Every day, hundreds of us walk past the stunning tudor building that is Stanley Palace, but how many of you know the ghostly tale behind its doors?

The 16th century grade II listed building has long been known as one of the city's most haunted buildings, with many of its staff and visitors reporting hearing the sound of children whimpering and giggling over the years.

The sound of clogged shoes can also be heard walking along wooden floor boards in the building's empty rooms, as well as the unexplained stale smell of cigarettes ad cigars.

Stanley Palace in Chester
Stanley Palace in Chester

One of the most reported occurrences at Stanley Palace, however, is the figure of a hooded man walking around the older parts of the building.

It has been said the man could be a Dominican Friar who still enjoys roaming the building, but the spirit of a woman wearing 17th century style dress has also been spotted walking the corridors, as if she is looking for something.

Things got even more eerie two years ago when Liverpool-based paranormal investigators took footage that claimed to have captured on camera the evidence of spiritual activity at Stanley Palace.

The footage, taken by Sefton Paranormal Investigators, seems to show the image of a person standing on a staircase.

Group co-founder Aaron Robinette, said: “We were informed by the curator that there was a staircase with a door underneath it, where a man died.

James Griffiths, Aaron Robinette and Alan Mee of Sefton Paranormal Investigations

“In the video, I’m sat on a chair and (fellow team member Joanne May) is sat on the staircase, and we’re calling out to spirits.

“Nothing happened, but it was only when watching the video back that I saw it. It appears and disappears in shot, all in front of the camera.

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“We try to disprove it and if we can’t find a natural explanation, like shadows or reflections, it’s the main reason I believe I can categorise it as paranormal.”

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The figure is said to be a solid person with a visible nose, mouth and hair, which looks first at the camera and then up the stairs.

Back when it was first released in 2014, the video got more than 24,000 views.

Stanley Palace was built in 1597 for local MP Sir Peter Warburton who died in 1621. His daughter Elizabeth then inherited the house with her husband Sir Thomas Stanley who changed the name of the house to the one we know it as today.