The Tower of London has been at the heart of many conflicts and has been the scene of many executions and torture scenes. This bloody past would explain all the ghost appearances that make this place one of the most haunted places in the world.
This tower was built towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman conquest of England, the White Tower, which gave its name to the entire castle, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and was considered a symbol of the oppression imposed on London by the authorities.
The castle was used as a prison as early as 1100, but it was a great palace and it was also used as a royal residence, its role as a prison and a place of execution remains nevertheless what history remembers most.
The Ghosts of the Tower of London: Anne Boleyn
She is the second wife of King Henry VIII of England and Queen Consort from 1533 to 1536.
She is the mother of Queen Elizabeth I.
His marriage to Henry VIII was at the origin of the complex and often tragic political and religious change that was the English reform.
Accused of adultery, incest and high treason, she was executed by beheading.
It was an unknown spectacle since it was the first public execution of an English queen.
With no coffin for her, Anne Boleyn was locked in an old box too small while her body was hastily buried under the chapel of St. Peter Ad Vincula.
It is now generally accepted that she was innocent of these accusations.
She was seen many times, wandering around the chapel on the anniversary of her execution, followed by a procession of lords and ladies, dressed in the costumes of the time.
In 1864, a sentinel spotted him in a white shape veiled by a strange fog.
One of the most famous appearances dates back to 1936, a guard saw a headless woman floating towards him in the bloody tower.
The sentinel warned the mysterious stranger but receiving no response, he charged. The guard was paralyzed by fear when he saw his bayonet crossing the silhouette.
The Ghosts of the Tower of London: Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir Walter Raleigh was an adventurer, writer, poet, courtier, officer, explorer and great and very popular scientist, he was at the root of the introduction of tobacco in Virginia and Jersey, as well as the potato in England.
In 1603 he escaped execution because of his popularity, after being suspected of plotting against King James I.
However, he was imprisoned while retaining a certain freedom to live with his family and continue his scientific experiments.
However, 2 years after his release he was accused again of treason.
He was not as lucky as the first time because he was executed. His ghost would often reappear in the evening on ramparts near his former apartments.
These ramparts were even called “the Raleigh Walk”.
The Ghosts of the Tower of London: Margaret Pole
Margaret Pole, 70 years old and last heiress of the Plantagenet family, was beheaded under the order of King Henry VII.
On the day of her execution, she refused to put her head on the block and the executioner had to pursue her to the Green Tower.
He knocked down his axe many times on her before she died in excruciating pain.
His ghost would reappear every year at the foot of the Green Tower on the anniversary of his execution.
The Ghosts of the Tower of London: Thomas Becket
Thomas Becket, known as Saint Thomas of Canterbury, was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170.
He engaged in a conflict with King Henry II of England over the rights and privileges of the Church.
He was eventually murdered by the king’s supporters.
He was canonized in 1173 in Canterbury Cathedral, which became a place of pilgrimage.
Thomas Becket was seen 71 years after his murder.
Sometimes its spectrum was seen in the tower bearing his name, the Tower of St. Thomas, especially when modifications were made.
Buildings were often delayed by unexplainable accidents or by raging elements.
A priest claimed to have seen Thomas’ ghostly form, hitting a building with his cross until it gave way.
The Ghosts of Guildford Dudley & Lady Jane Grey
Promised to the young Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey had the honour of receiving the royal legacy.
On the other hand, the young king died and left her alone to the throne that she did not really want.
She was forcibly married to Guildford Dudley.
Thanks to her parents’ machinations, her stepfather’s hopes were fulfilled and she became queen.
It was not his choice but his parents’.
Nevertheless, the two newlyweds quickly fell in love with each other, but their peace was short-lived, as was their life.
They were only on the throne for two weeks before being thrown in prison.
Only 15 years old, Lady Jane Grey was beheaded a few hours after her lover.
It is said that the cursed lovers were both seen in the corridors of the Tower of London.
The ghost of Guilford Dudley is said to have come to sit by a Beauchamp Tower window to mourn his beloved, as he did before his execution.
Lady Jane Grey was also seen several times after her death.
His last appearance was in 1957, when two sentries saw his ghost on the roof of the salt tower.
The Ghosts of the Tower of London: Henry VI
On May 21, 1471, while praying in his private chapel in Wakefield Tower, King Henry VI was stabbed.
He was a very religious man but made a bad monarch.
His ghost reappeared several times praying in the chapel of the Wakefield Tower.
London Tower Bear
Not all apparitions are of human beings, ghost animals were also observed, these apparitions are not surprising since there were menagerie in the tower of London for centuries.
The most famous ghost animal is a bear, in 1815, a guard from the Tower of London came face to face with a bear.
What was his amazement when, in trying to defend himself, he saw his weapon crossing the bear as if in the air.
This poor guard was so scared that he will die the next day.