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Malcolm McLaren Cash from Chaos still from The Great Rock n Roll Swindle (c) John Tiberi

Cash from Chaos at Highgate Cemetery

In my book, Haunted Highgate (2014, History Press) I make reference to a thwarted attempt which was made to produce a music video in Highgate Cemetery’s Circle of Lebanon: … in the mid-1990s a Canadian music producer, who, for reasons which will become obvious, wishes to be referred to only by his first name, had […]

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Light anomalies captured in Swains Lane Hallowe'en 2014 (c) Redmond McWilliams 2014

A Walk Around Haunted Highgate with Della Farrant and Paul Adams

Hello all, I am very pleased to announce that “A Walk Around Haunted Highgate with Paranormal Authors Della Farrant and Paul Adams” is now live on YouTube.   Filming took place on location in Highgate, at around midnight, after the Muswell Hill Geisterfest on Hallowe’en – hence Paul any myself still being in full costume! I […]

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Playing in the traffic at Lorcan's suggestion (c) Della Farrant 2014

“Car coming – hold the pose!”

This phrase was uttered a lot on Hallowe’en in Swains Lane, Highgate, not least by myself, Lorcan Maguire, David Milner, Redmond McWilliams and Drew Hartley.  If you liked the photoshoot I did at lunchtime on that day with Lorcan Maguire of Newton Photographic, it is a testament to his professionalism that he made it look […]

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Coal Skuttle

No. 8 Ferrestone Road or The ‘Hornsey Coal Ghost’

The ‘Hornsey Coal Poltergeist’ is perhaps one of the lesser known ‘extreme’ hauntings of the twentieth century. Like the disturbing manifestations on the Hillcrest Estate, which is situated just one mile south west in Highgate, the Hornsey ‘ghost’ chose a seemingly innocuous suburban housing development when it allegedly began tormenting the Frost family in January […]

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Hollow tree in Waterlow Park (c) Joao Paulo Ferreira

Waterlow Park

Waterlow Park, situated between Highgate Hill, Highgate Cemetery East and Swains Lane, is a large expanse of green space where one could almost imagine that one was hundreds of miles away from London. The park was gifted to the public by Sir Sidney Waterlow in 1889, who had already donated adjacent Lauderdale House to St […]

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Julius Beer Mausoleum Highgate Cemetery West (c) Lorcan Maguire

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 20 acre 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 […]

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Highgate Wood (c) Della farrant

Highgate Woods

An entity, tall and swathed in black, has been seen gliding silently among the trees in nearby Highgate Woods by numerous independent witnesses and seemingly causing the temperature in the immediate vicinity to drop. Highgate Wood, which once formed part of the Bishop of London’s hunting grounds, is bordered at their southern extremity by Archway […]

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Lauderdale House (c) Max Sycamore

Lauderdale House

The secretion of a hoard of objects in a hidden compartment at Lauderdale House, a mansion dating from 1582 which is situate in Waterlow Park, Highgate, lends itself not to the question of WHETHER witchcraft was practiced there – but by who and when. The discovery of these artifacts took place at some stage between […]

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St Michaels Church from Highgate Cemetery West (c) Lorcan Maguire

St. Michael’s Church

St Michael’s Church was erected on the site of the (by then) dilapidated Ashurst House in 1832. Coleridge, who spent his final years at Highgate, is buried in the crypt and it is here that one also finds the remains of the foundations of Ashurst House, along with the wine cellar. Only one haunting appears […]

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Angel in Highgate Cemetery East (c) Joao Paulo Ferreira

Highgate Cemetery East

Opened for business in 1860, the Highgate Cemetery East is sometimes uncharitably seen as a poor country cousin to Highgate Cemetery West. Its lack of grandiose architecture or outre landscaping seem however to have saved it from the ravages of vandalism which its next door neighbour has been subject to over the decades. But the […]

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Swains Lane street sign (c) Dave Milner

Swains Lane

This steep and unforgiving lane, practically vertical in places, separates the East and West cemeteries at Highgate. It takes its name from the pig herders who from at least the 1300s used it to drive swine from the higher ground above Highgate down to Smithfields Market. A high stone wall encloses Highgate Cemetery West on […]

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Avenue Road (c) Hornsey Journal 1973

Gothic Mansion on Avenue Road

Number 1 Avenue Road, on the borders of Hornsey, Highgate and Crouch End,will be familiar to many local residents who grew up in the area during the 1960s and 1970s because of its eerie reputation. The neo-gothic mansion was originally erected in 1876, and before the fire which devastated the house in 1969 it was […]

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Hillcrest street sign (c) Dave Milner

The Hillcrest Estate

Hillcrest has been in the news quite a bit recently because of Haringey Council’s decision not to carry out much needed maintenance work. This has has left parts of the estate despairing of ever receiving vital repairs. But when it was first conceived, the estate was considered a model achievement in the realms of social […]

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The Flask Public House

  View Larger Map Click and drag to explore the Flask for yourself, thanks to the ingenuity of Glyn, the Flask’s manager. Glyn is dubious about the pub still being haunted, but he pulls a good pint and runs an excellent pub! This bright, clean and cheerful coaching house, which dates from at least the […]

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Ye Olde Gatehouse

This prominent mock-tudor building, standing proudly in the centre of Highgate Village, takes its name from the Gate House at which tolls were taken from travellers heading out of London on the Great North Road, through the Bishop of London’s park. The arch, long since demolished, through which stagecoaches used to pass, bridged North Road […]

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