Greater London - SW1

 
 


John Baldwin Buckstone

Location: SW1 - (Haymarket) Theatre Royal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009
Further Comments: A welcome ghost, Buckstone only puts in an appearance when a performance is destined to make it big. Patrick Stewart reportedly spotted Buckstone during a performance of Waiting for Godot. Another former manager of the theatre, David Morris, is reported to return maybe once a decade to the theatre just to cause trouble for a single night, before returning to his grave.


 
 


Aunt Ann

Location: SW1 - 19 St James's Place
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1864
Further Comments: The ghost of an old aunt appeared to three members of the family just prior to the passing of another aunt who was staying in the house.


 
 


Ringing Bells

Location: SW1 - 9 Earl Street, Westminster
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1820s
Further Comments: Over a two and a half hour period, every bell in the house constantly rang out. The strange activity ended as suddenly as it had begun.


 
 


Chained Monk

Location: SW1 - Buckingham Palace
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Said to predate the construction of the palace, this monk appears bound in chains once a year on Christmas Day. The sound of a suicide (the single shot of a pistol) is occasionally heard on the first floor - the private secretary to King Edward VII ended his life here.


 
 


Lillie Langtry

Location: SW1 - Cadogan Hotel, Sloane Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This quiet little spook is said only to come out when the hotel is nearly empty. During life, Lillie was the mistress of the Prince of Wales, who later became Edward VII.


 
 


Misty Shape

Location: SW1 - Clarence House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: A misty shape scared a worker in the building, causing her to flee. The visitation had been preceded by much banging and crashing.


 
 


Headless Woman

Location: SW1 - Cockspur Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1975
Further Comments: A taxi driver watched a decapitated woman cross the road in front of him, vanishing once reaching the pavement. The figure is thought to be the same entity that haunts St James's Park


 
 


Grey Figure

Location: SW1 - Green Park underground station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1970s
Further Comments: A young track engineer sat at the station waiting for the traction current to be cut off. The engineer felt a slap on the face and turned to see a grey figure vanishing along the platform. Another man present saw nothing, other than the victim flinch and swear.


 
 


Sir Henry Colt Duelling

Location: SW1 - Green Park, Piccadilly
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Once a year (reoccurring), date unknown
Further Comments: Sir Henry, along with fellow duellist Beau Fielding, meet over and over again to fight for the heart of the Duchess of Cleveland. The sounds of heavy breathing and fighting are heard emerging from the misty mornings. The park is also said to have a 'tree of death', where a large number of people have hanged themselves over the years; now a tall dark figure is sometimes seen standing behind it, disappearing if approached.


 
 


Greencoat

Location: SW1 - Greencoat Boy public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The pub is a former hospital which housed seventeenth century children who had lost their fathers during wartime. The ghost is thought to date from this period, and now haunts the bar area.


 
 


Matron

Location: SW1 - Grey Coat School (Hospital)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Stories are still told today about the murdered nurse, and how her ghost walks various parts of the building, scaring the young students.


 
 


Monks

Location: SW1 - Jubilee Line, from Westminster to Stratford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Since the construction of the Jubilee Line, reports of phantom monks walking the tracks have begun to emerge. The sightings may be connected to the large number of graves which were disturbed while work was commencing.


 
 


Old Face Puller

Location: SW1 - Lowndes Square, Kensington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An old white haired woman in a chair has been seen sitting along this street, making funny faces at anyone who looks at her.


 
 


Prisoners

Location: SW1 - Morpeth Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The basement of this pub was used to prevent high risk prisoners escaping from the nearby Millbank Prison over two hundred years ago - the ghosts of those held are said to prod anyone in the cellar who they take a disliking to.


 
 


Woman with Veil

Location: SW1 - New Scotland Yard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Woman unknown, other events 2010
Further Comments: Some say that the entity which haunted the old New Scotland Yard moved along with the exhibits of the Black Museum (aka Crime Museum), and can now be found within the walls of this famous police station. More recently, it has been reported that perfume can be detected in a fire escape near the museum, while a new recruit encountered the ghost of a former staff member.


 
 


Margaret Reay

Location: SW1 - Old Admiralty House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969
Further Comments: Shot by a former lover, Reay haunts one of the bedrooms in the building, a place that she was not unfamiliar with.


 
 


Hooded Female

Location: SW1 - Old New Scotland Yard, Parliament Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Haunting the Black Museum, this ghost is thought to be that of a woman whose body was found on site as the building was erected; the remains had no head, and this is exactly what is contained under the spectre's hood.


 
 


American Air Force Man

Location: SW1 - Private flat, Vandon Court
Type: Other
Date / Time: July 2005
Further Comments: A witness found a USAF service man in their apartment, wearing a uniform and holding a clipboard. The figure was said to be handsome and happy, and extended their hand, which the witness shook. The witness's hand began to freeze and they screamed loudly, bringing neighbours to the apartment, by which time the figure had vanished.


 
 


Elderly Man

Location: SW1 - Private residence, Cadogan Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1980s
Further Comments: This witness awoke to find himself looking at an old man with salt and pepper hair, fully black eyeballs and prominent teeth. The witness said nothing until his sister stated she had seen the figure.


 
 


Animated Queen Anne

Location: SW1 - Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 August (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Once a year the statue of the Queen becomes animated and walks around the neighbourhood. Until recently, the statue was believed to be Bloody Mary, until a clean-up operation revealed an inscription pointing out the error.


 
 


Lady in Black

Location: SW1 - Shakespeare Tavern
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pub is said to be haunted by a woman wearing a black Victorian dress, and has been encountered by both staff and visitors.


 
 


Child Crying

Location: SW1 - Sherrard Street (no longer on the map), general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1755
Further Comments: The sound of a child's cries and their running footsteps could be heard by crowds of people who came to marvel at this phenomenon, though later a man was arrested and jailed for creating the sounds.


 
 


Hovering Craft

Location: SW1 - Sky over Palace of Westminster
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 12 February 2008
Further Comments: Seen hovering silently in the sky, this UFO had white, red and green lights and remained visible for around 90 minutes.


 
 


Small Man with Slit Throat

Location: SW1 - St James's Palace
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Rumoured to have been killed by George III's son (the Duke of Cumberland), this restless spirit returns to the crime scene once a year, its throat still dripping blood from a large slit.


 
 


Cloudy Figure in Red

Location: SW1 - St James's Park, Birdcage Walk & Cockpit Steps
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972
Further Comments: This entity, misty but apparently dressed in clothing with red stripes, was thought to be the wife of an officer who was murdered by her husband; he cut up her remains and was trying to dispose of them in the park when he was caught. Two soldiers encountered the entity in 1802, which left them too scared to return to duty, while in 1972 a motorist hit a lamppost on the road as he tried to avoid a misty figure dressed in red.


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