The church in East London which is “haunted” by three distinct ghosts, including a famous highwayman
Any paranormal enthusiast knows that London is practically a playground for our macabre friends.
Considering the number of spirits that have had to be released into the city over the centuries, it’s surprising that there isn’t a ghost occupying every corner.
There is, however, one place in East London that is said to have more than its fair share of ghost occupants.
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St Mary’s Church in Wanstead, which was built over 230 years ago, apparently houses three separate apparitions.
Each has their own bizarre and hopelessly sad story and the most famous ghost is that of the famous 18th century highwayman Dick Turpin.
Turpin started his life as a butcher, but then joined a gang of deer smugglers in Essex before becoming a highwayman.
He was known to frequent Epping Forest, using it as a hiding place between innocent robberies all over London.
He was eventually executed for horse theft, but is believed to have returned to Wanstead Church in spirit form. He was seen in the cemetery, where his alleged uncle, Thomas Turpin, rests.
Then there is the sad story of the second church ghost, a lady in gray, who was seen scouring the church grounds aimlessly in search of her husband, whom she shortly lost. long after their marriage.
The third ghost also appears in the cemetery in search of a missing loved one.
This apparition, a skeleton, apparently wanders the cemetery pushing a cart with a coffin in it.
The skeleton scours the ground in search of his wife, whose body was believed to have been stolen by grave robbers centuries ago.
The church isn’t the only top ghost hunting location in Wanstead, as the local park is said to be home to one or two spirits as well.
Catherine Tylney-Long, who owned and lived in the large house in Wanstead before it was demolished, is said to be wandering the park, upset and unable to rest due to the way she and her home were treated by her husband.
He was a gamer who spent all his money and eventually left the house to be knocked down.
The next time you are in the Wanstead area, we recommend that you keep your eyes peeled.
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