Warning: contains topics that may cause an uneased feeling. Advised to not read at night or rather with someone when easily feeling unsettled.
England has many buildings that behold ghost stories, or well, paranormal ones. I’ve always been interested in such stories, including abandoned buildings. Sure, the question will always be the same: are such stories true? Multiple buildings have been visited by paranormal scientists, and they said it was true. I’ve researched multiple stories last year, for no real purpose. So, I suddenly decided to turn it into a series! In several parts, I’ll be telling all paranormal stories and the history of England’s buildings! Today: part 1!
1. Borley Rectory (Essex, England)
Borley Rectory was a Victorian mansion that gained infamy as ‘the most haunted house’ in England. It was badly damaged by fire in 1939 and demolished in 1944. However, the reputation grew when several local residents reported several inexplicable paranormal events happening. The Daily Mirror and famously known psychic researcher Harry Price made it get its attention. The first indication of paranormal activities were footsteps being heard in the middle of the night, back in 1860. Besides that, multiple people said they had seen the ghost of a nun, two riders without heads, even a ghost sledge. But that’s not all. People heard haunting sounds from the servant’s bells and got bottles thrown at them. On top of it all, it appears that stones were thrown at ghost hunters.
2. Ancient Ram Inn (Gloucestershire, England)
Many people say this is a true haunted house. Why? They say it’s the place where many sinister events occurred, such as child sacrifices, suicide and black magic rituals. It was even used by criminals as the perfect hiding spot. The current owner, John Humphries, believes he’s sharing his house with multiple ghosts: two demons, a witch, orbs and other paranormal presences. Many people who visited the house, said it was the scariest place they’ve ever been to. They say the witch was burned, an innkeeper’s daughter was hanged in the attic and several stories of rituals about murdered children being buried underneath the floor. The house is 872 years old!
3. Pendle Hill (Lancashire, England)
Pendle Hill is located in an area named Pendleside. It’s famously known for its connections with George Fox, which led to the foundation of the Quaker-movement. People discovered a graveyard at the foot of the hill and it was the home base for the famously known Pendle witches. And of course, the witch trial in the English history, which caused people to visit the hill to find ghosts and paranormal appearances. In 1612, 12 people were accused of murder on 10 people accused of witchcraft. 10 of them were found guilty and were hanged. Their grave is located on the same hill.
4. Berry Pomeroy Castle (Devon, England)
It’s known as a picturesque castle in an even more picturesque town. Though, this beautiful facade hides a dark secret. The castle appears to be haunted and has been reported as one of the most haunted castles in England. Two female ghosts, The White Lady and The Blue Lady seem to haunt the castle. The Blue Lady is said to control the tower and attract passers-by. When they help her, they’ll fall to their death. Literally. The White Lady is said to be haunted the dungeons because she was imprisoned there.
5. Woodchester Mansion (Gloucestershire, England)
It’s an unfinished, neo-gothic mansion. Sure, it seems to be completed on the outside. However, many rooms, a lot of plaster and whole floors have disappeared. In the course of the years, it got its reputation as a haunted location. Many paranormal appearances have been reported. Among them, a ghost rider and a ghost in the basement. Some visitors said to have been attacked by ghosts while others collapsed of fear. Women that went to the bathroom, said they had seen a floating head. Besides that, people reported having seen a young girl’s ghost and an old woman’s ghost. The most horrific place of all in the mansion is the chapel. Some people have reported the strange smell of freshly extinguished candles. Though, no candles had been burning prior to the appearance of the mysterious smell. The most fearsome story of all is the sight of a tall man in the chapel. He stands in one of the doorways and does nothing, except gazing up at the ornate windows, seeming to be concerned about them. He may be the ghost of a stonemason, his anxiety caused by the fact that water penetration caused damage to the chapel’s stonework during the years when the house was abandoned. Then there’s the kitchen. A phantom female voice has been heard singing an Irish lament, whilst in the same room, a youngish man has been reported crouched in the corner of the same room; apparently hiding from somebody. He may be linked to the small man standing in the kitchen doorway, appearing to be searching for somebody as he leans towards the very area where the younger man has been sighted.
That’s it for part 1! Which story had you heard before? And which one seems the most ‘creepy’ to you?
Love, Deem ❤