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Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana of Greater London

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.

Suicide

Location: WC2 - Aldine House, Maiden Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: The owners of the building reported hearing strange banging's and scrapings from the floor above them - the sounds were attributed to the ghost of a man who had committed suicide there a few years previous.

William Terriss

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

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 re-enacted on the roof, between the Captain of the Guards and a group of men sent by King Charles II to kill him.

Grey Woman

Location: WC2 - Fortune Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s onwards
Further Comments: Home to the stage play The Woman in Black, the theatre is ironically also haunted by a grey lady who was spotted in a lower box. Two shadowy figures have also been observed standing to the right of the stage.

Billie Carleton

Location: WC2 - Former BBC HQ, Savoy Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Carleton died in the former home of the BBC just after their 1918 Victory broadcast, and even now the presence is said to remain.

Unlucky Place to Drink

Location: WC2 - Fleece Inn Tavern (demolished 1820, thought to have stood on Catherine Street), Covent Garden
Type: Other
Date / Time: Pre-1820
Further Comments: After a string of murders on the property, the site gained a reputation of being unlucky until it was demolished.

Oppressive Feeling

Location: WC2 - Embankment Station - Page's Walk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000
Further Comments: Staff who walk along the long dark tunnel known as Page's Walk complain of cold winds, doors which open and slam shut, and an oppressive feeling.

Anne Boleyn

Location: WC2 - Durham House (no longer standing) Durham House Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This building held Anne during her last days, and while the house no longer stands, its basement remains, and it is here the ghost still resides.

Legless Woman

Location: WC2 - Covent Garden Piazza
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 31 December 1989
Further Comments: A photograph taken by Mr Webb of his young daughter shows a woman dressed in black floating legless in the background. While it is possible that the woman's legs are concealed behind a post, the angle at which she leans does create doubt that the lady is corporeal.

Whistling

Location: WC2 - Halfway 2 Heaven public house (was the Golden Cross), Duncannon Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2013
Further Comments: Whistling and other noises have been reported in this 300 year old pub after it has closed.

Egyptian Princess

Location: WC2 - Holborn tube station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, late twentieth century?
Further Comments: An Egyptian Princess was said to haunt the British Museum underground station, but when it closed in 1933, her ghostly screams could still be heard emerging from the tunnels at Holborn.

Human Foot

Location: WC2 - Christ's Hospital (no longer standing)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Pre-1902
Further Comments: A human footprint was once visible in the stonework of this hospital. It was said to have been created when a ghostly beadle's wife stamped her foot in response to a disrespectful human.

Fruity

Location: WC2 - Cheshire Cheese public house, Little Essex Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The polt at work in this pub is reputed to move the fruit machine.

The Man in a Tricorn Hat

Location: WC2 - British Optical Association Museum, Craven Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 13 March 2006
Further Comments: While engaging in redecoration of the building, one of the decorators encountered a crouching figure of an old man. Another ghostly figure was spotted a couple of days later, this time of a middle aged man wearing a dark blue coat with a tricorn hat, who asked the witness ‘Where's Mary? I can't find Mary.'

Woman

Location: WC2 - Bow Street Magistrates' Court (no longer operating as a court)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards?
Further Comments: This building was said to be haunted by a woman who would suddenly vanish when seen.

Climbing Footsteps

Location: WC2 - Bell Yard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Mentioned in Dickens's Bleak House, this building is reputedly haunted by phantom footsteps that move around on the staircase heading towards the legal chambers.

Displaced Actress

Location: WC2 - Aldwych Underground Station (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Built where the Royal Strand Theatre once stood, it is thought the female ghost seen standing on the tracks migrated from the original building to the station shortly after it became operational. She is normally reported by cleaning staff working the night shift.

Kids

Location: WC2 - Courtts Bank
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Once a Mecca for toy sellers and buyers, the sounds of joyous children can be heard briefly once a year. Another entity, claiming to be an Elizabethan nobleman, was exorcised during the early 1990s - he was thought to be either the Earl of Essex (executed in 1601) or Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk.

Fading Lady

Location: WC2 - Peacock Theatre (was Royalty Theatre), Dean Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Lady circa 1934, Dolphin from 1980s onwards?
Further Comments: A woman clothed in an outfit dating from the Queen Anne period is reported to descend the staircase here, slowly fading before she reaches the bottom. A short scream is said to signify her complete disappearance. The female ghost has not recently manifested and appears to have been replaced by the sound of a phantom dolphin which, during life, was kept in a small tank under the stage in the 1930s.

Unknown Woman

Location: WC2 - Vaudeville Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Box office staff regularly smell a heavy herb-like perfume around them and backstage staff report noises and presences. A workman reported briefly seeing the feet of a woman and the bottom of a cloak pass him by (the rest of the person was obscured) after the building was closed for the night.

Parson Ford

Location: WC2 - The Hummums, Covent Garden (was next door to the New Hummums which is now Tuttons Restaurant)
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: A manservant at these former Turkish baths reported seeing a man he knew on the cellar stairs - it later transpired that the figure had died several days previously.

Duel

Location: WC2 - Temple (exact location not given)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A certain room in Temple was haunted after a duel left one man dead, the manifestation a repeat of the fight.

Running Man

Location: WC2 - Staircase leading to a flat along Shaftesbury Avenue
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Possibly early twentieth century
Further Comments: While accompanying a woman he recently met back to her flat, a young man was stunned when a gentleman ran past him in the opposite direction, with a look of horror on his face. The young man turned to see where the man was going, but he had vanished with no obvious place that he could have gone. The young man was shocked and headed home, leaving the woman on the staircase. The young man later found out the flat had a bad reputation and men would be lured there and robbed.

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!

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