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From Haunted Houses to Zombies: The Most Frightening Scary Horror Games
Do you enjoy the adrenaline rush of being scared out of your wits? Are you a fan of horror movies and looking for a new way to experience fear? Look no further. In this article, we will explore some of the most terrifying scary horror games that will leave you trembling with fear. From haunted houses to zombies, these games will push your limits and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Haunted Houses: A Classic Thrill
If you’re a fan of haunted houses, then horror games that feature eerie mansions or abandoned buildings are sure to provide an exhilarating experience. One such game that comes to mind is “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.” Set in a dilapidated plantation house in rural Louisiana, this game combines atmospheric horror with intense gameplay. As you navigate through dark corridors and solve puzzles, you’ll encounter grotesque creatures and terrifying jump scares that will keep your heart pounding.
Another notable haunted house game is “Amnesia: The Dark Descent.” In this first-person survival horror game, players find themselves trapped inside an ancient castle with no memory of how they got there. With limited resources and a lurking presence that feeds on fear, this game is guaranteed to make even the bravest players feel vulnerable and terrified.
Zombies: A Never-Ending Nightmare
Zombies have been a staple in horror culture for decades, and scary horror games featuring these undead creatures are always popular among thrill-seekers. One standout title in this genre is “The Last of Us.” Set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by infected humans turned into zombies, this action-adventure game blends intense combat with an emotionally gripping storyline. The realistic graphics and immersive gameplay make every encounter with the infected a heart-pounding experience.
For those seeking a more intense zombie experience, “Resident Evil 2” is a must-play. This remake of the classic survival horror game takes players back to Raccoon City, where a zombie outbreak has turned the population into flesh-eating monsters. With its atmospheric setting and relentless undead enemies, this game will keep you on your toes as you fight for survival.
Psychological Horror: A Mind-Bending Challenge
If you prefer horror games that mess with your mind, then psychological horror games are perfect for you. “Silent Hill 2” is often regarded as one of the best examples of this subgenre. As players control James Sunderland through the foggy town of Silent Hill, they unravel a deeply disturbing story filled with symbolism and psychological torment. The game’s haunting atmosphere and psychological twists will leave you questioning reality long after you’ve put down the controller.
Another mind-bending horror experience is “Layers of Fear.” In this first-person exploration game, players step into the shoes of a disturbed painter as they navigate through a constantly changing mansion. Delving into themes of madness and obsession, this game uses clever storytelling and visual trickery to create an unsettling experience that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Survival Horror: Fight or Flight
For those who enjoy intense gameplay and heart-pounding action, survival horror games provide an adrenaline-fueled experience like no other. “Outlast” is a prime example of this genre. Armed only with a camcorder, players must navigate through an abandoned psychiatric hospital filled with deranged inmates. With no means to defend yourself other than hiding or running away, every encounter becomes a tense battle for survival.
Another standout survival horror game is “Alien: Isolation.” Set fifteen years after the events of Ridley Scott’s iconic film “Alien,” players assume the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter as she tries to survive aboard a space station infested by one relentless xenomorph. The game’s AI-driven alien enemy constantly adapts to the player’s actions, making every encounter a nerve-wracking game of cat-and-mouse.
In conclusion, if you’re a fan of being scared senseless, these scary horror games will provide an unforgettable experience. Whether you prefer haunted houses, zombies, psychological torment, or survival challenges, there is a game out there that will cater to your darkest fears. So grab your controller and prepare for a night of terror as you dive into these spine-chilling virtual worlds.
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How to Find Out About the History of Your Home
Your home holds many memories, and not all of them may be yours. Or you may question whether your house could be haunted or contain hidden treasure. If you’re wondering about checking the history of your house, get ready to learn how to uncover your home’s past.
Taxpayer Assessor Online Databases
Search online for your town’s taxpayer information. Once there, if your town offers an online database including every property, you might find out a lot about your home.
One tax assessor company, Vision Government Solutions, maintains online databases for states on the East Coast. Click on the state and you’ll see a list of your state’s towns. Some of the towns have accessible databases, and others don’t. Follow prompts to take you to your property’s information, including previous owners.
Hidden on Trulia’s website is a list of U.S. assessor records for every state. Search for Trulia’s property sitemap, and once on the page, you’ll see your state listing. You’ll be taken to a page with your state’s counties. Keep clicking to pinpoint your search.
Some towns host online assessor databases. Once on it, type in the property address or parcel number to visit a page of information about your home.
Realtor Websites With Home Information
Finding your home’s property listing, even when your home is not for sale, also offers some history. In addition to dipping into the websites of the major real estate agencies in your area to find your property, try the following sites:
Also try the Multiple Listing Service site directly. Head to MLS.com and you’ll see a map of the United States. You might find the history of your neighborhood or a home next door that may be for sale or in foreclosure, which could give you some hints about your own home.
