Britain is an archaic land, rife with culture and steeped in history. From ancient civilisations to the documented invasion of the Romans and even the medieval architecture still present today, we know millions have lived and died on British soil through the ages.
It’s no surprise, therefore, that Britain has so many locations famed for supposedly being the home of spirits and supernatural happenings. So, to get you in the mood for the upcoming Halloween festivities, here are the top 5 most haunted places in Britain.
5: The Red Lion, Avebury, Wiltshire
Built among three ancient stone circles, the Red Lion in Avebury, Wiltshire, has a rather bloody ghostly tale. It is rumoured that a former resident of the pub was discovered by her partner in the act of infidelity. As a result, the distraught partner slit the woman’s throat and hid her body in the Inn’s well, not before killing her lover.
To this day, visitors and guests have seen her ghost wandering the halls of the pub and some even refuse to stay a second night after sighting or sensing her ghostly presence.
4: The village of Pluckley, Kent
Named as the most haunted village in England by the Guinness Book of Records, Pluckley is rumoured to have anywhere between 12 and 16 ghosts, with a range of quirky attributes.
Ghoulish figures such as the screaming man, the highwayman and the Watercress Lady are all said to reside in the picturesque village, all of which met a rather painful end in one way or another.
3: Pendle Hill, Lancashire
The Pendle Hill Witch trials are notorious in Britain as one of the most gruesome witch hunts of the 17th Century. Twelve people were accused of witchcraft, during a time when witches and supernatural powers grabbed the imagination and interest of the British population and even royalty (King James I wrote a book on Demonology).
The accusations of witchcraft stemmed from two rival families in the local area, at a time when people were willing to listen and believe testimonies of witchcraft from children.
2: The Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire
When driving through the quaint market town of Wotton-Under-Edge, it’s probably quite hard to imagine anything untoward ever happening in such a beautiful Cotswold location. But the Ancient Ram Inn certainly has had its fill of ghostly goings on, and is another venue steeped in history and mystery.
Supposedly built in 1145 on top of an ancient Pagan burial ground, the Inn was originally used by Priests to house slaves working on the construction of the local church. The current owner of the Inn claims to have found evidence of devil worship and experienced demonic forces during his 50 year residence.
Rumours that a witch was captured in the house, then killed and burnt at the stake also add to the mystery and spookiness surrounding the building.
1: The Tower of London
Where else has such high profile and supposedly legal murders? The Tower of London has been there since 1066 and during that time, has seen a host of residents – regal and otherwise – be condemned inside its four walls.
Some of the most famous inmates include Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey, Sir Walter Raleigh and even Guy Fawkes. Many ghosts are rumoured to haunt the tower, including Prince Edward and Prince Richard (the famous Princes in the Tower) who vanished once imprisoned by their uncle, King Richard III.
Whether you’re skeptical about ghosts or you have firsthand experience in sensing their presence, Halloween can be a fun way to break up the monotony of winter.
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