Haunted Places in London

DIRECTIONS

Return to Bow Lane and go left along it. Turn left along Cheapside and first right into Wood Street. Keep ahead over the road and take the first turning left through the covered passageway to enter Mitre Court. Cross to the covered canopy and look down into:-

IMPORTANT AT PRESENT THIS SECTION OF THE WALK IS NOT POSSIBLE AS THERE IS A LOT OF BUILDING WORK GOING ON AROUND WOOD STREET.

The Wood Street Compter. Tucked away in Mitre Court at the heart of the City of London, a dark canopy, covering a dingy flight of uneven steps, leads the intrepid wayfarer, down into a dark a dingy cellar, that was once, so local tradition maintains, the Common section, of a debtors prison known as the Wood Street Compter. This little place is so deliciously spooky that it must surely rate as one of the more unique haunted places in London. The prison itself was demolished in 1816, but the eerie cellar has survived, albeit its condition so poor that - thanks to the compensation culture, which now blights so much of our everyday life - public access is forbidden until such time as we can once more learn to take responsibility for our own well being. Until recently the Four Vintners Off Licence whose shop was in Mitre Court leased it, and they would often use the Compter for wine tasting evenings. In 1986, an assistant was tidying up one night after one such session, when she was violently pushed from behind with such force that it caused her to drop the three bottles of wine that she was holding. Even today, with the off licence gone, and the gates padlocked to prevent access, some people passing the Compter late at night, claim to sense a “presence” watching them from the gloomy darkness below, and some have even heard, a low, murmuring whisper, that appears to emanate from behind the locked door at the bottom of the steps.