Finding Out About Your Home’s Hauntings
Head to DiedInHouse.com, a website that keeps a database of people who have died in properties. The site may be able to tell you if someone actually died in your home. There’s a nominal fee to see the information.
Dig Up Land Records and Historical Maps
If you’re a genealogy enthusiast, you know the value of historical maps and land records. If you’re new to this type of search, start at the National Archives (archives.gov) to initiate a search into your property. You’ll find land transactions and even what the average cost was to build your house.
You can search for, download and enlarge historical maps of your town or neighborhood. Or go to your town hall and local library for copies.
Find Your Local Historians
Do some footwork to find the history of your home, neighborhood and town. Try the following:
- Historical societies: Your town’s local historical society can target your home’s history. Head to PreservationDirectory.com to find a database of local historic organizations.
- Real estate agents: Try calling a real estate agency to help you locate information on your home’s history.
- Neighbors: Pick the brain of a long-time neighbor. You may be surprised with juicy details.
- Physical evidence: Consult with an architectural historian, according to ThisOldHouse.com. Researching layers of paint or wallpaper helps identify what year your house was built.
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The 10 most haunted places in the UK
Check out the most haunted places around the UK for a proper fright
Believe in ghosts? Whether you do or not, you’ll be shocked at just how many mystical spots there are in the United Kingdom . As well as full-on ghost towns , there are also rickety old mansions, abandoned castles , eerie cemeteries and post-industrial landscapes.
From country houses haunted by notorious phantoms to graveyards riddled with the ghosts of Victorian children, the UK is full of haunted places ready to send shivers down your spine. No, really. History is everywhere here, and not all of that history is happy gathering dust in the books.
Even if you don’t believe in ghosts or ghouls, these spots can still be great excuses to see lesser-known parts of the country. But maybe refrain from planning your visit during a full moon: you never know what might happen.
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1. Aston Hall, West Midlands
This red-brick manor house has racked up quite a few ghosts since it was completed in the 1630s. The very first tenant, Sir Thomas Holte, allegedly murdered his cook, and the ghost of his daughter, who he locked away for 16 years until her death, is also said to wander the halls alongside Holte’s houseboy and a ‘green lady’, thought to be his housekeeper. Keep your eyes peeled for ghostly Royalist soldiers too. There’s a hole in Aston Hall’s staircase made by a cannonball when the house was under siege during the English Civil War.
2. Pendle Hill, Lancashire
Looming over hamlets and farmland in rural Lancashire, Pendle Hill is a properly stunning spot. But it’s got a dark past. In 1612, ten local people known as the Pendle witches were executed nearby after a trial at Lancaster Castle. Some say the hill is haunted by the spirits of those who lost their lives, and there have been a number of alleged sightings over the years. Whatever you believe it’s an undeniably atmospheric place.
3. Margam Country Park, West Glamorgan
Margam Country Park in South Wales is a triple threat. It’s home to the ruined Capel Mair ar y Bryn, where the presence of unwelcoming ancient monks has been felt, a big gothic castle stalked by the spirit of a rageful and unjustly murdered gamekeeper, the ghosts of Victorian children with a penchant for moving objects and disembodied laughter, and a blacksmith who walks the castle grounds, plus the ruins of the twelfth-century Margam Abbey, which are enough on their own to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
4. Manningtree, Essex
Modern witches might want to steer clear of the Essex town of Manningtree. It’s where the self-professed Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins lived in the 1600s. His, erm, efforts resulted in the deaths of hundreds of women in East Anglia’s witch trials. If you don’t feel the ancient anger of the persecuted there, you could spot the ghost of Hopkins himself. Sightings of him have happened during full moons in the neighbouring village of Mistley, by the pond where he infamously drowned so many innocent people. Know when the next full moon falls? That would be Halloween. Cool cool.
5. Skirrid Mountain Inn, Monmouthshire
Plenty of pubs have grisly tales to tell, but this ancient boozer in the Brecon Beacons has more than most. Punters have reported hearing slamming doors, loud footsteps and whispered voices. Legend has it that’s because the building was once used as a court of law, and hundreds of defendants were put to death in the inn itself. A noose now hangs in the historic bar. You know, in case you need a reminder of its creepy history with your pint.
6. Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon
A fifteenth-century ruin in a wood? Classic ghost-spotting territory. This grand castle, which was abandoned centuries ago, has a number of creepy tales attached to it. People have reported hearing screams and feeling chills there and bearing scratches or bruises after leaving the castle. The ghosts of Lady Margaret Pomeroy, who supposedly starved to death in the castle’s dungeons, and two Pomeroy brothers who leapt from the castle’s ramparts rather than be caught by their enemies, are said to haunt the site.
7. Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire
Whitby = the perfect setting for a ghost story. As if the gothic vibe and ‘Dracula’ connection isn’t spinetingling enough, atmospheric Whitby Abbey is said to be home to the ghost of a young nun who was bricked up alive in the walls after breaking her vows. And a phantom hearse with four headless horses and a headless driver has been spotted in front of St Mary’s Church, in the shadow of the Abbey. Woooooooh!
8. Duntulm Castle, Isle of Skye
There’s something ethereal and other about the Isle of Skye , with its mind-boggling landscapes and mystical places with names like the Fairy Pools and Fairy Glen. The ruins of Duntulm Castle, which cling to the northern tip of the island, are no exception. It was built in the late fourteenth century before being abandoned around 1730. Now it’s so unstable the clifftop fortress is best viewed from a safe distance. Keep your eyes peeled, though, for the ghost of a nursemaid, murdered after she accidentally dropped a clan chief’s baby out of the window and into the sea below.
9. Pluckley, Kent
A picturesque village in Kent , Pluckley is known for being the place the TV series ‘The Darling Buds of May’ was filmed – and also for being entirely overrun with ghosts. In fact, villagers proudly boast of their spot in the ‘Guinness Book of Records’ as Britain’s ‘most haunted village’, thanks to the 12 official apparitions that roam the place. Swing by to see if you get a visitation from a phantom coach and horses, a tree-dwelling highwayman, a schoolmaster, a small white dog and others – there’s quite a list.
10. Blickling Hall, Norfolk
This is the place for spotting a real celebrity phantom. According to legend, the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn returns to the hall, which was built on the site of her childhood home, every May on the anniversary of her execution. Her anguished dad has also been spotted roaming the nearby countryside, while you might hear or come across the spirits of two other former homeowners inside the hall, too.
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The Secrets of Alnwick Castle's Haunting Past
Northumberland is a place that is renowned for its rich medieval heritage, and its array of impressive castles have withstood the test of time. Among these historic gems, none shines brighter than Alnwick Castle , with a legacy spanning over 900 years. Being the esteemed seat of the original "Kings in the North", the legendary Percy family , it still remains in the same family today, being inhabited by the Duke of Northumberland .
While the castle is known in a more modern context for starring in movies like Harry Potter , and putting on realistic medieval events like jesting ,and archery , this medieval stronghold also harbours a more unexpected and ghostly connection. It is whispered in local folklore that Alnwick Castle is the very birthplace of its own chilling legend - the Alnwick Vampire.
The Legend of the Alnwick Vampire
While it may not hold the title of the most haunted place in England, the tale of the Alnwick Vampire has been alive since the 12th century, and is a significant story in the castle’s history.
Written by medieval chronicler William de Newburgh in his Historia rerum Anglicarum, the legend begins with a man who served the lord of Alnwick Castle suspecting his wife of committing adultery. On the journey to uncover the truth he conspired to catch her in the act by climbing the heights of their dwelling and, tragically, meeting his end by falling from the rooftop, his neck snapping upon impact.
However, despite the man being laid to rest after a traditional Christian burial, he could not rest in peace. His presence lingered around Alnwick, creating a sense of unease and fear among the locals. As unexplained illness began to spread and livestock mysteriously perished, the townsfolk couldn't help but point the finger of suspicion at the departed man.
On a fateful Palm Sunday, two young men from the town, armed with pitchforks, embarked on a mission to unveil the hideout of the cadaver. Upon finding the corpse, they discovered that the burial shroud had been torn to shreds, and the body of the man was bloated, engorged, and putrid.
It was a grisly spectacle that seemed to offer irrefutable proof that the revenant had indeed been nourishing itself with the blood of the living.
Leading the body to the outskirts of the town, it was burned. It was only then that the curse that had consumed the town was lifted, bringing an abrupt end to the devastating plague and the terror of the townsfolk.
To this very day, the haunting figure is referred to as the Alnwick Vampire, a name coined by De Newburgh. Remarkably, his account of this eerie tale is the first recorded use of the word 'bloodsucker' in the context of England.
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The 12 Most Haunted Places in the UK
The UK is a real hotbed of paranormal activity. With ancient buildings and long gruesome history, it’s little surprise it’s regarded as the most haunted country in the world!
Discover the United Kingdom’s vast array of haunted places, from ancient houses and castles, to inns, and hotels.
Below you’ll find what we believe are the twelve most haunted places in the UK, and if you want to explore a little more, we even list the most haunted locations in several cities, counties, and countries!
1. Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire
Dating back to the 12th century, The Ancient Ram Inn has often been referred to as ‘the most haunted house in Britain’. The house is said to have been the location of many sinister happenings, including child sacrifice, suicide, and black magic rituals and was also used as a hideout by criminals.
