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Top 10 Haunted Places

?The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.?

Could there be a world that lies beyond our beliefs?

These are some of the reported sightings and stories of ordinary people, who believe they have had an extraordinary experience!

Some names have been changed for the purpose of this website!

The Top 10 Most Haunted Places in the UK:

At Haunted Yorkshire, we get a lot of emails asking us which are the most haunted places in the UK. We have listed below, what we think these are...

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Hell Fire Caves
Borley Rectory Essex
Chillingham Castle, Northumberland
Chingle Hall, Lancashire
Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court
Blickling Hall, Norfolk
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
The Tower of London
The Jamiaca Inn
Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire

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1, Hell Fire Caves


There?s a system of caves in West Wycombe which were excavated in the mid-18th century by the infamous Sir Francis Dashwood, the founder of the notorious Hell Fire Club whose membership included some of Britain?s most senior aristocrats and statesmen.

 

What they actually did there, we don?t really know, although the club was generally known for it?s rather risqué behaviour.

 

But as well as the meetings of this club, the Hell Fire caves are well known for the amount of paranormal activity that is reported there.

 

Even today, The hell Fire caves reputation stands before itself and has become a haven for ghost hunters and people wanting to know if there is life after death.

 

2, Borley Rectory Essex

It's thought that the rectory was destined to be a haunted house from the start due to the events that had occurred on the site many centuries before.


The foundation was an age old Priory on land that contained a 12th century Church, Caretaker's House and other buildings. A.C. Henning, the rector in 1936, discovered that the Doomsday Book told of a Borley Manor prior to 1066, so he concluded a wooden church was probably also built around that time. 

 

The foundations contained underground tunnels and a complex of vault rooms. The Rectory had 20 rooms, was about 3 stories high.

 

Today, there is no sign of the once haunted location, but the stories and legends live on.

 

3, Chillingham Castle, Northumberland


Chillingham Castle is widely regarded as one of, if not the, most haunted places in the country. Dating back over 800 years this castle was built for one purpose and one purpose alone, killing.

 

In the heart of Northumberland the castle was the first line of defence, preventing the Scots getting over the border to invade England back in the days of William Wallace when the castle was ruled over by King Edward I (Edward Long shanks). It has a truly amazing, yet horrific history and that's why its one of the most haunted places on Earth.

 

Some of the ghosts include, The Blue boy, poor, wandering, Lady Mary, a tortured child, the Royal procession and so many other famous stories. 

In addition, the house also had no less that eight famous, well recorded, executions.  Some were hanged, drawn and quartered.  While alive, they were cut down from the Gallows, to have their entrails removed.  Still living, the failing body was cut into quarters.  The head was displayed on city gates, as warning. Other members of the family, more fortunate, simply had their heads chopped off.

 

4, Chingle Hall, Lancashire

The house is believed to be the birthplace of John Wall, a priest who became a Roman Catholic martyr. He was executed in 1679 and his head is thought to be buried at the house. It is his ghost that is said to haunt the Hall and its grounds. On many occasions, a monk-like figure has been seen at a window or appearing in the downstairs rooms praying. He has also been seen melting into walls in the famous Priest's Room.

Mysterious knocks and bangs have been heard all over the house, door latches have been seen moving up and down of their own accord, objects have moved without anyone touching them, footsteps have been heard making their way around the house and a cold chill has been felt in many of the rooms.

Most of the psychic phenomena seems to be centered around the Priest's Room and perhaps the most bizarre incident occurred when a guest who was at the house heard bricks being moved in there. When he went in to investigate, he looked through the priests hole and there, in front of him, was part of a human hand moving one of the bricks!

 

 

5, Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court

It is nearly 500 years since Henry VIII's footsteps echoed down the corridors of Hampton Court Palace. In that time, Hampton Court Palace has become known as one of the most haunted places in Britain. The restless spirit of the King's executed fifth wife Catherine Howard reportedly has been seen by several visitors, sometimes uttering terrible cries. Never before, however, has anything truly suspicious been captured on film.

 

The mystery surfaced a few years ago at the 16 th-century palace. On several occasions, security guards heard alarms ringing near an exhibition hall, indicating that fire doors had been opened. But on investigation they found the doors closed. Confused, they examined CCTV footage, and that is when it got spooky.

 

The cameras showed the heavy doors flying open for no apparent reason. When it happened a second time, they were astonished to see a figure in period dress appear on the screen and close the door. The doors opened a third time the next day, but the figure was not seen.

 

A palace guard said: "I was shocked when the camera footage showed an eerie figure in period dress in the doorway. It was incredibly spooky because the face just didn't look human. "My first reaction was that someone was having a laugh, so I asked my colleagues to take a look. We spoke to our costumed guides, but they don't own a costume like that worn by the figure. It is actually quite unnerving." An Australian tourist had also noted in the visitor book that she had seen a ghost near the exhibition area when the incident happened.

