A funeral parlour provokes many images and none of them pleasant. Imagine being inside a funeral parlour in the dead of night and walking through an embalming room and mortuary that has been left exactly as it was over 30 years ago. If this is something that you believe that you are capable of doing, now is your chance. An overnight ghost hunt at Annison Funeral Parlour awaits you along with all the spirits and ghosts that linger within the building. The Staff who work in the pharmacy which is downstairs are terrified and would never dream of going upstairs alone in this fearful place. This location is reputed to be the most haunted building in Yorkshire with ghost sightings that would leave your blood running cold.
The Annison Funeral Parlour has a long and chequered history. The building itself housed the Funeral Parlour for more than a hundred years and has been the place where poltergeist activity is said to be rife. During this ghost hunt you can spend some time in one of the most active areas which is the embalming room and carry out experiments, vigils and séances in the mortuary itself. This is a place of pain, sorrow and loss and Haunted Happenings will respect the building accordingly for all that it has provided in its service to those that have ended up here. We will be carrying out experiments in our attempts to discover who or what haunts this building but with such a macabre history we are unsure as to who or what we will discover.
The Hull Daily Mail have recently covered a story on one of the more macabre events associated with Annisons Funeral Parlour and the mysterious murder of 18 year old Mary Jane Langley, who had visited the studo of a photographer in the building to have her portrait taken in 1891. This the last anyone ever saw her alive. After she left his studio she disappeared, only to be found dead in Long Lane, Preston with her throat slit. Various people were suspected of her murder which included the photographer himself. It is said that the police investigation was completely bungled and despite one suspect being charged, no-one was ever convicted of the grisly murder. It is claimed that the ghost of Mary haunts the Annison building to this day and has been seen by many, many visitors and staff who visit or work in the building.
This terrible story and grissly tale does not end there however, as it is believed by some that Mary may have been the victim of known serial killer and Jack the Ripper suspect, Frederick Bailey Deeming. Deeming was a renowned criminal and murderer who had murdered his first wife and four children and buried them under the floorboards in their house in Merseyside. Coincidentally Deeming had just been released after serving time in Hull Jail under the name of Harry Lawson and was free and out in the streets at the time of the murder. According to local writer, historian and paranormal investigator Mike Covell, there were newspaper reports of the time that linked Deeming to the murder of Mary.
Deeming was a seafarer and is known to have travelled not only all over the country but across the world. He had murdered his family in Merseyside by slitting their throats and the same fate befell the woman he married in Australia, whose murder finally had him brought to justice. Deeming was eventually caught and arrested in March of 1892 in Perth, Western Australia. Among the various news reports about Deeming and his reign of terror across the world, there were stories that he'd spent time in Whitechapel, during 1888, and that during one period in prison he had supposedly confessed to fellow prisoners that he was indeed Jack the Ripper. The jury at his trial in Australia took little more than an hour to find him guilty, and Deeming was hanged on Monday May 23rd, 1892.