Greater London - SW1

Cloudy Figure in Red

Location: SW1 - St James's Park, Birdcage Walk & Cockpit Steps
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972
Further Comments: This entity, misty but apparently dressed in clothing with red stripes, was thought to be the wife of an officer who was murdered by her husband; he cut up her remains and was trying to dispose of them in the park when he was caught. Two soldiers encountered the entity in 1802, which left them too scared to return to duty, while in 1972 a motorist hit a lamppost on the road as he tried to avoid a misty figure dressed in red.

Former Actress

Location: SW1 - St James's Theatre (no longer standing, replaced by an office block), King Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1957
Further Comments: This white clad ghost was thought to be an eighteenth century actress. An unknown presence would also hammer at dressing room doors, disappearing as soon as they were opened, and once it was announced that the theatre would close, a man would be seen standing in the shadows, vanishing if approached.

Suicidal Presence

Location: SW1 - Thames, close to York Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1890s
Further Comments: Elliott O'Donnell wrote of speaking to the homeless community in this area, who spoke of a ghostly presence which urged them to leap into the river.

Grenadier Climbing Stairs

Location: SW1 - The Grenadier public house, Wilton Row
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This young trooper was killed after it was discovered he cheated in a card game in the public house - the grenadier only appears in the month of September, as he walks around the building, looking into rooms and pacing along corridors.

Dreaming Teeth

Location: SW1 - Unidentified flat close to tube station
Type: Other
Date / Time: Pre 1920
Further Comments: According to Elliot O'Donnell, anyone who stayed in this flat had such vivid dreams about choking on their own teeth, it drove them to move out.

Tall Man

Location: SW1 - Vauxhall Underground Line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: This seven foot tall man was seen underground several times by diggers working on the line - he wore brown overalls and a cap.

Mugged Monk

Location: SW1 - Westminster Abbey, in the cloisters
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Between 5 - 6pm (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Stabbed to death during a robbery, this tall, thin monk has been known to make a brief reappearance. A First World War soldier sometimes makes a comeback, and is seen standing by the tomb of the Unknown Warrior; his mouth moves as if he is trying to talk, but no sound emerges.

Shadowy Boat

Location: SW1 - Westminster Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small boat, with three people travelling on its deck, has been seen moving under the bridge, only never to materialise from the other side.

Leaping Shadow

Location: SW1 - Westminster Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December midnight (reoccurring) - 'Ripper' seen. Woman circa 1900s?
Further Comments: Just as a new year begins, a phantom man is said to throw himself off this bridge - many believe it to be the ghost of Jack the Ripper, taking his own life. Another story tells of a policeman who encountered a woman who pleaded with him to follow her. The policeman did so, and was led to another woman who was in the act of throwing herself into the river. Having prevented her suicide, the policeman realised that the woman looked identical to the girl who had taken him to the spot, who had since vanished.

Man in Black Robes

Location: SW1 - Westminster Cathedral
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1966
Further Comments: This apparent priest has been reported standing by the altar - he faded from view when approached.

President Bradshaw

Location: SW1 - Westminster Deanery, Islip Rooms
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heard walking backwards and forwards, the ghostly footsteps belong to the man who authored King Charles I death warrant.


Location: SW1 - Westminster Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in traditional hat and cape, Guy Fawkes is said to disappear near one of the passageways that would take him to his secret stash of explosives.

Grey Lady

Location: SW1 - Westminster Hospital
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: When operational, this shady entity would appear just prior to the death of a patient, normally standing over the bed of the soon to be deceased.

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