The Rifles Museum in Salisbury has a long history of paranormal activity, with books flying from shelves, heavy footsteps from empty rooms and even the apparition of a woman who is seen on a regular basis by staff. Your overnight ghost hunt at The Rifles Museum will give you an honest opportunity to experience ghostly activity and may leave you running for the door. Ghost hunts here can be very intense and only the bravest should consider attempting a lone vigil within its walls. Join Haunted Happenings for a ghost hunt you will not soon forget.
There have been so many reports of paranormal activity at The Rifles Museum that we felt we had to take you there. The Museum is extremely haunted and a place where you are very likely to encounter ghostly activity. Ghost hunting at The Rifles Musuem is a unique experience but is not for everyone. From books flying off shelves, to windows slamming shut and heavy footsteps from empty rooms, there is a frightening amount of poltergeist activity here.
Staff have seen the figure of a Cavalier and also a 'grey lady' within the building and there have been reports of bright light anomalies and significant temperature drops in sealed rooms by paranormal groups carrying out investigations here. During the event you are very likely to encounter a male presence as many have done on past events.
Although its present appearance owes much to 19th century alterations, the origins of The Wardrobe, 58 The Close lie in the 13th century and the overall shape of a central hall (originally open to the roof) with two service wings still remains. At first the residence of one of the canons who served the Salisbury Cathedral it later passed into the hands of the Bishop of Salisbury. It is probable that use as a storehouse for church treasures and relic, as well as an administrative base for the Bishops household which led to its name of The Wardrobe, a title first recorded in 1543.
After use in the Second World War as a hostel of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) it was rented in 1945 by the Diocesan Training College for Schoolmistresses to provide accommodation for 25 students and 2 members of staff. This use continued until 1969. The building then remained empty for some years, with its future in doubt but during the 1970s negotiations took place for the building to become a museum for The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum and finally in the summer of 1981 the Museum was officially opened by HRH Prince Philip, Colonel-in-Chief of the Duke of Edinburghs Royal Regiment, on 29 July 1982.
In the 18th century members of the Coles family divided the upper and lower halls, forming on the ground floor an entrance hall, staircase hall and dining room, the arrangement which survives today. A central entrance replaced the large window on the courtyard side of the original lower hall. The Rifles Museum is now used by visitors from all over the country.