In January 2009 Living TV’s Most Haunted Live visited the warehouse to look for ghosts.
They used webcams to allow an interview audience to view a number of rooms in real
time during the live TV show.
Behind this popular market is the history and ghosts of Liverpool past.
With links to Liverpool's shipping and trade history, as well as its multi usage
over the past century, from its use as a bonded warehouse to WW2 to its night club
in the 1990s and the market of today - this location is yet to give up all its secrets.
The Stanley Dock opened in 1848 and was designed by Jesse Hartley. The Stanley Dock
Warehouse was opened later, in 1901, and is a grade II listed building. In 2006 work
began in a £20,000,000 exercise to link the connecting Leeds and Liverpool Canal
to the waterways of Pier Head.
In 1901 when the Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse was finished it covered the largest
area of any other building. The building was used by a morgue for dead American servicemen
during the war during which time it became infamous when a body snatcher was discovered
and shot dead.
The dock and warehouse were used up until 1980. During their lifetime they served
as a port on the sea routes between the United Kingdom and America. As a busy port
it was the location for numerous murders. Immigrants and travelers, especially the
Irish, were often blamed for the deaths and sometimes without any evidence at all.
There are a number of reported hauntings in Stanley Dock and Stanley Dock Tobacco
Warehouse. It is said that the ghost of the body snatcher shot by the Americans still
lurks in the building as does that of the soldier who’s body he tried to move. Psychics
visiting the warehouse have often reported sensing the name ‘George’ or ‘Crippins’
in relation to the incident.
Another report tells the sad tale of a woman and a child who spend eternity roaming
the huge building looking for each other but unable to meet. One theory is that both
lost souls are from a Polish family who fled to England to escape famine but who
never made it any further than Merseyside docks. The daughter may have drowned and
the mother died of a broken heart.
Headless Moll is a ghost more commonly associated with Pier Head – having died in
an accident at the Stanley copper works – but reports of a headless ghost at Stanley
Docks began shortly after the construction work to link the canal around Stanley
Dock to the Pier Head area started. Has this lost soul moved to the morgue or elsewhere
in the warehouse?
The South West Wing of the building is known to be one of the most haunted areas
of the warehouse. The morgue is supposed to be haunted by the spirit of an evil doctor.
To hire the venue for a ghost hunt please call 01512077227