INTRODUCTION

Over the past decade or so, ghost walks have been growing in popularity in towns and cities around Great Britain. This is hardly surprising when one considers our rich and varied history, ancient buildings and of the many dastardly goings on down the centuries. The English Civil War alone brought numerous accounts of headless horsemen, […]

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SLINGSBY HEIGHTS – THE SPECTRE IN THE SHADOWS

Many of my customers, on the Ghost Walk of the Lanes, frequently ask if I have ever seen a ghost. I have certainly had what I would describe as a paranormal ‘experience’. This occurred, many years ago, when I went to visit a run-down Victorian property some fifteen miles from the City of York.

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GRUESOME GHOST IN THE CELLAR

Brighton has always been a cross between style and sleaze. Peel away its chic fade and you will find a seedy underbelly. The playwright and journalist Keith Waterhouse was not one to mince words when he famously wrote: “Brighton is a town that always looks as if it is helping police with their inquiries.” This dark side of the city was, perhaps, most accurately depicted in Graham Greene’s 1938 murder thriller, Brighton Rock, and has since been seized upon in the popular crime fiction of Peter James. So rest the foundations of my tale…

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LEGION OF THE DAMNED

In the early 1950’s a young apprentice plumber, by the name of Harry Martindale, experienced a chilling moment when a Roman legion appeared to march through the cellar he was working in…

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PHANTOM OF THE UNDERGROUND

Covent Garden Underground Station was not always the bustling place it is today. For many years it remained a rather solitary little station, adrift between the more hectic stops of Leicester Square and Holborn. But deep within this echoing subway is said to linger a most troubled and brooding presence.

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MEETING HOUSE PHANTOMS

The Friends’ Meeting House, in Prince Albert Street, Brighton, dates 1805. It was originally a rather modest establishment until further extensions were added in 1875. It was built on land that once belonged to the Priory of St. Bartholomew. The gardens were originally a Quaker burial ground where some 54 adults and 34 children were placed in unmarked graves.

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WHISPERING SPIRIT

Little East Street sits in the shadow of Brighton Town Hall and runs from Bartholomew Square to King’s Road on the seafront. Tucked snugly at the southern end is number six, a listed cottage with bow-fronted windows, dating from 1800. The building was originally two separate shops; the right half dealing in ironmongery and hardware; the left half a stationers. In the mid-nineteenth century the whole building became a fishing tackle shop under the tenure of Samuel Andrews. It remained with that family up until World War II when it became a tailor’s shop.

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THE TROUBLED SPIRIT OF OLD STRIKE-A-LIGHT

In the mid-eighteenth century Brighton, or Brighthelmstone as it was then known, was little more than a fishing village with a population of just 2000. The earliest fishing settlement was a humble assortment of dwellings strewn along the foreshore below the cliff and high water mark. These were mostly destroyed in the early part of […]

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THE HARRIDAN ON THE STAIRS

Brighton Town Hall was built between1830-32 and designed in the classical style by Thomas Cooper. The building has an imposing presence with its giant fluted Ionic columns forming porticoes above the entrances. The interior of the building is no less impressive with large halls, corridors, Corinthian and Ionic columns and an impressive staircase, which becomes […]

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THE MANIFESTATION OF MARIA

Maria Fitzherbert was born Maria Anne Smythe on 26th July, 1756. At the age of nineteen she became married to a wealthy land owner named Edward Weld, some sixteen years her senior. Sadly, Edward was killed just three months after their wedding in a riding accident. Three years later Maria married for a second time […]

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THE MOST HAUNTED HOUSE IN LONDON

Perhaps the most famous of all haunted houses in London is 50 Berkeley Square; a grand four-story brick townhouse constructed in 1740. For several years it was the home of British Prime Minister George Canning. If you pass the building today you will see a commemorative plaque in his honour. However, by the nineteenth century Number […]

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THE MERMAID INN

The Mermaid Inn is a grade II listed building in Rye, East Sussex. Its cellars are thought to date as far back as the 11th century. However, the main structure dates from the 16th century. Many famous names have been associated with the Inn down the years. Queen Elizabeth 1st was said to have dined […]

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THE GREY LADY

There are many theatres in England that are said to haunted by Grey Ladies, including the Theatre Royal in Bath, the Theatre Royal in York and Brighton’s own Theatre Royal. The first theatre in Brighton was little more than a barn to the North of Castle Square, which opened in 1764. Although a popular attraction […]

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THE FRAGRANT GHOST

The Royal York Hotel was built on the site of a former manor house and developed out of three separate houses known collectively as Steine Place. It opened as a hotel in 1819, slightly preceding the completion of the Royal Pavilion and its gardens in 1822. The name derived from the Duke of York who […]

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THE GHOST OF WILLIAM TERRISS

The Adelphi Theatre, which stands on the Strand in London, was originally known as the Sans Pareil Theatre when it first opened in 1806, it only became the Adelphi in 1819. This was a rather cramped establishment which had been described as little more than a hasty conversion from a tavern hall. The building was subsequently demolished to make way for the theatre you see today, which opened in 1858. The Adelphi has been famous for its many farces, melodramas, pantomimes, musicals and, moreover, its resident ghost.

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THE KINDLY SPIRIT OF JOSEPH GRIMALDI

Another spirit said to haunt the Drury Lane Theatre is that of Joseph Grimaldi, the most celebrated of English clowns. Grimaldi was born in Clare Market, near to the Aldwich, with an impeccable pedigree in the performing arts. His father was an Italian pantomime artist and ballet master and his mother a dancer.

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THE MAN IN GREY

It would seem that many thespians are reluctant to shuffle of this mortal coil and graciously pass over to the afterlife. Theatres in Bath York and Brighton all have their fair share of ghosts; Drury Lane is no exception.

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BRIGHTON – Ghost Walk of the Lanes

Brighton has often been referred to as London-by-the-Sea, owing to its vibrant and bustling ambience. The town grew in popularity due the patronage of the Prince Regent, George Prince of Wales; later George IV. The upper classes became drawn to the town and it soon became a fashionable resort. One Dr. Richard Russell advocated that […]

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YORK – The Ghost Hunt

York is one of England’s oldest cities. It was founded by the Romans in 71 AD and became known as Eboracum. After four centuries of rule the Romans finally departed leaving it to become occupied by the Angles. In 866 AD, Viking invaders captured the city and renamed it Jorvik. By the middle ages the […]

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