 

Since the release of the video footage, many people believe that the whole thing was a publicity stunt, however, even if that was the case, I’m sure there’s more ghosts that haunt the many corridors and rooms at Hampton Court Palace.

 

6, Blickling Hall, Norfolk


The Blickling Hall has been named the National Trust's most haunted property.

 

The stately home in Norfolk is said to be haunted by three spectres including the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, who was beheaded in 1536.

 

Anne Boleyn's headless ghost is seen seated in a ghostly carriage that is drawn by headless horses, spurred on by a headless coachman. On arrival the coach and driver vanish leaving Anne to roam the corridors and rooms until daybreak.

 

7, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

Many people have heard the sound of ghostly drums within Edinburgh castle; however few have seen the drummer. The reason for this is the drummer ghost only appears when the castle is about to be attacked something that hasn't happened for some time.

 

The ghost drummer was first witnessed before Cromwell's attack on the castle in 1650 and is reported to take the form of a headless boy. Who the boy was and why he now haunts Edinburgh castle is not known.

 

Edinburgh like most castles has dungeons where prisoners were often tortured and often perished. These dungeons are haunted by the ghosts of their victims; coloured orbs are constantly photographed by visitors.

 

One desperate prisoner hid in a dung barrow, hoping to be carried out of the castle down the Royal Mile and escape to freedom. The unfortunate man died when the barrow was emptied down the rocky slopes of the castle, sending him to his death. Visitors say his ghost tries to shove them from the battlements and is accompanied by a strong and unpleasant smell of dung.

 

What makes the Edinburgh castle dungeons unique is that the presence of ghosts or at least the presence of something has been scientifically proven. In 2001 Dr Richard Wiseman ran a research project studying the reactions of people to various parts of the dungeons and surrounding areas. These visitors who had no previous knowledge of the castle felt something far more often in the areas with a reputation for being haunted than anywhere else in the castle.

 

8, The Tower of London

The Tower of London is known to be one of the most haunted places in the world.  The Tower has an extensive history that’s filled with horror and blood.  There have been hundreds of brutal executions held at the Tower of London during its 900 years of existence, including the gruesome beheadings of prominent political figures and noble ladies.  Countless prisoners were also held inside the Bloody Tower and suffered from horrific torture and “unspeakable acts”.

 

Even children were killed in the Bloody Tower.  In 1483, Edward IV died unexpectedly, and his young, twelve year old son, Edward V was set to inherit the throne.  Unfortunately, his uncle, the Duke of Gloucester received permission from Parliament to ascend the throne himself. 

 

Edward V and his younger brother, Richard, mysteriously disappeared shortly after and were never heard from again.  All though child mortality at the time was high, the young princes both disappeared at the same time.  It was rumoured that their uncle had them killed (or killed them himself) in order to secure his spot on the throne.

 

In 1674, small skeletal remains were found, and recent testing has found them to be the remains of both humans and animals.  Were the young princes held prisoner with their pets?  Or perhaps buried along with dead animals? We may never know.

 

9, The Jamaica Inn

The Jamaica Inn was built in 1750 as a coaching Inn, to give shelter to travellers as they passed over the wind swept moors. The inn and its shadowy past were both immortalised in Daphne du Mauriers novel, "Jamaica Inn" published in 1936. Its isolated location made it a popular stop for smugglers and Highwayman. The Jamaica Inn has changed little over the last 200 years and has not lost its original charm.

 

Some say ghosts frequent Jamaica Inn because of its rich and long history, others say that they are attracted here after becoming lost on the treacherous Bodmin Moor. Whatever the reason a large number of ghosts are regular "visitors" to the Inn.

 

10, Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire

This huge stone building stands ominously, its dark windows looking out across Woodchester Park. Woodchester Mansion replaced a Georgian country house called Spring Park, which was built at the beginning of the 17th Century and named because of the many springs in the valley. The estate has much earlier origins which evidence of occupation dating back to pre Roman times.

 

The building itself was commission by William Leigh a freemason he had bought the previous building Spring Park and decided to demolish it and build Woodchester Mansion over its foundations. Williams cash ran out before the building was finished and died in 1873. It remained in the Leigh family until 1938 until the estate was sold. In the 1940's American and Canadian forces were stationed here until the end of the war. It now belongs to the Woodchester Trust who are trying to return it to its original state.

 

According to legend, Sir Rupert de Lansigny, who inherited Spring Park after killing his cousin, once owned the estate. Several locals have reported seeing a headless horseman, believed to be Sir Rupert, near one of the park lakes. A coffin has also been observed hovering above one of the estate's lakes, which possibly belonged to a Dominican friar who killed himself by drowning! More recently, February 2004 and September 2005 saw sightings of a black dog inside the mansion itself which appeared to coincide with the deaths of individuals closely associated with the building.

 

In 1902 a local vicar saw a strange apparition at the gates to the mansion needless to say he never returned to the building again. A few years later a phantom horseman was also seen on the drive dressed in civil war clothing. But it is the Mansion itself that is the epicentre of the haunting.