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Ghost Hunting Around London?

London has long been considered the most haunted city in the world. There are hundreds of places in Central and Greater London where ghosts have been encountered. Some places even have more than one ghost!

Many of the city’s most famous locations are haunted. They include the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and even Heathrow Airport and the O2 Arena. In addition to these well-known locations there are hundreds of less well-known sites which can boast a ghost or two, including, pubs, parks, theatres, churches, roads and railway stations. The River Thames is haunted, and several of the bridges that span it. There are also many obscure houses in quiet back streets where ghosts have been seen.

A new Kindle book that has just launched here in the UK and in time for Halloween is Haunted Sites of London by Richard Holland.

If you’re planning on doing a little ghost-hunting in London this Halloween, Haunted Island highly recommends buying yourself a copy of Haunted Sites of London so that you can discover more about the ghosts, haunted happenings and paranormal activity of one of the world’s most historic capitals, literally with a touch of a finger!

This Kindle book provides a most comprehensive guide to London’s haunted sites, with over 300 locations throughout the city, detailing the ghosts haunting each location and the fascinating stories behind them.

Whilst placing your order with this Halloween’s must have ghost hunters book, why not whet your appetite further, by having a quick read of some of Haunted Islands own tales of Ghostly goings on in the Capital, such delights include, The Ghost of Cock Lane, Haunted Drury Lane Theatre & the world famous Enfield Poltergeist

The Ghost of Grand Theatre. Lancaster

The actress performed here on several occasions during her life, along with her brother.

A Grey Lady (belived to be the ghost of Sarah Siddons) has been seen drifting across the auditorium. She has also been seen sitting quietly in the back of the stalls.

In 1782 during the reign of George III the Lancaster Grand Theatre opened its doors to the public, the theatre was built by  Joseph Austin and Charles Edward Whitlockat and it was known simply as “The Theatre, Lancaster”. Over the next 100 years or so the theatre entertained the gentry of Lancaster and the surrounding areas.

In 1884 the theatre went under several renovations and was renamed to ‘The Athenaeum’ and re opened to the public. A few years later, the theatre was badly damaged in a great fire and was subsequently rebuilt in the same year of 1908. It was decided with this second re-opening that the theatre should be renamed to its present day title Grand Theatre. Lancaster.

Apart from this rebuilding period, the Theatre has been in continuous use for 200 years and has become quite the spot for ghost hunters and those interested in the paranormal, for its been reported by several guests and visitors to the theatre that a ghost of the Grey Lady has been seen sitting in the stalls and passing in front of the auditorium. Further investigation by both the staff of the theatre and by those interested in ghost hunting report that the ghostly figure of the lady is an actress who used to walk the boards known as Sarah Siddons.

Sarah Siddons (Sister-in-Law of Charles Edward Woodlock who built the theatre) was best known for playing the part of Lady Macbeth at the theatre in 1795. The ghost of Sarah has been seen many times as well as a male spirit who has been detected by paranormal investigators and who have later found out to be a travelling actor  by the name of Harald, who stayed at the Midland Hotel around the year 1937.

With over 228 years of history the theatre is now providing guided tours of the third oldest  theatre in England. With its beautiful Edwardian style, you will have the chance to learn about the theatres long and lively history and how it has developed into what you see today, If you are lucky, you may even see the ghost!

To Arrange a booking and or for more information on the Shows on at the Grand Theatre. Lancaster please visit the official website.