During World War II Gill House was used as a dormitory for the Woman’s Land Army, since then its laid claim to being one of the most haunted houses in Cumbria.
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Gill House is a fine old farmhouse nestling in a wooded dell near Bromfield, Aspatria. During the war a great deal of strange phenomena was reported, one of the girls staying there awoke, throwing the room of girls into a panic as she screamed that she was being strangled by something unseen and being pulled through the bed.
This along side several other reported events led to an investigation by the Canon of Carlisle the Late W. J. Phythian Adams.
During the haunting and subsequent investigations an apparition was seen several times, which passed through a closed door, and at night noises could be heard along with peculiar smells, which permeated the building.
Several Investigators have also documentated, loud footsteps, sudden and extreme drop in temperature, tapping and knocking noises emitting from the walls and tstrange odors. One of the rooms was closed down due to the intensity of the phenomena. It seems that the disturbances died down after the building ceased to be used by the W.L.A.
It has been surmised that the house harbours the spirit of a woman hater, its possible the ghost may have been that of an 18th-century satanist, Gerald Reay, who had stolen the consecrated House from St Kentigern’s Church, or his grandson, Jackson, who had murdered his wife, or it may be the mysterious figure often seen dragging a long-haired woman through the churchyard at Bromfield.