The building is home to all sorts of spooks – two demons, a witch, orbs and other ghostly presences, and many people who have visited the property have described it as the ‘scariest place’ they’ve ever visited. The house regularly opens its doors to ghost hunters, but you must book in advance.
2. Pendle Hill, Lancashire
Pendle Hill is located in an area known as Pendleside. It’s famous for its links to George Fox, which led to the foundation of the Quaker movement. A Bronze Age burial site was also discovered at the foot of the hill, and it was also home to the Pendle witches, prompting many people to visit the site in search of ghosts and spirits.
Most Haunted visited the site in 2004 for a live episode. Yvette Fielding maintains that it was the scariest episode of Most Haunted that they have ever filmed.
3. Borley Rectory, Essex
Borley Rectory was a Victorian mansion in the pretty village of Borley, Essex. It was destroyed by fire in 1939 but gained a reputation as being the most haunted location in the country after a series of locals reported some unexplained paranormal goings-on.
The hauntings at Borley caught the nation’s attention when the hauntings were covered in the Daily Mirror and by noted paranormal investigator Harry Price. Then (June 1929), one of the country’s most famous haunted houses was born.
The first indication that something paranormal was happening at the house was footsteps heard in the dead of night in the 1860s. The ghost of a nun, two headless horsemen, a phantom carriage, the phantom ringing of the servant’s bells and bottle-throwing are just some of the paranormal incidents reported at Borley.
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4. Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon
Berry Pomeroy Castle is known for being a picturesque castle in an even more picturesque town. Still, the pretty façade hides a sinister secret – the castle is haunted and is reported as being one of the most haunted places in Devon .
Two female ghosts, the White Lady and the Blue Lady are said to haunt the castle. The White Lady is said to haunt the dungeons. The Blue Lady is said to haunt the tower, luring passers-by to her aid – and if they help her, it is said that they fall to their death.
5. Ballygally Castle, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
Located on the shores of Co. Antrim, the stunning Ballygally Castle, dates back to 1625 and is steeped in history. It’s haunted by the spirit of Lady Isobel Shaw, who fell to her death more than 400 years ago.
Her husband (Lord James Shaw) locked her in a room at the top of the castle when she failed to produce a male heir. Left to starve, she was trying to escape when the tragic fall occurred. Her spirit is said to wander the hotel to this day, knocking on doors and appearing in rooms then disappearing.
Many other ghosts call Ballygally Castle home. Madame Nixon, a woman that lived there in the 19th century, has been seen and heard walking around the castle in a silk dress. There are also the spirits of children that have been heard running and giggling in the hotel rooms.
6. Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire
Woodchester Mansion is an unfinished Gothic revival mansion in Gloucestershire. Whilst it looks complete from the outside, inside, several rooms, lots of plaster and whole floors are missing.
Over the years, it has gained a reputation as a haunted location. Several paranormal sightings have been reported, including a phantom horseman, the Tall Man of the Chapel and a ghost in the cellar.
Ghosts have attacked some visitors to the mansion, and others have collapsed, whilst women who have been to the bathroom have reported seeing a floating head. The ghost of a little girl and the spirit of an elderly woman has also been spotted at the site.
7. Pluckley Village, Kent
Pluckley village has a reputation for being the most haunted village in England – and it was named just that by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989.
Between 12 and 16, ghosts have been reported in the village, including a screaming man, a highwayman who appears at Fright Corner, a schoolmaster found hanged by a group of children and an old woman who used to sit on a bridge smoking.
Pluckley has been featured on numerous television programmes and is a favourite spot for ghost hunters and paranormal enthusiasts across the country.
Related: Pluckley – The Most Haunted Village in England
8. Mary King's Close, Edinburgh
Buried deep beneath the ancient streets of the Royal Mile, Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh is thought to be the most haunted place in Edinburgh and one of the most haunted places in Scotland . This unique location has a dark and mysterious past, with the first ghost sightings dating to the 17th century.
During the plague epidemic in 1645, it’s believed half of the population of Edinburgh died. The disease was rampant in Mary King’s Close due to the lack of proper sanitation and the cramped tenements.
One of the most famous ghosts to haunt here is a 10-year-old girl named Annie, who died of the plague. Visitors to this day leave dolls and sweets for her in her old home.
9. Athelhampton House, Dorset
Athelhampton House is located in Dorset and is thought to be one of the most haunted places in England. A pair of duellists haunts the Great Chamber, where they once interrupted a female guest by fighting.
Tapping sounds have been heard coming from the wine cellar, whilst the ghost of the Grey Lady has been seen around the house on numerous occasions. The padding sound of a phantom cat’s feet has also been heard on the bare floorboards around the house.
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10. Tower of London
The Tower of London has sometimes been described as the most haunted building in Britain and has been investigated by countless paranormal investigators and teams over the years.
