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Top 8 haunted places in the UK (and Bournemouth!)

Hey guys, Halloween is coming the end of this week! Any plans at all? Hot parties at clubs? Making spooky costumes with friends? Watching old horror films over the night? Or baking gross shaped cup cakes with your family which is my favourite!

Well, you all probably know the things above I have just mentioned. So, I would like to suggest a fresh thing to do this Halloween which is ‘Exploring haunted places’.

Did you know that there are hundreds of haunted places in the UK, including the world’s famous one ‘Borley Rectory’. As Halloween this year is coming very soon, I suggest that 10 of the world’s most haunted places to visit for the day for your special experience on Halloween while you are in the UK. Please note that I get these most of information from

1. Borley Rectory, Essex (the most haunted house in England)

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This house was built in 1863 on the site of an old monastery. It was burnt to the ground in 1939, however it got well known as being the most haunted house after a loads of unexplained paranormal goings on reported.

One of the earliest sighting was a nun. The nun has been seen and heard several times throughout the years. According to local folklore, a nun from a nearby nunnery fell in love with a monk from the monastery, and the couple attempted to elope together. They were ground and sentenced to death. The monk was reported to have been sent to the gallows in the monastery whilst the nun was sealed into the walls of the nunnery alive. This nun is believed that she is still looking for the monk in the hope of running away together again.

But she seemed to be most active during the time in Harry Bull. This Harry Bull is the background of the film <The Conjuring>.

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Anyway, the next most significant of reports come from Eric Smith and his wife. The first documented paranormal activity was in the early 1900’s when the owner, Eric Smith and his wife contacted Daily Mirror newspaper to report “the strange goings on.”. They reported mysterious footsteps, doorbells ringing of their own accord, and poltergeist activities.

The next residences of the house were Rev.Foyster and his wife Marianne. They both were to continue to experience the same phenomena that the other people witnessed before, but the poltergeist activity seemed to become more aggressive with reports of smashed glasses, broken windows, and Marianne being thrown from her bed by an unseen force. The couple was to also experience otherworldly messages on the walls, which defied any logical reason like other reports.

After 5 years, the Foysters left the house leaving the Daily Mirror newspaper team to continue their study. And a full account of what they experienced was published in the book ‘The Most Haunted House in England’.

2. Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire (Currently the Most haunted house in Britain)

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Many people believe that Ancient Ram Inn is the most haunted house in Britain. The inn was once owned by the St.Mary’s Church when it was first built. Because of the reported spectres seen in the inn, it has been investigated by various paranormal researchers.  It has been featured in various television shows, such as Most Haunted and the US series ‘Ghost Adventures’.

The house itself is said to have been the location of many sinister happenings, including child sacrifice, suicide, black magic rituals and was also used as a hideout by criminals. The current owner, John Humphries believes that he shares his home with all sorts of spooks – two demons, a witch, orbs and other ghostly presences, and many people who have visited the property have described it as the ‘scariest place’ they’ve ever been to.

One popular legend surrounding the Ancient Ram Inn is that of the witch burned at the stake. She was burned at the stake in the 1500s.  A lot of people believe that the woman’s spirit still haunts one of the rooms of the house to this day. It is believed that the woman took refuge in one of the rooms of the house before she was captured and killed.  Today, that room is called “The Witch’s Room”.

One of the most haunted rooms in the entire inn is called “The Bishop’s Inn”. The room is found on the first floor of the house. When the inn was still a bed and breakfast, a lot of guests would not want to sleep in the room. Some who did sleep ended up fleeing in the middle of the night. It is said that the ghost of a monk haunts the room on a regular basis.

The ghost of a centurion on horseback has also been spotted. It is said that the plumber who saw the apparition was startled out of his wits when the apparition went straight through the wall. There is also talk of a succubus which creeps into the beds of sleeping visitors.

3. Pendle Hill, Lancashire

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Pendle Hill has a notorious reputation for being a place where twelve accused witches lived in the 17th century. These twelve supposed witches were accused of murdering ten people. They figured prominently in what is known as the Lancashire witch trials.  Ten were found guilty and executed by hanging. The history of the witch trials has given the place an eerie atmosphere, and several terrifying reports.

Pendle Hill is notorious for its history in witchcraft and worshipping the devil. There are various tours in the area today which trace the witches from their arrest to their execution. The Pendle Hill witches are said to still haunt the buildings and the villages. Visitors have reported feeling anger when visiting the grounds. Local people even fear discussing the events that went on during the witch trial.

Over the years, Pendle Hill has been featured in the show “Most Haunted” among several other TV shows and ghost tours. Members of the television crew reported being hurt; some even said that they were strangled by unseen hands. The medium (Derek Acorah) reported being in contact with Elizabeth Device, one of the accused witches. Elizabeth told them that there were nine more spirits in the room and none of the spirits wanted the crew present.

4. Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon

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The castle is said to be the abode of various spectres. A number of ghostly phenomena and ghostly sightings have been reported in the castle. Some of the most reported apparitions in the castle are that of the Blue Lady and the White Lady.

