You may well need some divine intervention when visiting these 10 haunted churches in the UK and USA!
1. The Church Of St. Mary The Virgin – Clophill, UK
This church is in ruins nowadays because of a new church being built nearby in 1848, and there have been lots of strange incidents occurring there since then. Ghostly monks have been seen wandering the grounds before disappearing into thin air, and rumours of devil worship and black magic in the church itself. Added to that, body snatchers roamed the grounds digging up bodies, nice!
2. Most Holy Trinity Church – Brooklyn, New York
In this massive church (it covers an entire city block!) roam many a ghost. The most famous is George Stelz, a bellringer who was murdered on the stairway leading to the bell tower. The bloody handprints of George and his murderer still stain the walls leading to the bell tower, and the bells ring unexpectedly from time to time. Probably George doing it, reminding everyone of his untimely demise! Also, there are loads of underground tunnels leading from the church that only the brave venture into!
3. St. Nicholas Church – Pluckley, UK
Situated in one of the most haunted places in England, St Nicholas church is famous for The Red Lady Ghost (Lady Dering when living) who wanders the graves looking for her missing baby. Buried in three lead coffins to prevent her decay, this is probably why she’s still active now! In the church itself, strange knocking sounds drift up from under it at night accompanied with odd flickering lights when it’s empty. Added to this, the inside of the church is said to be haunted by a woman in 20th-century clothing.
4. National Cathedral – Washington D.C.
Even presidents can be ghosts in this massive building in Washington! Woodrow Wilson (president from 1913-1921) died in 1924 and is the only president interred in Washington D.C. in the cathedral. His ghost wanders the halls tapping his cane against the walls, probably checking it’s structurally sound, since it was only finished in 1990! There’s also a basement where a library fire in 1946 left tortured souls still trapped. Many a visitor there has had the feeling they’re being watched with a feeling of extreme uneasiness thrown in for good measure… Brrrr!
5. Borley Church – Essex, UK
Sitting in the grounds where the famous haunted rectory is lies Borley Church. Unexplained lights flitter around the church and organ music plays at times of the day when there’s no one there. A ghostly monk has been seen sitting in a pew in the church itself by paranormal investigators, probably waiting for sermon to start! All this bizarre activity isn’t surprising due the church being near to one of the most haunted places in Britain!
6. St Bartholomew the Great Smithfield, London, UK
St Bartholomew the Great stands on the grounds that have seen Christian worship since 1143, and it’s full of ghostly action! A monk called Rahere, whose tomb’s nearby, roams the Lady Chapel and apparently his ghost always appears on 1 July at 7am from the vestry and has a stroll through the church! A date for your diary there! There have also been sightings of a clergyman in a black gown delivering a sermon from the pulpit, a spectral white lady appearing and, worst of all, a black shape that drifts the corridors radiating evil…
7. St. Louis Cathedral – New Orleans, Louisiana
In 1769, a rebellion by French settlers in New Orleans was crushed by the Spanish and six ringleaders were caught and executed by firing squad. To intimidate the remaining rebels, the bodies of the six men were left to rot, unburied, in the church grounds until a few days later they were sneaked away from the Spanish and finally entombed in the cemetery. Their tortured souls wander the grounds as revenge for their hideous final days…
8. Westminster Abbey, London, UK
Having stood in the same place since the 6th century, it’s not surprising it has its fair sure of spooks! Over the years, whilst being expanded and altered, the floor level has been lowered, which is why the ghost of a monk has been spotted floating along not touching the floor! He’s known as Father Benedictus, and acn often be seen gliding through the cloisters at around 5-6pm. His ghostly form seems quite solid, and over the years many visitors have had in-depth conversations with him before he floats off and disappears. He’s nice, polite man apparently, so don’t get too freaked out! There’s also the tomb of the unknown warrior, a memorial to the soldiers who died in WW1. The unidentified body of a soldier from the battlefields of France lies underneath it and when the Abbey’s quiet enough, a ghostly soldier appears, head bowed for a few minutes, before disappearing into thin air.
9. Old Rock Church – St. Olaf, Texas
This rather pretty little church has been abandoned since 1917 and is miles away from any major towns. Unexplained voices have been heard in the pews, and eerie lights have been seen in the church at night. Even a ghost choir singing hymns has been heard wafting on the breeze from the church, and the organ has also been played by ghostly fingers when it’s been totally deserted! A rather sinister addition to our 10 Haunted churches…
10. Chapel Of The Cross – Mannsdale, Mississippi
Within the grounds of this gothic church is the ghost of a woman whose husband-to-be was killed in a duel a few days before their wedding. Her ghost has been seen lying over his gravestone sobbing inconsolably. Odd giggling has been heard in the chapel, and bloodstains appear and disappear on the stone floor. People have also witnessed strange apparitions wandering the grounds and passing through doors to the church… Gulp!