From London to Lancashire, the United Kingdom has some of the most haunted sites. National Geographic published an article highlighting some of them and this is one in that series. From London to Lancashire, the United Kingdom has some of the most haunted sites. National Geographic published an article highlighting some of them and this is one in that series. I encountered many ghosts in England, too, and you can read about them in my book "Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation," available on Amazon. Here's this week's England haunting:
Looks are deceiving in this pretty Wealden village — Pluckley is astir with tales of the paranormal. With 12 ‘official’ ghosts, it was awarded the Guinness World Record for Britain’s most-haunted village in 1989. These include the Red Lady — who’s been seen wandering through the churchyard — vengeful highwaymen, phantom horses and even reports of piercing screeches ringing through Dering Woods, earning it the unofficial title of Screaming Woods. If you’d rather not test your nerves by camping out in the forest, then call into the Black Horse for a Kentish ale beneath the old beams instead. But keep an eye on your things — the pub’s said to be home to a thieving poltergeist.
(Photo: St Nicholas' Church in Pluckley, Kent. The village holds the record for being the most-haunted in the country, with no fewer than a dozen different phantoms reported. These include the Red Lady, who’s been seen wandering through the churchyard. PHOTOGRAPH BY ALAMY)
Hidden in plain sight of the Shard, in the eaves of St Thomas’ Church, is one of the world’s oldest surviving operating theatres. Dating back to 1822, it was only rediscovered in the 1950s and is now a museum for those curious to learn more about the terrifying traditions of pre-anaesthetic medicine — with plenty of instruments and artefacts on show. Don’t miss the operating table itself, as well as all the curative curios in the herb garret — a cobwebbed attic space believed to have been used to store herbs by St Thomas’ Hospital apothecary.