The world’s most haunted chapel is hard to narrow down. So hard, in fact, that we needed to include a few of them here.
Our readers have asked us about many things since we launched this site. Some are related to Janet Hodgson and her family, and some are just related to the paranormal. We know you’ve got an interest in all things supernatural, so we’re happy to oblige.
Here, in no particular order, are the top contenders for the world’s most haunted chapel.
Most Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn, New York
This church is definitely in the running for the most haunted chapel. It was built on burial grounds, and it’s said that the spirits were lingered there never found peace. They are thought to remain in the church.
Paranormal events have been recorded in the church, including lights going on and off and footsteps and voices being heard where no one walks. But the church itself is quite eerie. There are underground passages within which cover an entire city block. Sub-basements and doorways which have been bricked off suggest that not all of these are well travelled.
The church was a part of the underground railroad, and was used by slaves to escape oppression in the South. And in August of 1897, a parish sexton and bell ringer, George Stelz, was murdered in the vestibule of the Most Holy Trinity Church. A suspect was executed for a different murder, but the killer’s identity was never established.
Underground tunnels, disturbed graves and unsolved murders earn the Most Holy Trinity Church a spot on the list of the most haunted chapels.
Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, England
The Norwich Cathedral is an old church, and one of the most haunted chapels in the world. It was built in 1096, and many at the time were burned at the stake for their beliefs.
Women and men alike were burned for treason, heresy, witchcraft and sexual sins. Lollards, followers of John Wycliffe, were among the most commonly burned.
Visitors to the Norwich Cathedral are said to witness the ghosts of these Lollards, as well as apparitions resembling bishops. There are a dozen or so bishops buried on the property, and they’re said to roam the halls of the cathedral.
Objects within the cathedral move on their own, and voices have been heard by church-goers and workmen over the course of its many restorations. Because of these apparitions and unexplained events, Norwich Cathedral makes our most haunted chapel list easily.
St. Nicholas Church, Pluckley, England
Also in England is the St. Nicholas Church. It, too, earns a place on the most haunted chapel list.
Pluckley itself has a reputation as being one of the most haunted villages in England. In fact, it was listed as such in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989. The Watercress Lady and the Highwayman are active within the village, but the St. Nicholas Church has its own story.
The Red Lady was buried in the cemetery adjacent to the St. Micholas Church. She wanders amongst the gravestones, searching for the unmarked grave of her stillborn child. She’s given the name The Red Lady for the red rose which was placed in her grave when she died in the 1100s.
The White Lady can be found within the church itself. Her home was destroyed by fire in 1952; her spirit remained on earth and is said to haunt the church and the library of her home.
Egg Hill Church, Potter Township, Pennsylvania
The story behind Egg Hill Church may be just an urban legend. But ghosts have been said to wander the premises. Thus, it still makes our most haunted chapel list.
Services at Egg Hill Church were stopped in 1927. The church itself sits on a stone foundation, and is built of warped and aged pine. Despite the fact that it’s only as big as a large apartment, Egg Hill Church has gained a reputation larger than itself.
It’s said that in a Halloween service in the 1800s, the pastor of this church poisoned the communion drink of his parishioners. One by one, they were poisoned while their children played in the church basement. The pastor then proceeds to kill the children, until finally hanging himself.
The screams of children can be heard at Egg Hill Church, and the shouts of the murdered parishioners cry out at night. While the story is only thought to have some basis in reality, there’s no doubt that visitors have heard these sounds. Therefore, Egg Hill Church secures a place on the most haunted chapel list.
Aquia Church, Stafford, Virginia
The Aquia Epicopal Church is haunted by the ghost of a soldier who was killed during the Civil War. Built in the middle of the 1700s, the church has gravestones dating back to the 1730s.
The church is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who was murdered in the belfry. Visitors to Aquia Church say that something doesn’t “feel right” about the place, and some have claimed to have seen floating apparitions.
The woman was killed while hiding from a gang of highwaymen. It’s not known exactly when she was killed, as her body was not found until the church was reopened following the Revolutionary War. She is known as the Golden Haired Skeleton, as only her skeleton remained, yet her blonde hair was still intact.
Bloodstains from the murder of the woman remained on the floorboards of the Aquia Church for years following the war. Parishioners refused to enter the building after nightfall, and footsteps are still heard today, running through the cemetery.
Christ Church Parish Church, Oistins, Barbados
This church makes the most haunted chapel list – not necessarily because of apparitions, but because of the moving coffins. According to legend, the burial vault adjacent to the church was used throughout the 19th century. It was sealed and locked tight, but was still an active burial place.
Each time the vault was opened to bury the newly deceased, all the coffins within the vault had changed positions.
In 1833, James Edward Alexander published Transatlantic Sketches. In this work, he describes the phenomenon.
Each time that the vault was opened the coffins were replaced in their proper situations, that is, three on the ground side by side, and the others laid on them. The vault was then regularly closed; the door (a massive stone which required six or seven men to move) was cemented by masons; and though the floor was of sand there were no marks of footsteps or water. … the coffins were found confusedly thrown about the vault, some with their heads down and others up.