Ghost hunting flash mob descends on “haunted hospital”

The closed Clayton Hospital in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, was barraged by kids looking to hunt some ghosts.

Ghost hunters at ‘haunted hospital’ – Wakefield Express.

A mob of 200 youths turned out to go ghost hunting at an abandoned hospital after rumours it was haunted went viral on social media.

Overwhelmed security guards at Clayton Hospital called the police when the ghost hunters turned up on Saturday night and managed to get into the grounds of the 19th century building.

Insp Richard Clare, of the Central and Rural neighbourhood police teams, said: “Whether it is haunted or not, it is a dangerous site and members of the public should not enter it for any reason.”

Look at it. Doesn't it just scream "haunted"?

The Clayton Hospital. Look at it. Doesn’t it just scream “haunted”?

There is no excuse for this. It’s private property and closed or not, it’s not a free for all. I can’t trace the source of the “viral” rumor nor can I find any reference to the place being haunted at all! Typical. It doesn’t take much for people to want to do some exploring. But, obviously, abandoned buildings can be dangerous. The caretakers are cooperating with authorities to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

Hospitals, especially old ones, are magnets for ghost hunters as they are considered haunted by default. (Wait, why are NEW hospitals not haunted? People die there too.) Paranormal stuff is a lot of urban legend and scare-yourself-silly antics these days.

Tip: Fortean Times

  6 comments for “Ghost hunting flash mob descends on “haunted hospital”

  1. January 15, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Absolutely agree here, although I have to admit that this is something I could see myself doing when I was a rambunctious teenager. Young and stupid.

  2. January 15, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Oh yes! This building has that classic “haunted” look. I’d love to snoop around inside even though I know it’s not haunted.
    I live near a hospital that was featured in the movie “Session 9”. It was the Danvers State Hospital in Danvers Mass. and it’s history compelled many seekers of fright to sneak in when it was in the state you see in the movie. I believe that most of it has been transformed into housing.

  3. Chris Howard
    January 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Session 9 is a brilliant movie, and Danvers is (if it’s still standing) one of the best examples of a Kirkbride style hospital.

    I just hope that no one was injured while traipsing around the place.

  4. January 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

  5. Chris Howard
    January 15, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing that video! Very cool.

  6. January 15, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    This kind of stuff just gives me the chills, and not because of ghosts. I have suffered from severe depression several times in my life, but luckily (for the most part) I received excellent treatment and was able to move through it. If this had happened in the early to mid 20th century, I could have ended up in a hospital like this. I think I’ll go hug my dog now.

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