Hidden Highgate Canvas

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 Bart’s Hospital.

Paths cross in Waterlow Park (c) Joao Paulo Ferreira

Paths cross in Waterlow Park (c) Joao Paulo Ferreira

On a sunny day it is a delight to wander past the ponds and statues, and let the silence wash over one. But sometimes the silence can be so overwhelming that it starts to feel a little bit … unnatural. Indeed it can be practically impossible to shake the feeling that one is being watched. Imagine what it must be like after dark …

Brow of trees in Waterlow Park (c) Joao Paulo Ferreira

Brow of trees in Waterlow Park (c) Joao Paulo Ferreira

One late night in 1994 a sighting of an apparition on the Swains Lane side of the park occurred to a young man which was so disturbing that he can hardly speak of it today. I am presently securing his permission to use his story in full, but I can say – surprise, surprise – the apparition which so traumatised him was wearing a long black coat – and a tall black hat …

Planning to visit Waterlow Park? Check out their website, which also has volunteering opportunities.

http://www.waterlowpark.org.uk/

Have you had a spooky experience in Waterlow Park?

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