Greater London - E1

Unlucky Cat

Location: E1 - 88 Newark Street, Whitechapel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: The family who lived here for six years reported a suppressive atmosphere and terrible luck. Their children reported a phantom cat, while the mother was too scared to enter certain rooms.

Woman in the Gutter

Location: E1 - Durward Street, Whitechapel (was Bucks Row)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1888 onwards
Further Comments: The general area is supposedly haunted by the sounds of the victims of Jack the Ripper, thought only in Durward Street has an apparition been observed; the glowing woman lays in the gutter, the location where Mary Ann Nichols was discovered (the Ripper's first victim).

Smell of Death

Location: E1 - Former Bass Sales Office, Cephas Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980
Further Comments: Workers in this building, constructed on the site of an old Doctor's office, reported cold spots and the smell of embalming fluid.

Hanging Boy

Location: E1 - Former wicker cane warehouse (no longer standing), Durward Street
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: December 1974
Further Comments: A man at the warehouse, which was once a board school, encountered a ghostly young boy hanging from a cord attached to a hook on the ceiling.

Annie Chapman

Location: E1 - Hanbury Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s, reputed to be more common in the autumn
Further Comments: Annie Chapman was murdered by Jack the Ripper at 29 Hanbury Street, and it was said that she haunted the area where she was killed, her phantom accompanied by a man. On one occasion during the 1930s, a witness could hear her murder, but could see nothing at the site. A phantom, headless body in the area is also said to be Annie. 29 Hanbury Street has since been demolished.

Blurred Figure

Location: E1 - London Jewish Hospital (closed 1979)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977
Further Comments: Thought to be a former patient, this ghost took up residence in a day room used by nurses, and would brush past them.

Lillian Brown

Location: E1 - Magistrates Court, Aylward Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A former employee at the court, Mrs Brown still walks where she worked.

Catherine Eddows

Location: E1 - Mitre Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to occur late September
Further Comments: Killed by Jack the Ripper, Catherine's torn body is still occasionally seen laying in the gutter.


Location: E1 - Private flat in Shadwell
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002 onwards
Further Comments: One resident reported a number of strange taps and bangs which occurred in their property over a nine year period. In 2011, other residents reportedly spotted a black shadow wearing a Cavalier-like hat pass by their doors, while a guard had heard disembodied footsteps on the stairwell.


Location: E1 - Residence along Great Russell Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Every morning between 02:00h - 03:00h
Further Comments: A phantom magpie is said to tap on the window of a house along this street before manifesting inside. The bird then perches on a floating stick, both bird and baton vanishing the moment a sound is made.

Grey Lady

Location: E1 - Royal London Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A spectral grey lady has been reported walking around this London Hospital. There is also a tradition ensuring that the shutters are closed at the hospital - if they are left open overnight, it is widely believed someone unexpected dies.

Mrs Browne

Location: E1 - Stepney Magistrate's Court (demolished)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1976
Further Comments: A former Matron at the court, Browne was blamed for throwing items around and knocking trays of food from people's hands.

Annie Chapman

Location: E1 - Ten Bells public house (was Jack the Ripper), Commercial Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: The landlord of this pub claimed that Annie Chapman's ghost had taken up residence within the walls. Strange winds were reported, as was mild poltergeist behaviour.


Location: E1 - The 'Wood Street Compter' - a basement
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The basement is all that remains of a former debtors prison. Even though access to the basement is now prevented, people walking past report hearing whispers and the feeling that something is watching them.

George Geoffreys

Location: E1 - Town of Ramsgate public house, Wapping High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Geoffreys, the infamous Hanging Judge, was arrested on the steps outside this pub that lead down to the Thames; he was dressed as a sailor, trying to flee the country. His spirit remains trapped on the stairs, reportedly seen by river police in recent years.

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