So you know when you’re bored and you just start googling random stuff? Yeah that’s what this post is about. I was reading up on the most haunted places in the UK and there’s some really creepy stories out there… some of which I’m going to share with you today so sit back, grab yourself a cup of tea and prepare to be spooked!
1. The Skirrid Mountain Inn is notorious for hauntings. Dating all the way back to the Norman Era (1066 – 1075) the inn has seen countless deaths. Legend has it that as many as 180 criminals were adjudged guilty of crimes serious enough to warrant the sentence of death by hanging, a sentence that was “allegedly” carried out at the inn itself, from an oak beam over the well of the staircase. Allegedly Owain Glyndŵr used it as a base for the Welsh Revolt against Henry IV of England, where he would rally the troops before raiding nearby settlements. Theres also many prisoners who died in their cells and staff who never left. Chilling…
2. Pendle Hill the home of witches, the trails of Pendle Hill in 1612 are among the most famous witch trails in English history and some of the best recorded of the 17th century. Margaret Pearson one of twelve people named the Witches of Pendle Forest, was tried first for murder by witchcraft; second for bewitching a neighbour; third for bewitching a horse (poor horse); and being acquitted of the two former chargers. Pearson was sentenced for the last to stand upon the pillory in the markets of Clitheroe, Padiham, Colne and Lancaster for four successive market days with a printed paper upon her head stating her offence. Overall the twelve accused were charged with the murders of ten people, all but two were tried at Lancaster Assizes along with the Samlesbury witches, in a series of trials that have become known as the Lancashire witch trials. One was tried at York Assizes and another died in prison. Of the eleven who went to trial – nine women and two men – ten were found guilty and executed by hanging; one was found not guilty. Today the witches are said to haunt the buildings and villages of Pendle Hill.
3. Alnwick Castle not only the filming location of Harry Potter 2000, over the years there have been some strange things going on, namely from the Alnwick Vampire. Legend has it that a man who served the lord of Alnwick Castle suspected his wife was having an affair, whilst trying to catch her in the act he climbed onto the roof of their dwelling and fell to his death after breaking his neck. Despite being buried he was still being spotted around town and when they dug up his corpse they found it covered with blood. Not too many chilly stories for this particular place but it has an fascinating history, did you know Alnwick Castle has been home to the Percy family for over 700 years and remains a family home today for the twelfth Duke and Duchess and their four children.
4. Hampton Court Palace is said to be haunted by the royal ghost of Henry VIII’s wife Catherine Howard. Allegedly when Howard was arrested at the palace she escaped the guards and ran along the corridor to the Chapel Royal, visitors have reported strange sensations when walking the corridor, believed to be Catherine’s ghost. Another ghost the palace is reportedly home to is the ghost of Sybil Penn, a former servant who died of small pox after nursing Elizabeth I when she suffered from the disease. Apparently paranormal activity began in 1829 when her tomb was moved.
5. York is named the most haunted city in Europe in which I won’t discuss all the places but the one that stood out too me is The Treasure’s House. It is said that back in 1953 a plumber named Harry Martindale was tasked with installing central heating in the cellars of the building. Whilst working Harry heard the sound of a horn in the distance, as he continued working the horn grew louder and louder. Suddenly a phantom carthorse emerged from the cellar wall followed by Roman soldiers who looked as if they’d be cut off at the knees. Since his sighting numerous others reported seeing the Roman soldiers.