England's Most Haunted City
Chester's Old Bishops Palace is a large,
Georgian, haunted mansion overlooking the
riverside Groves above the Dee. It's home to two
well-established Victorian spirits, one of them
an active poltergeist.
Back in the 19th century, the kindly Bishop of
Chester rescued a small boy from the local workhouse
and gave him the job of boot boy. But although the
tiny orphan worked hard polishing the Bishop's boots
and shoes, he got on the wrong side of the spiteful
housekeeper. For some reason, she hated him with
a vengeance. One day, when the Bishop was away on
business, she sacked him on some feeble pretext
and had him thrown into the street. By the time
the Bishop returned, the boy had starved to death.
His tiny corpse was found frozen by the river.
To this day, the boot boy's pathetic yet mischievous
spirit still haunts the Old Palace. Shoes vanish
without trace or reappear in the oddest places.
Now, at last, it seems the boot is on the other