5 places of the most haunted places in England
Everyone loves a scary story and, with Halloween not far off, what better time to look at some of the creepiest and most haunted places in England.
1. Bisham Abbey
Bisham Abbey is a stunning manor house in Berkshire. Built in 1260, the Abbey has strong connections to the past, so strong that it is said previous inhabitants still walk its halls. Lady Hoby, who lived in the sixteenth century, paces the abbey scrubbing her hands much like Lady Macbeth. She is heard sobbing and appears with a black face and white dress.
Lady Elizabeth Hoby was a highly educated young lady who tutored her own children in the abbey. She was notoriously strict and local people would often see her beating her children for mistakes. One day she decided to conduct her classes in the Abbey’s tower. Her youngest son William was not as bright as his siblings and, having enraged his mother, he was beaten once again. Unsatisfied with this punishment, Lady Hoby tied him to his chair, insisting that he remain there until he had finished his work. She locked the door and went for a ride on her horse.
During her ride, Lady Hoby received a letter from Queen Elizabeth I requesting her presence in court. She departed immediately, returning exactly one week later. Her children ran out to greet her, all of them except for one: little William. Realising immediately what had happened, she ran up the tower, discovering his body still tied to the chair starved to death. She spent the rest of her life regretting her actions and it seems she has not forgiven herself to this day.
2. Chillingham Castle
As the name suggests, Chillingham Castle is a very scary place. Located in Northumberland, the castle has stood since the thirteenth century. There have been many ghostly encountered in the castle including the white pantry ghost who begs for water, voices in the chapel which immediately cease when anyone attempts to find their source and Lady Mary Berkeley who still wanders the corridors. The most famous ghost is that of the Blue Boy.
At midnight, people would hear the distraught crying of a child and some witnessed blue halos of light or even an apparition of the little boy. The Blue Boy would manifest around the same passageway leading to a tower where, during renovation work early in the twentieth century, a skeleton was found walled up in the passageway. The body was found with small scraps of blue cloth by his body and some papers dating from the time of the Spanish Armada.
The story goes that the blue boy discovered these papers which revealed that the Lord of the manor was trying to betray the monarchy and aid the Spanish. To prevent the boy from speaking, he was trapped behind the wall with the papers where he starved to death. What is even more chilling is that the boy was sealed in the walls while he was still alive, with scratch marks on the inside indicating that he tried everything to escape. The blue boy stopped appearing around the time that his body was discovered.
3. Ham House
Now owned by the National Trust, Ham House is a seventeenth-century manor with a number of resident ghosts. Elizabeth, the Duchess of Lauderdale, still lives in the castle, despite having died in 1698.
Elizabeth was a ruthless woman, constantly attempting to climb the social ladder. When her husband died and she quickly remarried to John Maitland, the 1st Earl of Lauderdale, some suspected that she had murdered him. But Elizabeth’s desire for status and influence was hindered by the financial problems that followed her second husband’s death.
Visitors have reported seeing Elizabeth’s ghost wandering the castle wearing black. Her metal heels can be heard clacking through corridors accompanied by the scent of her perfume. In 1992 the chapel underwent restoration. Workmen returned one morning to find that plaster dust on Elizabeth’s pew had been disturbed overnight. It appeared that someone had left a handprint and marks from a large sweeping skirt, despite the room having been entirely locked up.
In 1879, the butler had his daughter staying in the house. One morning, the little girl woke up to an old woman standing by the fireplace scratching at the wall. She sat up at which point the old woman came to stand at the foot of her bed. When the little girl’s screams summoned adults into the room, the woman had gone. They examined the spot that she had been scratching at and found a hidden piece of paper. The paper had writing on it that revealed Elizabeth had poisoned her husband in that very room.
4. Berry Pomeroy Castle
Berry Pomeroy Castle is an extremely haunted castle in Devon with ghostly women, disembodied screaming and a friendly ghost who believes he is off to the pub. The most terrifying spirits are that of the child Isabella and The Blue Lady.
Little nine-year-old Isabella is believed to be the illegitimate child of a nobleman and servant. One night Isabella was caught in a fight when a group of noblemen attacked her mother. Though she tried to save her mother she was unable to fight them off. Not only was her mother killed but Isabella was too. However, she didn’t leave the castle and still roams the kitchen where she terrifies all who see her. She begs visitors to help save her mother, even following the kindest ones on their way home.
The Lady in Blue is the castle’s most dangerous inhabitant. Thought to be the daughter of the Pomeroy family, she was raped by her father and strangled the baby that resulted from the incestuous relationship. The Blue Lady appears only to male visitors at the castle, calling them for help and luring them up into the most dangerous parts of the ruins. When she has lead them far enough she attempts to push them off of the edge.
5. Treasurer’s House
Treasurer’s House is a beautiful, historic building in North Yorkshire. The house isn’t just home to the classic, creepy, female ghost but there have also been reported sightings of Roman soldiers.
Harry Martindale was installing a central heating boiler in the basement of Treasurer’s House when he had an encounter with the dead. It began with the sound of a trumpet, a sound which was soon followed by a soldier’s helmet emerging from the wall. The soldier was not only riding a horse but was followed by twenty more soldiers carrying lances and round shields. At the time many discredited Harry’s story as, back then, it was believed that Roman’s only carried rectangular shields. It was only years later that we discovered that troops in York carried distinctive round shields and the basement floor was built 18 inches above an old Roman road.
Another scary story from the house is that of a volunteer who was working in the tapestry room. While checking her hair in a mirror, she noticed a woman in black watching her from behind. When she turned to look the woman was gone but appeared again when she went back to the mirror. People believe that it was the ghost of the old and very strict housekeeper who would not have approved of such frivolous behaviour from an employee of the house.