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Book review: Haunted London by Richard Jones

Haunted London by Richard Jones

Haunted London by Richard Jones

Haunted London by Richard Jones

London is widely believed to be the most haunted city in the world and so the reader of Haunted London is in safe hands with author Richard Jones, a fully qualified London Blue Badge guide, a member of the Magic Circle and originator of the London Ghost Walk.

For anybody wishing to make the acquaintance of the capital’s multifarious ghosts this book is a must but, as Jones writes in his introduction, the beautifully produced book has a much broader appeal because ‘from those who perished inside England’s most haunted building, the Tower of London, to the tragic victims of the famous serial killer Jack the Ripper, many of the phantoms that roam the capital are an essential part of British history, folklore and legend.’

Haunted London is both an attractive presentation of and a practical guide to more than 100 haunted London sights, from the more obvious cemeteries and royal palaces to pubs, museums and parklands. The book is arranged by geographical area, dividing the ghoulish residents up in to 9 different London regions, and each regional area is introduced with a page of street mapping, which it is easy to orientate oneself by and which pinpoints the haunted locations in near vicinity to one another, as well as usefully situating tube stops. Many of the locations are illustrated by full page colour photographs and aside from the evocatively haunted-historical descriptions each walk has the page and reference for its map location as well as relevant contact and transport link information.

There are 11 haunted locations for those of us in North London, including ‘The Horseman’s Shadow’ of Hampstead and the so-called ‘Melancholic Shade of Lady Coleraine’ in Haringey as well as a phantom horse drawn coach that terrorises Enfield…

Review by Sam Golding

 

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