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Smithills Hall

Reverend George Marsh championed the Protestant faith when Mary Tudor was reintroducing Catholicism, and was brought to the Hall to explain his heresy to Robert Barton, the then owner. Marsh was eventually tried and executed for his adherence to the banned faith. His spectre is said to be seen in the hall in clerical black clothing and a footmark in the stone can be seen which is said to turn "red and sticky" on the anniversary of his death (April 24th); it is said that Marsh was so exasperated at one point in the proceedings that he stamped his foot on the floor and cried out, "If I am true to my faith, God shall leave his mark!" - and, according to the legend, this is what indeed happened. In addition, unexplained sounds (including footsteps and horses hooves) and smells, objects moving, and people reporting being pushed and having their bottoms pinched have been noted; other spectres include two phantom children who have been heard playing, a figure staring out from a mirror has been reported, as has a young maid and a kneeling figure in the chapel (perhaps Reverend Marsh?). There are many other stories attached to this building!

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