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19 The Tower of London (Famous Hauntings And Spooky Spots)




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This article is from the Ghost Stories FAQ, by obiwan obiwan@best.com with numerous contributions by others.

19 The Tower of London (Famous Hauntings And Spooky Spots)

The Tower of London has a long and bloody history, and of course many
ghostly legends are associated with the Tower. In 1483, two young
princes were murdered in the Tower, and their ghosts were reported to
have haunted the tower until the year 1674, when their bones were
found and buried in a proper ceremony.
The most famous and most often reported ghost in the Tower is
Anne Boleyn. She was beheaded by her husband, Henry VIII, in 1536.
Other Tower ghosts include Sir Walter Raleigh, Guy Fawkes, and even
the apparition of a bear. In 1816, a palace guard who was on duty
spied the bear. Not realizing he was facing an apparition, the guard
attempted to lunge at the creature with his bayonet. The guard repor-
tedly later died of shock.
In 1864, a soldier saw a ghost and again attempted to use his
bayonet. The soldier fainted when he realized his antagonist was a
ghost, and was later court-martialed for neglecting his duties (hard
to guard the castle when you're fainted dead away). However, the
charges against the soldier were dropped when two witnesses came
forward to support the soldier's ghost story.

 

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