Time for another true winter ghost story and this week we are going back to the London Underground network - or “the Tube” as we call it in the UK. Our location is Covent Garden station and the westbound platform of the Piccadilly Line, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of the Victorian era actor William Terriss who was murdered nearby on 16th December 1897. In his day, Terriss was one of the most popular actors on the English stage. His modern day equivalent might by Hugh Grant or Benedict Cumberbatch or Hugh Laurie.
William Terriss was stabbed to death outside the stage-door of the Adelphi Theatre, on Maiden Lane, also in Covent Garden, by a disgruntled and deranged actor called Richard Archer Prince - Prince would spend the remaining 40 years of his life locked up in the notorious Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. As for Terriss, his ghost – described as tall in stature, wearing a grey suit and white gloves, is said to be seen standing on the platform very late at night – around midnight, during the winter months. The last reported sighting of his ghost was in 1972 however you can still see a plaque on the wall by the stage door of the Adelphi Theatre which records the event of his murder.
So I'm reading Howard Pyle's The Book of Pirates and came across this illustration from 1903, the caption is "How buccaneers kept Christmas". If only I'd have known I'd have gone Xmas shopping on the Spanish Main, not Iceland.
Here's me writing more weird folklore stuff – this time for Ancient Origins (behind a paywall I'm afraid) – where I look at the similarities between the Western fairy/fae traditions and the Eastern jinn/genies.
Ickenham Station on the London Underground (Piccadilly & Metropolitan Lines): on winter evenings a ghostly figure of a woman wearing a red scarf stands at the end of the London-bound platform, close to where she fell or jumped onto the 'live' rail and was fatally electrocuted. She sometimes waves before disappearing. According to the Paranormal Database, she was first seen in the 1950s.
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