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9 Haunted Places in Greater London

| On 23, Apr 2017

Carew Manor, Sutton

Legend says that both the ghosts of Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Raleigh haunt the surrounding area of Carew Manor especially along the narrow alley that leads from London Road to Croydon Road called Bunkers Alley.

Both ghosts are seen together riding from the manor’s main gates towards the alleyway.

Sir Walter Raleigh’s ghost is said to have his decapitated head under his arm whilst Elizabeth I’s ghost is also said to be headless!

A ghostly apparition of a long haired man carrying a sword has been seen by witnesses along the alleyway too.

Many people believe that this apparition is also the ghost of Sir Walter Raleigh.

After the manor’s north wing fire in the 18th century terrified witnesses reported poltergeist activity taking place within the building.

One of the most common ghosts at the manor is of a little girl who’s been seen crossing the gangway that leads from the school to the former infirmary.

Her girlish laughter has also been heard echoing along the building’s corridors.

The ghosts of a former caretaker and a woman are said to walk the main corridor too.

A ghostly face has been seen by witnesses peering out of one of the upper classroom’s windows.

And the upstairs computer room is said to be the haunt of spirit children.

Spooked witnesses have also reported seeing a dark shadow within another classroom.

During the war years the girls at the orphanage were evacuated for their safety and manor was left empty.

One of the locals recorded that his family would shelter in the manor’s cellars during air raids.

He remembered that a lady in grey would stand by his bed and tell him not to be afraid.

On reflection he believed that she was in fact a ghost as she only showed herself to him when the air raids were really bad!


Richmond Theatre, Richmond

The Victorian theatre is said to be haunted by many ghosts.

It’s said that in 1939 a former director of the theatre tragically fell to his death from a balcony.

His ghost is now said to haunt the theatre!

Spooked witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of an elderly man walking into the ladies toilets.

And a ghostly figure of a woman was once seen in the gods behind the main stage during a performance of ‘All You Need Is Love’.

Many members of staff have been scared witless after hearing phantom footsteps following them up the stairs which lead to the older part of the theatre.

Paranormal activity has been reported to have taken place within the theatre’s print stores.

Boxes of flyers as well as other material have been swapped between the rooms even though they are always kept locked!

Doors have been heard being slammed shut in the print store area after performances even though no members of staff where in the vicinity.

In the late 1980s a member of staff was locking up for the night when he discovered that the print store room door was open.

As he walked into the room he turned the lights on and heard a scratching noise coming from one of the flyer boxes.

He then noticed nail marks suddenly appear on the cardboard box.

Just then the lights went out in the room and he heard the sound of cardboard ripping.

In the darkness, the member of staff then saw the ghostly figure of a man reaching for a box on the top shelf.

The box fell from the top shelf and the witness fled the theatre in terror!

The next day the staff member told other members of staff what had happened to him the night before but understandably refused to go to the print store room.

The box office staff investigated the room where they found a box on the floor with flyers littered everywhere and a pair of footprints in the dusty floor.

In the early 1930s a man tragically died in the room from head injuries after a storage unit of boxes suddenly fell on him!


Ham House, Richmond

Ham House is said to be haunted by the ghost of Elizabeth Maitland, Duchess of Lauderdale.

Her ghostly apparition has been witnessed in the Italian gardens and has been heard on the stairs and walking along the corridors of the house.

Apparently her apparition has been described as wearing a black widows satin dress.

The Duchess bedroom where she died is also said to have a very strange atmosphere.

Phantom footsteps crossing the bedroom followed by the slamming of the door that leads to the bathroom have also been reported.

Sometimes the ghost of her beloved King Charles spaniel has also been seen and heard on the stairs by spooked visitors to the house.

Although the empty attic floors which were once the servant’s bedrooms are closed off to the public strange noises have been heard coming from them.

Phantom footsteps, slamming doors and dragging noises have all been heard coming from the attic rooms!

Like a lot of buildings opened to the public, smoking is strictly prohibited in the house but people have reported smelling the odour of old pipe tobacco in the Marble Dining Room.

The ghostly apparition of a young man looking for something has been seen on the terrace.

The ghost is believed to be that of John Macfarlane who committed suicide at the house due to a broken heart after a failed love affair.

The last Earl of Dysart who owned Ham House in the 1920s and 1930s was partially sighted and would use a cane to help him navigated around the house.

Every Christmas Eve he would visit his chauffeur at his cottage with presents.

He would cross the cobbled courtyard tapping his cane for guidence and then would give a loud knock on the cottage door.

After his death in 1935 the tapping of his cane on the courtyard cobbles and the loud knock on the cottage door are still heard every Christmas Eve.

In 1879, the writer Augustus Hare visited Ham House and wrote this following account in his autobiography The Story of My Life…

There is a ghost at Ham.

The old butler there had a little girl, she was then six years old.

In the small hours of the morning, when dawn was making things clear, the child, waking up, saw a little old woman scratching with her finger against the wall close to the fireplace.

She was not at all frightened at first but sat up to look at her.

The noise she made in doing this caused the old woman to look round, and she came to the foot of the bed and, grasping the rail, stared at the child long and fixedly.

