The Ten Most Haunted Houses in the UK 2018

By smei

Posted 29/10/18

The United Kingdom has a long history, so it's not surprising that many of its building are said to be haunted. We have listed some of the most haunted houses in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Most Haunted House in London

50 Berkeley Square in the West End has often been referred to as “the most haunted house in London”. One of the earliest and well-known hauntings is that of a young woman who appears hanging, screaming, from a windowsill, before she lets go and disappears. She's not the only thing that haunts the building. At least two people are said to have died of fright upon visiting the attic room, which politician George Lyttelton described as “supernaturally fatal to body and mind”. It was left to rot for years, but is now occupied by Maggs Bros antique dealers [1].

The Haunting of Ham House

Ham House in Surrey is said to be haunted by the Duchess of Lauderdale, along with up to thirty other ghosts. Visitors are warned not to linger too long on the third step of the staircase, as guests have reported a “long sharp shove” when standing on that stair. You may also get a waft of her rose perfume [2].

The World Record Breaker

The Treasurer’s House in York can boast of having been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for housing the “Ghosts of the Greatest Longevity” [3]. One of the most popular stories is about a plumber who saw a group of Roman soldiers on horseback appear in the cellar, hidden from the knees. His description of the soldier’s armour was thought to be wrong until years later, when archaeologists found evidence that not only did soldiers wear this get up, there was a Roman Road buried below the cellar. Is this proof of life beyond the grave [3]?

The Enfield Poltergeist

Though you may not recognise the address, 284 Green Street is home to one of the world’s most famous poltergeists. It has been featured in many books and documentaries, and is the subject of The Conjuring 2. The house was made famous in the 1970s when two young girls living there were haunted by the ghost of a former resident. Photographs from the time apparently show things, and people, being flung about by the poltergeist [4].

The Prison for Witches

The Cage in Essex once functioned as a prison for witches before they were taken to be hanged. The owner put the house back on the market recently after saying she’d had enough of being haunted by everything from a bottom- patting ghost to a satanic goat [5]!  During a recent paranormal investigation there was footage that seemed to show an attendee turning into a witch – was it a trick of the light or revenge from a former prisoner [6]? 

The Prankster

Yvette Fielding, presenter of Most Haunted, described 30 East Drive in Yorkshire as the most terrifying location she had ever filmed in. The house is said to be haunted by a black monk who mocks every clergyman who tries to exorcise him by slapping their face or moving his ghostly hands in the air, pretending to conduct their hymns. He is also said to have dragged a young girl up the stairs by the throat before trying to strangle her. 30 East Drive now stands empty, but is open to visitors who wish to try their luck meeting the resident ghost [7].

Ghosts on Film

Woodchester Mansion is one of the more unique places on our list because it appears to have photographic evidence of a ghost. In a photograph taken in 2005, there appears to be a hooded figure. The mansion was never fully finished, which adds to the creepiness of the building, and is said that its dark past includes black magic, murder and sacrifice.  If you want to find out if it’s real for yourself you can go to a haunted sleepover on its grounds [8].

A Haunted Flat in Scotland

In Balornock, Glasgow, a poltergeist caused arguments between two families by knocking on the floorboards of one of their flats. This led them to believe that their downstairs neighbour was knocking on their ceiling during the dead of night. They were arrested for disturbing the peace, but the case was dropped when the knocking continued whilst the family were in jail overnight [9].

The Most Haunted House in Wales

Plas Teg house in Flintshire is said to have 15 spirits lurking within it. It’s believed that the house was once used as a place for hanging criminals, which may explain the number of ghost sightings. One of the hauntings is said to be that of a 16 year old girl called Elizabeth who fell down a well after witnessing a murder. Dozens of people have claimed to see ghosts at the house over the years; are they right or wrong [10]?

The Most Haunted House in Northern Ireland

Cumber House in Claudy, which is said to “reek of the devil”, has many legends behind its haunting.  The original owners were the Browne Family. It’s said that after the patriarch died a local priest announced that he was burning in the fires of hell. The owner’s son summoned the priest, and with a gun to his head demanded that he proved what he said was true. The priest knelt and prayed, and the old man appeared, surrounded by flames [11].

So, after hearing these tales are you a believer or a sceptic? Many of these houses are now open to the public for those who wish to witness the hauntings for themselves.

 [1] http://www.astonishinglegends.com/astonishing-legends/2018/1/17/is-50-berkley-square-the-most-haunted-house-in-london

 [2] http://home.bt.com/lifestyle/travel/uk/step-inside-britains-most-haunted-house-11363940223226

 [3] https://www.countrylife.co.uk/architecture/the-most-haunted-houses-in-england-and-wales-20498

[4] https://enfieldhaunting.com/house/

[5] https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3425627/Would-want-live-Britain-s-haunted-house-Current-owner-puts-property-market-left-traumatised-ghost-satanic-GOAT.html

[6] https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5307841/Haunted-house-Essex-sees-woman-turn-witch.html

[7] https://www.hauntedrooms.co.uk/30-east-drive-pontefract-poltergeist-house

[8] http://www.bbc.co.uk/gloucestershire/content/articles/2005/10/14/woodchester_severnside_ghosts_feature.shtml

[9] http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/wp/uncategorized/balornock-poltergeist-1974-1975/

[10] https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/plas-teg-paranormal-investigation-sparks-11933250

Posted 29/10/18

Author: smei

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