London - Paranormal Database Records

 
Egyptian Princess

Location: WC1 - British Museum Station (closed 1933)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1933
Further Comments: Connected to the 'curse' of the Amen-Ra's tomb, this Egyptian Princess would return from the grave late at night and would wail and scream in the tunnels. A more recent report states that these sounds can now be heard further down the track, in Holborn station.


 
Reader

Location: WC1 - Blooms Town House Hotel, Bloomsbury - Room 1
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This part of the hotel, built on the site of a garden, is thought to be haunted by the spirit of a man who once enjoyed sitting in the sunlight reading books from the nearby library.


 
Forty Footsteps

Location: WC1 - Torrington Square
Type: Other
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: The area of land that existed here before the square was built upon it was named the Field of Forty Footsteps. Two brothers fought and killed each other over for the love of a girl, each step they took during battle killed the grass, and it never grew back.


 
Nanny and Decaying Man

Location: WC1 - Tavistock Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This play has been seen acted out several times over the years - the man is dressed in funeral clothing and is approached by a Victorian nanny; she sees the rotting face under his hat, and runs off screaming in the opposite direction.


 
Catholics

Location: WC1 - Ship Tavern, Gate Street, Kingsway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a secret meeting place for Catholics, it is thought the ghosts of those executed nearby still returned for their rendezvous.


 
Emma Louise

Location: WC1 - Arthur Tattersall House, 119 Gower Street, University College London Halls of Residence
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: An urban myth, it is said that Emma Louise was murdered long ago in tunnels around this building, and that if you say her name three times, her presence makes itself known.


 
Black Winged Creature

Location: WC1 - Old Chambers, Lincoln's Inn (no longer standing)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1913?
Further Comments: Charles Appleby was found dead in his room here, large claw marks on his arms and neck, the door and windows locked from the inside. Witnesses outside the building who could see into his room through a window said they could see the man fighting a shadowy bird like creature, though it was at least the same size as Appleby. Reports of the creature continued for a while afterwards, and one team of investigators who put down chalk dust during their stakeout recording finding large claw marks in the powder the following day.


 
Marcus Beck

Location: WC1 - University College Hospital
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Before being stolen in January 2001, the portrait of Beck was considered cursed. People who fell asleep under the painting quickly became ill, and in some cases died. It was also said that if the shutters were not closed on the painting at night, a patient would unexpectedly die.


 
Hospital Visitor

Location: WC1 - Private flat, Red Lion Square
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: May 1971
Further Comments: A female guest at her friend's small flat was woken by another girl who wanted to know why her bed was occupied. The guest apologised and explained that she was invited, after which the girl left the room and the guest fell back asleep. The following morning she mentioned the incident to her friend - he paled and explained his flatmate who normally slept there was in hospital after a suicide attempt. They later discovered the girl had died during the night.


 
Footsteps

Location: WC1 - 001 Red Lion Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1915
Further Comments: A couple who lived at Number 001 for several months in 1915 reported hearing footsteps and the sounds of a scuffle, although investigations never turned up anyone else on the site. A woman in a dress dating from around the mid nineteenth century was said to have been spotted


 
Frightened Woman

Location: WC1 - 003 Red Lion Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1915
Further Comments: A woman in a dress dating from around the mid nineteenth century was said to have been spotted on the staircase of this building. The figure was seen heading towards the front door where she vanished. A story said she had been murdered on the site and, as the main suspect had an alibi, no one was charged with the crime.


 
Colin Evans

Location: WC1R - Conway Hall
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa 1937/38
Further Comments: Over a period of around two years, Evans would use the hall to demonstrate his power of levitation - he would hover between three feet and fifteen feet off the ground for periods up to sixty seconds.


 
William Terriss

Location: WC2 - Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Around midnight, winter months (reoccurring). Last seen 1972?
Further Comments: An actor, Mr Terriss was stabbed to death in December 1897 at a nearby theatre. His ghost, tall in stature, has been seen dressed in a grey suit with white gloves, standing on the platform late at night.


 
Figure Walking

Location: WC2 - National Gallery, gallery 16
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 September 1999
Further Comments: Picked up by CCTV cameras, a dark figure has been observed walking around the gallery at night. Gallery 42 is also said to be haunted; it is believed that a plague pit exists underneath.


 
Man in Grey

Location: WC2 - Drury Lane Theatre Royal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to a long running show
Further Comments: Seeing this ghost, dressed in a long grey coat with a Tricorn hat, is considered a good omen; if it appears either in the morning or afternoon during rehearsals, the performance will go on to be a great success. King Charles II is also supposed to haunt the building (he was a great theatre lover), as does the shade of Joe Grimaldi who helps anyone struggling with their lines. Finally, the backstage corridors are home to the wraith of Charles Macklin, a murderer who was never found guilty, and now walks the scene of his crime.


 
William Terriss

Location: WC2 - Adelphi Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Murdered in 1897, a number of thespians have heard or seen William's ghost walking about the building, or playing around with lights or props. Other people name the ghost as that of Edmund Kean, another famous actor of yester-year.


 
Lucky Nun

Location: WC2 - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: If seen, this phantom nun is said to signify a long and lucky life. While working as a porter at the rail station, a young Bob Hoskins saw her... and look what has happened to his career since!


 
Mohun

Location: WC2 - James Street
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1647
Further Comments: Attacked and murdered on the way to fight a duel in the countryside, Mr Mohun was seen at the time of his death by a close female friend; his solid looking form walked into her room and then left via the same door, which was locked.


 
Oliver Cromwell

Location: WC2 - Wig and Pen Club, The Strand
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Cromwell is said to return to the bar in search of his head, which was once displayed on a spike nearby. Another ghost, that of a lawyer who committed suicide in the 1800's, has also been spotted in the building.


 
Nell Gwynne

Location: WC2 - Gargoyle Club, 69 Dean Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Another haunting blamed on Nell Gwynne, this building is said to have been her home. The ghost is said to resemble a grey shadow, accompanied by an overpowering smell of flowers. A duel is also thought to be reenacted on the roof, between the Captain of the Guards and a group of men sent by King Charles II to kill him.


 
Severed Head in Lap

Location: WC2 - Lyceum Theatre
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1880s
Further Comments: A married couple in a box looked down into the stalls and could see, much to their horror, a woman with a severed head resting in her lap. They later recognised the head in a painting of a family which once lived on the site of the theatre. The ghosts of Ellen Terry and William Terriss are also said to haunt the theatre.


 
Sir Charles Wyndham

Location: WC2 - Albery Theatre, St Martin's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Sir Charles built the Albery, and his grey haired shade now walks between its walls, normally lurking near the dressing rooms.


 
Manager in Brown Suit

Location: WC2 - Metropolitan Music Hall, Edgware Road (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed in the trenches during the First World War, the manager came back to his beloved theatre, and watched the first performances of new shows to ensure they were up to scratch.


 
Baroness Bunett-Coutts

Location: WC2 - General area of The Strand
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: This ghostly old lady has been seen walking along the roads in The Strand, dressed in Edwardian clothing.


 
Jenny's Murder

Location: WC2 - Jenny's Hole, Adelphi
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Jenny was a prostitute, murdered in 1875 in this area. Her murder can now be heard; screams echo around the area, the sounds of struggle before the air falls deadly silent. Occasionally, a rag covered body is also said to materialise.


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