10 Famous Ghosts Of London’s Underground!

Originally opened on the 10th January 1863, have the 145 years of the London Underground created one of the most haunted places in the world?

It seems the London Underground or “Tube” as its more commonly known has more than its fair share of ghost stories, but not all come from the train tracks.

Investigations have revealed plague pits from the Black Death in 1665, murders in buildings which were replaced by station booking halls and of course deaths within the tunnels themselves both of workers and passengers.

1) The Lady of Aldgate Station – Most ghost stories involve someone dying, but this is rather the reverse. The station is one of the oldest having been opened on the Metropolitan Line in 1876 and its age and one other factor might make it one of the most haunted around.

The story goes, about 10 years ago, maintainance workers were repairing some of the electrics in the tunnels around the track but unfortunately for one of the electricians the power was still switched on – a mere 20,000 volts! Said electrician somehow managed to touch the live rail and by all accounts should have suffered severe burns and been killed instantly.

Except…he wasn’t dead, just knocked unconscious when he hit his head and didn’t suffer any burns. Even stranger, his co-workers swore that just before he touched the rail, a semi-transparent figure of a lady appeared beside him and was stroking his hair. It seems somehow this lady prevented the electricity from doing anything to his body and thus he survived to tell the tale.

As for who this lady was? We don’t know her identity, but we do know that one of the biggest problems workers faced when digging the underground tunnels was when they ran into unknown plague pits. One of these was found where Aldgate Station now resides, so perhaps there is a connection there…?

Other strange things have happened at this station including footsteps which apparently just stop before reaching the station opening in the tunnel. No one knows where they come from as no one has admitted to seeing any presence there. As for the lady – so far as we can tell no one has reported seeing her again.

2) The Bank & Monument Station – These two stations are actually a single station split across five underground lines making them one of the busiest on the network. Like Aldgate, they are some of the oldest on the network running right from the heart of the city of London near the Bank of England.

There have been many reports of ghosts in these stations most likely due to a bombing raid during WWII. The underground stations were often used as shelters, but depending on the depth of the stations, some like Bank & Monument offered less protection than others.

On January 11th 1941 the station took a direct hit from a bomb and over 70 people sheltering there were killed. The crater from the blast was over 100 feet wide! People have reported that you can still hear the cries from the victims when the station is quiet at night.

Black lady – One of the most famous ghosts there is the Black Lady of Bank or Black Nun as she’s sometimes called. The story goes that her name was Sarah Whitehead and her brother, one Phillip Whitehead, was caught forging cheques while working at the nearby Bank of England and having been found guilty, was subsequently hanged in 1811. Sarah was driven mad by his death and apparently visited the area every day for the next 25 years dressed in black looking for her brother. She has been seen standing on the platform and walking the halls.

Why exactly she haunts the station is a mystery as it wouldn’t have existed until well after her death, but to paraphrase a famous saying, theres “nought so strange as ghosts” it seems.

Other ghosts of Bank – Another reason for ghosts at Bank Station is the ticket hall which was built on the former site of St. Mary Woolnoth Church. It is said the graveyard of the church was on top of the station and although so far as we can find out this may still exist there undisturbed above the station.

3) Marble Arch Station – This seems to have a particularly odd ghost who likes to ride the escalator at night. Many reports have claimed that they can feel someone standing right behind them on the escalator but when they turn round, the escalator is empty. One woman even reported seeing a smartly dressed figure out of the corner of her eye, but when she turned round he wasn’t there either.

Who this mysterious figure is we’re not too sure although going by the details of latter report, it would suggest this could be a more modern ghost. These hauntings only seem to occur late at night, often when departing from the last train, so if anyone finds this you might want to speak to him (we think it’s a gentleman anyway) just incase.

4) The Screaming Spectre of Farringdon – The ghost of Anne Naylor is someone you will find mentioned regularly when searching for ghosts of the London Underground. Perhaps the best reason is that although she never seems to be seen, she can be distinctly heard screaming in the station and the train tunnels.

The information we have is that Anne was adopted by a hat maker Sarah Metyard and her husband, but she was treated cruelly and eventually murdered by the couple. Eventually they were both hanged for the murder but this doesn’t seem to have stopped Anne’s screams. It turns out the building where Anne was murdered was knocked down to make way for the present day station, although many say she also haunts the local sewers were her body was dumped.

5) The Kennington Loop – This is featured in the first video below but there are many ghostly sightings surrounding this area. The loop is simply a siding where trains on the Northern Line at Kennington Station can turn round or be held while waiting to enter the platform. Usually the trains are empty while using the loop apart from driver and possibly a guard, which is possibly why a lot of the sightings are from London Underground staff.

As the guards walk the trains, they have often reported hearing passengers in the carriages even though there is no one there.

One sighting which appears to be fairly common is opening and slamming of the interior doors between the carriages. Normally this shouldn’t happen as unlike on a mainline train, there are open gaps between the carriages but one likely explanation is that of a passenger who apparently somehow got onto the loop and tried to board the train in the middle. The train set off while he was between carriages and the passenger died, but it seems he may still be trying to board the trains to this day.

