London - Paranormal Database Records


Location: EC1 - The Elms, Smithfield (located outside Church of St Bartholomew the Great)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Hundreds of people were executed by being burnt alive outside the church during the reign of Henry VIII. Screams and the crackling of fire is said to be heard, and the smell of burning flesh occasionally detected.

Burning Martyrs

Location: EC1 - Area around the Martyrs' Memorial, Smithfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The location where a total of 277 Protestants were once burnt alive for their beliefs, some have reported hearing their cries and screams late at night. Less fortunate people have also reported the smell of burning flesh.

Grimaldi the Clown

Location: EC1 - Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebury Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once seen sitting in one of the boxes (which no longer exist), Jo Grimaldi is still seen wearing his clown makeup, almost 200 years since his death.

Headless Duke

Location: EC1 - Charterhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Duke of Norfolk, who spent much of his time and money here, lost his head after upsetting Queen Elizabeth and now ascends the staircase of the great hall. Outside the buildings, a monk has been seen flitting between the courtyards of Washhouse and Masters.


Location: EC1 - St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Grace Ward (once known as Pinkie's Ward?) is reputedly home to a nurse in old fashioned dress. Some say that she killed herself after administering an overdose to a patient, while other stories say she was murdered by a insane patient in the lift (after which, the lift would never work correctly). Another ghostly nurse haunts Bedford Fenwick Ward, and is said to be comforting in nature. Another story, or another version of first story, says that the theatre lift in the King George the Fifth block is haunted by Jasmine, who smells strongly of floral perfume.


Location: EC1 - Viaduct Tavern
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of the ghosts which haunts this pub goes by the name of Robert, and may be responsible for the poltergeist actions that occur within this building.

Victorian Lady

Location: EC1 - House of Detention, Sans Walk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The apparition of a lady in a Victorian dress has been reported walking in the area of the building (what is left of it), while phantom footsteps and the soft crying of a lost child have also been reported.

The Cock-Lane Ghost

Location: EC1 - 20 Cock Lane (no longer standing)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: October 1762
Further Comments: No longer standing, this building was plagued by an outbreak of internationally famous poltergeist activity that centred itself around a young child in the household, Elizabeth Parsons.


Location: EC1 - Ye Old Red Cow, Cloth Fair
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1981
Further Comments: Believed to be a former landlord (though the jury is out on his name), this phantom figure would sit upstairs and look down at the patrons.

Horned Figure

Location: EC1 - Smithfield
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1600s
Further Comments: This phantom figure was said to have danced over meat stalls while angry butchers and meat merchants tried to stab at it, striking only thin air.

Lady Elizabeth Hatton

Location: EC1N - Bleeding Heart Yard
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A bloody local legend says that Elizabeth was found here in 1626, her four limbs ripped from her body, but her heart still beating. She was last spotted dancing with a tall dark figure, said to be the devil.

Sarah Whitehead

Location: EC2 - Bank of England, Threadneedle Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1850s onwards
Further Comments: Sarah lost her mind when she discovered her brother, an employee at the bank, had been hanged for forgery. During the remaining 25 years of her life, she came to the bank daily, asking to see her brother - the black mourning cloths she wore earned her the nickname 'The Black Nun'. In these cloths she is still occasionally seen in and around the garden of the bank.

Rebecca Griffiths

Location: EC2 - Liverpool Street Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Rebecca 1780 - 1812, man circa 2000
Further Comments: Once the site of the first Hospital of the Star of Bethlehem, an asylum for the insane, the area was haunted by the screams of Griffiths who was buried without a coin she compulsively held on to when locked away here. She also had the habit of exciting other inmates by peering through their cell windows. More recently there have been reports by underground staff of a man in white overalls on the platforms that can only be seen on CCTV.

Sarah Blackhead

Location: EC2 - Bank Station, Central Line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Sarah seen late twentieth century, knocking in 1982
Further Comments: Possibly the same figure that haunts the Bank of England; in life this poor girl couldn't handle news that her brother had died, and returned daily to his office to meet him. Dressed in black clothing, she is affectionately called 'the Black Nun'. A worker once chased what he thought was an old lady locked in the station during the early hours of the morning, but she vanished down a corridor with no possible exit. In addition, at least one employee has reported something knocking on an empty lift door from the inside, way after normal closing time.

Fleeting Shadow

Location: EC2 - St Giles' Churchyard passageway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Several reports in 1970s, last report 9:30pm 23 June 2004
Further Comments: This darkly coloured ghost is thought to be a former member of the clergy walking from his home to the church. He was last seen dressed in black standing by the gate of the church - he vanished as the witness approached.

Jimmy Garlickhythe

Location: EC2 - St James's Church, Garlick Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A mummified corpse that has been housed in the church since its rebuilding after the Great Fire of London, Jimmy's phantom has made several appearances since World War 2.

Hooded Figure

Location: EC2R - Coleman Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 18 March 2012
Further Comments: On a bright sunny morning one witness spotted the reflection of a hooded figure in the glass of a building disappear behind a pillar. The witness waited to see who it was, and when the figure did not appear from behind the pillar, went to investigate - no one was there.

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.


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.


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.


Location: EC3 - King William Tunnel, Under London Bridge (disused underground tunnel)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s?
Further Comments: An image taken by a photographer shows what appears to be a silhouetted figure along this tunnel, though no one else was there at the time. A medium called to the location claimed that the ghost was that of a man who died while breaking up a fight.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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