Spookiest ghost stories from the London Underground
The London Underground transports millions of passengers each year, but there may be more than initially meets the eye when you board your train. With 77 former stations in London no longer in use, as well as ghost sightings across the central London network, let us take you on a ride down the London Underground like never before.
Ghost stories from the London Underground that will keep you up at night
A few supernatural stories are said to originate from the murky depths of Bank station.
The “Black Nun” haunts the station’s tunnels as she moans and wails when trains pass by her. The spirit is said to be Sarah Whitehead, a lady whose brother was sentenced to death by hanging after committing forgery at the Bank of England. She mourned her brother’s loss by wearing a long black dress and veil and waited for him outside the bank every evening in the hope that he would appear. Staying in the area until she died, her soul is said to loiter around the station forever as a result.
During World War Two, a bomb fell into Bank station, killing 50 people. Their cries have been believed to be heard at the station by passengers. Bank station was also built on the burial place of a plague pit, where thousands of dead bodies were thrown during the Black Death. Could they be crying out to people travelling through Bank station today?
Covent Garden station is just around the corner from many West End theatres, including Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the Fortune Theatre. But, it’s also said to be home to the ghost of famous Victorian actor William Terriss. Appearing in many plays throughout the late 1800s, Terriss was a much-loved actor, but he was fatally stabbed on 16th December 1897 by Richard Prince, an actor who was jealous of Terriss’ success. His ghostly presence is said to be felt around Covent Garden and the Adelphi Theatre wearing a frock coat, tall hat and gloves.
Down the road from Covent Garden, the ghost of a mummified Egyptian figure is rumoured to haunt the walls of Holborn station. Amun-ra is an Egyptian god who is assumed to use the abandoned tunnel and coax tube passengers into his lair at the Egypt room at the British Museum. The spirit of Amun-ra is said to appear late at night, screaming out loud. Holborn is also decorated with Egyptian motifs across the wall, but will you see him?
In 1987, a devastating fire took 31 lives at Kings Cross station. However, the memories of this tragedy still linger at the station to this day. A ghostly figure of a young woman is said to walk around the station, screaming loudly. But when people try to help her, she disappears. The infamous fire is argued to be the reason for her existence at the station’s platforms, and it’s unknown whether other ghosts from this night remain around the area.
Just one stop down from Kings Cross is Farringdon, home to the ghost of Anne Naylor. In 1758, Anne was a 13-year-old trainee hat maker. Her boss murdered her at work as new buildings were being constructed, later becoming Farringdon station. Her decomposing body was taken to an open sewer in Chick Lane, near Farringdon. When travelling through the station, people claim to hear her cries on the platform as the last train of the evening leaves.
Rather than scaring passengers, the ghost of Aldgate brings comfort to those who travel at the Zone 1 station. Over 100 years, an electrician was electrocuted by over 20,000 volts as he tripped while fixing live rails. A shock this large should have killed him, but he only ended up with a few light bruises. How, you ask? The electrician is said to survive as an elderly angelic figure comforted him and stroked his hair. This ghost is regarded as a blessing and unexplainable footsteps can still be heard around the station. Is this the angel?
During World War Two, the deep tunnels at Bethnal Green station were used as an air raid shelter for those living in the East End of London. However, 173 people died at the station on 3rd March 1943, as there was a stampede of people underground due to sounds of an aircraft firing rockets. Not only was this event the deadliest civilian incident in Britain during the war but spooky remnants of this day also stay at the station. Staff at the station have heard unidentifiable female screams, as well as children sobbing when working at night. Could this be the cries of those who died over 75 years ago?
Since the station opened in 1874, terrifying events have happened at the station. The area is haunted by Rebecca Griffiths, a patient from the nearby Bethlem Royal Hospital in the late 19th century. It’s reported she still haunts the surrounding areas trying to find a coin that she previously dropped.
If you’ve travelled eastbound on the central line from Liverpool Street at night time, you may have felt the presence of a ghost dressed in white. In 2000, CCTV cameras showed a man dressed in white overalls on the platform. However, it was 2:00 am and nobody was at the station. When the station supervisor went to see who was down there, the figure had disappeared. Where could this mysterious man have come from?
Elephant and Castle
Leaving one of the most haunted underground stations to the end, Elephant and Castle is rife with eerie events. With the Bakerloo line tunnel cutting across a plague pit, those travelling through the station are susceptible to coming into contact with other-worldly figures.
Known as “The Runner”, many staff have heard the sounds of running on the platform after the station has shut, but they’ve never managed to catch the nimble-footed mover.
A young woman is also said to haunt the station. Boarding a Northern-bound train, staff and passengers have noticed this apparition. When the doors close, the figure is nowhere to be seen.
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