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Haunted House Hysteria

If you want a fright this Halloween, make a trip to one of these haunted buildings…

Sutton House

This house was built in 1535 by Ralph Sadlier, who was a courtier of Henry VIII. The House fell into disrepair but was restored in the 1990s.

Sutton House
Image credit: KotomiCreations, on flickr

Sutton House is doubly haunted. You can hear dogs wailing in the middle of the night. These are said to be the dogs of the wool merchant John Machell, resident of Sutton House in the 16th century. When dogs enter the house today, they become rigid and transfixed as if there is something on the stairs.There is also a ghost of the ‘White Lady’ who is thought to be Frances who died giving birth to twins in 1574. People reported to see her ghostlike image hovering in the old building. During renovations of the building in the 1990s, a student is said to have woke to see a lady in a blue dress hovering over him.

Amusingly, you can book your wedding or event at Sutton House, or alternatively sign up to their paranormal investigation team. Based in Hackney you can go and see for yourself for a small token of £3.50, or £1 if you dare to take your child…

 

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace
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With over 500 years of history, Hampton Court has witnessed the death of Henry VIII’s wives and visitors have experienced hauntings and ghosts throughout the years. The ghosts of Catherine Howard and Jane Seymour are thought to roam the palace even today. The haunted gallery is thought to be inhabited by the late Catherine Howard. King Henry VIII’s fifth wife is seen dressed in white, floating down the gallery towards the door of the Royal Pew. As she reaches it, she turns back and screams until passing through the door. In 1999, it is said two women fainted in terror in the gallery in this same spot and only one hour apart. Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife died at Hampton Court from complications after giving birth to her son Edward. You can see her walking through the courtyard of Clock Court with a lighted taper.

 

The Hunterian Museum
Image credit: Ianan, on flickr

The Hunterian Museum

Although there are no reported hauntings here, it is still a very creepy place to visit. Specimens include preserved monkey heads, deformed bodies, organs and more.

 

 

 

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Header image credit: Michael B., on flickr