Ghosts of the London Underground

Ghosts of the London Underground

In this article we will be covering the most (in)famous ghosts of the London Underground, and the areas of the system they are reported to appear…

 


The London Subterraneans

The London Subterraneans are entities that are based on an old urban legend – they are thought to be a group of Londoners that chose to live underground in the late nineteenth century.

Lack of sunlight and living in dark and damp conditions has apparently led to this group mutating over the years. Incidents involving the subterraneans seem to surface every couple of years. Many people believe that they now survive off the junk food discarded in the underground system.

There are also a number of rumors suggesting that these ‘creatures’ have feasted on missing night commuters…

 


The Faceless Woman of Beacontree Station

In 1992 a station employee at E11 (Greater London), Beacontree Station, was working alone in his office when he heard the doorknob begin to rattle. At first he thought it was a joke…but it continued to happen several times.

He eventually stood up and opened the door to find a woman standing there with long blond hair but no face. She had a smooth sort of ‘plate’ where her facial features were supposed to be.

When he later reported the incident to his superiors he discovered that numerous other underground workers had encountered the Faceless Woman over the years.

 


The Ghost of Sarah Blackhead

This is apparently the same ghost that haunts the Bank of England – Sarah Blackhead (The Black Nun). In life, Sarah went crazy when she realized that her brother was dead, and returned daily to his office to meet him.

She always turned up in black clothing – which is why she ended up with the nickname The Black Nun.

She has apparently been spotted on numerous occasions in EC2 (Greater London) , Bank Station, Central Line.

 


The Insane Rebecca Griffiths

EC2 (Greater London), Liverpool Street Station, is apparently haunted by the ghost of Rebecca Griffiths – a former resident of the Hospital of the Star of Bethlehem (a notorious insane asylum).

When she finally passed away, she was buried without the coin she spent most of her life gripping onto. Witnesses now believe that she has returned to haunt the area because she is in search of this beloved coin.

 


The Phantom Steam Train

During the Second World War, many locals to the Highgate High Level Station reported hearing the sounds of an invisible steam train.

The station was never actually finished, but numerous passers by reported hearing the ghostly sounds of an old fashioned train coming from the area where the track was going to be laid.

Skeptics believe that these sounds are nothing more than floating noises coming from the nearby stations which were active until the 1970.

 


The ‘Repeating’ Woman

Numerous commuters in NW1 (Greater London), King’s Cross Station, have encountered a distressed woman in one of the corridors leading outside. She always appears to be on her knees with her arms outstretched…crying and screaming away.

Witnesses claim that she appears like an old fashioned reel of film – repeating every couple of seconds…

 


The Monks

These phantom monks tend to appear around the Jubilee Line, from Westminster to Stratford, and have been reported hundreds of times since the year 2000.

They are always spotted walking along the tube tracks, silently.

Many locals believe that these monk’s grave’s were disturbed when the Jubilee line was being constructed, disturbing their peace and resulting in them roaming the underground station.

 


The Ghosts of the London Underground

phantoms that are spotted in the London Underground system

Now it’s over to you – these are just some of the more well-known phantoms that are spotted in the London Underground system, but have you heard of any others that would compliment this article?

If so we would love to hear from you – please leave your suggestions in the comment section below.

London Haunted Tube Stations

London Haunted Tube Stations

In this article we will be taking a look at the known haunted tube stations in the South London area. If you are from this area and have additional information to add to our findings please feel free to use the comment section found at the bottom of this article.


The Elephant & Castle Footsteps

The Elephant and Castle tube station is said to be haunted by ghostly phantom footsteps, tapping sounds and doors which open of their own accord.

Numerous staff members have reported the sound of unseen footsteps leading from a main platform to the booking hall area.

One particular night porter put in several reports claiming that his office door would violently swing open and then closed again throughout the night.

He would often jump out of his seat and run onto the platform believing he could catch the culprit. Whenever he got to the other side of the door the platform was eerily deserted.

Elephant & Castle Tube Station - Northbound Northern Line
Elephant & Castle Tube Station – Northbound Northern Line

More recent porter employees have reported the sound of strong footsteps walking along the platform at night. They would reach the porter office door and suddenly stop, as if someone was about to barge into the room.

One particular porter employee heard the phantom footsteps lead up to his room followed by a loud banging on the office door.

He left the job the next day telling his employers he would never work at the station again.


The Haunting of The Kennington Loop

Kennington station forms part of the Northern Line in the London underground and over the years it has received it’s fair share of paranormal phenomena.

Kennington is the terminus for the Charing Cross branch line. To prevent the need for shunting, terminating trains proceed in to what is known as the Kennington loop.

This loop is basically put in place so that trains can switch direction and return to the same platform for a return journey in the opposite direction.

Kennington Station Bank Northbound
Kennington Station Bank Northbound

The most famous Kennington paranormal incident happened one night in 1980 when a train was held at a loop signal as it waited to return to the station platform.

Only the driver and guard were on the train at this time and they both heard someone walking through the carriages loudly slamming the doors behind themselves.

The driver and guard were separated at the time so they naturally thought that the other was making his way through the train…this was not the case!

When they finally came off duty later that night they reported the incident to their bosses.

It turned out that they were not the only tube workers to have experienced this – other train crews had also experienced the opening and slamming of the carriage doors on several occasions.


The Oval and Stockwell Worker

Paul Fisher, a London Underground trainee manager, was hard at work one night in 1984 after he had been given the task of walking the line between the Oval and Stockwell stations.

Deep into the walk he exited the south Island place tunnel to find an old man working at replacing a portion of the train track.

He noticed that this elderly gentleman was using an old tilly oil lamp for work light and he asked where the man had got it from.

The elderly worker replied that he preferred to use these types of lamps and had always opted to use them.

After some further conversational pleasantries Fisher resumed his walk and ended up in his destination in Stockwell.

On arrival, his first task was to inform the line controller that there were no real problems on the train line, other than the elderly worker by the south Island place tunnel.

The controller informed Fisher that no workers were booked in to be working the track that night so they both returned to the track area to see if they could locate the man.

When they arrived there was no sign of the man or the work on the track that he had been carrying out.

Fisher was adamant that he met and talked with this elderly worker and decided to look into the matter further.

He found out that in the 1950’s, a track maintenance man, working on a noisy compressor, failed to hear a approaching train and was killed.

The driver of the train wasn’t able to stop in time before hitting the elderly worker who was carrying his trusty tilly lamp…