Britains 10 spookiest cities revealed

August 26th, 2008 - 6:42 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Aug 26 (ANI): As a country steeped in history, tradition, mysterious and often mystical tales of old, the UK is home to some of the greatest legends and spooky
stories of ghostly apparitions.
Now, a new survey has revealed Britains spookiest cities, reports the Sun
The Supernatural Britain survey was commissioned by Warner Home Video to mark the release of TV series Supernatural Season Three on DVD.
Belfast Helena Blunden, a promising young singer who was employed at a Belfast linen mill in 1912 and died there.
Gloucester Bishop John Hooper was put to a horrible death in 1555 in Gloucesters Westgate, during Catholic Queen Marys persecution of Protestants.
Chester The English Civil War of September 24, 1645, when the Royalist Army of King Charles, led by Lord Bernard Stewart and Marmaduke Langdale, were heavily defeated by
Oliver Cromwells Parliamentarians under the command of Colonel Michael Jones. More than 600 Royalists were killed, among them Lord Bernard Stewart.
Exeter A network of medieval passages under Exeter city centre were built for the repair of pipes bringing clean water from springs outside the city. One such is of a man called
Albert, who fell through one of the access manholes to the passages and endured days of despair and agony before dying of his injuries.
Derby In 1879, a villain named Gerald Mannering rolled into Derby after arguing with his father, aiming to drown his bitterness in booze. Police spotting him driving a pony and trap
didnt need a breathalyser to tell he was drunk.
They took him to cells on the site of what is now Derby Fish Market. There the enraged prisoner drew a pistol in the charge room and began to fire wildly, wounding an
inspector and killing PC Moss.
Although found guilty of murder, Mannering escaped the death sentence when it was discovered that the jury had been split 50-50 over whether it had been murder or
manslaughter, and had drawn lots for the casting vote.
The injustice may have trapped PC Mosss soul workers at the fish market have seen a policeman in Victorian-style uniform watching them and have heard phantom
footsteps patrolling the yard.
Edinburgh Edinburgh Castle is one of the most haunted places in Scotland. The castle is connected to the citys most famous street, the Royal Mile, by a network of underground
tunnels.
Several hundred years ago a piper sent to explore them was told to keep playing so his progress could be tracked. But halfway down the Royal Mile the music suddenly
stopped. When a rescue party was sent the piper had vanished.
St Albans The magnificent abbey church in St Albans is the scene of many ghostly sightings. In 1944 wartime fire-watcher Basil Saville saw the organ play on its own and witnessed a
procession of ghostly monks.
Norwich For many years 19 Magdalen Street has been known as the most haunted address in Norwich. Originally a pub, it is now three separate properties and has been home to
Radio Rentals, Oxfam and Stirling Travel. Staff of all three firms have witnessed pheno-mena such as cups falling off tables when there is no one near and typewriters
working on their own.
Research found that a teenage barmaid called Sara was murdered in an upstairs room. The pubs landlord was a brutal pimp who, furious when Sara refused to sleep with
customers, dealt her a fatal blow. Many people still notice a drop in temperature between the main and back rooms of No19.
York The master of the 19th Century York Industrial Ragged School was paid to round up waifs and strays and put them to work but spent little on looking after the orphans in
his care. When many died of his maltreatment, the panicking boss locked the corpses in a large cupboard rather than admit his failure.
But the guilt drove him insane and he eventually ran through the school massacring the remaining children with a huge knife. Anyone stopping in York to listen to distant
playing children may find the sound suddenly changes into screams of terror.
Oxford The most tragic tale of an Oxford ghost is that of fallen nun Rosamund The Fair. King Henry II kept her as a concubine in Godstow Nunnery on Trout Island.
The King would meet her in a labyrinth guarded by one of his knights. The knight held the end of a silver thread which led to Rosamund. The Queen, furious with jealousy,
killed the knight, found Rosamund and forced her to drink poison. Now Rosamund haunts The Trout pub in Wolvercote. (ANI)

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