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New Book Reveals London’s Oddest Hauntings


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Do you know which theatre houses a female phantom who sits in the stalls cradling a blood-soaked severed head?

Where can you find an antique wheelchair that moves of its own accord, terrifying those who hear its squeaking wheels approaching?

And where in London were two people frightened to death — literally?

Answers to these questions can be found in Paranormal London, the latest book by Gilly Pickup. Here, the author shares five of the more unusual spooks from her research, all with a transport theme.

The black nun of Bank tube

Shortly after Bank station opened, people said that it was haunted by a nun. Research showed that she was probably a woman called Sarah Whitehead mourning the death of her brother, a bank clerk who was arrested and hanged for forging cheques in 1811 in the nearby Bank of England. The news drove his sister mad. Every day for the rest of her life, Sarah visited the bank and asked to see her brother. She always did this in mourning dress so staff nicknamed her the ‘Black Nun’. Sightings are always accompanied by a wave of sadness and a foul smell. The station has other associations with death. 56 people were killed in the booking hall when a bomb hit the station in the second world war. Another part is built into the crypt of St Mary Woolnoth, while there are rumours of a mass grave for 17th century plague victims somewhere beneath the station. Perhaps the ‘foul smell’ is associated with that.

The haunted foot tunnel

Greenwich foot tunnel.

Few parts of the capital can feel so creepy when experienced alone as Greenwich Foot Tunnel. The echoing passage beneath the Thames has been the site of multiple paranormal occurrences. One spirit is that of an eight-year-old girl who has communicated with ghost hunters on several occasions. Perhaps the hauntings can be attributed to the spirits of those whose bodies were moved during construction of the tunnel.

More spookiness beneath the Thames

Blackwall Tunnel, a little downriver, is haunted by a young man killed in a 1960s motorcycle accident. Sometimes he appears to motorcyclists, flagging them down and asking for a lift to Leigh-on-Sea. He told one of those who picked him up where he lived. Coming out of the tunnel, the driver turned briefly to make a comment only to find his passenger had disappeared. The driver went through the tunnel again but found no sign of his passenger. He was so shocked that he drove to the address his passenger had given him. He was told a man of that description had lived there several years previously but had died.

Dread in an elevator

Founded in 1123 as part of a monastery, St Bartholomew’s Hospital has its fair share of ghost stories. The most active phantom haunts the lift within a stairwell. Sometimes when a staff member steps into the lift late at night or in the early hours and presses the button to go to an upper floor, the lights go off. The unfortunate passenger finds themselves moving slowly down to a dark basement. The lift doesn’t budge from there until they get out and start walking up the shadowy stairwell towards their destination – only to realise that they are being followed slowly by the lift.

Ghost station

Disused stations like Aldwych and Down Street are popularly known as ghost stations, but more than one active station claims a spook. Kentish Town West, on the Overground, is one such. Recently, a member of the public accompanying a team of paranormal investigators became overwhelmed and taken over by a spirit energy. She describes in chilling detail how she had never experienced anything similar on any other paranormal event she has participated in.

Paranormal London by Gilly Pickup is out now from Amberley. We’ve given you the Amazon link, but we’d always recommend using one of London’s independent book shops.

Disclaimer: as a bastion of rational thought, Londonist does not believe in ghosts, but we do enjoy a good supernatural yarn as much as the next person.

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Ghost caught on camera at Leap Castle in Offaly, Ireland

A group of paranormal investigators believe they have captured a spirit at Leap Castle in Offaly.

Paravent investigators visited the castle, which is often referred to as one of the most haunted in Europe, on Saturday evening and captured a quite unusual photograph.

“We have been trying to figure out a picture we got at Leap Castle and were afraid to get too excited. However, it seems we had additional company as we were sat around the fire,” they said.

“This is the original picture taken and I can confirm that it cannot be a shadow and it was no one in last night’s team. No one was wearing a dress. Draw your own conclusions,” one investigator added.

Leap Castle has a deep history, including battles for power in the 1500s. Some of the more intriguing areas of the castle are the murder hole and the ‘bloody chapel.’

It is said that a ‘red lady’ ghost walks the halls and mysterious goings-on have been reported by the current owner and various visitors over the years.

The latest photograph from the castle appears to show a figure of a woman standing to the left of the candle.

Source: Offaly Express

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Is this video of a ghost in a white dress the ‘Best Ever’ footage of a ghost?

When videos of ghosts come out, often it is really tough to see what is going on in them. Sometimes the “ghost” could just be smoke, other times it might be a camera issue, sometimes it is just too hard to tell what’s going on. However, a new video is being called one of the best clips of a ghost ever.

The eerie footage comes from the Travel Channel series Ghosts of Morgan City. The show’s crew of paranormal investigators are checking out an LA plantation that’s reportedly haunted by a nurse. Things at the home have gotten so bad that the owner has called the police multiple times to report an intruder in the house, but no one has ever been found.

The show’s stars set up cameras all over the house to see if they could pick up on anything supernatural and not only did they catch something, but what it was shocked the group of veteran ghost hunters.

A camera in the quiet living room captured a white figure walking past a doorway in the darkness. One person even points out how you can see through the ghost to the other side of the room.

The investigators make sure to note that absolutely no one was in the house or went into it during the night. Comments on the chilling video include “The best capture of a full-bodied apparition, ever.” Meanwhile, others are skeptical, with one writing, “I really want to believe this, but it just looks like a real woman walking by the doorway.” Some even point out how reality shows based on the paranormal are historically dishonest so that they can get viewers.

The episode with the footage recently aired. Check your local listings for when you can catch it again.

Photo: Facebook/TravelChannel

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Brighton museum releases CCTV footage of a ghost caught on camera

Video footage has been shared from Brighton Museum and Art Gallery’s CCTV which shows a mysterious flash of light then a cup flying and crashing onto the floor in the middle of the night.

A worker at the museum spotted the activity while watching back through the camera footage after security guards had rushed to see what had happened after hearing a crashing noise.

Kevin Bacon, Digital manager, said that no one was near the display when the cup falls to the floor as it was 3 am on Wednesday, July 10.

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