St George’s Hall was frequently visited by Charles Dickens. Only 25% of the building was open during Dickens time and the hall fell into a state of disrepair. In April 2007 it reopened after a £23,000,000 refurbishment. The refurbished Hall allows access to many more areas and Visitors to St George’s today can visit the cells.
Harvey Lonsdale Elmes was only able to work on the building of the Hall until 1847. Due to illness, he gave the project to city surveyor John Wightman and structural engineer Robert Rawlinson. Lonsdale Elmes died of consumption in 1847.
St George’s Hall is believed to be haunted. There are reports of a ghostly man sitting with his head in his hands in the concert room. The courts have sentenced many people to death in their time and some guests to the refurbished building continue to report that cold hands have pushed their backs.
The basement is another haunted area and there have been many reports of a tall man shouting into the darkness. The basement is suspected of being a key area of poltergeist activity.
In January 2009 the Hall was the venue for Most Haunted Live‘s the Search for Evil.
In Pure Spirit
Have you seen any of the ghosts of Liverpool’s St George’s Hall? Have you been to the public building?