The White Lady is the restless soul of Margaret Pomeroy. She haunts the dungeons of St. Margaret’s Tower and has been seen waving to visitors. She was held captive in the castle dungeons by her own sister, Eleanor, because of jealousy and starved to death in the dungeons.

The Blue Lady lures people into various parts of the castle and gets them lost. People believe that she is the ghost of the daughter of one of the Norman castle lords. She was raped by her father and became pregnant with his baby. Her father strangled the child in one of the rooms of the castle. Other tales say that it was she who strangled the child. She has become the death portent of the Seymours.

People have witnessed strange lights in the castle. Voices have been heard and cold spots in the castle have been reported too. There are also the apparitions of a lady wearing a gray dress and a Cavalier, as well as ghostly shadows.

5. Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire

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It used to be known as Spring Park. During the middle of construction, the building was abandoned. Although it appears complete from the outside, the floors, plaster and rooms are missing on the inside.  It has been like so since the 1870s. This Gothic mansion is said to be the home of many ghosts.

The haunted reputation of Woodchester Mansion has led it to be featured in several ghostly television programs. It has been featured in Most Haunted Life in 2003 and then again in 2005. It has also been featured in Hauntings and Ghost Hunters International.  Several sightings have been reported over the last two hundred years.

In 1902, a vicar was reported to have seen a strange apparition at the mansion’s gates.  A phantom horseman has also been seen on the mansion’s drive. It is said that the Mansion itself is the epicentre of all the haunting happening in the area. There is the Tall Man of the Chapel which has been seen many times and the elemental in the house’s cellar. The Mansion is said to be the home of some of the scariest ghosts in the United Kingdom.

Visitors have collapsed and have been attacked by the ghostly dwellers of the mansion. There is a floating head which has been seen by many visitors in one of the bathrooms. There is also the spectre of the old woman who likes to attack female visitors by grabbing them in the dark. It is said that the reason why the mansion is haunted is because it stands on the site of the three previous buildings which are also haunted.

The mansion has its own chapel and satanic rituals have been reported in the chapel. People have reported hearing a woman singing an Irish folk song in the scullery. The ghost of a young girl has been seen several times playing and running up and down the stairs of the mansion’s first floor.

Now, I would like to recommend top 3 haunted places near Bournemouth and Poole where should be very close to you to visit or even walk by… Please note that I get this information from

6. Wimborne: Knowlton Church

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On the outskirts of Wimborne, Knowlton Church is regarded as one of the most haunted places in the county. Known for its ruined Norman Church, Neolithic rings and pagan relics, paranormal investigators have recorded sightings of unexplained phenomena and even those who don’t believe in ghosts have had weird experiences.

There have been spooky sightings of a cloaked figure with a blue sheen at the 14th century deserted church, as well as people reporting centurion like figures, a woman kneeling outside the church, the sound of fighting and, most commonly, a man or men on horseback who visibly rides through the church as if it was not there.

Others claim there is a strange feeling as you approach the church – one dogwalker said his pet stopped, started barking and backed away from the sight in broad daylight.

Rumours have it that Knowlton Church is still used for ceremonies, with tales of black and white magic.

Beside the B3078, north of Wimborne Minster, a coffin has been seen lying on the verge. It is believed to be the coffin of a farmer who committed suicide by hanging himself in a barn nearby.

7. Poole: Crown Hotel, King Charles pub

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As you’d expect from a town of its years, Poole is home to a plethora of traditional pubs and ancient buildings, which have been standing since the days of smugglers – the architecture is stunning and the old cobbled streets are said to be haunted.

In the Old Town area, The Crown Hotel is famously host to several spooky goings on, such as lights turning on and off and the ghostly sound of a piano being played in the former stables.

The venue is said to have been the home to two children who were locked up by a parent who was too embarrassed to let them run around and play in front of other people, and who now let their protests be heard in the form of crying and yelling.

There have also been sightings of a ghost at the King Charles pub on Poole Quay, as well as the sound of disembodies footsteps and a young female voice.

In the nearby high street, in the former Daily Echo building, a ghost by the name of Mr Jenkins was frequently spotted rudely pushing past people on the stairs.

Other haunted buildings include Custom House on the quay, the Guildhall and the waters at Poole Harbour, where bells have been heard ringing at night.

8. Bournemouth: Langtry Manor Hotel

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Bournemouth is said to be home to “younger ghosts”, including the ghosts of a soldier wearing a Second World War uniform and a horse which both haunt the Town Hall.

One of the town’s most haunted buildings is the Langtry Manor Hotel, built by Edward VII for his mistress, Lillie Langtry.

The hotel is believed to be haunted by Lillie’s ghost, which has reportedly appeared to both guests and staff in the form of a grey shadow.

Footsteps, moving items and voices have also been experienced.

If you dare to visit these places above, please be careful and bring your own an amulet to avert evils. Well, I am so brave enough, so that looking and reading these places doesn’t make me scared at all. Well, but I might sleep next to my parents’ room tonight. Because, you know, just in case…

November: Always a month to remember

November has always been a historical month in Britain and across the world but a couple of things has happened this November that will forever leave it’s mark in our memories as well as in the memories of those from generations to come. Below is a timeline of what has happened in November’s throughout history.

