Aston Hall is a country mansion residing in Birmingham, England. The home was built by Sir Thomas Holte between 1618 and 1635. Holte was a local squire looking to create a grand residence for himself, which would be fit to entertain the king. Holte had a fierce reputation, was feared by many and possessed a quick temper.
The Holte’s owned Aston Hall for many years, up until 1817. After that it changed hands between multiple wealthy families before being purchased by the City of Birmingham, who continue to possess ownership of the property today. Aston Hall has since been converted and repurposed as a museum.
Aston Hall has been the scene of fear, murder and attacks, still evident today in the damage a staircase endured from cannonball fire. Though a stunningly captivating building, Aston Hall’s history contains some dark and grizzly stories leading many to believe that it is one of the most haunted places in Birmingham, England.
Haunted Aston Hall Ghost Stories
The most commonly cited ghost story to come out of Aston Hall relates to the ‘grey lady.’ Many people believe that the grey lady may in fact be the daughter of Thomas Holte. Her story begins after she fell in love with a man who was not of noble status. The couple organized to sneak off and elope, yet their plans were discovered by Holte, who had already planned his daughter’s marriage to another man. Legend states that Holte was so infuriated that he locked his daughter away in a small bedroom near the servants quarters for 16 years, sending her slowly mad. Now her ghost remains trapped to roam the hallways within Aston Hall and is sighted frequently by visitors.
Another of Aston Hall’s more tragic ghost stories centers on a young servant boy. After being accused of stealing food from his master, Thomas Holte, the boy feared what his punishment may be. He decided to take his fate into his own hands and took his own life by hanging himself from a rafter within the servant’s quarters in the property’s attic known today as Dick’s Garrett. This young boy’s apparition has been spotted by many roaming the halls of Aston Hall, particularly around the area where he died.
Another death within Aston Hall is rumored to have left a paranormal trace. The ghost of a former cook is said to haunt the home after being murdered by Thomas Holte in the kitchen. After growing so angry over his cook’s poor performance, Holte allegedly grabbed a meath clever and used it to split his cook’s head clean in two. He would later use his power and influence to to clear his own name of murder charges.
The final ghost said to haunt Birmingham’s Aston Hall is that of a green lady. She is rumored to be a former housekeeper who worked within the estate. Her ghost is always described as wearing an elegant, long, green dress and her apparition is usually spotted sitting down in a chair in either the housekeeper’s living quarters or the great hall.
If you’d like to take a guided video tour of Aston Hall and learn more about its ghost stories, you should check out my video of the place.
Visiting Aston Hall Birmingham, England
Aston Hall provides a fascinating step back in time. It is open most days of the week during day light hours. The property can only be accessed by joining a guided tour, which is interesting and informative. Keep an eye on the museum’s calendar as they do seasonal events, such as ghost walks for Halloween.
If you enjoyed this read and are looking for other haunted places to check out in the UK, I recommend London’s Old Operating Theatre.
Thanks for reading!
Posted by Sonia on July 20, 2018
That’s a beautiful piece of history, Thomas Holte was a nasty piece of work, love your video x
Posted by Amy on July 21, 2018
Thanks for reading Sonia. Glad you enjoyed it. Totally agree about Thomas Holte.
Posted by Frances Gasparotto on July 31, 2018
What a horrible man he must have been! He deserved his misery and loneliness!
Posted by Amy on August 2, 2018
Thank you for reading, Frances! Totally agree that Thomas Holte was horrible!
Posted by Patrick Fay on April 25, 2019
Just happened upon this site…..Ironic as I was born in Aston and lived there until early teens, many moons ago.
Posted by Amy on April 25, 2019
I’m glad you stumbled across my site too, Patrick! Very cool to hear that you are originally from Aston, it is really lovely there. I have a lot of family in that area. Thanks for reading!