England's Most Haunted City
one of Chester's most popular French restaurants,
the Old Fire Station on Northgate Street
is haunted by a helmeted and bewhiskered old fireman.
Built in 1912 just within the city walls, the fire
station occupies an ancient site built upon since
Roman times. In the 1960s, in the quiet periods
of the night watch, the firemen often told tales
of old ‘Jack’. According to a retired
officer, colleagues claimed to have seen a ghostly
figure in brass helmet and full uniform sitting
on one of the fire engines' turntable ladders, smiling
directly at them.
The beaming apparition so alarmed one nervous fireman
that he instinctively ‘threw the bells’,
summoning the rest of the watch. When they reached
the ground floor control room, they found him shaking
and ashen faced. Records show he retired soon afterwards.