‘Haunted’ former Batley mill in PUGH auction


A historic former mill in Batley with approved planning permission for 20 apartments and a wine bar is due to go under this hammer later this month with a guide price of £140,000.

Mill for auction

The mill is said to be haunted, after staff working in the building reported ghostly happenings, and was recently featured in an episode of Channel Five’s paranormal investigation series Ghost Dimension. The former mill will included in Pugh's upcoming online property auction on May 25th. 

Kirklees Council has given planning permission for the building to be redeveloped into 12 one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom apartments. The permission also includes a ground-floor wine bar.

The property is located in the market town of Batley, situated approximately 9 miles from Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield. The local area provides convenient access to numerous eateries and supermarkets such as an Asda and Tesco Extra within approximately 0.5 miles from the property. Batley train station is approximately 0.6 miles from the property

The 19th century mill building was originally home to George and Henry Jessop’s men’s tailoring business and has most recently been used as an auction room. The property’s reputation for paranormal activity stems from multiple staff accounts of spooky occurrences such as unexplained dark shadows and a rocking chair that rocks without human assistance.

Will Thompson, associate director at Pugh, said: “The building’s unusual reputations adds an element of curiosity to this particular lot in our upcoming auction. This is an exciting development opportunity to create apartments and a wine bar in the centre of Batley. It’s a great location, with easy access to Leeds, Huddersfield and Bradford.”

He added: ““Millions of pounds are being injected into towns across Kirklees as part of ongoing regeneration plans, including in Batley. There are lots of exciting changes happening in the town and it looks to be a sound place to invest.”

Bidding on Jessops Mill, and the other lots in the online auction, opens on 24 May and closes the following day.