All About Paranormal: UK
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50 Berkeley Square

 


 
The Most Haunted House in London.
       
     


According to Charles Harper in his book Haunted Houses, published in 1913, 50 Berkeley Square has a long held reputation as being the "Most Haunted House in London."

   
                           
   
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Haunted Airports


       



On March 2, 1948, a Douglas DC-3 registered OO-AWH,Dakota from Belgian Airlines flying from Brussels to London crashed while on approach to Runway 28 Right Heathrow when it hit terrible fog on its approach. The plane crashed at 21:14 local time on approach to London Heathrow Airport killing The 19 passengers and three crew members on a flight from Brussels to London lost their lives on board. Allegedly, as people on the ground searched the body strewn wreck and fog cloaked tarmac for survivors, a dazed looking lone man wearing a dress suit and hat materialized out of the surrounding mist and politely asked if anyone had seen his briefcase before wandering back off into the night. It was later learned that the man they had seen was among the dead found at the site.


     
   
                           
   
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Gatherings From Death




As well as sewerage, another “waste removal” problem plagued London in the 19th century: the disposal of the dead. There was little dispute about the means. Burial was the norm; cremation a peculiar foreign custom. The difficulty lay in finding room for an ever-increasing number of corpses.

The capital’s burgeoning population, upon their decease, were filling up its small churchyards, burial grounds and vaults.

   
                           
   
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White Lady of Cornwall







In England there are several ghosts that appear during each Christmas season. This phenomenon is called “anniversary ghosts”. These ghosts are seen most often on the same date and in the same location every year.

Animals are often anniversary ghosts.

It is stated that human ghosts return on these specific dates because while alive this time of year had a special meaning for them.

The most famous of these ghosts is Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry Vlll. Despite her devotion to her husband the King accused her of witchcraft, she was found guilty and beheaded.

   
                           
   
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Spring Heeled Jack Part III









"As the articles on Spring Heeled Jack are pretty much long I decided to divide all the information I collect into three posts. "

One of the most curious and persistent of all paranormal creatures is Spring Heeled Jack. Reports of his existence date back to the early 19th century in Sheffield, England, and he has been reported on and off in England and the US as recently as 1995. A similar apparition, called "La Viuda," or "the widow" was reported in Chile in the 1940s and 50s, though he seemed to have been motivated by theft as much as mischief. And while a decent case can be made that the legend of Spring Heeled Jack is nothing more than a series of cruel hoaxes, it would represent a conspiracy of impressive scope and durability. And while his story changes from source to source, it goes something like this…


   
                           
   
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Spring Heeled Jack Part II



Reports of an unknown leaping figure began in south-west London in 1837; the descriptions of the strange character made it out to be a man in a shiny suit with helmet and cloak, fiery eyes, hands like iron claws, and the ability to spit flames. "Devil-like" was the only description given of the strange figure that escaped with incredible leaps and bounds after attacking Polly Adams, a farmer’s daughter who worked in a south London Pub; the same description was given of the assailant of another woman in Clapham churchyard. But it wasn’t until early in 1838 that the rumors were terrifyingly confirmed.
   
                           
   
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Spring Heeled Jack Part I





Spring-heeled Jack is an entity in English folklore of the Victorian era. The first claimed sighting of Spring-heeled Jack was in 1837
Later sightings were reported all over Great Britain and were especially prevalent in suburban London, the Midlands and Scotland.

There are many theories about the nature and identity of Spring-heeled Jack. This urban legend was very popular in its time, due to the tales of his bizarre appearance and ability to make extraordinary leaps, to the point that he became the topic of several works of fiction.

Spring-heeled Jack was described by people who claimed to have seen him as having a terrifying and frightful appearance, with diabolical physiognomy, clawed hands, and eyes that "resembled red balls of fire". One report claimed that, beneath a black cloak, he wore a helmet and a tight-fitting white garment like an oil skin. Many stories also mention a "Devil-like" aspect. Others said he was tall and thin, with the appearance of a gentleman. Several reports mention that he could breathe out blue and white flames and that he wore sharp metallic claws at his fingertips. At least two people claimed that he was able to speak comprehensible English.
   
                           
   
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The Highgate Vampire







Many popular books on ghosts, like the book called The Highgate Vampire, mention a vampire which reportedly haunted Highgate Cemetery in the early 1970s. The growth of its reputation, which can be traced through contemporary media reports and subsequent books by two participants, Seán Manchester and David Farrant, is an example of modern legend-building. The most academic account is given by a folklore scholar, Professor Bill Ellis, in the journal Folklore.

 He writes from the viewpoint of sociological legend study; this concerns public perceptions of a real or purported event, and how these are shaped into a narrative by processes of rumour, selection, exaggeration and stereotyping.


Other narratives which treat these purported happenings as fact are available in the books and websites of Seán Manchester and David Farrant.


   
                           
   
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The Haunted Highgate Cemetery






Besides having such famous people buried there as Karl Marx, Douglas Adams, and the parents of Charles Dickens, Highgate Cemetery has long been known for its ghosts, sinister activities, and other strangeness, including:

The most famous spook in this cemetery is The Highgate Vampire, who is not really a vampire in the classic sense, but a phantom that is described as a 7-foot-tall, dark male figure with piercing, hypnotic eyes and wearing a long black coat and high top hat; he seems to vanish into thin air. There have been several dozen sightings and encounters since the late 1960s
   
                           
   
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Epworth Rectory







‘The Wesley ghost’ is one of the best attested instances of a poltergeist haunting prior to the twentieth century. There were apparently twelve people living in the Parsonage House (pictured), Epworth (Lincolnshire) at the time of the disturbances, disturbances that centred on the period December 1716 to January 1717: three servants, the Wesley parents and seven daughters. In that time ‘Jeffrey’, as he came to be called by the family: (i) created noises, ranging from simple knock to bizarre animal and windmill sounds; (ii) was seen and felt in various forms, including as a headless badger and a fall of coins; and (iii) moved objects in the house, particularly the door latches and the focus of his hate, the pater familias, Samuel Wesley. Wesley was the local Anglican vicar and it might be worth remembering at this point that in the seventeenth and eighteenth century while demonic ‘possessions’ took place in monasteries and, particularly, nunneries in Catholic countries, they (or poltergeist equivalents) took place in religious households (like the Wesley’s) in Protestant countries.
   
