Five properties in the most haunted areas of Ham&High
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North London has a rich history of hauntings and the supernatural, with many residents celebrating the stories and keeping them alive. These five properties are based in some of the most haunted spots of Hampstead and Highgate
Highgate Cemetery House, 85 Swains Lane, N6 6PJ
The Grey House at 85 Swains Lane is an imposing building— all glass, concrete… and gravestones. The four-storey house sits high on Highgate Hill, overlooking London, and is surrounded on three sides by Highgate cemetery, a notoriously haunted place where dozens of sightings of the ‘Highgate Vampire’ created a worldwide craze in the 1970s. Click for for photos.
Church Row, Hampstead, NW3, £5,750,000
Some claim to have seen a glimpse of a red haired servant girl carrying a carpet bag down Church Row, headed towards the church. The story says she carried the remains of a child’s body, which the maid had killed, and buried the body parts in the church yard. But for the level headed among us, this stunning period home, located on Church Row, is a remarkable example of Queen Anne architecture and is thought to have only changed hands twice in the last 60 years.
Savills / 020 7472 5018
The Flask, 77 Highgate West Hill, N6 6BU
This 18th-century pub hosts many a ghost. It’s said the ghost of a Spanish barmaid haunts the pub’s cellar, which is now a seating area. She hanged herself there over unrequited love for the publican. Others claim to have seen a man in Cavalier uniform who crosses the room in the main bar and then vanishes into a pillar. It’s also believed that the pub’s Committee Room was used for one of the first autopsies, most likely performed on a stolen corpse from the nearby Highgate Cemetery.
East Heath Road, Hampstead Heath, NW3, £1,350,000
This three-bedroom apartment in a period conversion is located on East Heath Road, opposite Hampstead Heath, which is renowned for its hauntings. The Heath is an ancient London park and you can find ghost stories all around and within. There are accounts of a man, some believe it is Dick Turpin himself, speeding across the Heath on his horse. The Spaniards Inn, which also borders the edge of the heath, is one of the most famous haunted pubs in Hampstead.
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Foxtons / 020 7433 6600
King William IV of Hampstead, Hampstead Village, NW3 1RE
The King William IV pub has been at the heart of Hampstead Village for over 200 years, and it has a colourful history. The ghost of Mrs Wyatt, who was murdered and bricked up in the cellar by her husband, reputedly still haunts the building— a claim that was confirmed by a visit from paranormal psychic Derek Acorah. Others have reported a girl looking through the windows of the pub with a forlorn expression. The story goes that she killed herself after a visit to the dentist across the road left her in agony.
Died In House app
If you think you’re the only one interested in the history and hauntings of a place you’ll be happy to know you’re wrong. A new American app, DiedInHouse is promising to help people with a valid US address find out if someone has died at their house. Would you want to know if a murder or bizarre death occurred at your home?