Stanley Palace, Watergate Street, Chester, CH1 2LF


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Saturday 18 January 2020

9pm to 2am

Join Paranormal Friends as we investigate, for the first time, the historic and reputedly very haunted, Stanley Palace in Chester.

Stanley Palace is a 16th Century Grade 2 listed building in the heart of Chester.

It stands on or near the site previously occupied by the Dominican Friars (The Black Friars) in Medieval times.

It is widely reputed to be haunted and over the years, footsteps and disembodied murmurings have been heard together with other unexplained happenings.

On our initial walk-around visit our Medium, Adam, encountered several strong Spirits in various parts of this ancient property and is keen to return at night to see what further knowledge we can gain from these “residents”.

It was built for Peter Warburton, a Chester Lawyer who became a sergeant at law & MP for Chester, a county finance manager, a Judge and a Knight. Derby House, as it was then known, passed as his daughter Elizabeth’s dowry to the Stanleys of Alderley.

On the death of her husband, Sir Thomas Stanley, Elizabeth married Sir Richard Grosvenor of Eaton Hall, she died in 1627 at her Black Friars home.

James the 7th Earl of Derby campaigned for the Royalist cause but was, some say, betrayed, but was captured, held in Chester Castle and was executed in Bolton by Cromwell’s followers.

As Chester was a sea port the Derby family were custodians of the old Watergate and were paid the tolls from merchants on the ships. A large ship’s timber is still the main support of the fireplace in the foyer.

It is known that Hesketh, a sporting gentleman held parties for the race goers, once occupied the property, so we can only guess what revelries may have taken place – or will we find out more during our investigation?

By 1866 the property had fallen into a bad state and Americans tried to buy it for transportation and rebuilding in the States. Fortunately, the Chester Archaeological Society prevented this.

In 1899, Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby, came to the rescue by buying it to have it preserved for the community. He was Foreign Secretary and a Knight of the Garter.

In 1911 it opened as a museum and tunnels to both the Watergate and the Castle were discovered.

There is a wealth of period furniture in Stanley Palace too.

The aim is to use a combination of Spiritual and scientific methods of investigation and you are free to choose whether you take part in any, or all, as you wish.

These usually include; Victorian style Séances, Table tipping experiments, Glass divination, K2 Meters, Spirit/Ghost/Frank’s box, Rempods, Laser grid lights, sound enhancers, pendulum, human pendulum, divining rods, trigger objects, digital voice recorder, photography and of course, your own senses, the original investigation equipment!

Please feel free to bring your own investigation equipment if you wish.

Hot drinks, crisps and biscuits will be provided on the night.

You may bring your own additional refreshments if you wish but, of course, no alcohol.

All participants should wear adequate warm clothing, stout footwear and provide their own torch.

Stanley Palace, Watergate Street, Chester, CH1 2LF

Saturday 18 January 2020

9pm to 2am (Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time)

Car parking: On street or in the nearby public car parks.

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