Greater London - WC1

 
 


Emma Louise

Location: WC1 - Arthur Tattersall House, 119 Gower Street, University College London Halls of Residence
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: An urban myth, it is said that Emma Louise was murdered long ago in tunnels around this building, and that if you say her name three times, her presence makes itself known.


 
 


Reader

Location: WC1 - Blooms Town House Hotel, Bloomsbury - Room 1
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This part of the hotel, built on the site of a garden, is thought to be haunted by the spirit of a man who once enjoyed sitting in the sunlight reading books from the nearby library.


 
 


The Case of Amen-Ra

Location: WC1 - British Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The fable here concerns a haunted mummy case - as well as the traditional curse, the casket in question was accompanied by acts of poltergeist like behaviour and the manifestation of a female figure. Thirteen mysterious deaths and suicides have been attributed to the sarcophagus. When the museum was Montague House, two brothers fought a duel in the land behind it (known as both Long Fields and Southampton Fields). So intense was their fight that no grass ever grew again in their footprints. According to T F Thiselton Dyer (Strange Pages from Family Papers), the footprints were located 'about three-quarters of a mile north of Montague House and five hundred yards east of Tottenham Court Road'.


 
 


Egyptian Princess

Location: WC1 - British Museum Station (closed 1933)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1933
Further Comments: Connected to the 'curse' of the Amen-Ra's tomb, this Egyptian Princess would return from the grave late at night and would wail and scream in the tunnels. A more recent report states that these sounds can now be heard further down the track, in Holborn station.


 
 


Dickens

Location: WC1 - Doughty Street, road outside Dickens's museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: Dickens' ghost, dressed in black with a top hat, has been seen pacing along the street where he once lived.


 
 


Anthony Babington

Location: WC1 - Lincoln's Inn Fields
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a popular place for the populace to view the public executions, this dark figure seen lurking around the area at night could be one of those hung, drawn and quartered on the spot.


 
 


Crying Man

Location: WC1 - New British Library
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A crying man dressed in eighteenth century garb has been seen on the new site, and builders reported the sound of chains during construction.


 
 


Black Winged Creature

Location: WC1 - Old Chambers, Lincoln's Inn (no longer standing)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1913?
Further Comments: Charles Appleby was found dead in his room here, large claw marks on his arms and neck, the door and windows locked from the inside. Witnesses outside the building who could see into his room through a window said they could see the man fighting a shadowy bird like creature, though it was at least the same size as Appleby. Reports of the creature continued for a while afterwards, and one team of investigators who put down chalk dust during their stakeout recording finding large claw marks in the powder the following day.


 
 


Robert Perceval

Location: WC1 - Private chambers, Serle Street, Lincoln's Inn
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While a student here, the young Perceval watched as a doppelganger entered his room, blood covering the head and chest. Several days later he was found dead, battered around the areas where his double had bled.


 
 


Hospital Visitor

Location: WC1 - Private flat, Red Lion Square
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: May 1971
Further Comments: A female guest at her friend's small flat was woken by another girl who wanted to know why her bed was occupied. The guest apologised and explained that she was invited, after which the girl left the room and the guest fell back asleep. The following morning she mentioned the incident to her friend - he paled and explained his flatmate who normally slept there was in hospital after a suicide attempt. They later discovered the girl had died during the night.


 
 


Cromwell, Ireton & Bradshaw

Location: WC1 - Red Lion Square, Drake Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These three ghosts have been seen in the square, walking side by side, heading towards the gallows.


 
 


Catholics

Location: WC1 - Ship Tavern, Gate Street, Kingsway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a secret meeting place for Catholics, it is thought the ghosts of those executed nearby still returned for their rendezvous.


 
 


Nanny and Decaying Man

Location: WC1 - Tavistock Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This play has been seen acted out several times over the years - the man is dressed in funeral clothing and is approached by a Victorian nanny; she sees the rotting face under his hat, and runs off screaming in the opposite direction.


 
 


Forty Footsteps

Location: WC1 - Torrington Square
Type: Other
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: The area of land that existed here before the square was built upon it was named the Field of Forty Footsteps. Two brothers fought and killed each other over for the love of a girl, each step they took during battle killed the grass, and it never grew back.


 
 


Jeremy Bentham with Dapple

Location: WC1 - University College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Bentham named his walking cane Dapple, and it never left his side during life. Much the same can be said post mortem; man and stick can be heard or seen walking down the corridors of knowledge after dark.


 
 


Marcus Beck

Location: WC1 - University College Hospital
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Before being stolen in January 2001, the portrait of Beck was considered cursed. People who fell asleep under the painting quickly became ill, and in some cases died. It was also said that if the shutters were not closed on the painting at night, a patient would unexpectedly die.


 
 


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.


 
 


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.


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