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A Ghost Post

Yesterday Bogwitch actually did something interesting with her life (apart from writerconuk, of course).

I went ghostfacing! Oh yeah, those ghosts were faced.

The White Hart Hotel is over 600 years old and is one of the most haunted places in St Albans (which in turn is apparently one of the most haunted towns in Britain) and they do a dinner and ghost tour once a month.

Of course, this kind of do attracts a Bogwitch like wasps to a picnic.

During the tour, given by a manic Northern Irishman no one could understand, I didn’t spot any ghostly activity, which was a disappointment, but I did have a couple of odd (but probably explainable) experiences. Firstly, almost the entire time I was there I could feel my heart pumping really fast; this may just have been my excitement though, I certainly wasn’t scared! I only felt normal again as I left.

Second, on the spooky, wobbly stairwell, something seemed to make me lean over and over… Then I realised that there was a low window beside me and it was open! I wasn’t pushed, but why I was leaning over I don’t know, but it might have been the uneven floorboards which are a bit of a theme in this hotel.

See if you can spot any apparitions of lingering evil:

The dining room where England declared war on Spain; but not while we were eating our hot fruit salad though.

The spooky, wobbly stairwell where people were hung and a young girl died in a fire. There was something about a paedophile, but I wasn’t really listening.

Orbs are spotted here if you squint and wish very hard.

The Guest’s lounge that no one uses. I suspect this has less to do with people thinking it’s occupied because they hear voices and more to do with the uncomfy furniture. This was supposedly a council chamber and a landlord threw himself off the balcony.

A strange picture that was found under the plaster. From here we went into an unlit corridor were the staff live. Many of them have apparently said they have felt something enter the room and sit on their beds. One even felt hands around his throat.

The haunted Ladies toilet, where ‘presences’ are felt. I just felt uneven floorboards.

Spooky cellar number one where the plague victims were kept and the lights were turned off so we could experience the spookiness in full and scared people could get more scared. Note the terrifying Christmas decs. They’re probably possessed.

This was entered by very rickety and thin-boarded steps from the kitchens. I would love to see the risk assessment.

Hmm, spookier with lights off, methinks.

Spooky cellar number two with handy escape tunnel (bricked up in alcove) to the Abbey of St Albans (which is opposite the hotel). Figures have been seen here.

Boxes of gut churning horror labelled at £4.99:

In all, a fun (and certainly different) evening was had.


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I would love to do something like that!

Lovely photos!

Lovely photos of nothing!

I'm sure York must have something similar.

Hee! Sounds like a fun tour.

Hot though. Seven people in a candlelit cellar is stuffy!


I've been on a few haunted house tours and never seen a ghost either. I did tour a house in Vicksburg that's supposed to be the most haunted house in Mississippi. Nothing felt off or unusual until I went into one of the bedrooms and I just felt uneasy, like I was somewhere I wasn't wanted. After I got home I researched the house a bit more and found out that particular bedroom is supposedly the most haunted room in the house. Da-da-dum!!!!!!!

BTW, know of any good haunted houses open for touring in the London area? Stuff off the beaten track preferred, but anything really.


It's all a swizzle! If we've paid, we should get a ghost! The tour group before us actually photographed a 'face' in the wall, but I'm sceptical.

I don't know of any houses off-hand, my friend is more of the ghost expert. I do have a book on ghosts of London, but it's at home and I'm not. If I remember, I'll have a look for you.

different, huh? you did a graveyard in London, was that ghosts or just famous graves?

Different to sitting at home on the internet!

I've done several graveyards in London, just because they were graveyards really.

Tee hee! This sounds great!

I love that St. Albans has something to pull in every demographic of punter they can possibly lay their hands on. (That last bit was said in a quick and scary way. It's hard to express through formatting.)

They could do with some better organisation to pull the evening together a bit better, but it was fun! They do it once a month, so you should go yourself.

To be fair, St Albans has been mining this seam for awhile. I did their ghost walk once.

Damn! I walked all over the Tower of London and not one ghost jumped out at me. You think if you paid good money to see things, those ghosts would co-operate...

I never saw one there either. £20 got me the tour and a three course dinner. Not bad.

Sounds fun! I like that sort of thing. I always do that 'is this something spooky or does the floor just lean' thing, too. My stomach feels queasy! Is this a spirit attempting to take possession of my body or just the tuna salad I had for lunch! GOOD TIMES. I went on a tour of The Winchester Mystery House last April and was way more bummed about not seeing Sam or Dean than any spirits. Hahaha. Oh.

They were probably out in the car.

We have ghost tours in Portland but I've been told they aren't very well organized, so I've never done one. I keep trying to get my husband to come with me for an overnight stay at one of the haunted hotels but he won't do it.

Oh well. I'll just have to come back and haunt instead of hunting for ghosts!

This wasn't very well organised either, but it was fun all the same. I suppose not seeking out the supernatural is the sensible thing to do.

Did you see I posted you a chapter?

Richard died far too youg, what a mindless peice of old architecture.

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