Tower of London Ghosts

 

The Tower of London Ghosts
The History of the Tower of London is both bloody and cruel. Which is why the Tower of London is considered to have the most ghosts and hauntings of any castles in England. The Bloody Tower, Traitors Gate and the dungeon called the 'Little Ease' provide an indication of some of the events which may have taken place in the Tower of London and what has led to so many stories of ghosts and haunting.

What is a Ghost?
To determine why so many ghosts are reputed to haunt the Tower of London perhaps we should first determine what exactly the definition of a ghost and why a haunting might occur. A ghost is often defined as the spirit or soul of a person who has remained on Earth after death.

 
 
 
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When Ghosts appear, they are said to appear in bodily likeness to living persons and often haunt their former habitats. Ghosts are believed to have a surviving emotional memory typical of someone who has died violently, traumatically and tragically. The soul of a ghost is not able to rest in peace and they remain in old and familiar places, repeating the same acts indefinitely until they are released from their endless haunting.

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Tower of London Ghosts

  • Information & Facts about the Tower of London Ghosts
  • Who were the Tower of London Ghosts?
  • Why do Ghosts haunt the Tower of London?
  • How many Ghosts haunt the Tower of London and which are the most famous?

Clues as to why the Tower of London has so many Ghosts
The definitions of ghosts explain why perhaps there have been so many sightings of ghosts in the Tower of London. The major functions of the Tower of London have been :

  • A Prison housing some very important state prisoners
  • A place of trials, execution and torture

An obvious location where hapless victims were placed in a violent, traumatic and tragic situation.

Famous Tower of London Ghosts
The people who were incarcerated in the Tower of London are famous people who played an important part in the history of England. Many were violently interrogated and tortured. Many were sentenced without a trial. Those who were executed had their lives ended with a violent, untimely and tragic death. Countless victims were executed on Tower Hill, just outside the Tower of London. Only seven people were executed inside the walls of the Tower of London on Tower Green. The seven people to be executed inside the Tower of London are detailed on the following list. Each of these famous people were killed by beheading. This barbaric form of execution was common in Medieval and Renaissance England and explains why so many ghosts are sighted in a headless state. Stories of ghosts incarcerated in dungeons explain the 'rattling of chains' and the terrified shrieks, groans, moans, wails and desperate cries of prisoners account for the noises associated with ghosts.

Date Name of Tower of London Prisoner 'privately' executed on Tower Green
13th June 1483
William Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings (1431 - 1483) Executed by beheading William Hastings fought to secure the throne for Edward IV and supported his sons the two little Princes in the Tower
19th May 1536
Anne Boleyn, Queen of England (1507- 1536) Executed by beheading Anne Boleyn was the second wife of King Henry VIII falsely convicted of adultery, incest and treason
27th May 1541
Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury (1473-1541) Executed by beheading the Countess of Salisbury was a frail 68 year old accused of treason by King Henry VIII for supporting his first Catholic wife Katherine of Aragon 
13th February 1542
Catherine Howard, Queen of England (1524 - 1542) Executed by beheading Catherine Howard was a foolish and wanton girl was killed for adultery when she was just 18 years old
13th February 1542
Jane Boleyn, Viscountess Rochford (1505 - 1542) Executed by beheading Jane Rochford was instrumental in bringing about the killing of the two Queens, and cousins, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard
12th February 1553
Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England (15371554) Executed by beheading Lady Jane Grey was the puppet Queen who was manipulated by her ambitious family
25th February 1601
Robert Devereux 2nd Earl of Essex (1566 - 1601) Executed by beheading Essex was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I who led a rebellion against her

Five of the seven famous people executed are reputed to haunt the Tower of London. All fit the perfect description and definition of ghosts. The five famous ghosts of people who were executed within the walls of the Tower of London were:

  • The Ghost of Anne Boleyn
  • The Ghost of the Countess of Salisbury
  • The Ghost of Catherine Howard
  • The Ghost of Jane Rochford
  • The Ghost of Lady Jane Grey

All died violently, traumatically and tragically. There stories can be found by clicking any of the above links. Other famous ghosts were prisoners in the Tower of London and who were subsequently executed  include:

  • The Ghost of Guy Fawkes
  • The Ghost of Sir Walter Raleigh

Other famous Tower of London ghosts include those who were murdered in the Tower. These murders are often mysterious but always violent, traumatic and tragic. These famous Tower of London ghosts who were murdered include:

  • The Ghost of Thomas Becket
  • The Ghost of King Henry VI
  • The Ghosts of the two little Princes in the Tower

The Tower of London Anonymous Ghosts
Witnesses at the Tower of London have also reported 'anonymous' ghosts. These Tower of London Ghosts are simply referred to as the 'Gray Lady' and the 'White Lady'. Names which reflected the appearance of the apparition.  The ghost of the ' Gray Lady' has been described as a woman in mourning garments. A black void is where her face should be. A phantom squad of ghost soldiers has also been sighted marching in the grounds of the Tower of London.

The Tower of London Ghosts
 Interesting facts and information about the ghosts who are reputed to haunt the Tower of London...

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