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'Haunted' Three Nuns pub in Mirfield to become Miller & Carter Steakhouse - could refurbishment stir up ghostly activity?

Reputedly haunted pub shuts down for five-week revamp - watch a video of a paranormal investigation at the pub below

An historic pub – with a reputation for being haunted – is to have a fresh new look and a move upmarket.

The Three Nuns in Leeds Road, Mirfield, has shut down for a five-week refurbishment.

The Mitchells & Butlers pub and restaurant is due to re-open in mid-March as a Miller & Carter Steakhouse with the creation of 25 new jobs.

Work at Three Nuns, Mirfield.

When the pub has undergone building work in the past, ghostly happenings have been reported.

The current pub building dates back to the 1900s and has links to the Kirklees Priory and the reputed grave of the outlaw Robin Hood which is half a mile away on the Kirklees Estate.

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Robin Hood's grave on the Kirklees Estate painted by Mirfield artist Richard Gawthorpe.

It is said there has been an inn on the site since the 15th century.

Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536 the inn gave refuge to Katherine Grice, Joan Leverthorpe and Cecilia Topcliffe, the last three nuns at Kirklees Priory.

Local tradition claims Grice was seduced by one of Henry VIII’s commissioners and when finding herself pregnant drowned herself in a nearby stream known as Nunbrook.

Work at Three Nuns, Mirfield.

It is also said Oliver Cromwell stayed at the inn in 1644 en route to his victory at the Battle of Marston Moor, while in 1812 it was used as a meeting place by Luddites prior to their gathering at the Dumb Steeple near Cooper Bridge.

Members of the French Circle admire the historic interior at a dinner at the Three Nuns in Mirfield in May 1961.

When the pub was refurbished in 1985 workmen reported a series of supernatural goings-on including doors opening and closing on their own, footsteps on the cellar steps and ghostly figures appearing and disappearing.

They blamed the paranormal activity on a carved ram’s head, found behind panelling, which was removed during renovation work.

Cold spots, poltergeist-like activity and an old man who laughs at customers and then disappears have also been reported.

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An exorcism was carried out at the pub in 1991 and in recent years several ghost hunts have taken place.

Miller & Carter, which has two restaurants in Leeds, is a specialist steak restaurant.

Take a look round some of their restaurants and see some of the food in the gallery below.

It boasts “expertise in the steak experience” serving 30-day aged British beef. There are 12 special cuts individually prepared by in-house butchers.

As well as steak the restaurants serve burgers, ribs and barbecued chicken. Cocktails are also a speciality.

For details about jobs go to www.mbcareersandjobs.com – if you dare!



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