Ghosts, ghouls and Victorian prisoners descend on Lincoln this Halloween

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Daring horror hunters immersed themselves in a Victorian underworld this Halloween in Lincoln.

Under a cloak of darkness this weekend, Lincoln Castle was filled with vengeful ghosts, recounting tales of the Victorian Prison, including grave robbing, sinister surgeons and baby farmers.

The cast of characters even pulled crowds for a sombre Victorian funeral, which saw a number of creepy characters make their entrance in a horse-drawn cart, including the spiritualist, the undertaker, the judge and the resurrectionist.

Lincoln Castle has long been thought of as a haunted site. There have been many reports of paranormal activity throughout the grounds and buildings, including a frequent sighting of a lady walking down the stairs of the former Victorian Prison carrying a baby.

In the male prison, doors slam shut, and visitors have reported the sound of keys jangling, footsteps and unsettling moans and screams.

As Lincoln wakes to a foggy Halloween morning, the city’s infamous spectres will no doubt be at their most active. Perhaps there will even be a sighting of the White Hart Hotel highwayman. The tale goes that he was killed in the former stables when a coachman thrust a lit torch into the man’s face.

The stables have since been converted into a restaurant, but the highwayman is frequently spotted walking through the dining area with burns on his face.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Another spot often visited by ghost hunters is Greestone Steps, south of Lincoln Cathedral. Here there have been many a character spotted, including a woman from the convent of Saint Joseph’s, carrying a baby in her arms.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

People have also reported orbs of light and noises coming from underneath the archway, at which point their electrical device mysteriously turned themselves off.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

This year, one visitor to Lincoln Cathedral believed he’d caught a ghost on camera soaring across the nave of the iconic building.

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