Walking Haunted London
25 Original Walks Exploring London's Ghostly Past
5 3/4" x 8 3/4" • 160 pages • full-color photos, maps
ISBN 9781566566926 • paperback • $17.95 •
"Here is all you need to know about London's ghostly past and present. Walking Haunted London is destined to be another winning title in [this] truly excellent ‘Walking' series."
--Rita Schreyer, commercial director, Books Etc.
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London has the reputation of being the most haunted capital in the world. The dark recesses of the city's historic buildings, narrow streets, and alleyways are said to be occupied by ghosts from many centuries and all walks of life. In Walking Haunted London, Richard Jones takes you on a spine-chilling journey through eerie and, in many cases, forgotten parts of the city and invites you to share-if you dare-in its haunted and mysterious past.
● Twenty-five original, spooky walks and tours in and around London
● Written by Richard Jones, professional walking guide, inveterate ghost-hunter, and expert on London's ghostly past
● A wealth of detail on ghostly people and places of both past and present, from Jack the Ripper to Pluckley, the most haunted village in England
● Information on dates and times when ghosts are most likely to appear
● Practical data on opening times and transportation
● Easy-to-follow route map for each walk
Owner of the London tour company "Discovery Walks," Richard Jones is one of the UK's foremost authorities on the haunted side of London. He is the author of Uncovering Jack the Ripper's London and Haunted Britain and Ireland. He lives in London.
"If ever there was a haunted city, it could be London-or so thinks Jones (Haunted Britain and Ireland), who runs a tour company, Discovery Walks. His new guide provides the curious with 25 walks that promise a plethora of historic-plus a few contemporary-ghostly sightings. Jones considers the Tower of London to be England's most haunted sight, but other areas of London fare equally well. In the chapter 'Royal London,' he tells of the headless woman in St. James Park and Mayfair's most haunted house. Even Buckingham Palace has its ghost: a monk in chains who appears only on Christmas day. Another chapter surprises with a more recent ghostly sighting outside Fortnum & Mason. For fans of blood and gore, Jones includes a chapter on Jack the Ripper's routes and murder sites. For each haunted walk, Jones provides easy-to-use information about the nearest tube station, distance and estimated duration of the route, best times to visit, and good spots to stop for refreshments. The maps are easy to follow, and the book is enhanced by numerous color photographs (none very scary, however). Ghostly spots outside London (e.g. Hampton Court, Windsor) are also included. This distinctive guide falls into the take-with category, but it does have a comprehensive index for those with research in mind. Recommended..."
— Library Journal
"From narrow alleyways to the Tower of London, this ghostly guide will take you on a spine-chilling journey into the darkest parts of the city, ensuring a hair raising look at London."
— Kelly Amabile, Gadling
“Its title alone is enough to make almost anyone jump at a chance to pore over this 160 page paperback spine tingler, but its edge of seat content is bound to make even the staunchest spiritualist skeptics want to seek out the strange and spooky apparitions Richard Jones so artfully describes as hiding in London and environs.
London has the reputation of being the haunt capital of the world and author Jones takes readers on 25 detailed walking trips to explore the city’s ghostly and often ghastly past. His book creates a wonderfully eerie atmosphere as it leads readers through many of the city’s once horror shrouded recesses, historic buildings and narrow streets and alleyways.
Walkers will appreciate the easy to follow instructions given through maps; starting and finishing points; public transportation tips; how many hours to allow; the best times to go; where to get refreshed; and symbols to illustrate the routes of the walks, foot paths, railway lines and stations, underground stations, major buildings and churches, public toilets and (most important for the thrill of it) murder and haunt sites.
There is a chapter, ‘A Gaggle of Ghosts,’ devoted to interesting ghost spottings that couldn’t be classified in any of the tours navigated in preceding chapters. This is followed by ‘Further Information’ about some of the destinations that couldn’t be covered previously. I found the seven pages of Index to be particularly fun to browse. Listed are many of history’s most remembered and notorious personages and places. Images streaked through my head as I saw such names as: Prince Albert; Anne Boleyn; Charing Cross Road; Charles Dickens; Guy Fawkes; The Haymarket Theatre; Nell Gwyn; Henrys I, II, III, IV, VI, VII, and VIII; London Paladium; Old Bailey; Jack the Ripper and over a thousand more.
The author is a London resident and the owner of the London tour company ‘Discovery Walks.’ He is one of the UK’s foremost authorities on the haunted side of London and has written Uncovering Jack the Ripper’s London and Haunted Britain and Ireland. He’s a proven whiz when it comes to getting skeletons out of closets and other places.”
—Travel Smart Newsletter
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