The Tower of London Ghosts and Legends

 
 


Smothering Action

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, as of 2009, armour on display in the White Tower
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area in which Henry VIII's armour is normally stored has an evil reputation; several stories exist of guards being either attacked or feeling threatened by an unknown force. The armour is now on display in the White Tower, and it is not known whether this force has relocated.


 
 


Lord Dudley

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, Beauchamp Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lord Guildford Dudley is said to appear in this tower, tears running down his face. There are also reports of light poltergeist activity and soft gasps. One set of battlements connected to this tower are known as Elizabeth's Walk and haunted by the ghost of a Cavalier.


 
 


The Two Princes

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, Bloody Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Princes possibly heard in 1990, Raleigh unknown, female phantom seen August 1970
Further Comments: Believed to have been killed on the instruction of Richard III, the two young princes have been seen holding hands, cowering in various rooms of the tower. In 1990, two Coldstream Guards heard two young children giggling just outside the tower, accompanied by a bouncing sound. The Bloody Tower is also home to the ghost of Sir Walter Raleigh, who wanders around the area and also along the battlements now known as Raleigh's Walk. One visitor reported seeing a phantom woman in a long black dress standing by a window; the witness had time to see the figure was wearing a white cap and a gold pendant before the figure melted away.


 
 


Guy Fawkes

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, Council Chamber
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Post 1606
Further Comments: For years after his execution, Fawkes' screams and cries could be heard coming from the room where he was prepared for the end.


 
 


White Mount

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, general area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: NA
Further Comments: The Tower of London was once known as the White Mount, and it was said Bran the Blessed head was buried beneath the structure to ensure Britain was never invaded. One story says that Arthur removed the head, as he alone wished to be the country's saviour.


 
 


Bear

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, Jewel House (now known as Martin Tower)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1816
Further Comments: After seeing a large bear approaching him, a guard tried to bayonet the creature; the weapon passed straight through the ghost, and it continued to move towards the soldier. The soldier collapsed, and died a few days later.


 
 


Stretcher

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, main entrance
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: During World War 2
Further Comments: A guard on duty reported seeing a group of people in old uniforms walking towards the entrance to the Tower carrying a stretcher containing a headless body. The figures faded away just before they reached the soldier.


 
 


Henry Percy

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, Martin Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While Percy was actually released from the tower after being held there for sixteen years, his ghost has been reported along the battlements at Martin Tower. Some also say he tries to push visitors and guards down the steps by the tower.


 
 


Bubbling Column

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, Martin Tower
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: October 1817
Further Comments: Edmund Swifte, Keeper of the Crown Jewels, lived in the tower with his family. One Sunday he and his family were terrified by a tall, strange column of what looked like liquid, which drifted through their room. Swifte's wife said it tried to grab her as it passed. It disappeared after Swifte threw a chair at it - the item passed clean through without impact.


 
 


Pacing

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, Middle Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977
Further Comments: Two decorators at work reported hearing footsteps walking on the roof above them, even though the tower was empty. They summoned help and searched the area, but no intruder could be found.


 
 


Grey Lady

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, Queen's House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Date of Grey Lady unknown, medieval man seen 1970s, chanting heard 1978
Further Comments: A phantom grey lady who haunts the Queen's House is said to only make her presence known to women. A phantom man, thought to be medieval, has been reported drifting along corridors in the upper part of the building, and is also held accountable for the ghostly footsteps on a rear staircase. In 1978, a guest in the house reported hearing faint plainchant late at night, though later she found out that no one else had heard anything.


 
 


Figures

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, Sally Port
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1968
Further Comments: A Scots Guard was found quaking in this area, claiming that several ghostly figures had emerged from the Sally Gate and started to follow him.


 
 


Lady Jane

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, Salt Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1957
Further Comments: The phantom of Lady Jane Grey once haunted this tower, though it is now over fifty years since last being spotted standing on the roof.


 
 


Procession

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, St Peter ad Vincula church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century?
Further Comments: The bodies of the executed were placed under the floor of this building during the Tutor period. In 1876, Queen Victoria instructed the flagstones be lifted and all bodies removed, identified and given a correct burial - the remains over two hundred were discovered, though identification was nigh impossible. Soon after this, an officer on patrol reported looking into the church late at night and seeing a large number of people in period costume apparently walking around, following a woman who looked like Anne Boleyn. After a few minutes the scene faded away.


 
 


Henry VI

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, the Wakefield Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 21 May, midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Murdered here by the Duke of Gloucester, Henry's spirit appears a few minutes before midnight, walking around the area in which he died.


 
 


Lady in White

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, the White Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Her true identity unknown, the woman's perfume is said to be overpowering, and has made many people gag around St John's Chapel.


 
 


Thomas a'Becket

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, Thomas's Tower
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 1240s
Further Comments: One legend says that the tower collapsed twice during construction, on consecutive Saint George's Days. Henry III was told that the ghost of Becket was seen on the days of the collapse; the king named the tower after the ghost that had caused the disruption, in order to appease the entity. Twentieth century ghost reports from this tower have been more conventional, with the sight and sounds of a ghostly monk being detected.


 
 


Margaret's Execution

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, Tower Green
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 27 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Refusing to kneel before the axeman, Margaret Pole was chased around the area and hacked to death by him instead. This horrid scene has been witnessed several times, as have the spirits of Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey.


 
 


Figures

Location: EC3 - Tower of London, Water Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1960s, or 1970
Further Comments: A shocked sentry was found repeating 'Man in Cloak' - after he regained his senses, the guard claimed to have been approached by a headless cloaked figure, the sight of which caused the sentry to panic and run to find help.


 
 


Raleigh

Location: EC3 - Tower of London: 7 Tower Green
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sir Walter Raleigh is reputed to haunt this Beefeater home, and is said to have been heard walking through the building.


 
 


Beckett

Location: EC3 - Tower of London: Traitor's Gate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Becket circa AD 1240, monk unknown
Further Comments: The phantom of Sir Thomas Becket was observed by a monk, who claimed the phantom held a crucifix and was hitting the walls and protesting against the newer constructed gate. More recently (?), the ghost of a monk is reported to haunt this area of the tower; a tourist who photographed the gate found a strange hand dressed in a lace cuff on his image.


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