The Wakefield Tower is thought to be haunted by the ghost of Henry VI, and on the anniversary of his death, his sad figure is said to pace around Wakefield Tower until the clock strikes midnight.
The White Tower is thought to be haunted by the White Lady, who has been seen waving at groups of schoolchildren. Her perfume is also believed to linger around the White Tower, and the scent has made numerous guards physically ill.
If you’re visiting the most haunted city in England, then a tour around the Tower of London should be high on your list.
11. Samlesbury Hall, Lancashire
Samlesbury Hall in Preston is a black and white medieval house that dates back to the 14 th century. It’s reported to be haunted by the ghost of Lady Dorothy Southworth, amongst others and has been investigated twice by Most Haunted, once in 2004 and once in 2009.
It also appeared on an episode of Ghost Hunters International. Several ghosts have also been caught on camera in the hall.
12. Chillingham Castle, Northumberland
Chillingham Castle dates way back to the 12 th century and has its fair share of ghostly tales and encounters.
It holds frequent ghost tours to allow visitors to spot some of the castle’s other-worldly inhabitants, including that of a blue boy, a tortured child, the ghost of Lady Mary and a spooky Royal procession.
Regarded as the most haunted castle in Northumberland , and perhaps the most haunted castle in England, countless deaths occurred here, with no less than eight public executions too. The ghosts of these souls are thought to haunt the castle to this day.
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With halloween fast approaching, we’ve taken a rest from reporting on the latest discoveries and scientific methods, to take a fun look at some of the most haunted places in england..
Pendle Hill & The Pendle Witches
Pendle Hill in the Borough of Pendle, England, is a small, isolated hill in the Pennines, where the so-called Pendle Witches lived during the 1700’s. During this period, witchcraft was an accepted part of remote village life, where “witches” served small rural communities as healers and practitioners in herbs and medicine.
The story of the Pendle Witches starts on the road to Colne in 1612, where Alison Device cursed a pedlar, supposedly resulting in him collapsing to the floor in a state of paralysis or from a stroke. The incident was brought before Justice Nowell, where Alison confessed claiming she had been told by the Devil to lame the man, as well as accusing her own family members and the Chattox family of witchcraft that led to an investigation.
Trials were held at Lancaster castle, with the youngest member of the Device family testifying with damning evidence against the accused, resulting in 10 people being found guilty of witchcraft and sentenced to death by hanging (Old Demdike, the head of the Device family died whilst imprisoned in the castle whilst awaiting trial).
Over the years, the area around Pendle Hill has become a hotspot for paranormal activity, with numerous sightings of mysterious ghostly figures, the shadow of an eerie dog, and the claims that some of the hauntings are the tormented Pendle Witches.
Highgate Cemetery is one of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries in London, constructed during the 19th century to alleviate inner London’s crowded burial sites.
Graveyards in London had become crammed with bodies, with burials often being only a few feet deep. The smell of disease-ridden rotten bodies would try to be hidden with quicklime to speed up the decomposition, but that would do little to eliminate the risk of illness to those living nearby.
Parliament passed a statute to the effect that seven new private cemeteries would be opened, with Highgate Cemetery being constructed on the former grounds of the Ashurst Estate, descending the steep hillside from Highgate Village.
The cemetery became Victorian London’s most fashionable site for burial, with wealthy Londoners commissioning ornate chapels, tombs, or selecting extravagant graves as their final place of rest.
During the next century, multiple claims of ghosts were reported within the cemetery walls, described as a tall man in a hat, a spectral cyclist, a woman in white, a face glaring through the bars of a gate, a figure wading into a pond, a pale gliding form, bells ringing, and voices calling.
The most harrowing event took place on the night of Halloween in 1968. Rumours of the “Highgate Vampire” had spread across North London, resulting in the desecration of graves by persons unknown, who drove an iron stake in the form of a cross through a corpse to slay the beast from rising.
Chillingham Castle is a medieval castle in the village of Chillingham, in the northern part of Northumberland, England.
The castle was originally founded as a monastery in the late 12th century, but during the 14th century was fortified with a license of crenellate, converting the site into a significant stronghold during Northumberland’s bloody border feuds with Scotland.
The Castle is one of the contenders for the highest levels of paranormal activity in England, with a large collection of spectres and apparitions such as the ghost of Lady Mary Berkeley (died 1719), the wife of Lord Grey of Wark and Chillingham who was abandoned by her faithless husband, and left to wander the castle halls broken hearted.
Other supposed spectres include a frail figure in white called the white pantry ghost, the ghost in the chamber, the blue boy, and the voices of two men heard muttering in the castle chapel.
Chislehurst Caves is an extensive complex of subterranean tunnels of uncertain origin, that stretch up to 35km in the suburbs of south London in Chislehurst, Bromley.
Despite being called caves, they are entirely man-made and were probably first constructed as a mine to extract the flint deposits in the London chalk layers.
