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The Haunted Canterbury Cathedral
Posted In: Ghost And Demons  9/6/06
By: Yona Williams


The Canterbury Cathedral, which can be found in Kent, England, is not only haunted by a few ghosts, but is also known for a few notable moments in history. The cathedral has a history that can be traced back to the 12th century. The cathedral is known as the pilgrimage site of Thomas Becket, who served as the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1161 to 1170. Becket was killed upon orders sent out by King Henry II. This event has made the premises well known, as well as the main ghost who haunts the location. You would think that this ghost was that of Becket, but it is actually a different unrested soul that can be encountered at this cathedral.


Another Archbishop associated with the cathedral was named Simon Sudbury. His ghost is said to roam about the cathedral. His soul remains unsettled probably because he too was also murdered. The head of the Peasant’s revolt, Wat Tyler, took Sudbury’s life in 1381. On the cathedral premises, there is a tower that was named after the slain Archbishop. His ghost appears to witnesses pale with a gray, long-flowing beard.


It is a curious thing regarding Sudbury’s ghost. He was beheaded and when it came time for burial, his head and his body were places in separate places from one another. When encountering the ghost, you will find that he does not appear to be headless as one would think from his burial circumstances.


There is also another ghost that is known to haunt the premises of the cathedral. The ghost of a monk has been spotted in the area and has been reported to wander about the cloisters of the cathedral. When witnesses catch a glimpse of his face, it is usually one expresses thoughtfulness.


The cathedral is also a place of many nooks and crannies to investigate. On the premises, there is a passage that has earned the nickname of the “Dark Entry.” The reason why this particular passage is regarded as an eerie encounter is because the area is thought to be haunted by the ghost of Nell Cook, who was once a servant of one of the cathedral’s canon. The person who she was working for was having an affair, which sent Cook into a rage. Not handling the discovery too well, she decided to get back at her employer by poisoning some of his food. Not only did the tainted food kill the canon, but it also took the life of his lover.


This act did not come with its consequences. Cook was buried alive beneath the Dark Entry as a punishment for her crimes. It is believed that her ghost haunted the passageway, where she is mostly spotted on Friday evenings when the sun has settled into darkness. The legend attached to this tale is that anyone who catches sight of Nell Cook’s ghost, is said to parish soon after the encounter. If you believe in superstitions, it makes one think twice before visiting the passageway area of this cathedral.



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