Are you traveling to Great Britain soon? Even if you’re not, you don’t want to miss the newest listing of the most haunted places in Great Britain. In a survey of the supernatural in Great Britain, the country’s spookiest cities were named by ghost expert Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe. The results were achieved by comparing how many sightings were recorded per 10,000 population in each area. For example the 315 sightings in Derby equates to a 14 per 10,000 ratio. According to Caroline Iggulden the “Top Ten Creepiest Corners of Great Britain”, including the most notorious ghosts who haunt the areas, are as follows:
Belfast – In 1912 Helena Blunden, a young singer preoccupied with an upcoming concert, ran down the stairs after her shift at a Belfast linen mill to watch the performance. She tripped over a mop, fell over the banister and fell to the bottom floor. She’d always dreamed of leaving the mill but now she is forever caught in it’s clutches. The building is currently used by a printing company. Many staff members have reported hearing a young girl singing and then a shriek of terror.
Gloucester – Bishop John Hooper was burned at the stake in 1555 in Gloucester’s Westgate during Queen Mary’s persecution of Protestants. The ghost of Protestant Bishop John Hooper has been seen all around town but frequents the area near his monument. Queen Mary has also been seen in the area and some think she is doing penance for the way she treated Bishop John Hooper.
Chester – Lord Bernard Stewart was the leader of the Royalist Army of King Charles during the English Civil War. On September 24, 1645 at Rowton Moor, a mass slaughter took place. Stewart and Marmaduke Langdale were defeated by Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentarians. Lord Bernard Stewart was killed during the battle and his ghost still rides across Rowton Moor especially on September 24. The ghost of William Lawes, King Charles court musician, is also thought to haunt Rowton Moor. His music can be heard drifting over the land.
Exeter – A man named Albert fell through one of the manholes into the underground medieval passages built as a maintenance area for the pipes that bring water into the city. When Albert fell through the manhole he didn’t die right away. It took several days of agonizing pain before he succumbed to his injuries. His ghost haunts the passages, riding a Penny Farthing bike. There is also talk of hidden treasure in these tunnels.
Derby – In 1879 Gerald Mannering went into Derby after an argument with his father and drank heavily. The police found him driving a pony and trap so they took him to the cells on the site where the Derby Fish Market now stands. Mannering drew a pistol and started shooting, killing PC Moss. He was found guilty of murder but escaped the death sentence. Workers at the fist market often see a policeman in a Victorian style uniform and hears ghostly footsteps on patrol. It is said that the injustice of Mannering’s hearing is what trapped Moss.
Edinburgh – Several hundred years ago a piper was sent to explore a network of underground tunnels which connects Edinburgh Castle in Scotland to one of the country’s most famous streets, The Royal Mile. The piper was told to keep playing so they could track his progress along the tunnels but about halfway through the music suddenly stopped. A rescue party couldn’t find the piper. To this day, his music can be heard from within Edinburgh Castle, which is considered one of the most haunted places in Scotland.
St. Albans – The abbey church in St. Albans, is a hotbed of paranormal activity. One of the most sighted ghosts is a phantom composer who would sit down and play at the organ. Many people have seen the organ play by itself and others have seen ghost monks proceeding through the church. Recently the music was identified to be composed by Robert Fairfax who was on the Abbey’s musical staff and died in 1521.
Norwich – 19 Magdalen Street is considered to be the most haunted place in Norwich. A teenage barmaid named Sara was murdered upstairs in the original pub by the landlord when she refused to be a prostitute for him. Paranormal phenomena such as a drop in temperature between the main and back rooms, cups falling off of tables by themselves, and typewriters typing when no one is near are quite common in the building.
York – The 19th Century York Industrial Ragged School made its money by putting orphan kids to work. He was neglectful and treated the children horrifically. Many died because of his treatment and he would lock up the corpses in a large cupboard. He went insane and massacred the remaining children with a huge knife. The children haunt the streets of York and their laughter turns to terrified screams.
Oxford – The fallen nun, Rosamund The Fair, was kept as a concubine by King Henry II in the Godstow Nunnery on Trout Island. The King would meet her in the labyrinth where she was guarded by a knight who held the end of a silver thread that was attached to Rosamund. When the Queen found out about the affair, she killed the Knight, followed the silver thread to Rosamund and made the nun drink poison. The ghost of Rosamund haunts The Trout Pub in Wolvercote.
For all of you ghost hunters out there, you now have ten “must see” spots to visit if you travel to (or live in) Great Britain.