


Julia says:

November 27, 2005, 1:30 pm

Well, here the story goes,,,,
Apparently there WAS a philanthrapist husband, but word goes that he set his sights on a maid. (Basically if the “men of the house” decide they want the maids then thats the way it goes and if the maid gets pregnant then thats her own fault & would be given leave without reference)
Anyway, the husband got the maid pregnant & through her own distress put the baby down the thunderbolt (the toilet, which is a straight drop down into the moat), where of course the baby died & the maid then commited suicide in the great hall. It is said that the spirit of the maid is often felt wandering around the house.

penny says:

January 17, 2006, 12:48 pm

What do the tunnels and the lady have in commen what is there comection

did she kill her self in the tunnels, out side the tunnels do the tunnels even have anything to do with the lady and her baby

janine says:

January 19, 2006, 5:08 pm

I live close to speke hall and have visited a few times. On my latest visit last summer i asked the staff which i could find whether they had ever saw anything within the house these tunnels or the surrounding grounds, some of these people had worked there for over 20 years. The reply to my question from all of the staff was NO, some further explained ‘nor have they ever felt uncomfortable within the house or heard strange noises. o yeah and the ladies name was Sarah!

zoe says:

April 8, 2006, 12:35 pm

how can the woman do that to the baby then herself it is horrible

when i went to speke hall we went in edwards room and my mate was the last one out and she got locked in she was spookied for the rest of the trip

i even saw a ghost scary

zoe says:

April 8, 2006, 12:38 pm

there was a man and a woman ghost they were dancin then they were kissin


zoe says:

April 8, 2006, 12:39 pm


chelsea minnis says:

April 9, 2006, 11:13 am

we went to speke hall and some thin was behind me and then it touched me


Soldier85 says:

May 23, 2006, 9:58 am

Sounds to me like your mind was playing tricks on you

catherine says:

June 25, 2006, 6:27 am

I visited Speke hall with my daughter and neice who were four and six at the time.After roaming the house quite excitedly they reached one of the bedrooms,their excited expressions quickly changed to expressions of horror and both girls refused to enter the room. My daughter pulled on my sleeve and asked if we could leave as she could hear wispering coming from the empty room. As you can imagine…I didn’t hesitate.

danny o'brien says:

July 11, 2006, 8:05 am


Bill says:

July 14, 2006, 6:23 pm

I used to spend a lot of time at Speke hall as a child that was in the days when you could get in the grounds without having to pay. If there ever was any ghosts at the hall they probably got out of Speke like I did.

xxxxx says:

July 14, 2006, 6:27 pm

The whole Hayes family from Prenton Green along with Elizabeth Lam who is the whore girlfriend of one of the Hayes’s should all go to Speke Hall, go to the top and all jump to thier deaths.

angel says:

August 16, 2006, 5:35 am

danny iz dat ur phone number

caremn says:

September 14, 2006, 2:02 pm

dat was crazi

Katrina Browne says:

September 18, 2006, 4:08 am

I made a few visits to Speke Hall,on one school visit with Harrison Jones school when i was about 10yrs old,a lad and i thought it would be funny to lay on the monks bed,all of a sudden the felt tangible with hatred..Scared us half to death,but not as much as our teacher,Mrs Foster,did when she caught us laying there! Lol. If anyone has any local ghostly happenings to tell me about,could u please email me?Would love to share stories.. Thanks.

larissa conant says:

October 5, 2006, 8:47 am

that is so not scary. i acually have like 5 ghosts in my house right this very min!

A curious person. says:

October 5, 2006, 6:58 pm

Well, why cant we and ghosts get along?…seriously! Maybe, If they happen to be aggresive ghosts, get an exorcist, if they are not aggresive, chances are they don’t care and you should just respect them.

melissa says:

October 26, 2006, 11:05 pm

Ghosts are not what we try to make of them . I live in Alabama and there is a 16 year old ghost here ! she even left me message about my dog . The note was on my answering machine it said,stop pedro!cause he used the bathroom on my rug.And she does`nt stop running up and down the stairs but i dont mind having a room mate.Her name is hannah and had heart failure.

Aisha says:

December 1, 2006, 9:23 pm

Is this story really true.If it is how could the lady kill her then her baby.I don’t beleave in ghost.You can say anything i’m not scared.

Alejandra says:

January 16, 2007, 5:54 pm

I definitely don’t believe that one!

