Hi, I am Viktor Wyndham and I live in the London Borough of Hackney. I was born in South Hackney, near Victoria Park and have not moved far. Hackney is a good place to live as I am close to the City of London where I work.
From a very young age I have been fascinated by ghosts and ghouls, haunted venues, strange creatures and of course zombies. I love Halloween and whilst I am suited-and-booted for work, I am a Goth at heart.
My interest in the supernatural and all things dark and mysterious stems from my childhood. My dad used to take me down Homerton High Street on a Saturday because he was fascinated by what he called “Bryck Place”, otherwise known as Sutton House. We watched this Grade II listed building go through renovation before it opened in 1994 and some of the workers were saying it was Hackney’s most haunted house. When we walked in, it was always several degrees colder than outside and to me, as an imaginative child, it felt sinister.
The “friendly” ghosts of Sutton House, built in 1535, are now something of a legend in the Hackney borough. It is rumoured to be the home of the Grey Lady who makes herself known at night, along with the unmistakeable sound of classical music played on a harpsichord. I was hooked and I still find it fascinating today.
My interest in the supernatural and bizarre has lead me to travel around the world to see some of the most haunted locations. Over time, I have catalogued the haunted places I have visited and here I share some of them. I have attended weddings at many of the houses, with fantastic interiors and spectacular gardens, that are the perfect backdrop for a Gothic, Zombie or Halloween themed wedding, but with the extra thrill of a resident ghost or ghosts.
So, if you get a thrill from ghostly reports of moving books in the library; apparitions of a grey haired lady, a groundsman or a servant; singing voices heard in the drawing room or a candle hovering over a mantelpiece, you will find here some of the best hotels in the world that you can stay in, whether you are celebrating an anniversary or are on your honeymoon.
I have also added, for those with fearless spirits, the most haunted places on earth.
Elvey Farm, Pluckley, Kent
Elvey Farm, one of the venues in what is considered the most haunted village in the UK, is reputed to have up to sixteen ghosts in the woodlands. The most commonly sighted ghost at Elvey Farm is Edward Brett, a farmer on the land who in 1900 shot himself in the dairy. Mr. Brett has since been seen many times around the farm, or walking around the corridors of the hotel. One guest spotted him lying on a bed, and his voice has been heard whispering in the dairy where he committed suicide.
Guests at the hotel have also experienced other paranormal activity, including a strange smell that resembles burning hay. There have also been reports of poltergeist activity. Other ghosts in the vicinity of Elvey Farm include the spectre of a highwayman who was speared to a tree at Fright Corner, a lady in red, and a phantom horse and carriage that appears on Maltman’s Hill.
Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire
This ruined castle has plenty of paranormal personnel. Mary Queen of Scots was held captive at Tutbury Castle four times, and has been spotted standing at the window of the Great Hall dressed entirely in black. In 2004 forty guests saw her standing at the top of the south tower.
This most royal of UK haunted wedding venues actively encourages the bride and groom to have a second torch-lit wedding ceremony at midnight. You and your guests can enhance your wedding celebrations with infamous ghost hunts that take place within the castle grounds.