You might usually worry more about delays and crowded rush hour Tubes on your commute than encountering a ghost. But if you’re the impressionable type, this spooky map might just change all that.
On the eve of Halloween, this map created by Brilliantly British reveals the London Underground’s most horrifying ghost stories.
The map includes stations like Liverpool Street, Elephant & Castle, King’s Cross St Pancras and Bank.
At Liverpool Street, a man in white overalls patrols the deserted platform at night.
Station workers claim the ghostly figure appears late at night at the station, which is said to be built over a mass burial ground. In 2000, workers spotted the white-clad figure on CCTV – but when one of them bravely went down to the platform, he saw no one there.
His friend, meanwhile, still watching the platform on CCTV, insisted that both colleague and ghost were there, standing right next to each other.
Other ghost stories have a more tragic real history behind them.
Many have reported the haunting screams Bethnal Green over the years. Investigations have confirmed that 173 people, mostly women and children, were trampled to death at the station during a Second World War air raid.
At King’s Cross, many have reported seeing a stylish but ghostly young brown-haired woman who has apparently been roaming the corridors since the fire that claimed 31 peoples’ lives in 1987.
Bank, meanwhile, is haunted by “the black nun”. Her ghostly spectre is said to be followed by an inexplicable stench and “sense of despair and sadness” that follows her.
(City workers will likely be able to testify to a certain sense of sadness when passing through Bank on a Monday morning, but whether this is due to any ghosts, we will leave unsaid.)
Ever come across the “Screaming Spectre of Farringdon”? This poltergeist has apparently been terrifying passengers for years, with hundreds of witnesses reporting hearing piercing screams at the station.
It’s believed to be the ghost of 18th century orphan Anne Naylor. Killed by her workhouse boss aged just 12, her body was then dumped just where Farringdon station now stands.
From the sprinting footsteps of invisible spectres to mysterious tapping sounds and doors slamming for no reasons, Elephant & Castle “might just be London’s most haunted Tube station” according to Brilliantly British.
Don’t believe in ghosts? These tales could still have their uses.
You can always try blaming the “Screaming Spectre of Farringdon” the next time a delay on your morning commute makes you late for work.