England's Most Haunted City
a sandstone knoll overlooking Chester's river Dee
close to the city walls is the curious Anchorite's
Cell. Originally occupied by a hermit monk,
the unique medieval cell is home to a powerful,
mischievous spirit that springs to life at Halloween.
Legend says the cell was the final home of the
Saxon King Harold after he escaped alive from the
battle of Hastings. Other famous residents include
the 12th-century Holy Roman Emperor, Henry Godscallus.
During its long history, the cell has also been
a grain warehouse, the meeting place of the Company
of Shoemakers and, more recently in the 1970s, an
Now converted into a cosy, centrally heated, two
bedroomed house, the cell nonetheless seems to have
a rapid turnover of owners. Local rumour suggests
recent occupiers left soon after a terrifying experience
one night when a heavy oak door was inexplicably
ripped from its hinges in front of their eyes.