Glasgow’s 6 Creepiest Urban Legends
From ancient legends of phantom children to vampire hunts and poltergeists, Glasgow has seen it all. And as Halloween fast approaches and our summer days have been replaced by dark autumnal skies, it’s seems the right time to unearth some of the city’s most notorious ghost stories to get you psyched for the spookiest time of the year. So get ready for your spine to shiver and your limbs to quiver at the horror of these six creepiest urban legends.
Cathedral House Hotel
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Having made a name for itself as Glasgow’s most haunted hotel, Cathedral House Hotel is a grand Victorian building to the east of the city centre, and a spot that has seen numerous paranormal sightings, including a ghost on the stairs that brushes up against visitors and staff, phantom children laughing on the top floor, and chairs moving on their own. As if that’s not enough, it’s believed the hotel was originally built in 1877 to house prisoners who had recently been released from Duke Street prison, where there were a number of executions, the last being Susan Newall who was hanged in 1923 for murdering a paper boy. Yikes.
Scotland Street School
Designed in the early 20th century by Charles Rennie MacKintosh, Scotland Street School is a museum that recounts school life throughout this turbulent century. Reports of strange noises, unexplained footsteps and shadows and objects moving of their own accord are just some of the spooky paranormal activities that the building is known for. If you’re a fan of things that go bump in the night and you’re eager to meet a ghost or two for yourself, join the ghost hunters taking over the school this Christmas.
The road bridge is said to be haunted by a man who committed suicide there, jumping from the bridge and falling to his death into the waters below. People who have seen his ghost claim he appears as if a real person, staring down into the water before jumping and vanishing from sight. Gulp.
The Tron Theatre
Having been the site of a church building, St Mary’s church, that was erected 1484, with its iconic tower dating back to the 1590s, and having survived a terrible fire in 1793 by the drunken Hellsfire Club, it’s no surprise that the Tron Theatre has been a regular hang out for ghouls and ghosts. With doors seemingly to open by themselves, sights of phantom children and a man dressed in full horse riding gear as well as dark apparitions in the boiler room, this historical haunt could be one of the creepiest in the city.
The Southern Necropolis
Picture this: it’s 1954, and groups of primary school children have descended upon the Victorian Southern Necropolis, armed with knives and stakes and hysterically hunting the ‘Gorbals Vampire’, an iron toothed blood sucker whom they believe is responsible for killing and eating two young boys. Glasgow policeman PC Alex Deeprose was called to investigate but failed to persuade the children to leave, with crowds continuing to hunt for the next two nights. The story not only appeared in local press but worldwide and the campaign even caught the attention of parliament, resulting in the 1955 Children and Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act – which still exists today. Many believe the children were influenced by American horror comics or ‘Jenni Wi’ The Iron Teeth’, a 19th century ghost said to have haunted Glasgow Green in the early 19th century.
Renowned for being one of the oldest buildings in Glasgow, Provan Hall was originally built as a hunting lodge for the bishops of Glasgow in 1471. Since then it has been privately owned and been witness to some historical celebrity action, with guests such as Mary Queen of Scots and her father King James V. Ghosts have been seen in windows frightening the locals, and the spirits of both murderers and those who have lost their lives there.
The master bedroom is haunted by a man with a dagger, who supposedly came home from two years at war in the 19th century to find his wife had had a baby and in his fit of rage had stabbed her to death and then slit his own throat. Another story recounts Reston Mathers, a previous owner often seen on the stairs, who died there in 1934 after breathing problems. He is known to wear a black bowler hat and sport a white beard.