The Thornhill Arms, Calverley

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The Thornhill Arms, Leeds

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Town Gate, Calverley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire

  • They have the best of both worlds here with a phantom cleaner that tidies up, with never utters a sound. There are accounts that it is the ghost of an earlier proprietor. She was extremely house-proud. She it has stayed behind to keep it spotless. Built over 400 years ago and originally called The Leopard, the Thornhill retains some of the originally built features. This includes a stone entrance dated 1673 and inscribed with W.C. and F.C. after Walter Calverley and his wife Francis Calverley. There are old and secret tunnels through to Kirkstall Abbey built by the monks. It may well be these tunnels were used in times of religious persecution for dissidents to escape. At one time, the local boys believed the ghost of Walter Calverley at the church of St Wilfrid could be raised by chanting 'Old Calverley, Old Calverley, I have thee by the ears, I'll cut thee into collops, unless thee appears'.


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