There are thought to be well over 3000 people buried within the Westminster Abbey location. The dead include 17 well known monarchs from British history.
In this article we will be taking a look at the Westminster Abbey ghosts that have decided to linger in this spectacular building…
In the 6th century Westminster was nothing more than a scrappy area of land that rose from the muddy banks of the famous River Thames. During this period of time it was a completely inhospitable section of London.
Serbert the converted king of the East Saxons decided to build a church that was dedicated to St Peter. He made the strange choice of picking this rather marshy island of land for construction.
Once the church was complete Serbert drafted in Mellitus, the first Bishop of London to consecrate the building.
The night before the consecration was due to take place a local fisherman was cornered by a strange figure on the south bank of the Thames. At first this cloaked man seemed pretty intimidating but once he spoke he put the fisherman’s nerves at ease.
He simply asked politely if the fisherman would be kind enough to row him across the Thames to the newly erected church. The fisherman obliged.
When the stranger stepped off the boat on the other side of the river the new church building was suddenly doused in brilliant heavenly light.
Through the celestial brilliance the fisherman noticed dozens of beautiful angles flying around Westminster Abbey.
The cloaked stranger revealed himself to be none other than St. Peter himself. He was there to anoint the church after he found out the building was to be dedicated to him.
The Westminster Abbey Ghosts
As I mentioned earlier in the article – Westminster Abbey is the resting place for well over 3000 souls. With this many historic burials there is bound to be some sort of paranormal activity.
Westminster Abbey’s Triforium is often visited by the spirit of John Bradshaw. Bradshaw was the man who presided over the trial of Charles I. Many tourists have reported seeing his ghostly figure move slowly along the Triforium’s walls.
A statue of Daniel Pulteney sits proudly in the the South Cloisters of the Abbey. The impressive statue shows Pulteney in a sitting position reading a book.
There have been many reports of this stone representation actually coming to life and turning a page or two of the book it holds.
There is also frequent visits of a ghost of a monk that floats several feet above the ground of the Abbey. His floating is thought to be down to the changes that have happened to the Abbey over the years.
These changes have led to the floor level being progressively lowered leaving the apparition a few feet out of sync with the ground levels.
This monk spirit is known as “Father Benedictus” and he only ever appears between five and six in the evening around the cloisters. Many witnesses have held long conversations with the monk not knowing he was a paranormal entity.
Unlike most spirits he has a very solid ‘flesh and bone’ like structure and there is little ghostly about him. There is a report of him keeping a group of visitors entertained for over half an hour in the early 1900’s.
On another famous occasion in 1932 a pair of American tourists came upon him meandering through a small hall. He immediately struck up a conversation with them and kept them transfixed for several minutes.
The two American tourists later claimed that the priest was extremely polite and not once did they feel any anxiety or fear during the conversation.
There is a memorial for the soldiers who died in World War 1 within the Abbey walls named ‘The Unknown Warrior’. It was constructed in 1920 when a unknown solider was given a royal burial.
The grave was made out of soil that was taken from the battlefields of France where the solider was thought to have perished. The memorial sits proudly upon this soil.
There have been many reports from night security claiming a ghostly figure materializes by the side of the memorial. He stands there with head bowed for a few minutes before disappearing into thin air.
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