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5 of the Most Haunted in England: Phantoms of Great Britain!
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The phantoms of five of the most haunted places in England are eager to tell their spooky stories. Here are our spine-chilling picks from Great Britain!

Revesby Abbey

Lincolnshire, England, UK

Haunted Revesby Abbey

Revesby Abbey, located in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, was a Cistercian monastery located near the village of Revesby in Lincolnshire, England. The abbey was founded in 1143 by William de Roumare and has withstood much demolition and destruction.

Revesby Abbey is quickly gaining a reputation as being one of the most active buildings in Britain. Reported sightings include dark shadows that move quickly around the walls. The voice of a woman and a child have been heard. The sounds of disembodied footsteps that appear to be running down the vas halls and doors slamming shut in empty rooms have also been experienced. This property was featured in the 2018's "World's Largest Ghost Hunt". On this day several images captured by the paranormal investigation team showed confirmation of several phantoms. Click here to see the photos. The more impressive of two ghosts embracing went viral in the media. 

Discover more about this property by reading the details in our extended listing HERE.        

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Kelvedon Hatch Bunker

Kelvedon Hatch, England, UK

Haunted Kelvedon Hatch Bunker

Hidden in the woods, the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker is a small unimposing bungalow that was built in 1952. Built 125 feet below the structure is a large underground bunker maintained during the Cold War as a potential regional government headquarters. Three other historical imprints are worthy to be mentioned. The first being the suspicion of a man having been accidentally falling into the tons of wet cement that was used to build it. An ancient burial ground was discovered, as well, when it was dug up during the construction of the facility. The third event holds the story of suicide by one of the workers on the main stairwell.

This bunker holds many secrets and a hotbed of paranormal activity. The full-bodied apparitions of the phantoms of prior RAF servicemen that wandering from room to room have also been seen.  There is also a malicious spirit that wanders the service tunnels and the sick-bay dormitory is a particularly active area. One of the strongest and most common manifestations is a significant poltergeist, which displays its power by throwing things around at visitors and its staff.  Once a chilling disembodied voice of an angry female spirit screaming "Get Out!" In addition growls and thumping sounds have also been heard.

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Colchester Castle

Colchester, England, UK

Haunted Colchester Castle

Built upon the foundations of the ancient Roman Temple of Claudius this Castle has layers of history, its original construction was completed in 1100.  In 1215 Colchester Castle was besieged and captured by King John following the altercation with religious nobles, this eventually led to the Magna Carta. During this period it was used as a prison, sometimes to hold prisoners of war. The conditions were horrific.  In April of 1656, a Quaker called James Parnell was found praying in the castle when an altercation broke out. He was accused of blasphemy and charged 40 pounds. He refused to pay, so he was imprisoned in one of the castle's dungeons. During Parnell's prison time, his jailer would make him climb a rope to reach the small amounts of food they offered him. Once in attempting to reach for food, he slipped, fell, and died. He was buried inside the castle in an unmarked grave.

With such a bloody history and so many layers of history, this location will not fail to impress even the most hardened ghost hunter.  There are reported sighting of Roman and Royalist soldiers looming around the castle and grounds. People have also reported seeing the ghost of a headless nun. She has appeared witness by a group that saw her simultaneously but disappears just as quickly. Others have heard disembodied voices and cries. Unexplained shadows have also been witnessed. Colchester castle also holds the distinction of being home to the oldest ghost cat in Britain. It is said that James Parnell haunts the dungeon in the castle. His apparition shows his phantom as a small and thin man walking with a limp ear where he died, within the eastern wall. His spirit's painful moans are heard echoing through the chambers of the dungeon. 

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Windsor Castle

Windsor, England, UK

Haunted Windsor Castle

Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It has been the home of 39 monarchs. Today, Queen Elizabeth II spends most of her private weekends at this castle.

The Windsor Castle is considered the most haunted of all the royal residences, with as many as 25 ghosts reported. The history of reported hauntings can be traced to 1897 when Guardsman Lt Carr Glynn saw a lady dressed in black while sitting in the outer room of the queen's library. With deep interest, he saw that she had a dead-on resemblance to Elizabeth I, so he decided to follow her.  But she disappeared, which was impossible to do since there was no way out of that area without passing him again. He then accepted that he actually saw the phantom of Her Highness. The lieutenant was not alone, for Elizabeth has been seen by many members of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Margaret. She prefers to roam the library, where her footsteps can be heard on the bare footboards before her apparition presents itself. Queen Elizabeth I is also not the only phantom in this majestic castle. For instance, other entities that are part of Windsor Castle are Henry VIII, Charles I, and Charles III.  Henry VIII is probably the most famous alleged haunting the Windsor. Known to be infamously cruel, his phantom has sustained his dark temperament.  Guests staying at the castle have reported seeing him wandering the hallways, describing him as an anxious and angry man pacing furiously and shouting loudly. He is also often heard hobbling around, the sound of his ulcerated leg thudding on the floor as he walks. The ghost of George III has been witnessed, looking longingly out of the room beneath the library, where he was confined during his several periods of madness. 

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Oxford Castle and Prison

Oxford, England, UK

Haunted Oxford Castle and Prison

Standing as a partly ruined Norman medieval castle, it was originally built in 1071. Unfortunately, Oxford had been stormed in the invasion with considerable damage to the castle.  Most of the castle was destroyed in the English Civil War and by the 18th century, the remaining buildings had become Oxford's local prison. 

With 1,000 years of layered tragic and dark history, which includes witchcraft, murders, horrific imprisonments, and unforgiving executions and sacrifices, there is little wonder that this building has become one of the most renowned for paranormal activity and ghostly sightings. Many others have reported seeing two chilling figures dressed in black. Many staff members will not walk around alone due to the terrifying feeling that they are being watched and followed, even during the daytime. Ghostly footsteps along the Prison Wing corridor, loud thumping sounds from within the Padded Cell and shuffling sounds within the 900-year-old Crypt have all been heard on ghost hunts at Oxford Castle and stones have even been thrown back from empty parts of the Crypt during vigils. Then there's the phantom of Mary Blandy, who has been seen at the property as well. Could she have returned to defend herself from a wrongful conviction or perhaps it is her vengeance and retaliation of her execution that was occurred in this castle?   She is seen most frequently in the Castle Mound where she was hanged in 1752.

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 More spectral reads from Haunted England...

       
Haunted England: The Penguin Book of Ghosts Paperback – May 1, 2010 by Jennifer Westwood  (Author), Jacqueline Simpson (Author)    Haunted Castles of England Paperback – October 8, 2018 by JG Montgomery (Author)     This Spectred Isle: A Journey Through Haunted England Hardcover – January 1, 2006 by Simon Marsden  (Author)

 

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