Peterborough Museum is a hotbed of ghostly activity – and here are the top ten spookiest spectres to walk its corridors...
1 A grey figure, said to be the ‘Lonely ANZAC’, First World War soldier Thomas Hunter who died in the building in 1916 from wounds received in France. His ghost is seen on the stairs or first floor corridor.
2 A ghostly kitchen maid who fell to her death on the back stairs (which are not open to the public except for pre-booked tours) – did she fall, did she jump, or was she pushed? Female visitors report the impression of being pushed from behind by invisible hands, many people feel unwell in this area and strange noises have been heard.
3 A dark male presence has been seen and felt lurking on the first floor. Footsteps have been heard here.
4 A ghostly Roman soldier is said to be connected for eternity to his sword, on display in the archaeology gallery.
5 A white lady who follows visitors around the upper floor of the building.
6 Poltergeist activity has been reported in one of the ground floor rooms – furniture has been found mysteriously moved overnight.
7 A little girl returns in spirit form leaving messages on tape recordings as well as terrifying a workman. She has also been seen on rare occasions.
8 The eerie ancient cellar has a particular reputation, where slamming doors, strange noises and a threatening male presence have been reported. Items have been thrown at some ghost hunters.
9 Also in the cellar, a hooded figure has been seen that looks like a monk or priest.
10 In 2013, Stuart Orme saw a Victorian lady in blue with a white apron in the doorway of the exhibition gallery. An echo from the building’s former life as the city’s first hospital? Banging doors, ghostly footsteps and voices, mysterious lights and orbs have all also been reported around the building…