The 10 Most Haunted Houses In The UK
The ten houses in the United Kingdom with the worst reputation for their unwanted ghosts and spirits. From council houses to stately homes across the country, all with a haunted history.
10. Chartwell House, Kent
For over forty years Chartwell House was home to the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and it is him who was the first to report a strange encounter in the country house near the town of Westerham.
Churchill said that he had been in his studio copying a portrait of his father when suddenly he became aware of an odd sensation, looking around he saw his father sitting in his red leather upright armchair.
9. Wentworth Woodhouse, South Yorkshire
Wentworth Woodhouse near Rotherham stands in 250 acres of parkland and was once the home of the first Earl of Strafford. For decades there have been reports of a ghostly monk, the figure of an unknown man who stands deadly still, as well as hearing footsteps, children laughing, doors slamming, and visitors being grabbed by unseen hands.
The house's stables were the location of an episode of the long-running ghost hunting show 'Most Haunted' in 2017 when the team caught what appeared to be a ghostly figure on camera. The show's host Yvette Fielding described it as the show's "most groundbreaking footage" to date.
8. Skaill House, Orkney
Skaill House is a manor house in Sandwick parish on Mainland, the largest of the Orkney Islands. It was built in the 1620s, it was last occupied in 1991, and was opened to the public in 1997 restored to the style of a 1950s family home.
Visitors and staff to the house have reported plenty of ghostly activity, including knocks and bangs, doors slamming, odd smells, and even the ghostly figure of a a tall man with dark hair. Another guest said she had a question about the house answered by a male member of staff in the gun room, but no males were working that day.
7. Sker House, Porthcawl
Sker House is a 12th Century mansion in South Wales, and it is said to be haunted by the spirit of Elizabeth Williams, who died of a broken heart after being locked in a room in the house by her father to prevent her from marrying her lover.
Her spirit is now said to haunt the grade one listed mansion, which is also home to the spirit of a captain of a ship which was wrecked on Sker Point. The house also a violent history, including 16th Century carnage against Catholics.
6. Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire
Woodchester Mansion is an unfinished, Gothic revival house in Woodchester Park near Nympsfield. It was abandoned by its builders in the middle of construction, leaving behind a building that appears complete from the outside, but with floors, plaster and whole rooms missing inside.
The house has featured in many paranormal investigation television shows including 'Most Haunted Live', 'Hauntings', 'Scariest Places On Earth', and 'Ghost Hunters International'.
Bangs and knocking sounds have been heard in the building, and poltergeist activity such as stones being thrown have been witnessed by guests. In 2005 a local paranormal group spent the night in the mansion and captured what appeared to be a hooded apparition on CCTV.
5. Treasurer's House, York
The Treasurer's House is a Grade I listed house, located directly to the North of York Minster, and was the location for an episode of the Discovery Channel series 'Ghosthunters'.
The house has several resident spooks, including the ghost of George Aislaby who owned the property in the 17th century, and a group of Roman soldiers who have been sighted in the cellar.
4. Ham House, Surrey
Ham House is a Grade I listed house on the River Thames in Ham, south of Richmond in London. Staff and visitors to the house have reported experiencing cold spots, the sound of footsteps, and an inexplicable scent of roses.
The most active part of the house is the ground floor where many visitors report a strange oppressive atmosphere and pets seem reluctant to enter. There is also a large looking glass dating back to the 17th century that some people say they are too scared to look into.
The ghost of former owner of the house, Elizabeth Murray, Duchess of Lauderdale, has been seen on the stairs as a woman in black. There's also the spirit of a young nobleman who became suicidal after he was rejected by the servant girl he fell in love with.
3. 50 Berkeley Square, London
The building, believed to be the oldest unaltered building in London, has been in the hands of antique book dealers, Maggs Bros since the 30s, but was once the private home of Prime Minister George Canning, who claimed to have heard strange noises and have experienced psychic phenomenon.
The four-storey town house dates back to 1827, the first ghastly tale to come from the house is that of a young woman who committed suicide there, she jump from a top floor windows after being abused by her uncle. She's now said to haunt the house in the form of a brown mist.
One former resident, Mr. Myers decorated the house in preparation of his pending marriage and starting a family, but he was jilted by his fiancee and became a recluse. He spent his time living alone in the attic slowly going mad, while the rest of the house fell in to disrepair.
Others who have spent the night in the attic since have ended up dead. In 1879 a night in the attic drove a maid mad, she died in an asylum the next day. The next night a curious man took up the challenge to spend a night in the room and went on to become the first person to be recorded dead in the house, the coroner's verdict was "death of fright."
The second reported death at 50 Berkeley Square was a sailor from HMS Penelope in 1887, several sailors stayed the night, the next morning one was found dead, having tripped as he tried to run from the house. The other sailor reported seeing an aggressive ghost of Myers.
2. 284 Green Street, Enfield
The Enfield Poltergeist case might have topped this list, if it weren't for the fact that after the family at the centre of the case moved out of the property, reports of haunted happenings stopped. But during the peak of the paranormal activity between 1977 and 1978, the house played host to one of the most famous cases of its kind anywhere in the world.
284 Green Street in Enfield in north London is a three bedroom council house and was home to the Hodgson family. During the case, paranormal investigators, mediums and journalists witnessed and logged more incidents of paranormal activity than at any other haunting, making the Enfield case one of the most well documented incidents of its kind ever.
1. 30 East Drive, Pontefract
Reports of poltergeist activity at 30 East Drive, typical three-bedroom, semi-detached house on the Chequerfield Estate in Pontefract, started after the Pritchard family moved in to the house in 1966.
The first creepy occurrence was when the family noticed a cascade of chalk-like dust falling from just below the ceiling. This was follow by pools of water that spontaneously appeared in the kitchen, all attempts to dry them up failed.
The family also experienced lights turning themselves on and off, green foam was said to have oozed out of the taps, cupboards shook violently, doors banged, photographs were slashed by sharp blades, and countless object were witnessed levitating or being thrown.
On one occasion a large grandfather clock on the landing toppled over and tumbled down the stairs and smash. And most terrifyingly, the youngest member of the family, Dianne was dragged up the stairs by an invisible force, after the event, red hand marks were clearly visible on her neck.
The house is now a popular venue for ghost hunters and paranormal researchers who visit the property still log countless paranormal occurrences to this day.
Special Honour: Borley Rectory, Essex
Borley Rectory, a large Gothic-style rectory, which formerly stood in Essex deserves a special mention. For several decades, it held the title of the most haunted house in Great Britain, and perhaps it still would had it not burnt to the ground in 1939.
Borley Rectory was demolished in 1944 after being damaged in a fire but the legend of the haunting at the Victorian house live on today.
Reports ranged from hearing unexplained footsteps within the house, to sightings of the ghost of a nun who was often spotted at twilight in the grounds, and even a phantom coach driven by two headless horsemen.
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