London - Paranormal Database Records

Tube Traveller

Location: SE17 - Elephant and Castle Underground Station, Bakerloo line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Woman seen late twentieth century, photograph taken in 1980s
Further Comments: Seen by both staff and commuters, this young woman enters the train's carriages, but is never seen leaving. Some also allocate the blame on the same entity when invisible footfalls create loud echoing around the station after hours.

Victorian Nurse

Location: SE18 - 33 Wollich Common (house no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1971
Further Comments: A former owner of the property said that she had seen a ghostly woman bending over her young daughter.

White Haired Man

Location: SE18 - Council flat in Barnfield Gardens
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: This white haired old man with a goatee was also blamed for playing with the lights in this flat. During one sighting, the phantom was mistaken for a burglar until it walked through a wall.


Location: SE18 - Fort Tavern, Sandy Hill Road, Woolwich
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Footsteps have been heard many times in this drinking establishment, and the occasional strange fleeting shadow seen.

Thuds and Bangs

Location: SE18 - Presbytery and church, Plumstead
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1918
Further Comments: These buildings were home to a poltergeist which created footfalls around the living quarters at the dead of night, and made sounds as if someone was trying to break into the church (both day and night).

White Lady

Location: SE18 - Shooter's Hill, Blackheath
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghost is believed to be that of a woman who died of head trauma - a skull found in the 1830s near the site possessed a large hole caused by a blunt object. Shooter's Hill also made the news in 1963, as it was combed by police and soldiers looking for a puma like creature that had been seen by members of the public.

Philip Rungate

Location: SE18 - Veremont House, Shooter's Hill (house name may be false)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1911
Further Comments: This house was haunted by a woman wearing a dark purple dress with an evil white face, black hair and large dark eyes. The entity was thought to be Bertha Rungate, who may have killed Philip Rungate (the nephew of her late father) after he rejected her advances over those of Bertha's governess. The haunting stopped once the body of Philip Rungate was discovered in the basement and removed from the building.

Bricked Up Train

Location: SE19 - Area below Crystal Palace Park
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend states that there is a train bricked up under the park, complete with dead passengers and crew - sometimes the hands of the dead reach up from the ground and try to grab the living..!

Billy Callender

Location: SE19 - Crystal Palace Football Ground (Selhurst Park)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Callender, a goalkeeper, hanged himself in the Old Stand in 1932, after his fiancÚ died of a disease. His form is said to linger on. The ground was also subject to a curse in the 1970s from a psychic who was originally called in to lay the ghost of Callender.

Daniel Philpot

Location: SE19 - Grecian Villa, Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1964
Further Comments: Philpot was a stablehand who hanged himself in the villa after mounting up large gambling debts in 1846. His ghost is said to have been seen reflected in a large mirror over the mantelpiece, although he has not been seen for almost fifty years.

Young Woman

Location: SE19 - Private flat, St Valery, Beulah Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1985 - 1988
Further Comments: Pilar Howard reported in the local paper that she had seen the ghost of a young woman while living in a flat here, and that the figure had woken her up when a fire broke out in the kitchen.

Grey Lady

Location: SE19 - Private house along Beulah Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1975 - 1978
Further Comments: A resident of this house reported crockery rattling on the old dresser, the smell of roast beef in the cellars, the distinctive smell of carbolic soap in the annex and flowers waving in the hall as if someone were passing by. Later he learnt that several years previously that an exorcism had been conducted by the Bishop of Southwark to rid the property of a Grey Lady.

Black 'Panther' Attack

Location: SE19 - Sydenham neighbourhood
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 21 March 2005
Further Comments: Local resident Anthony Holder reported being attacked by a 1.8 metre long black cat in his back garden. The creature bit his fingers and left a large gash on his cheek before escaping. Police marksmen called to the scene found nothing.

Headless Worker

Location: SE19 - Tunnel between Crystal Palace and Gipsey Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This poor rail worker lost his head in an accident while working on a section of track here - the ghost remains on the material plane searching for the lost item.

Girl in the Basement

Location: SE19 - White Hart public house, Crystal Palace
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009 (story reported in national press, but no sighting details)
Further Comments: A little room in the basement, its constructed purpose unknown, is said to be the haunt of a little girl.

Princess Alice

Location: SE2 - Thames River, Thamesmead
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September (reoccurring)
Further Comments: When a collier rammed a pleasure boat (the Princess Alice) here in 1878, over 600 people died - many of them being poisoned by the outflow of London's sewage which emerged from a pipe by the accident site. Their pitiful cries for help can sometimes be heard around the time of the accident.

Beast of Sydenham

Location: SE21 - Dulwich Wood
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2009
Further Comments: The press claimed a jogger had reported being chased by a large black cat through this wooded area.


Location: SE23 - One Tree Hill, Honor Oak Park, Dulwich
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1948
Further Comments: A female dancer was seen performing perfect complex ballet moves on the hill late at night, without making a sound on the debris ridden ground.

Rail Worker

Location: SE24 - Tulse Hill Station, platform one
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Killed as he walked on the tracks, the worker's footfalls are sometimes heard echoing through the station late at night.


Location: SE26 - Sydenham High School for Girls
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once the site of a convent, this phantom nun is the only thing that remains. She is blamed for the mild poltergeist activity which occurs here.

Attic Dweller

Location: SE27 - Langmead Street, exact location unknown
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late 1940s - Early 1950s
Further Comments: This entity tended to play in the loft of the old building, disturbing all with bangs, crashes and rapping. In latter years it seemed to pluck up courage and began to throw items around the kitchen; then the presence just stopped and vanished.

RAF Pilot

Location: SE28 - Abbey Road and Tavy Bridge (former Erith Marshes), Thamesmead
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This pilot died when his spitfire crashed into the marshes during World War 2. This tall, dark uniformed man has been reported in several buildings along the road. Some also report that the sound of a German aircraft crashing into the marshes here can still be heard.

Dead Dog

Location: SE3 - Blackheath, exact location unknown
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman from Bath saw a vision of her dog here, at the exact moment her pet died at home.

Victorian Lady

Location: SE3 - Hare and Billet Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This ghostly figure tragically hanged herself from a tree on the heathland when she discovered her lover had run off. She still patrols the area seeking him.


Location: SE3 - Kidbroke Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1800s
Further Comments: The screams of a murder victim could be heard here for years after the crime committed.

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