Dirty Dicks, Halifax
Event date: 14/2/2015
Dirty Dicks (formally The Royal Oak) is a mock Tudor building. The exterior includes two corbels and a door jamb [of 1931] by Harry Percy Jackson. There are gents’ urinals from Oates & Green.
The pub has had a succession of name changes: the Tap & Spile; The Royal Oak again; Dirty Dick’s.
There was a coaching house that stood on the site but the date is unknown. Originally the Inn was built on the major road through Halifax.
In 1929, the building (The Royal Oak) was demolished following the Halifax improvements act which came into place from 1868 and was rebuilt for the Ramsden’s Brewery by Jackson & Fox using timbers from the 19th Century wooden battleship, HMS Newcastle. The HMSNewcastle was built between December 1858 and October 1874. It was a war ship which held thirty 8-inch muzzle-loading smoothbore guns, twenty 32-pounder muzzle-loading smoothbore guns and one 68-pounder muzzle-loading smoothbore gun.
The new pub opened on 30th July 1931.
Dirty Dicks is a well-known Inn in the centre of Halifax for ghost stories and hauntings. It was mentioned in the book Haunted Halifax by Kai Roberts.
“Most notable is the spectre of an unknown woman wearing seventeenth century Puritan or Quaker dress, who had been vividly witnessed by a customer around forty years earlier.
The second presence was imagined to belong to the son of the last landlord of the original pub, prior to its demolition in 1929. This unfortunate young man is supposed to have burnt to death when a sparkling ember from the hearth set his clothes alight”.
The pubs third otherworldly resident, whose history is not connected to the pub, but with the ship from which it was built. The third ghost is a spirit of an unfortunate seaman who was fatally injured when the ordnance he was moving aboard the HMS Newcastle exploded”.
What the Mediums picked up
During the night we had a lot of K2s going off. A small girls laugh was heard on the sound enhancers by guests and a lady even felt herself get pushed.
There were several spirits which the mediums picked up on. Lynsey picked up on a man named James Crossley and sure enough in the list of land lords there was a James Crossley. His story was not a very nice one. He resided in one of the rooms in the flat above.
A little girl was in the function room, also spirits were seen in the cellar, which would have been a court yard at the time.
It was a busy night for the Mediums as we had lots of energies to communicate with. We would like to return here to carry out further investigation!
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