It has been suggested that part of the cave system dates from up to 8000 years ago, but the first recorded mention was actually noted in medieval documents of circa 1250, and in post-medieval church records of 1737.
By World War II, the cave was transformed during the German bombing campaign of 1940 and 1941 (The Blitz) into one of London’s largest air raid shelters. At its peak, the cave was essentially an underground city, inhabited by some 15,000 civilians sleeping in three-tier bunks or small family pitches costing sixpence per week.
Within the caves is a chamber called the “haunted pool”, where claims of a lady dressed in white is often seen floating across the surface, with visitors also hearing the distant sound of strange and bizarre noises in the miles of dark corridors.
Bruce Castle is a manor house in Tottenham, London, named after the House of Bruce, who owned the land until Robert I of Scotland forfeited his holdings in England during his accession to the Scottish throne in 1306.
Sources disagree on the house’s initial construction date due to lack of historical records, although there is some archaeological evidence dating parts of the building to the 15th century.
The earliest known reference to the building dates from 1516, when Henry VIII met his sister Margaret, Queen of Scots, at “Maister Compton’s House beside Tottenham”, known as Lordship House.
In the 17th century, Henry Hare, 2nd Baron Coleraine, settled at Lordship House and renamed it Bruce Castle, where he had an affair with Sarah Alston. Sources speculate that his wife Constantia committed suicide in her grief, and now haunts the castle, flinging herself from a parapet with a despairing cry on the anniversary of her death.
The Treasurer’s House
The Treasurer’s House is a large townhouse situated in York, England. The house was constructed for the treasure of the Minster, until the position was terminated with the Reformation of the English Church in 1547.
Thomas Young, Archbishop between 1561 and 1568, and his descendants are responsible for the structure of house as it is today. The Young’s added the symmetrical front and almost entirely rebuilt the house, with the interior being remodelled and restored during the 19th century by Frank Green, a wealthy local industrialist.
During the works, Green discovered that the house was situated on a major Roman road leading north from Roman York (Eboracum). Also discovered were four Roman columns, one of which remains in-situ in the cellar, and one of which was used as a base for a modern set of columns in the main hall.
The house is reputed to be haunted by George Aislaby, a former owner from the 17th century, but the most intriguing claim is an account during the mid-20th century, where a plumber working on pipes in the cellar saw a Roman soldier emerge from the cellar walls, followed by a cart horse, and about nine or ten pairs of Roman infantry in a marching formation.
The Tower of London
The Tower of London (officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London) is a historic castle situated in the City of London, England.
Named after the central keep called the White Tower, the earliest construction was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 to symbolise Norman suppression over London. The White Tower was the castle’s strongest point militarily, and provided accommodation for the king and his representatives.
Over the centuries, the Tower has served as a prison, an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public record office, and the home of the Crown Jewels of England. Even up until WW1 and WW2, the Tower was again used as a prison and witnessed the executions of 12 men for espionage.
It is claimed that many of those executed at the tower now haunts within the walls, with the most famous being Anne Boleyn who was beheaded for treason in 1536. Her ghost supposedly haunts the Church of St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower, and has also been seen walking around the White Tower carrying her severed head.
Other reported ghosts and apparitions include the Princes in the Tower, Henry VI, Lady Jane Grey, Margaret Pole, and even a bear.
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10 Most Haunted Places In London
Ghosts are definitely real. We've already established that. But where does your average ghost hang out these days? Well, anywhere it seems. London's got a lot of history. Some good. Some... not so good. So it's probably no surprise that the capital has its fair share of supposedly haunted locales. So where are you safe? Or for those of a daring persuasion, where are you not ? We thought we'd compile a list of haunted London locations. Ten of them, to be exact. So read on to discover some of the 10 most haunted places in London.
Liverpool Street Station
Liverpool Street. Yes, one of the largest transport hubs in the city has its own spooky goings-on, making it a local fixture among the most haunted places in England. Workers at the station have reported seeing a man in workers overalls waiting on the Central Line platform...after the station has already shut. Who is he...or more importantly, who was he? Where was he going, and how did he pass?
Is THIS the man? No. But COULD it have been him? No. If you're looking for a horror experience in London, you might not need to go any further than a late-night tube ride.
Not only that, but a burial pit filled with those who had succumbed to the plague was discovered beneath the station not too long ago. And if plague pits are anything like Native American burial grounds in Stephen King novels, don't bring any dead pets through Liverpool Street. Why you would is another thing entirely, but you have been warned .
Tottenham There has been a MURDER. Well, there was a murder. At Bruce Castle ...in the 1600s. Lady Constantina Lucy, the Lady of the castle, threw herself from the top of the castle - with her son - way back when. Apparently because her husband was a real piece of work who kept her locked away. This tale adds to Bruce Castle's reputation as one of the most haunted places in the UK.
