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50 Berkeley Square is a reportedly haunted townhouse at Berkeley Square in Mayfair, a district in the City of Westminster, on the West End of London. In the 1900s it became known as "The Most Haunted House in London." [1]

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History

The four-storey brick town house was constructed in 1740. From 1770 to 1827 it was the home of British Prime Minister George Canning. During the subsequent Victorian Era, it was the location of reported apparitions, screams and noises. After the death of its ninety-year-old occupant in 1859, the house was unoccupied until 1880. [2]

"It is quite true that there is a house in Berkeley Square (No. 50), said to be haunted, and long unoccupied on that account. There are strange stories about it, into which this deponent cannot enter."

Since 1938, the building has been occupied by firm of Maggs Bros, an antiquarian book dealer. [1]

The stories were also an inspiration for the 1947 movie "The Ghosts of Berkeley Square".

Transport

Berkeley Square is reached from Green Park tube station on the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Victoria lines, and Bond Street tube station on the Central and Jubilee lines. London Buses route 8 also passes the square.

References

  1. ^ a b Richard Jones, Walking Haunted London", New Holland Publishers Ltd; 4th edition (September 28, 2007), p.69
  2. ^ a b "Berkeley Square Mystery", London Online, retrieved 31-08-2009

Further reading

  • Charles George Harper, Haunted houses: tales of the supernatural, with some account of hereditary, London, Chapman & Hall, ltd., 1907.

External links

Coordinates: 51°30′35″N 0°8′45″W / 51.50972°N 0.14583°W / 51.50972; -0.14583

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