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.
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Descended from a motley crew of smugglers and rogues, Christian was born a chime-child with a caul and grew up in a haunted medieval house by the harbourside in the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough. He now lives in a barn on a ley-line in rural East Anglia. His latest book is The Mysterious Wold Newton Triangle: Wraiths, Werewolves & Other Weird Tales from the Yorkshire Wolds (Haunted Landscapes Volume 2)
According to folklore a caul-shrouded chime-child can't drown at sea but can see and talk to faerie folk and also has protection against spells cast by malevolent sorcerers. And yes, he was once commissioned to go on a werewolf hunt on the night of a full moon by a newspaper. Spoiler alert: he didn't find one. (Or it didn't find him.)
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