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Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana of Greater London

Cleaner

Location: WC2 - Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: The ghost which is said to haunt this cinema is said to clear dirty areas and tweak the volume on films.

Anna Pavlova

Location: WC2 - Palace Theatre, Cambridge Circus
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The debate to whether the ghostly ballerina to be found here is really Pavlova is still in motion. The building's other entity, Ivor Novello, died in 1951 but still watches performances from the back of the dress circle. Two seats are left unfilled during performances for the ghosts, although during the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child run, the seats were sold as normal.

Manager in Brown Suit

Location: WC2 - Metropolitan Music Hall, Edgware Road (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed in the trenches during the First World War, the manager came back to his beloved theatre, and watched the first performances of new shows to ensure they were up to scratch.

Usherette

Location: WC2 - Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972
Further Comments: This figure, seen walking along the aisles of the theatre, was killed by a bomb dropped by a zeppelin in the First World War.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Young Girl

Location: WC2 - Savoy Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom girl is reputed to haunt the fifth floor of the hotel. The same entity is also connected to a mysterious lift which does not really exist.

Oliver Cromwell

Location: WC2 - Wig and Pen Club, The Strand
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Cromwell is said to return to the bar in search of his head, which was once displayed on a spike nearby. Another ghost, that of a lawyer who committed suicide in the 1800's, has also been spotted in the building.

Horatio Nelson

Location: WC2 - Somerset House, Strand
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nelson in Spring (reoccurring), woman in 1972
Further Comments: The ghostly figure of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson was said to manifest at Somerset House during Spring months. The entity would stride with purpose across the courtyard, heading towards his former office, but always vanished soon after being spotted. A wispy female ghost has also been spotted on site, drifting along a corridor.

Figure Walking

Location: WC2 - National Gallery, gallery 16
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 September 1999
Further Comments: Picked up by CCTV cameras, a dark figure has been observed walking around the gallery at night. Gallery 42 is also said to be haunted; it is believed that a plague pit exists underneath.

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.

Headless Man

Location: WC2 - Waterloo Bridge, Embankment
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The discovery of human remains near the bridge in the mid-twentieth century resulted in a ghostly apparition appearing for a few weeks after the incident. Earlier in the twentieth century, a criminal spotted a well-dressed young man on the bridge. As the criminal tried to grab the man, the young potential victim vanished.

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