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Chester: England's Most Haunted City

The Lost Crypt

Haunted crypt, ChesterClose to the heart of the walled city of Chester, on Bridge Street, is Booklands bookshop whose stone-arched medieval crypt is allegedly home to a ghostly child.

The shop occupies a three storey, Grade I listed, 17th-century building not far from Chester's central High Cross. But the lower ground floor is older still: the 13th-century stone crypt is built half into the earth, with the unique and unusual Rows walkways directly overhead.

Curiously, the ancient crypt was lost - bricked up and filled with rubble, until rediscovered by Victorian developers in the late 1800s. Now restored and brimming with books, it still retains an ancient air. At the rear of the crypt, beside the counter, is a narrow, half-hidden stone staircase leading to the upper storeys. Staff warily confirm that it's still haunted today by the ghost of a young apprentice boy who long ago fell to his death on the slippery stone. Though when asked if they've seen him, they refuse to say.


 

 
 
 
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