All Saint’s Day – 1st November

Captura de pantalla 2015-11-30 a la(s) 12.03.46Captura de pantalla 2015-11-30 a la(s) 12.03.56All Saint’s Day is a holy festival held annually on the 1st November. There is a range of other names given to this day such as, Solemnity of All Saints or the Day of All Saints. It was referred to as Hallowmas by Shakespeare and is still known as Hallow’s Day to some people today. Perhaps this has something to do with All Hallow’s Eve (aka Halloween) the night before. The church honours the saints or those who have been beatified on this day and it is believed that this has been celebrated since the beginning of the 8th century to coincide with the Celtic festival, Samhain on 31st October. The Celts believed that the barrier between the world of living and dead is thinnest on this time and for this reason many cultures around the world dedicate this day to remembering loved ones and those who have passed away. For instance, the core of the festival is still very much intact in the Mexican culture, where they celebrate Dia de los Muertos from the 31st October to 2nd November. While on one side of the world, Mexicans make elaborate and meaningful displays to honour the souls of their departed loved ones, be they young or old. On the other side of world… in Britain, All Saint’s Day is pretty much a day that the Brits use to get over the hang over after Halloween. Not quite as meaningful but Halloween is pretty eventful with lots of pumpkins, trick or treating and the customary party. We at WCE always ensure to take part in the commercialised festival with our annual pumpkin carving competition.

5th November

Captura de pantalla 2015-11-30 a la(s) 12.04.03Remember, Remember, the fifth of November. This day has been inscribed into British History since 1605 (that’s 410 years)! There are also various names attributed to this day, most commonly of which are Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night. If you’re wondering what/ who on earth Guy Fawkes is then read on. It all started after Queen Elizabeth I’s death two years prior, in 1603. Catholics who had been persecuted in England during Queen Elizabeth I’s reign were hopeful upon her death, that her successor, King James I would show more tolerance to the religion. After all, King James’ mother was a devout Christian, so why wouldn’t he? However, King James was the first King of Scotland that became the King of England too and he didn’t want to cause outrage among the English, so Catholics continued to be persecuted. This led a group of 13 Catholics to take drastic measures. Their plan: to kill the king by blowing up parliament. It is believed that when the day to execute their plan was drawing closer, one of the 13 had a change of heart and decided to warn one of his friends to stay away from parliament. Ironically, by him betraying his co-conspirators and his friend’s betrayal, the message soon reached the ears of the King and the plot backfired. It was the mastermind, Guy Fawkes, who was found in the cellar of parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder. He was arrested, tortured for a confession and consequently executed. The King told the public that they were to set bonfires to proclaim the King’s safety. Every year since then, the English celebrate this with firework displays and by burning a straw figure representing Guy Fawkes (known as an Effigy) on a bonfire.

Another curious fact that you might want to know, is that the Queen only steps into parliament once a year and during this day, before she enters the Palace of Westminster, a guard goes down to check the cellar. Some may think that that’s extreme paranoia but it’s a tradition that has followed through until this very day.

8th November 1895

Captura de pantalla 2015-11-30 a la(s) 12.04.11Most people won’t know this unless they’re really geeky and have awesome general knowledge but Professor Wilhelm Roentgen discovered X-rays at Wurzburg University on this day in 1895. Quite important stuff and something that should be remembered and possibly commemorated too. I mean, what would medicine be like without it? In fact, in 2009, 50,000 British museum visitors voted the ‘x-ray machine’ as the discovery that has had the greatest impact in science. Roentgen’s breakthrough won him the first ever Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901.

11th November

The 11
th November is moreremembrance_daycommonly known as Remembrance Day. It is also known as Armistice Day. The word ‘armistice’ is another word for truce where two sides stop fighting a war. Armistice or Remembrance Day refers to the day in 1918 on which an agreement was signed in Compiègne to end the fighting on the Western Front and put an end to World War I. The armistice was effective from the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. For this reason, the British hold a 1 minute silence at 11 o’clock on the 11th November annually to pay tribute those who served their country now and then. You may have noticed that many British people wear a poppy upon their breast and buses also display a poppy. The symbol of the poppy has been used since 1921 and it represents those who were lost at war. You can buy a poppy yourself to raise money to go towards the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and help families and veterans of the past and the present.

13th November 2015

Captura de pantalla 2015-11-30 a la(s) 12.04.23I won’t be too lengthy to explain the tragic events of this day, as this is something the whole world is aware of and quite frankly, this event evoked fear among the public across the world but mainly in France and Belgium. The world is currently on alert to any further terrorist attacks. It is two weeks since 130 innocent people were massacred in the French capital and France has paid tribute to the victims of the attack by draping French flags over their windows. This will be another event that has been etched into worldwide history – and not for the nicest of reasons.

29th November 2015
This will be the first day of advent and you know what that means… ONLY 24 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! Have you brought your advent calendar yet to count down the days? On this day, it is officially acceptable to put up Christmas decorations. It’s time to get festive as we approach the most wonderful time of the year! Keep your eyes peeled for Christmas offers and our Mini Christmas Concert next week!

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