Chantele says:

February 15, 2007, 8:12 am

I am not a sceptic and I do believe in paranormal occurences and stuff but this story sounds just like every other ghost story you hear, along with grey ladies. It just sounds a bit OTT. There may well be a lot of spirit activity going on in Speke Hall and of course it has a lot of history but I just don’t buy this.

dead baby says:

March 26, 2007, 7:09 am

Hi, i’m the dead baby,
don’t worry i’m not going to hurt anyone, i mean come-on i’m fine, i can type and everything. I hope you’re all well.
Yours fatally

De adbaby

jay says:

June 24, 2007, 1:18 am

ive never been to speke hall but heard loads about it and im really lookin forward to going :)


September 12, 2007, 1:17 am



September 12, 2007, 1:24 am

oh by the way sorry to say with me writing to into you
have just been sacked have been moved the roam around
in the gret court yard cleaning up the mess you visitors leave (thank you iam a ghost)do you knoe how cold it is out there

Forget-me-not says:

December 7, 2007, 2:12 am

I am a hard-boiled skeptic AND I also know that the so-called “paranormal” most definitely exists. (Yes, you can be both – and many people are.)

Reading some of Mr. Tom Slemen’s articles about “haunted Liverpool”, I recently learned about a story (initially I was going to write “THE story”, but I reconsidered – you’ll soon find out why) of one Maude Mooney (1890 – 1971), daughter of the caretaker at Speke Hall in 1901, and her “lover” from the distant past.

Now, the story in itself is beautiful and touching and what-not – but it struck me as… just not right. So I tried to find some more information about the gal. Nothing: all the relevant Google “hits” referred to Mr. Slemen’s website.

Bad sign.

So I pressed on, less and less convinced… I went to a huge genealogy database (Familysearch) and spent a good deal of time searching for the said Maud (or Maude).

I don’t know how complete the online British public records are, but I could find no individual in the database that would confirm even the existence of said Maud(e) – or her mother or her father, as named in Slemen’s article “Born Too Late”.

So I’ve come here… Has anyone ever heard about the story in question – I mean INDEPENDENTLY from Mr. Slemen’s article?

Rachel thompson says:

April 23, 2008, 5:45 am

My family and i have lived in Speke most of our lives an the story of Speke Hall an the Lady in the Woods is different from what has been commented on, on this site. One evening the man of the house had gone to play cards and lost the deeds to the house on his return home he told his wife of their plight and in dismay she tossed their baby out of the bedroom window and into the moat she then committed suicide herself. The cradle that the baby slept in is still in the bedroom now and it’s said that the 1st and last person to enter the room can hear the baby crying and see the cradle rock.

Jo says:

May 29, 2008, 1:53 am

I have heard the same story as Rachel (last comment) that the deeds to the house were lost in a card game and then the mother threw the baby out of the window then killed herself. I have been to Speke Hall many as it is not far from where I live and I can that I am a sceptic but I have had a couple of weird experiences there. I was in the bedroom with the very ornately decorated bed when I felt someone push me in the small of my back, when I turned thinking it was my friend there was no one behind me andno one was close enough to push me without me seeing them move.

Jo says:

May 29, 2008, 1:54 am

I have heard the same story as Rachel (last comment) that the deeds to the house were lost in a card game and then the mother threw the baby out of the window then killed herself. I have been to Speke Hall many times as it is not far from where I live and I can that I am a sceptic but I have had a couple of weird experiences there. I was in the bedroom with the very ornately decorated bed when I felt someone push me in the small of my back, when I turned thinking it was my friend there was no one behind me andno one was close enough to push me without me seeing them move.

cara doran says:

June 2, 2008, 2:01 pm

there was a teacher of mine that used to work there. And he told all of the class a story one day about him and his friend were cleaning down the stairs when they heard a little cryen sound they thought it might of been a cat but when they went up to check there was nothink there. Tey went back down the stairs and they heard it again they never found out were it was cuming from but deep down he belives it was the little baby that died in speak hall

sofie says:

July 1, 2008, 11:45 am

when i went and heard a baby screaming and then a lulaby was heard a few moments after the baby stopped crying. Plus you feel cold, and when you get by the tunnels you can hear little whispers saying help and ,then screams a few moments after. Also you can heae screams on the roof top
sookie !!!!!!

Graham says:

July 31, 2008, 12:29 pm

We Live in Woolton in Liverpool and have been to Speke Hall many of times. The staff there have told us that nobody knows why there is a cradle in the house as the Lady who owned it never had a baby….dispite all the stories that are told about the house.
I think it is put there for effect to add a little mystery to the place and encourage people to visit.

ann says:

October 8, 2008, 7:11 pm

i have been to speke hall a few times and most of the house is ok but in one of the upstairs bedrooms there is a cradle and everytime ive been in that room i have felt a chill. i dont know if its my mind playing tricks because of the stories but now i refuse to go in that room.

