Hampton Court Palace - London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 24.212 W 000° 20.341
30U E 685081 N 5698060
Quick Description: Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in south west London next to the River Thames. This year, 2015, the palace has its 500th anniversary. So, with that much history there is bound to be a skeleton or two in the closet!
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/25/2015 2:20:33 AM
Waymark Code: WMNRCZ
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
Views: 1

Long Description:

The Hampton Court Palace website tells us about some of the ghosts and hauntings:

Ghosts at Hampton Court Palace

Hampton  Court  Palace,  with  its  500  years  of  history,  has  seen  many  dramatic  royal events  from  the  death  of  Henry  VIII’s  third  wife,  Jane  Seymour,  to  the  condemnation and house arrest of his fifth, Catherine Howard, for adultery. Over the centuries, staff, visitors, workmen and residents have experienced strange phenomena for which there is often no practical explanation. Many of these experiences have been recorded, the better known of which are below.

Catherine Howard and The Haunted Gallery

The hauntings of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of King Henry VIII, at Hampton Court Palace  are  so  well  known  that  the  Haunted  Gallery  was  given  its  spine-tingling name.

In  November  1541,  Catherine  was  charged  with  adultery,  placed  under  house arrest  and  confined  to  her  rooms  at  Hampton  Court. It  is  claimed  that  she  broke free from her guards and ran down the corridor to reach King Henry, who was in his private  chapel,  and  plead  for  her  life.  Her  guards soon  caught  up  with  her  and dragged her back to her rooms, despite her protests

Catherine was later executed at the Tower of London. 

It  is  said  that  a  female  form,  dressed  in  white,  has  been  seen  floating  down  the Haunted  Gallery  ‘towards  the  door  of  the  Royal  Pew,  and  just  as  she  reaches  it, has  been  observed  to  hurry  back  with  disordered  garments  and  a  ghastly  look  of despair,  uttering  at  the  same  time  the  most  unearthly  shrieks,  till  she  passes through  the  door  at  the end  of  the gallery’.  (A  Short  History of  Hampton  Court  by Ernest Law, 1897)

During totally separate evening tours of the palace one evening in 1999, two female visitors fainted on exactly the same spot in the Haunted Gallery approximately one hour apart. Both of them felt frightened and uncomfortable and one lady declined to re-join the tour.

Jane Seymour wanders in Clock Court
 
Catherine  Howard  isn’t  Henry  VIII’s  only  wife  whose  presence  is  still  felt  at Hampton  Court.  His  third  and  favourite  wife,  Jane  Seymour,  died  at  the  palace following complications after the birth of Henry’s only son, Edward, in 1537. 

Jane is said to walk through the cobbled courtyard of Clock Court carrying a lighted taper. 

Sibell Penn and ‘The Lady in Grey’

Sibell Penn was nurse to Prince Edward, Henry VIII’s only son. 

She  died  in  1562  and  was  buried  in  a  nearby  Hampton  church.  When  the  old church  was  pulled  down  in  1829,  Sibell  Penn’s  remains  were  disturbed  and  it  is said that she returned to the rooms she inhabited during her time at Hampton Court Palace.  The  sound  of  a  spinning  wheel  could  be  heard  from  behind  a  wall  in  the south-west wing of the palace shortly afterwards. When the wall was demolished, a small forgotten room was found, containing an old spinning wheel.

Sibell  Penn  is  the  most  persistent  ghost  at  Hampton  Court  Palace.  There  have been  sightings  as  recently  as  1986  when  a  ‘lady  in grey’  was  reportedly  seen  in various Tudor courtyards and cloisters.

The Wolsey Closet Dog

This  Wolsey  Closet  has  long  been  commented  on  by  visitors,  warders  and  other staff as having a “strange atmosphere”. A caterer at an evening function refused to enter the little alcove in the room because he felt it was “evil”. 

A dog has been seen and heard in the room on more than one occasion, and the presence of a dog felt by somebody “sensitive” to paranormal activity.

Caught on camera!

In  October  2003  something  very  spooky  was  caught  on  the  palace’s  CCTV security footage. 

On  several  occasions  palace  security  guards  were  alerted  to  an  open  Fire Door.  After  securing  the  door  each  time, they  returned  to their  office  to  view the CCTV footage to see who opened them. On the first occasion the footage showed the doors flying wide open, but no evidence of why they had.  On the second  occasion  they  were  stunned  when  a  ghostly-looking  figure  in  period dress suddenly appeared on the screen and closed the doors. The same thing happened on a third day, but again no figure appeared.
 
It  wasn’t  just  security  guards  who  thought  they  were  seeing  things.  A  visitor noted in the palace’s visitor book that day she thought she had seen a ghost in that area.

The  footage  of  the  figure  caught  to  world’s  media attention  with  reports  in newspapers and on TV and radio as far afield as India, Australia and Peru. 

To date palace officials have no idea who the figure was!

Public access?:
The Palace and gardens are open to the public with an admission charge. The full adult price (April 2015) is £19.30. There are variations on the price so check with the Palace's website and, where possible, book online as it tends to be cheaper.


Visting hours:
From: 10:00 AM To: 6:00 PM in summer and 4.30pm in winter.


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