AN 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.

Jessops Mill is said to be haunted, after staff working in the building reported ghostly happenings, and was featured in an episode of Channel Five’s paranormal investigation series Ghost Dimension.

Property auctioneer Pugh is to include the former mill in its online auction on May 24.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The former Jessops Mill in Batley set to go to auction on May 24The former Jessops Mill in Batley set to go to auction on May 24

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

The 19th century mill building was originally home to George and Henry Jessop’s men’s tailoring business and has also 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.

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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.”

Bidding on Jessops Mill, and the other lots in Pugh’s online auction, opens on May 24 and closes the following day. To view the full catalogue, go to

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