The haunting of St Paul's Cathedral. Ghost Tours.


Backtrack to Cheapside and turn right along it. Walk up to the traffic lights where to the left you will see St Paul's Cathedral. Head towards it and then make your way round to its main entrance. Facing the main entrance be sure to enter via the left door and pause outside the chapel on the left. This is

The Kitchener Chapel. Its walls are adorned with an assortment of Battle Colours and on its floor reclines a white marble effigy of General Kitchener (1850-1916), Secretary of War from 1914, whose death, on 3rd June 1916, was treated as a national calamity. If, as you stand gazing upon his memorial, a sudden chill passes over you, take note, for this is often the first hint that the Cathedral’s ghostly resident, “Whistler,” is about to put in an appearance. Next, you will hear the low, barely audible sound of mournful whistling. Gazing into the chapel you may spy a wizened, old clergyman who has flowing locks of grey hair and is dressed in old-fashioned robes. His doleful, though tuneless whistling will grow steadily louder as he glides across the chapel and melts slowly away into the wall to the right of the gates. Everyone who has seen him has attested to the fact that he always follows the same time worn path and that he always vanishes into the same section of the wall.


Intriguingly, during the renovation work following the 1914-18 War, when it was decided that the chapel - then known as the All Souls Chapel - should be re-dedicated to General Kitchener, workmen uncovered a hidden door secreted behind the exact section of wall where the ghost always disappears. It opened onto a narrow, winding staircase that led up to a secret room within the inner fabric of the main body of the cathedral. Nobody had known of its existence, or purpose, with, of course, the exception of the ghost, whoever he may have been in his lifetime.