As one of the oldest and busiest tube systems in the world, the London Underground has become a haven for ghost hunters with hundreds of years of history and many, many deaths. In fact, London’s Underground is not just the oldest underground in the world—it’s the world’s most haunted underground.
Have you ever visited Farringdon Station? Many have, and many have said that they heard the piercing screams of a ghost that has never been laid to rest. Before the railway existed, the area was a slumland. Gambling dens and criminal minds ran wild, and one girl became the unfortunate victim of her surroundings.
Her name was Anne Naylor who, along with her sister, lived with a mother and daughter who ran a millinery (hat making) on Bruton Street. The mother and daughter were both known to mistreat any and all who had the misfortune of living with them—they took in young people as apprentices and beat, tortured and starved them. After one of these sadistic beatings, poor Anne died.
Worried about the consequences of killing their apprentice, mother and daughter attempted to maintain a charade—they intended to keep Anne alive to save themselves from the rope. The body of Anne Naylor was carried up to the attic and hidden away from prying eyes. However, they knew keeping her body in the attic could not be a long term solution. They took upon themselves the grisly task of cutting up the poor girl’s body into small sections and burning it in their fireplace.
Alarmed by the fact that burning her body gave off a strong, unpleasant odor, the two women took her body and threw her into an open sewer close to what would become Farringdon station. Her body was found later that night, and the local coroner presumed the remains of her body to be a corpse that had been dissected by surgeons and not a murder.
In fact, the mother and daughter would have got away with the crime—except that a few years later, the two were arguing, and the daughter let the cat out of the bag. They were tried, sentenced to death, and the sentence was carried out on the 19th July, 1768. Their bodies were then sent to the surgeons for dissection and the case was closed.
As the event turned into forgotten history, Farringdon Station was built—but it didn’t take long for the past to catch up with the present. Those standing on its platforms in the dead of night can hear the piercing screams of a girl long dead, and you still can…
Next time you’re there, just listen… You may hear the past calling to you.