10 Most Haunted Hospitals & Asylums In The UK
The ten most famous haunted hospital and asylums in the United Kingdom with sightings of ghostly medical staff, apparitions of patients and poltergeist activity.
10. Cane Hill Asylum, Croydon
The infamous Cane Hill Hospital opened in 1883 as a mental asylum. The main part of the site closed in 1992 and has been derelict ever since.
Security staff and those who have visited the abandoned building have reported seeing the figure of a man wandering around in the trees near the hospital, others have seen dark shadowy figures walking the hospital's deserted corridors.
9. Barnes Hospital, Cheadle
This Grade II listed, 1870s hospital on the outskirts of Manchester was closed in 1999. The hospital is built on what was once an Anglo-Saxon site of religious importance. It was used to house wounded servicemen during World War II. The hospital played host to the Most Haunted team for a live investigation in 2005.
8. Dower House, Bristol
Stood overlooking Stoke Park is Dower House, one of Bristol's more prominent landmarks, set on a hill above the M32, one of the main approaches into the city. Within Stoke Park there are two small lakes, the largest of which is Duchess Pond.
The bright yellow house was built in 1553 and was once part of Stoke Park Hospital until 1985, it’s since been converted into residential dwellings.
The house and the rest of the Stoke Park estate is believed to be haunted by one its former residents, a 17-year-old by the name of Elizabeth Somerset who fell from her horse in 1760 and broke her neck.
Walkers in the grounds of the house often report hearing the sound of horse's hooves in the house’s grounds and surrounding woodland, even though no horses have been allowed on to the land for decades.
7. Sandhill Park, Somerset
Sandhill Park was originally built as a private home, but in 1919 the Somerset County Council bought the house and converted it into a home for handicapped children. During the Second World War it was used as a hospital by the American Army, but after the War it reverted to use as a hospital for handicapped children. The hospital has now been closed and the House is now a Fire Engine Museum.
The hospital has a long history of paranormal activity. Many staff and visitors have reported doors slamming, disembodied whispers and voices. Switches are said to turn on and off by themselves, and cold spots are often felt with no apparent reason for it.
6. North Wales Hospital, Denbigh
The hospital in is now in a state of disrepair, having closed in 1995, but its been given a new lease of life as a ghost hunting venue after being made famous to the paranormal world by Most Haunted when they broadcast a live show from the hospital for seven nights over Halloween in 2008. Later the same year a devastating fire broke out and destroyed much of the building.
Over the years some pretty grim treatments were carried out at the hospital, including pre-frontal lobotomies and electric shock treatment, perhaps it's for this reason that so many tormented spirits are trapped here.
Ghost hunters have reported seeing the apparitions of patients walking along corridors, heard strange noises and, footsteps and banging sounds coming from seemingly empty parts of the building.
5. St Catherine's Hospital, Doncaster
While parts of the hospital are still in use, with 32 beds, much of the building is now abandoned but the original operating theatre tables still exist in the creepy basement. In its early days news of patients' conditions and even deaths were posted on the perimeter fence around the hospital as a way of keeping families informed.
The paranormal activity experienced here ranged from disembodied cries, voices, and screams, through to full ghostly apparitions. Many staff and patients have reported doors opened and closing on their own and heard footsteps on the upper floors.
4. University Hospital Llandough, Penarth
Originally known as the Llandough Hospital when it opened in 1933, five miles outside of Cardiff, in Penarth.
A staff member on duty at the hospital talked about her experience of seeing her own dead body lying on a bed, the nurse died just one week later of typhoid fever. Her body was placed in the exact location that she had seen in her vision.
On another occasion a pregnant woman claims she was woken up in the night to find a nurse in a Victorian uniform reassuring her that everything would be OK.
3. Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds
Now a museum, the Grade II listed building stands on the site of a workhouse, which once housed the poor and those who could not support themselves in the community. Over the years the inmate population grew and the building was extended to accommodate them, this included a new infirmary wing to provide free health care for the sick and injured.
In 1915 the building was offered up to the War Department as part of the war effort. The main building became the East Leeds war hospital, and even played host to King George V who came to visit injured soldiers.
With so much misery and death associated with this building, it's no surprise that there are so many claims that it is haunted. With reports of poltergeist activity, a phantom doctor that's seen wandering around wearing a white coat, ghostly patients, and even dark entity.
During its time as a hospital, the amount of lives lost here would have been in their hundreds. Before 1925 the hospital staff would have been hindered by basic equipment and no electricity.
Staff and visitors have also reported hearing moaning and guttural cries in the dead of night, could these be the ghostly cries of suffering patients?
2. Newsham Park Hospital, Liverpool
Newsham Park is a former seaman's orphanage and hospital and over the years has been the site of many reports of paranormal activity. Dating back to its operational days, a female nurse reported seeing an unexplained apparition, soon after she was found dead on the main corridor.
Many patients witness seeing the ghost of children over the years, as well as seeing dark shadowy figures, and haring disembodied, as well as reports of moving objects.
More recently ghost hunters at the hospital have reported hearing banging sounds coming from inside a row of cupboards in an upper floor corridor. It's said that these were the cupboards where badly behaved children were sent during Victorian times. This area is said to be haunted by a little boy who died while locked in a cupboard.
1. Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Cardiff
Cardiff Royal Infirmary dates back to 1822 and is located in central Cardiff. The buildings became the Albion Hospital in a 2005 episode of Dr Who, entitled 'Aliens of London' but it's not just fictional aliens that have created scares in this hospital, there are also plenty of ghost stories to come from its wards.
The list of reports of paranormal activity include a disappearing matron who was spotted in one of hospital's corridors by a plumber, and sightings of a woman in grey, apparently if she appears and offers you a drink, you shouldn't take it, if you do you will die within a week.
Staff have complained about being pushed by unseen forces, seeing a female figure on security camera, and witnessing figures in an office, one throttling the other but this isn't the only gruesome haunting to happen here. It's claimed that things ones got so bad that an exorcism had to be performed in the pathology department.
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