Rumour has it you can still see the ghostly visage of Lady Lucy staring pensively from the castle's balcony. Perhaps questioning her actions. Or perhaps... perhaps , she doesn't even remember. No reports of her son though. We imagine he'd have a few choice words for his mother given the gruesome circumstances of his demise. Bruce Castle still stands in merry Tottenham, if you dare venture forth to see the spirit. Or the Museum, which it has now become.
If Lady Lucy's story doesn't chill you to the bone, there are other haunted house experiences in London to explore. But be warned, some of these spots are not for the faint of heart. So, if you're up for it, Tottenham could be just the beginning of your ghostly tour around the city.
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The Clink Prison
Clink Street Yep, who'd have thought that an old, renovated prison would be ground zero for ghoulish goings-on? The Clink is rather notorious as one of the most brutal prisons of the Middle Ages. Prisoners were often beaten and starved, all at the behest of the church. We don't have to tell you how miserable it must've been even being alive back then. Plague. Evil prisons. No Love Island . A living nightmare.
CLINK. CLINK. Those are the sounds of the spirits. But also the name of this prison turned museum.[/caption] Though it's been shut for around 300 years, visitors swear they see the ghostly apparitions of both guards and inmates, including a woman trying to remove her shackles. Nope . No thank you . We quite like living. We'll be giving this one a miss. But you should go! Now you know just how haunted London can be.
Room 333, Langham Hotel
Marylebone Who doesn't love a nice haunted hotel room? Well, room 333 of the Langham Hotel is all kinds of spooky. Several ghosts have been spotted in the room, not just by budding ghosthunters but by more skeptical journalists too. Those daring enough to face these spirits need only book the room, and head over to Marylebone to visit this wonderful period hotel. We don't think we'll be staying any time soon, but you're made of sterner stuff. Right?
Is that a GHOST? Or a woman in a stock photo. We can't be certain. Can you?
The Tombs beneath London Bridge
London Bridge Another London locale, another bloody plague pit. Yes, a whole lotta people succumbed to the Bubonic Plague back in the day, and as was customary, all the bodies were dumped in mass graves because life back then was just so much fun .
The Tombs beneath London Bridge are part of the London Bridge Experience , making it one of the go-to haunted places in London.
The experience itself is an informative and unsettling journey through thousands of years of bloody conflicts and betrayals that have taken place in and around the bridge. But the Tombs, well...they are only for the most daring of those taking the London Bridge Experience. If you're looking for scary things to do in London, taking a trip down to these eerie Tombs should be on your list. So, brace yourself for a chilling stroll through London's dark history, but remember, this is not for the faint of heart.
Shadows have been seen moving from room to room down there, and Emily, a young woman, is often spotted wandering around too. What's even spookier is that certain tours have actually complained that one of the actors on the tour is simply staring at them and not getting into it. Well, that isn't one of the actors. That was Emily .
The Ten Bells pub
If you weren't sure what a pub looked like, here is a picture
This one might ring a bell, as it used to be called 'The Jack The Ripper'. Yep, we're talking about Ol' Jack now. Back in the 90's, the landlord claimed that Annie Champman's ghost had possessed the pub. For those of you who don't know, Annie Champman was one of the Ripper's victims. People have also claimed to see ghosts within its walls, and have experienced poltergeist activity. Tables flying, chairs moving. Maybe there's something in the barrels. Or maybe, maybe , there's something more sinister afoot. So if you fancy sitting and having a pint while trying to spot some ghosts or other spooky shenanigans, give The Ten Bells a pop.
Ragged School Museum
Copperfield Road Of course there's a haunted London school. Of course there is. Now a museum, it used to educate children from poorer communities in East London. These days, visitors can learn a lot about the education system back then. That is, unless they've been terrified. To death. That might be a stretch, but museum-ers have heard screams and creepy kid-laughs echoing throughout the building's halls. And if there's one thing that's creepier than an old school, it's one filled with ghost children.
Can you see a child at the end of this corridor? Look closer. Closer...BOO. There are no children in this photo.[/caption]
Highgate Who'd have thought that a cemetery, a place where people are buried, would ever have any creepy paranormal activity around it? Well, Highgate Cemetery has had its fair share of spooky shenanigans.
See? No vampires. Anywhere.
In the Seventies, a creepy man was spotted by locals wandering the area. A local magician called Sean Manchester decided, in his eternal wisdom, that the figure must be a vampire. Why would a vampire hang around a cemetery? Don't they like, drink blood? But on the night of the hunt, Mr. Manchester disappeared, never to be seen again...Is what we would say if that had happened. Instead, he didn't find a vampire. Because vampires have no reason to hang around cemeteries. But you know what does hang around cemeteries? Ghosts. Especially the ghost of Karl Marx, who's buried at Highgate. Just don't share any of your wealth with him. He loves sharing wealth.
