With origins dating back to the ancient Celtic festival, Samhain, Halloween has changed a lot over the years. To celebrate, here are eight of England's most haunted.
It’s near impossible to believe unless it’s happened to you, but there are hundreds of places around England which are believed to be haunted. Here are eight of the most haunted from around the country, and the stories that lie behind them.
Situated in the village of Wotton-under-Edge, The Ancient Ram Inn has previously been labelled the most haunted B&B in Britain. The Inn was built on land that was once used for sacrifices and burials during Pagan times.
Numerous sightings at the Ancient Ram have been recorded; these include a former Inn keeper and his daughters, several monks and a woman believed to have been buried underneath the bar. People have travelled from all over the world to experience the paranormal goings-on that are said to take place there.
Said to be the UK’s most haunted prison building, HMP Shepton Mallet was once a military prison used to hold servicemen, including the notorious Kray twins, who deserted the British Army in the 1950s.
Originally built as a correctional facility in the 1600s, the building has a gruesome history, and former prisoners and thought to have been buried in the grounds. Rumoured haunting figures include the White Lady, wrongly convicted of murder, and an American serviceman.
This property from the Tudor times lies behind walls which date back even further, and the land was originally a gift from William the Conqueror to Ralph de Pomeroy, before being taken over by the Seymour family in the 1540s.
The castle’s White Lady, Margaret Pomeroy, is reported to haunt the dungeons in St. Margaret’s Tower, where she was starved to death by her own sister. The Blue Lady is also said to frequent the castle halls, luring people to places where they eventually get lost.
This 15th century manor house, found near Dorchester, was built by Sir William Martyn, and stayed in the Martyn family for four generations. In later years, writer Thomas Hardy was a frequent visitor to the house and some of his work is set there.
Sightings at Athelhampton House have included two duellists believed to be from the Civil War and the Grey Lady. Scratching noises heard from the Great Chamber passage are thought to the be the ghost of the Martyn family’s pet ape, which was accidentally imprisoned there.
Work on this Victorian Gothic mansion, tucked away in the Cotswolds, began in 1857 but was halted in the mid-1860s, leaving the dwelling hauntingly unfinished. In recent years, it has been featured in plenty of paranormal TV programmes.
A phantom horseman, the Tall Man of the Chapel and an old woman who has a habit of attacking female visitors are all among the hauntings reported. There are also people who claim to have seen a floating head in one of the bathrooms, and have heard a woman singing an Irish folk song in the chapel.
Aptly named Chillingham Castle, this impressive, 13th century dwelling can be found in the beautiful market town of Alnwick. The castle is proud to have some of the highest levels of paranormal activity in the country.
A figure begging for water is said to inhabit the Inner Pantry, and voices of two man who don’t exist have been heard in the chapel beside the Great Hall on many occasions.
Known for its Tower Ravens and housing the Crown Jewels, the Tower of London is also home to its fair share of ghostly figures. The Tower has a rich royal history, with King Richard, Henry VIII and Edward I among the list of former inhabitants.
Many visitors to the castle have reported ghostly activity; the ghost of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, has supposedly been seen countless times, often without a head. The ghosts of Thomas A. Beckett and Arabella Stuart also have recorded sightings at the Tower.
The renowned home of 12 accused witches during the 17th century, Pendle Hill has long been known as one of the country’s most haunted places due to its connection with the Lancashire witch trials.
While filming, members of a film crew reported injuries and even feeling as though they were being strangled by invisible hands. The Pendle Hill witches are rumoured to haunt villages close to the hill, and locals are often too scared to talk about the witch trials for fear that they’ll be haunted.
Our Tower Hill campus offers fantastic views over the historic Tower of London, and other iconic London landmarks such as Tower Bridge and the Shard.
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