As promised we kick off our haunted London walks week with another of our quick ghost walks.
To do this tour you need to head to Barbican Station.
Go left out of the Station and then turn left into Charterhouse Street. A little way along on the right is Charterhouse Square. The large grass garden at its centre is reputedly a plague pit which was establishes in 1348. It gives off a very creepy aura during the day, but on a dark October night it is positively creepy to say the least!
Turn right into Charterhouse Square and proceedcounter clockwise round it. On the right, behind the high stone wall you will see The London Charterhouse.
This was originally a monastery set up in 1381 for monks to pray for the souls of the plague victims buried close by. It is haunted by several ghosts including a shadowy monk and a headless nobleman who is said to stride down the staircase inside with his head tucked under his arm!
This one of our haunted London walks continues by returning to Charterhouse Street. Turn right and then left into Lindsey Street. At the end go over Long Lane, via the crossing, bear right and walk down to the phone box. Here turn left in to Rising Sun Court.
On your left is the Rising Sun Pub where ghostly footsteps are sometimes heard pacing back and forth in the upstairs bar after it has been locked up for the night. When staff go to investigate there is nver anybody there!
Continue to the end of Rising Sun Court and go right into Cloth Fair. Go in through the gate of the churchyard opposite and make your way into the church.
This is the church of St Bartholomew the Great. It dates from 1123 and is the oldest parish church in London. There is an admission charge of £4, but it is well worth it.
For many years this church has been a highlight on our various London walks, from the Secret City to our Friday night Ghosts, Ghouls and Graveyards Tour.
To the left of the altar is the tomb of the church’s founder Rahere. His ghost is said to haunt the darker recesses of the church.
To get back to Barbican Station go back to Long Lane, turn right along it, go left at the traffic lights at the end and Barbican Station is on your left.