The old pattie-making factory in Hull housing a violent poltergeist

It is a building where Hull’s most famous patties have been produced over the years.

But around five years ago, the Old Ropery building in Hull became a must-visit building for paranormal investigators.

Teams from Hull and Pontefract visited the reportedly haunted Bob Carver’s building off West Dock Avenue, Hessle Road, in 2016.

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How malevolent ghosts and poltergeists are can vary widely but the forces that reportedly resided in the building were violent and somewhat misogynistic.

Indeed, some participants said they were left terrified by the “forces” lurking within.

Bob Carver's factory in West Dock Avenue, off Hessle Road
Bob Carver’s factory in West Dock Avenue, off Hessle Road

Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail at the time Courtney Rhind, then 18, of Hull, suffered the scratches during the night time paranormal investigation.

Courtney said she was initially scratched on her stomach. As the night wore on, she saw a shadowy figure run across the dark room.

She called out to Hull paranormal investigator Steve Kneeshaw, who led the investigation, because she thought it was him, but it wasn’t.

“I heard a loud, banging commotion and got smacked. It felt like I got smacked,” she said. “It really did hurt.”

When another member of the group saw the three long, red scratch marks, Courtney said she started screaming.

Injuries reportedly from a ghost at the Old Ropery, West Dock Avenue, off Hessle Road
Injuries reportedly from a ghost at the Old Ropery, West Dock Avenue, off Hessle Road

Despite the incident, Courtney said they decided to stay for the investigation’s entirety.

“I wanted to run out, but I thought I’d just carry on with the night,” she said.

Out of the handful of people who attended the paranormal investigation, Mr Kneeshaw said Courtney was the only person who was “attacked”.

Although her scratch marks have since faded, the memories of the night have not.

It was Courtney’s first time attending an event like this, and she said: “I didn’t believe it at first. I have to see it to believe it. Now that I’ve seen it and felt it, I believe.”

The following night saw equally bizarre events as Victoria Lindsay, of Pontefract, the location of the infamous Poltergeist House at 30 East Drive, also said she was scratched by an unknown entity during the investigation conducted by East Drive Paranormal.

After just minutes inside the Old Ropery building, Victoria said the side of her neck felt like it was burning.

Victoria said: “I did have a slight mark on my neck that looked like rope burn, and then I took my coat off to check if there were any other marks, and there were three scratches on my shoulder.”

The marks remained for about two hours, Victoria said. However, the burn on her neck continued to get redder before it faded within half an hour.

Victoria said she has been to a few paranormal investigations with the East Drive team and has had strange experiences before.

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She said: “I am susceptible, so I do see, hear and feel spirits around me. I’ve had the gift all my life, but I’ve only started working on it recently. East Drive Paranormal are a great team.”

Mr Kneeshaw said the ghost seemed to be targeting young women, adding that Victoria’s marks were “not as horrific as Courtney’s”.

Medium Carol Fieldhouse told the Hull Daily Mail a moth before that she suffered a rope burn around her neck by a “demonic force” within the building.

Bob Carver’s bought the building in 1973 to produce its famous patties, fillet fish and chips, but much of the 19th-century building was being unused.

Back in 2016, Mr Kneeshaw transformed the two upper floors into a seance room with night-vision cameras after he was told of unexplained phenomena.

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