                           
   
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The Death Coach





The ‘headless Coach’ or ‘coach a bower’ seems of far later date than the banshee. Ghostly chariots such as that of Cuchulain figure in very early tales, but neither their appearance nor their sound foretold death


   
                           
   
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Haunted Surrey




Box Hill:


According to local folklore, an eccentric sword-wielding officer, Major Peter Labelliere, roams the summit by his grave, where he was buried upside down, as instructed in his will, in 1800.




The upside (down) of death!

The subject of death is not usually taken quite so lightly, but across Surrey and Sussex, folk have been approaching it in some rather unusual ways. Meet the people who didn't take death lying down, as it were!

Major Peter Labelliere - Box Hill, near Dorking, Surrey

There may have been some dispute over whether John Oliver is meeting his maker the wrong way up, but in Major Labelliere's case there's none. 

Had sandwiches been invented by the 4th Earl of, then Major Peter would have certainly been a picnic short of them. Slightly barking, to put it mildly, the officer of the Marines, who lived in Dorking, had lead a somewhat unhappy life.

He had fallen in love with one Hetty Fletcher, at an early age and, according to an early 19th-century book called "Promenade round Dorking" was eventually rejected.... "a circumstance which could not fail to inflict a deep wound on his delicate mind". 

   
                           
   
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Hand of Glory



Mummified Hand from Yorkshire May Be Last Hand of Glory Still in Existence








The Bladen Journal reports that a mummified hand found in Castleton, North Yorkshire, England is the only known ‘Hand of Glory’, a grotesque artifact meant to aid thieves in their work during the night, still in existence. This mummified hand supposedly has the power to “entrance humans” according to the Express. Hands of Glory were also a favorite tool for thieves and creative storytellers for over 200 years.
   
                           
   
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Who really is Jack The Ripper

Jack The Ripper: Poet Francis Thompson Named As A Suspect




An English teacher believes he has uncovered evidence pointing to the true identity of legendary killer Jack the Ripper.
Mystery has long cloaked the shadowy figure who stalked the foggy alleyways of Whitechapel in 1888 and murdered five prostitutes during his reign of terror.
   
                           
   
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The Queen's House Ghost

The Queen’s House ghost



What follows is based on correspondence and documentation about the Rev. Hardy’s famous photograph of ghostly figures in the Queen’s House. Much of the source material is held in the Museum’s archives

We are instinctively sceptical of 'ghost’ stories, but are completely mystified about this…

   
                           
   
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Haunted Farnham




Haunted Farnham

Guildford Road

Bourne Mill:



One mile east of the Borough along East Street stand Bourne Mill at 61 Guildford Road, just before the Shepherd and Flock roundabout.

This is one of Farnham's oldest buildings. Little is known about its very early history, but internal evidence reveals lat Tudor construction within the eastern commercial wing, and eighteenth and nineteenth century interior facade within the western residential wing.
   
                           
   
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Ghosts of Heathrow












Heathrow is a very busy airport. By some reports it is the third busiest airport in the world based on total passenger traffic behind the Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson and the Chicago-O-Hare airports. It does have the largest number of international passengers. And, it may have the largest number of otherworldly passengers as well.
   
                           
   
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The Enfield Haunting
















Investigative Files
Joe Nickell
Volume 36.4, July/August 2012


In August 1977, a series of disturbances that were soon characterized as a case of poltergeist phenomena or even demonic possession began in Enfield, a northern suburb of London. The subject of a forthcoming movie, the occurrences, including the actions of an eleven-year-old girl who repeatedly “levitated” above her bed, “held the nation spellbound” for over a year, according to Britain’s Daily Mail; “no explanation other than the paranormal has ever been convincingly put forward” (Brennan 2011).
Suspicious Acts

The events began on August 30 in the Enfield home of Margaret Hodgson. The divorced Hodgson lived there with her four children—Peggy, thirteen; Janet, eleven; Johnny, ten; and Billy, seven—whose names, in early accounts, were fictionalized. Two of the children, Janet and Johnny, attempted to convince their mother that their beds were unaccountably shaking. The next night brought mysterious knocking sounds and the sliding of a chest of drawers in the girls’ room. There were more knockings, and soon Hodgson had a police car making a call to 284 Green Street (Playfair 1979; 1980, 12–33).
   
                           
   
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George Lukins



George Lukins, also known as the Yatton daemoniac,was an individual famous for his alleged demonic possession and the subsequent exorcism that occurred in 1788 when he was aged forty-four; his case occasioned great controversy in England
   
                           
   
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Hever Castle


Hever Castle
Hever Castle




Built around 1270, Hever Castle then consisted of a walled bailey, surrounded by a moat. In 1460, a wealthy London merchant named Henry Bullen purchased the castle and converted it to a Tudor dwelling. His son Thomas, changed his surname to Boleyn and later married Elizabeth Howard, the daughter of the Duke of Norfolk.