Event dates: 31/12/13, 22/3/14, and 23/5/14
Midgley is a hill top district in Calderdale, east of Hebden Bridge. The township contains parts of Luddenden, Luddenden Foot and Mytholmroyd.
Midgley appears in the Domesday Book in 1086 as Micile. Other known spellings of Midgley are Micleie (1086), Migeley Miggelay (1235), Migeley (1235), Miglay Mydgelay (1536).
Great House, Midgley was built at the end of the 16th century as a minor manor house in the medieval period.
The building is now spilt into three dwellings, we investigated is the central portion.
In the late 18th/early 19th century. Great House was one of the few houses in Midgley. Included were the numbers 1, 2 and 3, number 26, number 49, Lacy Hay Farm, New House Farm, Rose Cottage and Tray Royd.
Great House is a Hall and Cross Wing (a house design with central hall- possibly with an aisle and/or cross passage) and a Hearth Passage (back of fire-hood formed a wall for a passage) house.
Architecturally Great House is quite unique, containing the only remaining Witches Post we know of built into the original timbers of the building.
The Witches Post came from the Catholic belief that witches would be warded away from the house if posts were places at the side of the front door and the hearth. The presence of the post suggests the owners of the original house feared witches, which ties in well with the local legend of the witches coven of Heptonstall another hill top village nearby.
Many people have been born, lived and died in the property.
To name a few:
• 1781 John Sutcliffe bought Great House and six other cottages for £16.00
• 1851 John Scott- the last person to hold a Posy Pinder of Midgley 8 people lived there
• 1891 William Ingham died in the property
• 1895 Williams wife Mary died
• 1929 Elizabeth Sutcliffe died leaving her properties to son John
• 1948 Thomas Shackleton was born
• 1951 sister to Thomas. Elizabeth was born
• John Walker owned the house till his death around 1970
• 1979 Walter Spink died
• 2011 Florence Fowles daughter of Walter died there.
The rooms we had to investigate are the main living room, with the unusual witches post and an old open fire, kitchens, the spare bedroom, main bedroom and a big hallway with original stairs.
What the Mediums picked up
Louise was communicating to a solder in the Civil war which had died by a stab wound in the area. The group would ask questions, Louise would give an answer and the K2 would light up to red at the same time Louise answered each and every time.
Another man was in the living room and Spare bedroom. We got his name on the Franks box and when we checked sure enough someone with the same name lived there.
We briefly tried going into the junk room but the mediums felt that we was not welcome there and the door actually shut in front of two mediums faces.