Sunday, 22 November 2009

Least Haunted

Are there any ghostly goings on in Worcester Park, asks blog reader Jeff? He writes:

"Christmas isn't Christmas without a really good ghost story is it? And ghosts are one thing that Worcester Park simply doesn't seem to have. I've lived here for nearly 40 years and haven't heard so much as a whisper about ghoulish goings on.

No haunted houses. No headless highwaymen frequenting dark woodland copses. No eerie sounds of battle in the Avenue where Roundheads once clashed with Cavaliers. Can any south London suburb expect to be taken seriously if it hasn't a ghost or two? So please prove me wrong, are there any Worcester Parkers with a ghostly tale to tell. Is there anybody there?"

Now as far as I'm aware, there haven't been any reports of ghostly goings on in Worcester Park (you would have thought we'd be in with a chance, given our connections to Henry VIII.

Perhaps you know of some seriously spooky happenings in Worcester Park?

22 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Ann said...

The upper floor in the pet shop has a non agressive being. Just hangs around but does not do much - you get a feeling of it being there and only a faint shadow is seen.

Anonymous said...

The Old Rectory in North Cheam is haunted! Apparently there is a 'Tickling Ghost' in the basement! ?!?!?

Hope this helps !?!?

Anonymous said...

Ann, that's Oscar the cat

Ann said...

I know Oscar the cat and I don't think he can rise to 6feet plus - and its a man *(thats the feeling)

Minigee said...

Surely the semi-abandoned Abel and Cole shop is the most notorious example of a Worcester Park haunting. The way it is never actually seen to be occupied, and yet the furniture occasionally changes position, and the piles of papers and post are sometimes removed or repositioned. But no one ever sees anyone go in or out. And if you stand too long outside it wondering, you come over all creepy and and have to walk away quicky...

Andrew said...

Maybe the Drury and Cole place has something to do with a top top secret governmental organisation, MI6 HQ or Batcave style, which uses the empty shop for cover, and the only way in is through a hatch out the back. Or maybe one sits in an empty desk chair and pulls the left armrest up 3 times to descend to the secret lair.

Minigee said...

Drury and Cole. I stand corrected! Thinking about ghosts in Worcester Park I thought I'd see what google came up with, and found this (OK, so it's Cheam and not WP, but it's still quite fun): http://www.chooseyourevent.com/profile.asp?cid=3575

Andrew said...

Apparently the CHEAM rectory (not North Cheam as given above), the left half of which is timber framed and covered by decorative brick slips, is haunted by Roman centurions which are seen only from the knees up. I hope that's given everyone the collywobbles...

Jeff said...

Not a decent ghost in the whole of Worcester Park, just as I suspected. A 'presence' that hangs about and doesn't do much in the flat over the pet shop and a couple of Roman centurions minus their feet in faraway Cheam is all we can manage. I bet if they hadn't pulled down all those big Victorian houses in the Avenue it might be a different story.

Anonymous said...

Where Pizza Express is now , on the corner of Windsor Road there used to be a cinema which closed in 1960. I have heard from a reliable source that the projectionist was so devastated about the closure that he took his own life in the projection room. When it was turned into a supermarket the projection room was used as a store room but none of the staff liked going in there as it was always icy cold and a very eerie feeling in there, also in the mornings when the staff arrived they would find a lot of the shelf items altered and where there had been stacks of toilet rolls or stacked tins etc., they were often strewn about the floor even thought it had been left tidy the night before and no one had been in there until the following day. The girls on the checkout were convinced that it was the ghost of the dead projectionist, has anyone else heard this story? and I wonder if there are any ghostly goings on now that it has been turned into apartments.

Andrew said...

Don't get scared Jeff, cos I know this is in your neck of the woods. Many years ago, when I was a child, I heard that a headless horseman dating back to the days of Dick Turpin, who, it is said, visited The Plough pub, Old Malden, was seen in Church Road...........so mind how you go when taking your library books back in the dark !

Andrew H said...

I live on Boscombe Road, and when i was a kid and the sewage works was still the sewage works, there was a story that a young girl took a horse out from the stables nearby, but went off the beaten track and wandered into the vast open land that contained the works. There were lots of incredibly deep open holes in there, and she allegedly fell into one and wasnt found until she and the horse were dead. Apparently people have seen a horse being ridden in there from time to time ever since. Will have to ask the Hamptons residents if they ever see them galloping around in there!