6) Liverpool Street Station – There are reports here of at least 2 ghosts, although we only know the identify of one.

– The first is said to be the ghost of a woman simply known as “Griffiths” who was incarcerated within the Hospital of the Star of Bethlehem, described as an “asylum for the insane” in the early 1800s. According to records, Griffiths used to compulsively hold onto a single coin but when she died, she was buried without the coin and thus her screams are often heard by passengers and staff at the station.

– The second is more of a mystery and is featured in the first of the videos below. This gentleman was first seen standing on the platform at Liverpool Street at 2am by a CCTV operative who called the line manager for the area asking him to find out what he was doing there. The manager went down to the platform and looked down the tunnels but couldn’t see anyone, so reported back to the CCTV station.

Mysteriously however, the CCTV operator claimed to be able to still see the man standing there wearing white overalls and said the manager had stood beside him. The manager entered again and again couldn’t see anything, so reported back and was about to leave. When he turned to return to his office, there were a pair of white overalls on a bench but it would have been impossible for anyone to have left the station without being seen.

7) The South Island Place man – One of the most recurring ghosts to be seen is only ever seen by staff as he appears in the tunnels on the Northern Line near Stockwell Station. One example of this encounter was a trainee manager who was sent to walk the line and encountered a man wearing what he described as rather old-style overalls and carrying an old tilly lamp. They exchanged brief words and he mentioned this to his supervisor at Stockwell Station.

As there wasn’t meant to be anyone on the line, a search was carried out but no one was found. However it turned out that the ghost had been seen many times since the 1950s when a worker was killed during an accident in that tunnel. The date would fit both with the overalls and the style of lamp.

8) Hyde Park Corner haunted escalator – Possibly the most freeky of all the stories took place in 1978 at Hyde Park Corner station. A Mr. Oakley the station supervisor and a colleague had shut the station down for the night and switched off all the electrical breakers to ensure power was disabled.

At 2.30 in the morning while working the night shift, the two heard a noise from the booking hall and on entering the area they discovered the escalator was on and running. This was rather strange considering there was no power going to said escalator due to the breakers requiring a special key to turn them back on for safety!

Having disabled them once more and feeling very unnerved, the two returned to the office and sat down for a cup of tea. Mr Oakley reported feeling like there was a presence in the office, and then realised his colleague was cowering in a corner looking very pale. After several minutes, the man spluttered that a disembodied head had floated through the wall and had been watching them both, before vanishing.

The colleague is reported to have gone home that night and never returned to work for London Underground.

9) Jubilee Line Extension ghosts – This is one of the newest lines on the underground running between Green Park Station and Stratford Station. The line was originally opened on the 1st May 1979 and later extended with the new part opening in 1999.

One of the problems this line faced, along with old plauge pits was a number of old monasteries which required the relocation of over 600 graves, which might account for the number of monk-like sightings along the line over the years.

However, one of the more credible sightings came from a track worker who’s job it was to patrol the line. With many years experience he worked alone in the tunnel without incident until one day he stopped for a break part way down one of the tunnels. It was here he heard the crunching of ballast stone (as laid under the tracks) and to his complete surprise, he watched as the stones actually moved as if someone was walking right in front of him.

The unseen figure carried on about another 10 yards then the noise stopped. After finishing his inspection he reported this to his supervisor who didn’t seem in the least surprised and stated that actually this had been seen by a number of workers over the years. They thought it was the ghost of a former track patrolman who regularly checked that piece of track although he hadn’t died on the underground.

10) Bethnal Green Station – This would seem to be a replay of history type haunting which has embedded itself into the walls of the station. Back in WWII, Bethnal Green was one of the few really deep underground stations available to residents in this part of East London and thus was used a lot for air raid sheltering.

During the Blitz, many East End Londoner’s decided to go to the shelters before the bombers were due to come over which worked fine until two tragic co-incidences combined on the night of the 1st March 1943. The first was the weather which was extremely wet causing people to rush to the shelter in droves, and the second was a test firing of a nearby anti-aircraft battery in the early evening.

People heading for the shelter heard a new kindof loud bang and thinking it was a bomb surged for the single staircase in the Bethnal Green underground station. The wet weather made the steps slippery and from eye-witness reports, a mother was the first to slip at the bottom…followed by many other people. In the end over 170 people died.

Since then there have been many reports of hearing screams and noises, just as the eye-witnesses described but one of the most extensive came from a station supervisor in 1981. He was shutting up the station for the night and returned to do some paperwork. Shortly afterwards he heard a child sobbing, followed by another and then what he described as a “cacophony of sound” with screams and panicking voices getting louder.

The entire event went on for about 10 minutes after which he left the office to escape it. From the information we have, this would fit with the WWII events and is perhaps a re-running of the events which were so traumatic that every so often it replays to anyone who is listening.

Source: http://www.ukseries.com/blog/2012/12/regular-ghosts-on-the-london-underground/

About Andrew

Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).