London Tube Station Ghosts

As a child growing up in 1970’s London, I would take numerous journeys via the tube train system. In fact, some of these journeys were with my big sister and we’d travel free, all over London by sneaking through the ticket barriers, taking a tube to wherever it went and then do it all over again, until we got bored and took the tube home.

Some of the tube stations I visited would have a sense of strangeness about them and those were the stations I wanted to leave very quickly! Maybe the reason I felt that way was due to them being haunted, as many people have witnessed ghostly apparitions at these stations. Lots of public transport workers have reported such incidents and I’ll share 3 that the well known writer, lecturer and member of several Physical Research Societies, Andrew Green wrote about in his Our Haunted Kingdom book.  

Our first stop is Aldgate Station, which is one of the oldest stations in London. It was opened in 1876 and was part of the Metropolitan Railway. Back in the 1960s and 70’s, the reports of hauntings occurred so often that they were entered into the station log book.

In the late 60’s, a member of staff witnessed an old woman, bending over and stroking an older colleagues hair, whilst he was working on the control rooms buzz bar. It was a few minutes later that the older colleague made what would’ve been a fatal error and 22,000 volts passed through his body but yet despite being knocked unconscious by the surge, he was unharmed by this.  

Our next stop is Bank Station, which was originally known as City Station but its name was changed in 1900, due to how close it was to the Bank of England. Staff at the station would complain of how despondent they felt when they were at the station and along with that feeling, there would be the smell of rotting flesh. The workers would put the smell down to a nearby station, Liverpool Street, which was said to have been built on top of a plague pit.

There was a ghost that was said to haunt the station and the Bank of England building. It was said to be a woman called Sarah Whitehead, who when seen, was said to be wearing a long item of clothing and she would be seen gliding along and through one of the entrances at the station. Sarah’s brother was executed as he was found guilty of forging cheques when he worked in the Bank of England. When her brother died, Sarah would visit the area of the station and the Bank of England every day, trying to find her brother.

When she died, she was buried in an old graveyard that was later to become the garden of Bank. Part of this garden was later used for another entrance for Bank Station and this was the entrance Sarah’s ghostly figure was seen.

For our last visit to a haunted tube station, we go to Ickenham Station, which was first opened in 1905. It was in 1952, at 2am when an engineer was working in the sub-station at the end of the platform, when he looked up and saw a middle-aged woman, wearing a red scarf, who was looking at him. She beckoned him to the huge switchboard, where she indicated he should follow her down the adjoining staircase. He felt compelled to follow her and as he saw her take the last but one step, she completely vanished!

Several other members of staff had also reported seeing this same ghostly woman and it is believed she had died when she fell onto the conductor rail, a couple of decades before.