Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Monster Memories: The Hebden Crypt Myth Legends & Horror

Here is a clipping from Look-In Magazine dates 4th of August 1990 encouraging readers to visit The Hebden Crypt Myth Legends & Horror an attraction which I must confess I have never heard of before! “If you’re one of those people who like having the pants scared off you, then you’ll love The Hebden Crypt, because its jam-packed with some of the creepiest things you’re ever likely to see” This museum of myths, legends and horror purported to have the sights sounds (and smells) of Victorian London as it tells the story of Jack the Ripper! It had a recreation of Vlad the Impaler’s Castle and offered the chance to “travel to the ancient Valley of the Kings in Egypt”  all that and a snack bar that offered the opportunity to “tuck in while you’re scared stiff!” and all for £1.80! I did a quick Google search and found some photos but very little information and so contacted the very helpful Hebden Tourist information who said it closed down 30 years ago, and apparently of the opinion that it was “awful” I on the other hand love stuff like this but it would seem that I was 30 years too late! Did you go? Were you involved? Can you shed some more light on this defunct tourist attraction?

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11 comments:

  1. There was no way it closed in 1988 as me and my cousin went along in the early/mid 1990's and did scare ourselves half to death. But it WAS only the two of us that were paying guests - and it was a Saturday! Shame it closed, it was such a laugh.

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    1. Interesting, I had nothing to go on but the conversation with the tourist information- wish we had a definite date! Wouldn’t happen to have photos yourself and cousin at the attraction? We could keep this open and update accordingly :)

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    2. I and my family visited hebden crypt in the 80s fantastic place to visit and see the steps and climb them they scared the pan

      ts off me sorry to hear they closed it would be a must to visit

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    3. Agreed, I was gutted when I released id missed out! :(

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  2. It was owned by my father and brother.

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    1. Hi, that's fantastic! Any chance you could give us more info? background? images? We must document this great place! Please e-mail me at arfon@arfon.net so we can make it happen!

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  3. Great place brings back some brill childhood memories.the lurker who used to jump out on you when the lifts went out.was sad to see it close cheap family fun

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  4. Was this place kind of a walk through? I have vague memories of this if it’s the same place… things would jump out at you, there was a sunny thing that leapt out of bed when you walked into the room and a cafe at the end?
    Can someone confirm I’m thinking of the same place?
    If so, I’ll second that other comment, it didn’t close in 88, because I was born in 89 and remember (very vaguely) busting with my parents in the early 90s. My sister and I were terrified and the staff in the cafe had to watch us until the rest of the family had finished walking round.
    Would love to see some pictures

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    1. *that was supposed to say dummy thing not sunny

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    2. *that was supposed to say dummy thing not sunny

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  5. I can remember going here with my mum and sister, I would have been 6 if it closed 30 years ago, I was definitely older than that when I last went, it's such a shame it's closed would have loved to take my sons and I know my stepdaughter would have been amazed, she loves spooky stuff! I can remember being chased screaming by what I thought was a statue of a vampire! Gutted it's gone ��

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