The 10 Most Haunted Cemeteries In The UK
Even in daylight graveyards can be terrifying places, in the dead of night cemeteries get even scarier, so it's no surprise so many have reported ghosts amongst the graves. Below are the ten creepiest churchyards and scariest cemeteries, those with the reputation of being the must haunted in the country.
10. St. Dunstan's Churchyard, Cheam
The first creepy graveyard on our list surrounds St. Dunstan's Church and dates back to 1864, there has been a church on the site from Saxon times. Visitors have reported seeing one the church's resident spooks in the churchyard, the spirit of a young girl. It's thought that she fell to her death down a well that was once in the grounds of the church. Her ghost has been been seen walking through the old caretaker's shed.
Others have reported a dark and oppressive, negative energy at the bottom of the churchyard.
9. Thundridge Churchyard, Hertfordshire
Also known as Cold Christmas Church, after a nearby lane, the building dates back to 1086 and has been the scene of several ghost sightings, the most famous of which occurred in 1978. It wasn't just one ghost that a local woman saw, but an army of ghosts marching out of the church into the graveyard.
The church has a reported history of witchcraft and, as recently as 2009, many have witnessed a mysterious dark figure in a black robe moving silently between the graves in the churchyard.
8. St. Nicholas Churchyard, Pluckley
It's no surprise that St. Nicholas Church has a few ghost stories associated to it, as it's situated in Pluckley, which is said to be the most haunted village in the UK.
Locals have reported seeing the spirits of Lady Dering and the Lady in Red, a ghost who searches the churchyard for her lost baby.
7. All Saints Churchyard, Patcham
All Saints Church has a couple of notable spirits, those of Sir Charles Thomas Stanford and Lady Ellen Stanford.
One of the oldest recorded hauntings took place in 1956 when two local boys were ghost hunting in the graveyard, when they saw a dark hooded figure amongst the grave stones.
Others have reported seeing an apparition emerging from the south side of the building before disappearing somewhere in the churchyard. And passers-by claimed to have seen two women in medieval clothing pass through the tombs on the west side of the churchyard.
Inside the church in the 1970s, during a midnight mass on Christmas Eve, some of the congregation noticed a pale, sick-looking woman in one of the pews. She was so ill that someone approached her to offer help, but as they did she disappeared into thin air right in front of their eyes.
6. City Of London Cemetery And Crematorium, London
The reports of hauntings at this Grade I listed landscape in Wanstead date back to the 1970s. Locals have reported see a strange orange light emanating from one of the tombstones. Despite several investigations, no one has managed to find a reason why residents would be seeing this light from outside the cemetery.
5. West Norwood Cemetery Catacombs, London
By far the creepiest cemetery on our list, probably thanks to the eerie catacombs which lie beneath it. The catacombs date back to 1837 and were built as a final resting place for London's dead in Victorian times. As if dank, dark tunnels aren't creepy enough, these are fill with lead-lined coffins and ghosts of the past.
4. St. James Cemetery, Liverpool
St. James's Cemetery, situated behind Liverpool Cathedral, is said to be one of the most haunted locations in Liverpool. The Grade I Historic Park and urban burial site dates back to 1936 and has made the news in recent years after reports of ghostly sightings.
A video was recently posted on Facebook which appears to show a silvery white figure on a path running through the gardens. The ghostly figure seems to appear and disappear.
Others have seen the ghost of MP William Huskisson leaving his grand mausoleum where he was laid to rest in 1830, after he was run over by George Stephenson's Rocket locomotive. There's also said to be a woman in black who's been seen gliding towards a tomb that was ransacked by grave-robbers in the 1970s.
3. Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol
The first burial took place at Arnos Vale Cemetery in 1839, it's a Grade II listed site of of special historic interest.
The cemetery is haunted by two female ghosts and many people who visit the grounds have reported feeling an overwhelming sense of sadness.
One of the women is reported to be a black female figure who is often spotted crying over the death of her husband who was killed in the First World War.
The other apparition seen at the cemetery, is seen crying and panicked after she was supposedly buried alive there.
2. Glasgow Necropolis, Glasgow
Glasgow is a city which is well known for its haunted locations, so it's no surprise that one of the city's cemetery on this list. Officially opened in 1840, there are around 250,000 people buried in the Necropolis, very few have gravestones, even fewer have names.
In the 1950s the cemetery made the news when a police man found a group of local children who had been roaming the cemetery for several nights armed with sharpened sticks and knives. The kids were hunting a vampire. He was said to be seven foot tall with metal teeth and had been blamed for the disappearance of two local children.
1. Highgate Cemetery, London
One of London's biggest cemeteries and a location which is said to have hosted occult rituals, witnessed witchcraft and secret meetings of Satanic cults. The site, which is designated Grade I on the list of English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, is also said to be home to a vampire and has countless ghost stories associated with it.
The apparitions spotted at the cemetery and the adjoining Swains Lane, include a shadowy figure in a tall hat, the ghost of a cyclist seen working his way up a steep incline, and a woman in white. In a letter in the local newspaper, the Highgate Express and Hampstead, one witness said that his car broke down near the cemetery when he saw a hideous face peering through the bars of the cemetery's gate.
Others have reported bells ringing and voices calling from within the cemetery at night, and it's no surprise considering that more than 170,000 of London's dead are buried here.
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