Halloween is upon us, the ghost and ghouls of the past will be out in force tonight so it’s probably best you stay clear of Britain’s spookiest houses…unless you’re incredibly brave (some may say stupid) and desperate to prove other-worldly beings exist.
On this terrifying day we thought we’d look at some of the most haunted buildings in the UK, places you should probably avoid once the sun sets. If you’ve ever experienced paranormal activity in any of these places, let us know in the comments below.
Borley Rectory, Essex
We’re starting big with the most haunted house in Britain, Borley Rectory, a mansion that was built in 1862, but badly damaged by fire in 1939 and demolished in 1944. It was rumoured to be haunted by a monk and a nun, who were having an affair. Their punishment – the monk was executed, whilst the nun was bricked up alive in the convent walls!
There are plenty of paranormal incidents to report on, but our favourite is when the Reverend Guy Smith was living there, servant bells rang (even after being disconnected), lights would appear in windows and the windows occasionally shattered!
Blickling Hall, Norfolk
Blickling Hall is not only a stunning estate, it is supposedly still the home of Anne Boleyn. She supposedly wanders the rooms and corridors of the 16th century stately home, which was built on the original ruins of the Boleyn house.
On May 19th every year, Anne’s headless ghost arrives in a horse and carriage (all headless of course too), carrying her own head under-arm and supposedly still dripping with blood.
The countless miles of track under the bustling capital of England has many haunted stations. Liverpool Street has the man in white overalls, Bethnal Green has reports of screaming of women and children, and Covent Garden having its own resident, William Terris who appears all over the station.
William Terris was an actor who was fatally stabbed at The Strand. He appears to staff around the station in a frock coat, hat and gloves, mysteriously disappearing when he’s spotted.
Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire
Another building that is in the running for the most haunted building in the UK, the Ancient Ram Inn was built in 1145 being used by Priests to house their slaves and workers who helped build the St Mary Church. It supposedly has spiritual Ley Lines that lead straight from the Stone Henge to the inn.
A witch was burned at the stake in the 1500s and she now resides at the Inn, along with previous owners. The current owner, John Humpries, claims to have found many dark secrets, such as the skeletons of children. He also cliams to have been grabbed and dragged from his bed!
Pendle Hill, Lancashire
Pendle Hill is renowned for the Pendle Witches trial that took place in 1612. They were charged with the murders of 10 people and executed by hanging.
Although this is more of a location than a house, there was a house unearthed near Pendle Hill that is believed to belong to one of the witches. They found a sealed room with the bones of a cat bricked into the wall, a move believed to protect the home owner from evil.
The area is apparently rife with spirits and every year people gather at the top of the hill, hoping to gain a glimpse of a ghostly apparition.
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Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon
This 15th century castle is home to two spirits, the White Lady and the Blue Lady. The latter is said to cry for help to anyone nearby, luring them to the tower. If they walk up to her, supposedly they fall to their death, so if you’re visiting, there’s no need to be a good Samaritan this time!
The White Lady is said to be Margaret Pomeroy who haunts the dungeons. She was put there when she was alive by her jealous sister Eleanor.
Athelhampton House, Dorset
Built in 1485 by Sir William Martyn and with a building as old as this, there are some very spooky tales to accompany it. The strangest story is that of a lady sitting in the Great Hall reading a book when two swordsmen burst in mid-fight. When she called for help, nobody came and when she discussed it with the owner, it couldn’t be explained.
Athelhampton has one of the most bizarre hauntings too! It is believed the ghost of a pet ape, which was accidentally entombed in a secret passage, can be heard scratching at the walls trying to get out.
Salmesbury Hall, Lancashire
This 13th century house is beautiful from the outside, but seriously scary at night! Lady Dorothy Southworth or the White Lady, reportedly went mad after her lover was killed by her family. She now patrols the corridors crying for her lost love.
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