Halloween Ghost Hunt & Dinner
Wavertree Town Hall, Liverpool – Sunday, 31st October 2021
Thе Wavertree hаѕ mаѕѕеѕ оf hіѕtоrу аnd аlѕо a fеw ghоѕtlу tаlеѕ tо tеll. The Grade II listed building on Wavertree High Street (a local conservation area) was built in 1872 in the classical style from designs by architect John Elliot Reeves and built by Okills & Morrison.
Upon opening, the Town Hall was used as the headquarters for the Wavertree Local Board of Health. This was the organisation charged with looking after the streets around Wavertree, making sure the paving, lighting, and cleanliness are kept up with, which include emptying the middens in parts of the township that hadn’t had sewers laid.
Wavertree Township was absorbed by the City of Liverpool in 1895 – alongside the nearby Townships of West Derby, and Walton. For years after the takeover, the Town Hall was used by Liverpool Council for rates collection and a Registry Office. In 1979 – after a long period of lying abandoned, the building was sold to My Eric Cooke, a local businessman who set about refurbishing this beautiful building, reopening it as a public house, restaurant, and functions suite.
With a motto over the door that reads “Sub Umbra Floresco”, or “I flourish in the shade”, the Victorian building now has a new lease of life as a cocktail bar and restaurant, serving fresh food, with a la carte, afternoon tea, excellent Sunday roast, and a range of high quality drinks options.
What to Expect?
Arriving around 6:00PM, you’ll be assigned your table for the evening. Once you’ve finished your excellent 3-course dinner, you’ll be whisked away by our friendly team, and given an introduction to the building, the history, the equipment, and the techniques we’ll be using throughout the night. After being split into smaller groups, you’ll then be able to roam the building to familiarise yourself with its layout before we turn off the lights!
After a short break, the fun will begin, as groups head off into various parts of the building to begin the ghost hunt.
Hauntings of Wavertee Town Hall
There have been multiple sightings of a lady in white in the town hall over the years, and in recent months another spirit has been witnessed ascending the staircase. Who this could be is a mystery, could it be a disgruntled ex-council worker or a spirit with fond memories of the building that once played a huge part in their lives?
In addition to ghostly figures being seen, they’ve also been heard too, with disembodied shouting and what sounded like heated discussions coming from empty rooms. Could these be a residual haunting of the spirits of long-dead councillors, thrashing out details of the City’s takeover of Wavertree…?
It’s an interesting place, with plenty of history brought back to its former glory with a modern twist just waiting for you to open the door to the paranormal world.