So horrible was her stare, that the child was terrified and screamed and hid her face.

People ran in and the child told what she had seen.

The wall was examined where she had seen the figure scratching, and concealed in it were papers which proved that in that room, Elizabeth had murdered her first husband to marry the Duke of Lauderdale.


Lumley Chapel, Cheam

Scared passers-by have reported hearing blood curdling screams coming from inside the chapel late at night.

When the police investigated the building they found nobody inside it.

Many believe the phantom screams may have something to do with the past murders which have taken place within and near the chapel!

Recently a paranormal group investigated the chapel.

They reported unexplained knocks, a strange whistling sound and the security light turning itself on and off by its own accord!


The New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon

One of the ghosts at the theatre is said to be that of a Victorian or Edwardian woman.

A former General Manager once witnessed her ghostly apparition standing right in front of him.

He described her as wearing a Victorian or Edwardian dress and being very beautiful.

Local legend says that just after the theatre was built part of a set collapse onto an actress and she died from her injuries!

In the 1970s there was a living quarters in the theatre where the Ticket Call Centre is now located today.

The manageress at the time was sleeping in the living quarters one night when she was woken up by the ghostly apparition of an old lady standing next to her.

The ghostly elderly woman then proceeded to levitate up and disappear through the ceiling!


London Biggin Hill Airport, Biggin Hill

One of the most well-known apparitions associated with Biggin Hill is that of the phantom Spitfire.

Most witnesses report hearing the distinctive sound of a Spitfire’s Merlin engines in the sky above them but never actually see the aircraft.

The sound of the ghostly aircraft is for some reason normally heard on or around the date of the 19th January!

People who are luckily enough to have seen the phantom aircraft say that the aircraft flies low towards the landing strip and then conducts a victory roll before disappearing into thin air.

In 1963, a delivery man was driving his van in the early hours of the morning near to Biggin Hill when he spotted a man beside the road flagging him down.

The man was dressed in flying gear.

As the driver approach the airman he disappeared into thin air!

Thinking that he may’ve knocked the airman down, he called the police.

After a detailed search of the area, the mysterious airman couldn’t be found anywhere.

The local policeman believed that the airman may’ve been the ghost of a Flight Lieutenant who tragically died a couple of decades earlier when his aircraft crashed in the vicinity!

In 1958, there was another ghostly sighting along a road near Biggin Hill.

A couple of friends saw a ghostly white figure come out of a hedge and cross the road ahead of them.

They were so scared that they fled the scene in terror!

In 1972, a terrified owner of a bungalow located near to Biggin Hill cemetery reported seeing ghostly apparition of an airman appear in her house.

Apparently the apparition was accompanied with a strange banging noise and other male voices!

She later found out that her house was built on the site of a Second World War recreation room which the RAF pilots used.

She believes the ghostly pilot and his colleagues may’ve been playing a game of darts… hence the strange banging noises!

A spooked witnessed reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a pilot standing on the side of the hill near to the open section of the airfield as he drove pass it one September night in 2011.

Thinking the pilot needed help he stopped his car, crossed the road and called out to him.

The ghostly figure ignored him, zipped up his flight suit, walked down the hill and disappeared into the night!

In the 1980s a group of NAAFI women were standing around having a chat in Vincent Square when they suddenly saw a group of ghostly women dressed in Auxiliary Air Force uniforms.

The NAAFI women reported that they could only make out the top half of the ghostly women’s bodies before they suddenly disappeared into thin air!

In 1995 a resident who lived on the caravan site at the redeveloped North Camp saw a uniformed man loitering near the back of some nearby houses.

When she went over to confront him, he disappeared into thin air right in front of her eyes!


Downe Court Manor, Downe

The most often seen ghost at Downe Court is that of a young girl.

Witnesses describe her as being soaking wet in appearance and sobbing.

She normally appears to people in a certain bedroom by standing beside their bed and waking them up with her terrible sobbing.

It’s said that she’s the ghost of a little girl who once drowned in the old moat at the manor!

Another ghost seen at Downe Court is that of an elderly man.

His apparition is often seen by spooked witnesses in the barn.

On one occasion a young woman woke up in the middle of the night to find an apparition of a severed arm lying on her bed!

The house is also said to be haunted by a ghostly cavalier…

An apparition of his head and shoulders was seen by a rather spooked former owner.

There’s also an eerie spot on the stairwell where it’s said that a group of cavaliers once hanged a man!


Kevington Hall, St Mary Cray

During the time the hall was being used as a school the caretaker’s wife would often remark on the ghosts at the property.

The most common ghost reported was that of an old lady dressed in white who would roam the hall’s corridors at night!

Spooked witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly figure lurking in the woods near to Kevington Hall.

Some people think it may be the ghost of a German pilot who was killed when he crashed his plane in the woodlands during the Second World War!


Crystal Palace Tunnel, Crystal Palace

Local legend says that a track-maintenance worker was hit and tragically killed by a passing train whilst he was working in the Crystal Palace Tunnel.

It’s said he was decapitated during the accident.

And now his ghost wanders the tunnel looking for his head!

A couple of witnesses who’ve seen his ghostly apparition in the tunnel do report that his ghost seems to have no head.

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