I’m so happy when I find old ruins that are practically on my doorstep and I never even knew about them. As part of my Haunted Liverpool project (click here to read other posts), I’m so pleased to bring you these photographs of Lydiate Abbey that is reported to be haunted.
Legend has it that you can hear the cries of children and babies that were sacrificed on these grounds and that there is a lost priest tunnel that leads from the chapel to the nearby ruins of Lydiate Hall. Ghosts of a monk and pilots from a WW2 plane crash have apparently been seen and heard walking the grounds.
Lydiate is a rural village found in Sefton, Merseyside. Lydiate Abbey can be found on Southport Road next to the beautiful Scotch Piper Inn, established in 1320 and is said to be the oldest inn in Lancashire.
Also known as St Catherine’s Chapel, Lydiate Abbey appears to date to the 15th Century for the private worship of the Ireland family who held the Lydiate Lordship from 1410 to 1673. The use of the private chapel is likely to have ceased around 1550 following King Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries.
Perhaps I should do some night time photography here. Who wants to join me?
View the Haunted Liverpool gallery to see more photographs with ghostly tales.