Rifles Museum - Salisbury, Wiltshire
The museum is extremely haunted and a place where you are very likely to encounter ghostly activity

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The Rifles Museum in Salisbury has a long history of paranormal activity, with books flying from shelves, heavy footsteps coming from empty rooms and even the apparition of a woman who is seen on a regular basis by staff.

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. Activity 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.

Rifles Museum

Ghosts of The Rifles Museum

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.

History of The Rifles Museum

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, 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 it was used 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, 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 1970's, negotiations took place for the building to become a museum for The Rifles and finally in the summer of 1981 the museum was officially opened by HRH Prince Philip.

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.

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