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Highgate Cemetery West

Highgate Cemetery West, opened in 1839, is a well-maintained working cemetery, and a testament to the Victorian fascination with death. But it wasn’t always so serene. This sprawling necropolis, built on the grounds of the long-since demolished Ashurst House,  was almost closed for good in 1975, after falling into a state of severe neglect and becoming the target of amateur vampire hunters.

Highgate’s best known ‘ghost’ – a tall figure, swathed in black, has been seen in and around the cemetery for years and sightings continue.  The typical modus operandi of this entity seems to be to ‘freeze’ people with an arresting stare, as the air around them turns icy cold. After encountering the figure people often experience confusion, exhaustion and a sense of lost time.

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