Britain’s long and bloody history makes for some very creepy ghost stories. From male sex demons holding victims in their beds to a room so scary people have died of fright, join us as we investigate Britain’s most haunted places.
- Woodchester Mansion
This Gothic revival style mansion sits all alone in a wooded valley in Woodchester, Gloucestershire. While it looks finished from the outside, it’s actually completely abandoned with nothing but bare rooms and crumbling stone work within.
Commissioned in 1854 by William Leigh the house mysteriously went unfinished some 16 years later when all work ceased out of the blue. Even today Victorian tools lie exactly where they were abandoned over a 150 years ago. No one knows for certain what happened but there are whispers of a murder taking place.
During world World War 2, Canadian and American troops used the surrounding fields for training. Several soldiers drowned in the nearby lake while training for the D-Day landing. Many believe their souls linger in the mansion with mediums reporting 1940’s music playing in the empty rooms along with a strong military presence.
Many claim they have seen a strange tall man looking for someone in the house. Others have heard a haunting Irish folk song coming from the old kitchen. Often the smell of extinguished candles is smelt in the hallways despite no candles ever being burned, while rocks flit across the floor unexplainably. There have been sightings of a short man cowering in the corner of the one of the rooms, perhaps hiding from someone? The caretaker’s dog is also said to often acknowledge people that aren’t in the room, staring strangely at nothing or licking thin air.
- Ancient Ram Inn
The Ancient Ram Inn in the village of Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire is believed to be one of the most haunted B&B’s in England. Built way back in 1145 on a pagan burial ground, this property is thought to be the site of child sacrificial offerings.
The current owner, who doesn’t go anywhere in the house without his bible, discovered small bones and daggers in the ground while renovating. He believes they are the bones of children sacrificed to pagan gods many years ago.
This house is reported to be so haunted that guests have leapt from the window after unexplainable encounters with spirits. It is believed that there are up to 20 ghosts that dwell in the Ancient Ram Inn including a murdered young girl named Rosie and a male sex demon that forces people down in their beds. Often guests are woken by tormented screams; some have reported seeing floating furniture.
- Knighton Gorges Manor
Knighton Gorges Manor is said to be the most haunted block of land on the Isle of Wight. The now demolished Elizabethan-Tudor style mansion that once stood on this property was the home of many tragic events. Its occupants dating back to the 12th century believed the house to be cursed and with a grand and twisted history of death, treachery and suicide, tales of the knight’s templar, assassins, and children dying of small pox, one could be forgiven for entertaining the thought of a haunted house.
All that’s left of the once grand manor are two eerie gate-posts and a crumbling gardener’s cottage. There are reports of the ghost of Tristram Dillington, who took his own life after accruing a heavy gambling debt, riding a tall black horse on the anniversary of his death on July 7th, 1721. Others have seen a lady dressed in blue running full-pace towards the gate-posts.
However, the most famous haunting on this property occurs on New Year’s Eve when it’s said that the house appears out of thin air with a party in full swing. The haunting calls of lords and ladies dancing in regency attire as gas-lighting fills the fields with an eerie glow. Many people have visited the property on New Year’s Eve in a hope to see the ghostly mansion reappear; some have captured strange lights and glowing orbs on film.
- Pluckley Village
Pluckley is a little village in Kent, England. It has the unsettling title of most haunted village in England. It is thought to be the home of between 12 and 16 ghosts that roam particular areas of the town.
There have been many reports of a ghostly horse-drawn cart that makes its way down high street at midnight. Then there’s the highwayman that was pinned to a tree with a sword by bandits in the 18th century, it is said that his soul is forced to re-live the traumatic events over and over. While across town there’s the school master who committed suicide after WW1, his apparition is said to hang from the tree where he took his own life.
Perhaps the most famous ghosts of Pluckley are the Ladies of Dering. First the Red Lady is said to haunt the grounds of the church of St Nicholas. She was buried in a series of lead coffins with red roses placed inside. There have been sightings of her wandering around the church grounds looking for the unmarked grave of her still born child. The second figure is the White Lady, said to roam the halls of the Dering family library. One account tells of a Walter Winan who kept guard of the library one cold Christmas eve. When the White Lady appeared before him without response he began to open fire with his hunting rifle. The bullets passed straight through her as she vanished into a wall that reportedly connected to a tunnel that lead to the very church that is haunted by the lady in red.
- 50 Berkeley Square
Located on Berkeley Square in Mayfair, London, this four storey brick town-house has a twisted and dark past. Stories tell of a wretched spectre that haunts the attic, capable of scaring people to death. Legends say it’s the ghost of a girl who committed suicide in the room after being abused by her uncle.
During the 19th century rumours spread of the haunted room and people began laying down challenges to spend a night. At least two deaths were attributed to the apartment in Victorian times.
In 1879, The Mayfair Magazine reported the death of a maid after she spent a night in the Berkeley Square attic. She was found in a psychotic state one morning and was taken to an asylum where later that day she was pronounced dead. After the news of her death spread, a Nobleman took up the challenge to spend the night in the room. He was found dead the next morning, the coroner announced that he’d died of ‘fright’
Then in 1887, two sailors from the HMS Penelope stayed a night in the attic. By morning one sailor was found dead, it is thought he tripped and fell while trying to flee the apartment. The other sailor reported seeing the former owner of the building aggressively approach them then disappear.