Haunted St James's
We roamed the internet to find the eeriest stories from St James’s, just in time for Halloween.

While we take absolutely no responsibility whatsoever regarding the scientific validity of these tall tales, we can assure that the author of this post will retire shortly to cower in the corner. Please send treats. 

A Headless Lady in St James’s Park

An old pond in St James’s Park called Rosamund’s Pond was known in the early 19th century as a place where heartbroken women would drown themselves. A ghost sighting from 1804 by one of the Coldstream Guards was described as “perceived the figure of a woman, without a head, rise from the earth, at the distance of about three feet before me.” Indeed, not too long before a sergeant had quite rudely beheaded his own wife. 

Via the Londonist

Messy Murder in St James’s Palace

Here is a rather gory story of guts and murder which took place in St James’s Palace. The resulting apparition is one of a man with a slashed throat. We’ll leave it to you to read the bloody details and determine the credibility of this tale. 

Via Walks of London

Life After St James’s Place 

A comparatively lovely story about two sisters Ann and Harriet Pearson who lived together in a house on St James’s Place. When Ann died in 1858, Harriet continued to live here alone until she fell ill. She had a caretaker, two nieces and nephew’s wife staying with her and to look after her. One evening, her caretakers were awoken by the ghost of Ann walk through the house and into the sick room. Upon entering, they saw Harriet sitting upright calmly saying she had just seen her sister, who had come to collect her for her final journey. She died the next evening.

Via ‘Haunted West End’ by Gilly Pickup

A Ghoulish Spectator at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket

It is said that the actor-manager and founder of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art has not gone far since he died in 1917. His favourite place to sit was the top box stage right and to this day, there are reports of cold spots in this area, and that occasionally the door to the box slowly opens on its own.

Via ‘Haunted West End’ by Gilly Pickup

A Ghost with an Odd Hat at Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason is certainly a very haunt-able place, full of fun knickknacks for a spook to observe. Over the centuries, a few sightings have been made of a particular presence, so spooky that security guards who cast eyes on the presence resigned immediately. The story dates back to a murder-suicide on Jermyn Street, although the details have become quite hazy with history. According to Fortnum’s, the Stove-Hatted Gent, as he is called, roams the upper or basement floors, running a sinuous finger along the wine bottles in the crypt. 

Via Fortnum & Mason

Haunted Trees in Green Park

Green Park too is not without its presences. The ghost of a fiddler was spotted by a policeman playing under the tree under which he committed suicide the night before. A few days prior, someone had stolen his fiddle. He spent his final days roaming the trees without eating and asking everyone he encountered if they’d seen his beloved fiddle. 

The Pig Tree, also in Green Park, is apparently haunted by a creature with facial features of a wolf and a pig and the body of a woman. The story goes that men who saw this figure were frightened to death, but women were oddly entranced by the tree and subsequently developed a hatred towards men. Curious.  

Both via Haunted London, by James Clark