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The Galleries of Justice (aka Shire Hall) in Nottingham, England, is a place filled with history. It’s been used for law enforcement purposes for over 600 years, with evidence that suggests the hall was first used back in 1375 by the Normans, who had appointed Sheriff’s to keep peace and collect the taxes from the population. There was also a jail here with records showing its use as early as 1449. The prison cells can still be accessed today. The hall was also used as a police station from 1905 to 1985, whilst the courtrooms closed in 1986.
The Galleries of Justice is an ominous place, that holds the reminiscent of its gruesome past. Men, women, and children were sentenced and hanged here for crimes as small as theft. Many undeserving people lost their lives here, young and old, and it’s no surprise that some have decided to stick around!
The Entrance Hall
There is a vast amount of reports at this location and the frequency of the occurrences is startling. The cleaners of the hall will simply refuse to work on their own, for fear of something happening. In the reception area, no less than three ghosts have been spotted on many occasions. One is described as a soldier, a Victorian man in fine clothes, and an old lady.
The courtroom is also a hive of activity, with light anomalies, shadows, and knocks in direct response to questioning. Terrifying groans and screams have also been heard in this area, thought to be that of the people/families of those who were sentenced to death.
Further down into the Galleries of Justice is the pits. These are a very unnerving place to be. People often report the feeling of extreme sickness coming over them in this area, causing them to flee the building. People have also reported being touched, and footsteps are often heard. Dark figures have also been reported on many occasions.
This area of the hall is believed to be the most haunted of all. Poltergeist activity such as things being thrown is often reported. A cross has often been thrown across the room, loud noises and bangs are also often heard. People have also been touched, and stones have been thrown.
The Galleries of Justice is literally teeming with activity from top to bottom, so it’s definitely not a place for the faint of heart!