Tolhouse Gaol Ghost Hunts, Great Yarmouth
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The Tolhouse is a 12th century Grade I listed building and is believed to have been built my merchants around 1150. The tolhouse is the oldest civic building in Great Yarmouth. It is believed that it was given the name ”The Tolhouse” in 1360. In 1261, King Henry III gave permission for the Tolhouse to be used as a Gaol (Jial).
The basement of the building was used as the prion and the main inmates were Smugglers and pirates and many of the inmates waited almost 10 years for a trial. In 1645, witch-hunter Matthew Hopkins used the Tolhouse jail during his witch trials, in which several local women were hanged. In the 18th century, the Tolhouse used hard labour, on a treadmill or picking oakum nearby.In the early 19th century, British prison visitor Sarah Martin criticised the living conditions in the jail, as the cells were too warm and the jail was unsanitary.
The hall of the the Tolhouse has also been used as a courthouse and a police station and briefly as a town hall. In 1941 the building was bombed during the blitz and was repaired between 1960 and 1961.
The Tolhouse is steeped in history, there is no surprise that there are many reports of spooky happenings. There have been reports of chilling screams and voices have been heard during past investigations along with ghostly apparitions, whistles, people being touched and pulled by unseen hands. Many people have fled this location in terror. Will you have what it takes to investigate this venue during the night?