This article will be covering the Hammersmith Ghost that terrorized the London area back in the early 1800’s. The ghost became so feared that locals began arranging armed patrols at night, to keep the entity at bay…
The Paranormal Entity
The ghost was thought to be that of a man that had cut his own throat, and was then buried in the Hammersmith Churchyard.
Why did locals believe that this was the ghost of this particular man?
Well, religious studies point to the fact that suicides are not supposed to be placed in consecrated ground – this resulted in a restless soul that was doomed to walk the area for eternity.
The ghost was known for haunting the church and graveyard location, and the lanes that connected to one another outside the cemetery.
Most paranormal entities make do with just being seen by passers by – but this ghost was different. It opted to chase whoever it appeared to…
In one famous case, it chased a woman and actually managed to catch up with her. It then gripped onto the poor lady with a supernatural force, until she eventually passed out.
The woman was found walking aimlessly around the area in complete shock – she never recovered, and died a matter of days later.
The ghost always fit the same description – an extremely tall man that shone brilliant white.
Before long, local businesses in the area started to claim that the entity was effecting their profits. Apparently, certain clients and deliveries did not want to venture to that part of London…as they were afraid of bumping into this frightening paranormal force.
By 1804, locals had had enough of the ghost and it’s antics – they started to form armed groups and patrol the streets at night. On the 3rd of January that year, one of these armed citizens came face to face with what he thought was the ghost of Hammersmith…
The patrolman was named Francis Smith, and he was in the process of covering Black Lion Lane. Suddenly, a figure appeared from nowhere and started making it’s way down the hedged lane towards him.
Smith called out to the figure and told it to stop and stand still…otherwise he’d shoot!
The figure in white continued to walk down the lane, and Smith eventually let off a shot. The figure then dropped to the floor, dead.
Francis Smith had tragically managed to kill a bricklayer and plasterer by the name of Thomas Millwood. This unfortunate guy had been wearing traditional clothes of his trade – all white. A later investigation found out that he had actually been mistaken for the ghost before, days before his tragic death.
Francis Smith was a decent man, and he was horrified by what he had done – he contacted the authorities immediately.
Unfortunately, the authorities were rather strict with him…
He was put on trial for for willful murder, although numerous heads of the public came forward to back up his good character. The judge would have none of it – he told the jury to find the defendant guilty of murder if they believed the facts behind the case.
They eventually found Smith guilty of manslaughter…but the judge would not accept this verdict…and Smith was then found guilty of murder and sentenced to be hanged and dissected.
Luckily, Smith managed to get his verdict reduced, and ended up serving 12 months of hard labor.
The actual Hammersmith Ghost ended up being a local shoemaker named John Graham, who dressed up to scare his apprentice (or so they say…).
The tragic spirit of Thomas Millwood is said to now haunt the Black Lion Lane pub, where his body was kept, after he was shot that night.
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