Here at Snaptrip, we talk a lot about the beauty of Britain but beneath the splendour lies something sinister. From the Black Eyed Child giggling in the shadows of Cannock Chase to the real-life witches’ cabin found buried beneath Pendle Hill, England is home to some of the most spine-chilling stories in the world.
To help your Halloween be as blood-curdling as possible, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of the most haunted places in England, and for the braver ones amongst you, found a spooky place to stay nearby. Are the tales we tell true, you ask? Well, we can’t be sure. You’ll have to spend the night nearby and let us know. If you make it through to morning that is…
Where better to start our list of the most haunted places in England, than a village so spooky, it has a certificate to prove it. Named ‘Britain’s most haunted village’ by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989, despite being home to barely over a thousand residents, Pluckley is said to harbour 16 wandering souls – approximately one for every 63 residents.
Among the village’s spectral citizens are a highwayman who patrols Fright Corner, a Headmaster found hanging by a group of schoolchildren, and sitting atop Pinnock Bridge, the Watercress Woman. During her life, this mysterious woman would go to the bridge to smoke her pipe, drink her gin and sell watercress picked from the river’s bank. Until that is, she was doused in alcohol and set alight above the water.
Featured property: The Coach House
This cosy cottage is the definition of country living. Nestled at the end of a quiet winding lane, it’s surrounded by plush fields, wandering wildlife and a quaint village pub. Inside, the snug living area boasts an authentic log fire, perfect for gathering around for a gruesome ghost story.
Cannock Chase, Staffordshire
Home to thick, dark woodland that blocks even bright Summer sun, Cannock Chase is precisely the kind of place you’d expect lost spirits to wander. Over the last few decades, this wild forest has become famous for its many werewolf sightings, and for being home to the fabled Black Eyed Child.
Earning its name from the coal-black lumps through which it sees, visitors have reported that the Black Eyed Child skulks through the darker parts of Cannock Chase, giggling and asking for help. In 2014, a clairvoyant took what she believes is the first-ever photograph of the Black Eyed Child. She told the Birmingham Mail that the child is one of many lost souls she has communicated within the forest, saying, “they are asking for help, but they didn’t want to get back into the light.”
Featured property: Fawn View Lodge
Comfortable, cosy and perfect for couples, this wonderful one bedroom property boasts a luxury bathroom with a spa bath and separate shower. Outside, a veranda overlooks the award-winning Silver Trees national nature reserve. Complete with comfortable garden furniture, this outside area is the perfect place to enjoy an evening glass of wine – if you’re brave enough to be out after dark that is.
Wharram Percy, North Yorkshire
Wharram Percy is one of the largest deserted medieval villages in Britain. As if that wasn’t terrifying enough, after decades of research, archaeologists are still unsure as to why the village was left abandoned. One theory is that its residents were plagued by vampires or at least the vengeful undead.
Archaeological work discovered a pit filled with the mutilated and burned remains of at least 17 people. Tests revealed that the mutilations were carried out on the bodies after their death, most probably in an attempt to stop them rising from their graves and preying on the living in North Yorkshire.
Featured property: End Cottage
Settled twenty-minutes from the abandoned village, in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds, this gorgeous period cottage offers stunning views out across the local landscape. Inside, End Cottage boasts two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a cosy living area with a multi-fuel burner. The living area is also galleried by a selection of books, best read in the immaculate enclosed garden.
Pendle Hill, Lancashire
In 1612, atop Pendle Hill, a group of women were hanged. They had been found guilty of witchcraft and devil worship, using their satanic powers to murder 10 people. Today, it’s said these ‘Pendle Witches’ still wander the hills that were once their home.
In 2011, engineers working on the hill in Lancashire made a discovery that raised more questions about the ‘Pendle Witches’. Tucked inside the landscape, they uncovered a remarkably maintained 17th-century cottage. Inside, the terrifying structure was an ancient cat skeleton, which tests revealed that it has been burned alive.
Featured property: Throstle Hall Cottage
Nestled on the flanks of Pendle Hill, this gorgeous cottage is exactly what you’d imagine a peaceful, hillside retreat to be. Outside, it looks like it has been plucked from the front of an English postcard, with a stunning bare-stone exterior, and miles of rolling green fields around. Inside, the cosy yet spacious living area boasts a multi-fuel burner, for curling up in front of, on a winter’s eve.