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Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana of Greater London

Lizzie Church

Location: WC1 - University College Hospital, Gower Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Lizzie accidentally killed her lover with a morphine overdose when he was admitted as a patient. Years later, her ghost would appear prior to morphine injections as a reminder to be careful. Two buildings along Gower Street itself reported the ghost of a man with a heavily bandaged head.

Mrs Samuels

Location: WC1 - Unnamed residence, Cartwright Gardens (was known as Burton Crescent)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1878/79
Further Comments: Whoever killed Mrs Samuels was never found, but the flat where the crime was committed became so haunted and notorious that the number was changed in an attempt to lose the reputation.

Anne Yeats

Location: WC1 - Unnamed residence, Cartwright Gardens (was known as Burton Crescent)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1884
Further Comments: Anne's body was discovered in the back room of one of the flats. Her murderer was never found. The flat became haunted, although the haunting seemed to fade when the Crescent was renamed.

Woman in Nightdress

Location: WC1 - Whitcomb Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1959
Further Comments: Seen floating along the street by a witness looking out of their window, this pale figure had her arms held out in front of her.


The Piccadilly Line of Covent Garden Station, London.

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.


Drury Lane Theatre Royal, London.

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 never found guilty, and now walks the scene of his crime.


Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London.

Violet Melnotte

Location: WC2 - Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1935 onwards,
Further Comments: The builder of the theatre, Violet was known to watch the performances from her own personal box. After her death in 1935, a presence could be heard from within her seating area, and her phantom spotted in the green room in 1967.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 spotted in a lower box. Two shadowy figures have also been observed standing to the right of the stage.

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.


Garrick Theatre, London.

Arthur Bourchier

Location: WC2 - Garrick Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Known for his dislike of critics, Bourchier now haunts the rear of the theatre, often appearing just after a performance, or making his presence known by tapping people on their backs.

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!


General area of The Strand, London.

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.

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.

Short Pipe Smoker

Location: WC2 - Howard Hotel, Temple Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 06 November 2004, 05:30h
Further Comments: A witness awoke to find a man standing at the end of the bed, looking towards the window. The entity was old with a short stature, with long curly hair and what looked like a long stem pipe in his mouth. After a few seconds the ghost disappeared, like dust motes.


James Street, London.

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.

Lord Mohun

Location: WC2 - James' Street
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1642
Further Comments: Lord Mohun appeared to a lady walking along this street at the moment he was killed in a dual at Chelsea Fields.

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.

Bag Mover

Location: WC2 - Lamb and Flag public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This pub polt is blamed for moving client's belongings around the establishment.

Non Smoker

Location: WC2 - Lemon Tree public house, Bedfordbury
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Broken ashtrays and glasses are often said to be caused by this pub poltergeist.


Lyceum Theatre, 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.

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