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Archive for December 25, 2008
Our post yesterday outlined some of the reoccuring ghost that haunt the UK on Christmas Eve. Well, Christmas Day has quite a few too. And here are some of them:
In Bath, Somerset in the 1880s an young actress played a role at the Theatre Royal. In the part she wore a grey feather dress. After the performance, she returned to her lodgings above the theatre (the Garrick’s Head Hotel) to discover her husband had murdered her lover. Distraught she killed herself. She is said to haunt both the theater and the hotel, still wearing her costume from the play she performed on her last night on earth.
In The Prospect Inn, Exeter, Devon, the ghost of a young child appears each year on Christmas Day. Those who’ve witnessed her appearances claim she bears the sweetest smile upon her face.
Buckingham Palace is arguably the most famous building in England, and it’s not without its Christmas spectres. The ghost of a monk in chains is said to walk the halls on Christmas day. Many believe his hauntings predated the building of the palace. A single shot is also often heard the first floor on Christmas Day. This is believed to be the sound of Major John Gwynne’s suicide. Gwynne was a private secretary to King Edward VII. He killed himself because he believed news of his impending divorce might bring disgrace on the royal family.
Lillie Langtry famous Victorian beauty, actress and mistress to Edward VII, is said to haunt the Cadogan Hotel, Sloane Street, London on Christmas Day.
Although Lillie was far from shy in life, her ghost seems to be. She will only appear when the hotel is relatively empty.
In Coutts Bank, Greater London, the sounds of joyful children are heard each year on Christmas Day. This haunting is explained by the fact that this area once was thronged by toysellers.
There have also been reports in this area of an Elizabethan ghost, variously identified as the Walter Devereux, the first Earl of Essex (executed for treason in 1601) or Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk. In the 1990s, an exorcism was performed in an attempt to rid the area of this ghost. However, reports of Christmas appearances persist.
In Dunkenhalgh Hall, Clayton le Moors, Lancashire, the mist form of a girl dressed in white haunts the hall on Christmas Day. Many claim she’s a former maid at the Hall, named Lucette, who took her own life after an affair with the master of the house left her pregant. Local legend claims her hauntings are a reminder to young women not to afford her tragic fate.
In Temperance Hall, Oldham, Lancashire, a grey figur can be seen in the doorways around Christmas time. Who this spectre is remains a mystery, but many believe him to be a suicide victim.
Sandringham, Norfolk, the summer home of the British Royal Family, is haunted by a ghostly presense during Christmas week. Residents have heard footsteps and heavy breathing, seen lights turned on and off, and notices Christmas cards moving on the mantel. Many believe these events are caused by the ghost of a nun who was seduced by a monk on the site. Some have even seen her, and claim her face is marked by empty eye sockets. Others believe that a young lamplighter, who died while making his rounds, is responsible.
In the village of Boughton Green, Northamptonshire, a shadowy figure is seen amoung the ruins of the St. John the Baptist Church. It can also be heard to moan. Some claim it to be the ghost of criminal who was hanged on the grounds in 1826. While others tell a more elaborate tale. Men claim to see a woman who asks them for a kiss, while women see a man who makes the same request. Legend holds that if such a kiss a given, the personwho grants it will die within a month. However, the only report of such a thing happening occurred to a man named William Parker on Christmas Eve 1875.
In the ruins of Verdley Castle, Fernhurst, Sussex, the ghost of a bear makes yearly appearances on Christmas Day. This is said to be the location of the killing of the last wild bear in England.
On St. Mary’s Lane, Cranham, Essex, the ghost of a monk without legs is said to float silently across the road each Christmas Day. This apparition has not been reported since the name of the road was changed to Cranham Lane in the 1970s.
Just outside the village of Llandyfrydog, Wales stands a rock called “Carreg Lleidr” (the Robber’s Stone). Local legend holds that this stone is the petrified remains of a theif who was turned to stone after stealing a bible. Each Christmas at midnight, it is said the stone returns to life and runs thrice around the field upon which it stands.
In Dalarossie, Inverness, a ghostly game of shinty (an Irish game similar to Lacrosse) many be seen on Christmas Day. It is said that the ghostly athletes are people who made the mistake of playing the game when Christmas fell upon a Sunday.
Hope you enjoyed these ghostly Christmas tales.
Again, special thanks to the Paranormal Database for much of the information contained in this post.