Heather says:

October 10, 2008, 1:35 pm

About 25 years ago when I was seven or eight, the school took us on a day out to the hall and we were told the story of a Mary Norris who on discovering her husband had lost the deeds of the House, threw her baby out into the moat fearing that he would turn out to be like his Father. I’m not sure whether it was in this bedroom, I think it may have been a blue bedroom (?), that I heard very clearly, the sound of monks chanting.

I immediately looked at the other children, smiling, thinking it was a sound effect used to scare us but the others were oblivious and looked ahead. I don’t really take Tom Sleman seriously but I did ask his about it and he told me of a case about a time slip! So I’ve tried occasionally to look into the history of the grounds at Speke and at the monastic buildings that once stood locally…but I haven’t had much luck. Does anyone know of any such buildings that were near to the hall?

Lynn says:

October 17, 2008, 8:50 am

What good is listing these hauntings if there is no address ?? I just moved to the area and thought that with the halloween spirit I would go out and look up some real hauntings but have no clue where they are !! Also does anyone come out to houses and do saonces ? Me and my finace just moved into an old house where the couple died and were thinking it would be a cool house warming party and get to see whats in the house besides ! get back to me by leaving a comment on this site – THANKS !

fifi says:

February 21, 2009, 8:36 pm

my mum took a picture of me and my cousins out side speak hall were near a window if u look in the window on the pic theres a figure of a woman in a victorian dress

Fran says:

April 26, 2009, 5:10 am

Some of those comments did make me giggle. A philanthropist is actually a doer of good deeds, NOT a cheating husband! Sorry for being pedantic…

hannah says:

August 18, 2009, 6:57 am

hello, i have been to speke hall many times, the first few times, nothing out of the ordinary. It was in my most recent visit that I encountered some strange activity. I felt a cold hand, on my shoulder, at first i thought it was my husband, John, but John was nowhere near me. So i carried on walking, heading for the door, but there was a whisper in my ear ‘hannah’ it said, in Johns voice, i jumped and turned around, John still wasn’t there. I got very freaked out, and took a deep breath, but when i exhaled, the was a whistling sound, coming from me, loud and high pitched, it wasn’t as if someone else was doing it, it was me! I fainted from shock, and when I woke up John was by me, looking very pale. He said I’d been speaking to him, about a girl, he said my words were ‘the girl, the girl, shes coming, away, away, the girl, shes coming’ but it wasn’t my voice, it was a high pitched voice. I thought that was the end, but as i stood up, my head fuzzy, I saw her, the girl, I’d never heard of what had happened, about sarah, but it was a girl, she was walking in a circle, a knife in her hand, saying ‘its my fault, its my fault’. she was wearing a wierd green dress, like chiffon, and it was blowing, her long hair was in a plait down to her waist, her hands were blood-stained. She turned round and looked at me, and i held onto John, he turned and his eyes widened, the woman closed her eyes, and shrunk smaller and smaller until she dissappeared. Could it be mine and Johns imagination? Well I don’t think so, especially as he described the woman afterwards, in the exact same dress that i had seen her. I don’t know whether the woman was Sarah, but i do know that I’m going to go back, and see what happens this time, but I will never go alone.

lilly says:

August 19, 2009, 4:54 pm

this is how the story goes…
there was a wife and a husband who likes in speke hall. one day the woman gave birth to a baby girl. the husband started to gamble and gambled everything they owned, even speke hall. the wife was so angry,she killed him and threw the baby out the window into the moat just outside! and then she killed herself!!!!!!

karl hart says:

October 2, 2009, 9:06 pm

i saw a big monster at speke hall and it had red eyes

louise says:

October 12, 2009, 2:41 pm

no he didnt have his sights on the maid because they had lost all there money and the woman went insane because she thought that they would get thrown out so she threw the baby into the moat then when she realized what she had done she killed herself

tom says:

October 13, 2009, 5:11 pm

the woman and child did not die they survied the baby lived till the age of 68

Tracy says:

October 29, 2009, 6:09 pm

I have just read all of the comments and stories. I remember the story of the woman throwing her baby out of the window when I was little (going back nearly 40 years). Maybe if’s folklore – who knows. When I was at school some of my classmates wrote into a magazine and spent the night there – nothing happened. I have heard (and believe) far more scarier stories from the house next door to my mum!

factory worker says:

November 16, 2009, 5:22 pm

my uncle used to work at the factory that backed onto the grounds of speke time when he wa coming to the end of his nite shift there,my uncle and his mate went outside for a quick ciggie,he said the in the dawn light,him and his mate saw a man dressed in cavalier uniform,with no head riding a horse across the front lawn of speke hall towards the house.he said you could see through both the man and the uncle isnt one to believe in ghosts,but this one time he said there is no explination for what they both saw.has anyone else heard a story about a headless-horseman? or if someone from around that ‘cavalier’ period who was connected to the house was beheaded?