Jeff said...

That's more like it Andrew and love the story about the Ghost of the Gaumont Worcester Park. Poor devil, though, to take the loss of his job so badly. I have also been told off-Blog that the ghost of a highway man was once seen in Strouds Field before the houses were built which sort of ties in with the headless horseman in Church Road, but the highwayman was more likely Jerry Abershaw who was hung at Tibbet's Corner.

Italian Stallion said...

I'm sure I saw a customer at a table in Bellinis last night, but I appreciate that is a bit far fetched so it was probaby just a ghost after all.

Anonymous said...

Well the blogs on ghosts are really funny and I'm sure if you had a ghost hunter and you met in the car park at waitrose at 8pm on a friday and wondered around the Avenue, StMarys and Shadbolt park with a sensative person /clairvoyant you would indeed come accross many friendly and lost souls, whether you would believe what you saw or heard is another matter. Still it would be fun.

Carol

Jeffers said...

Hey Carol, you wouldn't be a ghost yourself by any chance? I mean, your message was kinda spooky. Wouldn't want to be round Shadbolt Park after dark unless I had a wreath of garlic round my neck and a pistol with a silver bullet.

Jane Tribble said...

I think you'll find there are more ghosts than you think in Worcester Park. There was in fact a major Civil War skirmish in Nonsuch Park so it's likely you'll have the odd cavalier. I often hear stories when I walk the dog in Nonsuch Park about ordinary houses. I co-own The Old Rectory in Cheam Village - which you've been chatting about and thank you for that - and yes indeed we have a tickling ghost. I had two ladies here once, who both had their bottoms pinched by ghostly fingers in the cellar - and they both re-booked to come again on our ghost walks! We also have our wonderful former Regency rector who is a darling, and rather fond of wearing wigs. I last saw him two weeks ago wearing a new full wig and a wide hat! I don't see him very much so I was thrilled. For more info on our ghosts have a look at www.oldrectorycheam.co.uk and thanks again. jane

Worcester Park Woman said...

Jane's ghosts are wonderful, but it's Cheam, not Worcester Park. I know of a house in Worcester Park where there was so much poltergeist activity in the 1980s that holy water from Lourdes had to be sprinkled in each room. Surprisingly, it worked on the poltergeist. Unfortunately, the garage was forgotten and things hanging up in there would swing from their hooks. Mind you, the house had been inhabited by a funeral director and his agoraphobic wife and the previous owners had only stayed a couple of years ....

Sam said...

I don't know if the Pizza Express place claims to be haunted but before when it use to be a Supermarket it certainly was! Strange mists would often be seen rolling down aisles and in the staff cloackroom and toilets people would feel very uneasy. The toilets would flush and toilet rolls would unroll when the cubicles were empty!

worcester park magpie said...

I used to know the lady who owned the hairdressing shop on the right hand side of the high street as you go down.....More than once her and her staff reported ' odd goings on ' and even claimed to have seen a hairbrush move all on its own ?? does anyone know of this story ?

Anonymous said...

I used to live opposite pizza expressg, in a flat above a funeral directors. I did not hear of it being haunted. i do not know what to make of ghost stories, but late one night i was watching TV and i heard a loud scraping noise when i got up to go to the kitchen i saw a small wall mounted picture was swaying from side to side. As i approached to stop it, it did so by its self stone dead. there is no way it was next door as the wall was dividing the living room to the kitchen. i felt real cold, no windows open, i just really for a moment felt something was with me. Strange

steve said...

Hi I just stumbled across this site searching for something else. so I just wanted to add that for years I worked for the refrigeration company that looked after the supermarket when it was gateways, and we all hated being called there in the middle of the night. The store manager wouldnt even enter till we turned up. It was a really creepy place as it was on one floor a typically modern supermarket but as you went upstairs there was still all the old cinema fittings, you could pop up ceiling tiles and see the art deco/baroque styling still intact. Worse than the projection room was the plant room for us, every supermarket has these and they are fitted with large extracts as the compressors and control panels make the room so hot but sometimes youd walk in there and it was freezing. Pretty funny really, about the only place you'd see fully grown engineers walking round holding on to each others arms:)

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