Greenwich This one's reputation proceeds it. Greenwich's Queen's House is the site of one of Britain's most famous ghost photos. A retired Canadian Reverend and his wife visited back in the Sixties, and the Reverend loved the staircase so much he decided to take a photo of it. Little did he know that when he developed it, he would discover two ghostly apparitions ascending the stairs.
The Reverend and his wife swear that no one else was with them when the photo was taken. So who are these two? Who knows... Do you know? No. Neither do we. Why not go and ask them yourself? Scared?
The Tower of London
St. Katherine's & Wapping
Last, but, certainly not least, is the Tower of London. For nearly a thousand years, the Tower of London was a prison. Arguably one of the world's most notorious. People lost their heads. A lot of people. People you may well have heard of, like Anne Boleyn. Henry VIII's second, and most well-known wife, was beheaded in the tower back in 1536. People still see her wandering around, holding her severed head by her side. Others have seen and heard all sorts of prisoners within the walls. Wailing. Wandering. As ghosts tend to do. Why not check it out and see them for yourself? And that's our list of the most haunted London locations! Got any other creepy places you'd recommend, or seen any ghosts yourselves? Let us know in the comments below. And while we have you, why not check out a London ghost tour ?
5 interestingly spooky things about London:
1. The Tower of London is one of the most haunted places in the city, with numerous ghost sightings reported over the years. Visitors have reported seeing the ghosts of Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey, and other famous historical figures. 2. The Grenadier pub in Belgravia is said to be haunted by the ghost of a soldier who was beaten to death for cheating at cards. Visitors have reported strange occurrences such as glasses moving by themselves and unexplained footsteps. 3. Highgate Cemetery is home to numerous spooky legends and ghost stories. The cemetery is said to be haunted by the Highgate Vampire, a mysterious figure that was reportedly seen in the area in the 1970s. 4. The Jack the Ripper murders, one of the most infamous crime sprees in history, took place in London's East End in 1888. The identity of the killer has never been definitively established, and the case remains a subject of fascination and speculation to this day. 5. The London Dungeon is a popular tourist attraction that recreates some of the city's most gruesome historical events, including the Great Fire of London and the plague. Visitors can experience the sights, sounds, and smells of these events, making for a truly spooky and immersive experience.
Get more in detail with the below:
- The ghosts of the Tower of London." Historic Royal Palaces, www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/history-and-stories/the-ghosts-of-the-tower-of-london/ .
- "The Grenadier." Londonist, 1 Nov. 2016, londonist.com/london/drink/the-grenadier-belgravia-haunted-pub.
- "Highgate Cemetery." Atlas Obscura, www.atlasobscura.com/places/highgate-cemetery .
- "Jack the Ripper." History, www.history.com/topics/british-history/jack-the-ripper .
- "The London Dungeon." The London Dungeon, www.thedungeons.com/london/en/
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Chillingham Castle has a suitably haunted name, and supernatural activities at this Northumberland castle are amongst the most documented in the whole country. With a history dating back to medieval times, Chillingham has a whole host of ghostly inhabitants that people claim to have seen. The White Pantry Ghost is a frail, white-coloured figure who appears in the inner pantry and has been spotted on more than one occasion. Legend has it that a footman on guard at the pantry door was visited by a woman in white who begged for water, but with the pantry door locked, there was no way she could have entered.
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Hampton Court Palace is home to the most regal of ghosts in the form of Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII and one of those unfortunates who suffered a beheading on the King’s orders. Legend tells us that Catherine’s ghost haunts the corridor that runs along the Chapel Royal, as this is where she ran when she escaped the guards on her arrest. She is said to have screamed for mercy before being executed at the Tower of London. Many visitors to the Palace agree there is a strange aura in the corridor and attribute this to the ghost of the former queen.
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Ghostly occurrences regularly occur in this Yorkshire home, with many stories of different paranormal sightings. An engineer reported the sound of a trumpet blast followed by a troop of Roman soldiers walking past, and workmen soon discovered the house was built on top of the original Roman road into York. Further sightings included a Roman legionnaire in the cellar during a 1920s fancy dress party. However, once the party ended, no one wearing a Roman costume was there to be seen.
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The Ancient Ram Inn has been in the same spot since the 12th century so has a lot of history behind it. It is regularly referred to as the ‘most haunted house in Britain’ and has been the site of many sinister occurrences over the years. Everything from child sacrifice to black magic rituals and being used as a hideout for criminals blot the past of this seemingly harmless Gloucestershire inn. People have claimed to see all kinds of unexpected apparitions at the Ancient Ram including a witch, spooky orbs and two distinctive ghosts. It’s a popular destination for those fascinated by the supernatural.
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