Diane says:

January 30, 2010, 5:05 pm

I live in the states and last night on a ghost hunter show they did a segment on this mansion and spent the night there. There were 6 people. It was all caught on camera and one of the scariest things I have ever seen! The one gentleman did alof of research and said he found proof that Mary did not throw the baby out the window and the baby lived to be 63 years old. I would love to visit there sometime! Only in the daytime though…They caught tons of EVP’s and door knobs were moving, doors were slamming on their own and the guy had a block of wood thrown at his head out of no where…very active place!

kye says:

July 10, 2010, 1:42 pm

well i have visited speke hall and someone told me that the man lost all his money on gambling and then the woman through her baby out the window and then drown and then jumped out herself and there have been reports of people hearing children cry and feeling very sick

ashton says:

July 10, 2010, 1:44 pm

well i have visited speke hall and someone told me that the man lost all his money on gambling and then the woman through her baby out the window and then drown and then jumped out herself and there have been reports of people hearing children cry and feeling very sick

Zoe-Lee says:

September 5, 2010, 3:24 pm

Actually the women is supposingly to be named Mary Beauclerk who married the a Lord Sydney Beauclerk who liked to gamble, after this he lost all their money and Mary suffered from mania after this news and threw her new born out of the window into the moat. With guilt of her actions she went into the kitchens and found a blade and killed herself. The witnesses have been in the window of the bedroom which is now known as the Tapestry room where she threw her infant out of.

Sean says:

January 21, 2011, 5:17 pm

Eh, there is no such thing as a ghost.

Royann says:

February 17, 2011, 7:40 am

Ive Been To Spekkey Loads Of Time’s And Not Once Have I Seen A Ghost So WTF ?!?!?!?!!?!?! xxxx Txt Me If You Have Seen A Ghost Or If Any Lad’s See This Your Welcome To Have My Number 07704617620 xxxxxx

Lou says:

May 4, 2011, 5:45 am

slag ^^

Phil Norris says:

December 15, 2011, 4:24 pm

I’ve visited Speke twice and was given a private tour by Roy Boardman who at the time was the curator. I am indeed thankful to Roy for taking the time during the Christmas season to show me this wonderful place. I remember him telling me about the girl throwing the baby out the window from the upper floor,etc. Anyway….as a Norris I was indeed captivated by this place and hold it in great reverence, and maybe someday I might spend a night or weekend eh? heh.

Millie jo pittard says:

September 10, 2012, 3:31 pm

i live in speke near speke hall and when i went in the house i heard strange noises and felt verry cold when it was the middle of summer then in the distnce i seen a white glow

John feury says:

March 9, 2013, 12:41 pm

many years ago I went for a walk on the edge of the grounds(my friends were still having lunch elsewhere) I came across a pond and some trees,and there,the other side of the pond,I saw a group of men,women and children ,dressed in what appeared to be Puritan dress,I rattled off a number of shots…my camera in those days was an instematic…needless to say when I got the photos developed all that turned out was the pond and trees but no entities as a result no one believed me…still happy days at Speke hall.

Michael says:

August 17, 2013, 6:55 pm

My wife and I visited Speke Hall today, August 17th 2013, and whilst walking around on the recommended route my wife was walking slightly ahead of me and had noticed something. she remained looking out towards the (two)back doors but also asked me to tell her what it was she could see. Neither of could understand what we saw. We both witnessed the same, a vapour apparently, slowly swirrling, about three feet from us facing the back door adjoining the Great Hall. It seemed a stable environment, no draughts, no hot or cold, no dust and no possible sources of such a vapour or mist eg. damp or other.There was no smell at all either – we checked – e.g. cigarette smoke say if someone had been there and had smoked (against National Trust policy of course. There was no-one in the vicinity. This phenomenon lasted for a few seconds in front of us and then simply disappeared. Neither of us have ever seen anything like this before or can explain how or what happened here.This is an account from two adults 50+ and speaking for myself I am level headed and sensible and have been a sceptic but seek to be open minded about’ghosts’ and ‘spirits’ and the like. It was absolutely amazing and this is a true account.

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