Surprising urban legends of London

Imagine yourself in the role of a myths destroyer and get acquainted with the urban legends of London. No wonder they say: "Do not let the facts get in the way of an interesting story." And this, of course, refers to London's urban legends. Some of them are centuries-old myths, others have appeared quite recently. And some may turn out to be true... We collected eight of the most famous, strange, terrible and even crazy urban legends.

A vampire lives at Highgate Cemetery.

It seems that this myth originated in the era of Queen Victoria. But it is not so! It appeared in 1969 and immediately attracted the attention of society. It all started with a frightening gray figure, which, of course, could not be anything but a vampire. Local residents began to visit the cemetery with wooden stakes and crucifixes in the hope to kill the monster.

The rush dropped only after the suspect's arrest. Since the vampire himself was not found, some believe that he can still be there. For lack of information about his appearance, you can draw in the imagination either a Transylvanian bloodsucker, or a handsome man with a languid look - the choice is yours.

Don`t go to check even if you believe that. There can be enough suspicious persons late at a cemetery, apart from vampires.

A horrible monster wanders around Hackney Marshes.

Back in 1981, on a cold winter morning, four children walked along the Hackney Marches and came across a "huge, snarling, hairy creature." Do not think that these are fiction of young hipsters who did not have time to wake up properly without a cup of coffee, because hipsters didn`t even exist in those days. Despite the fact that the creature was not seen by anyone else, many advise to keep your ears open walking along the Hackney Marches.

Even if it is just someone very hungry, who forgot to go to hairdresser (probably that is the reason of anger), don`t mess with him/her, especially if you have coffee with doughnut.

In Green Park there are no flowers because of the voluptuous monarch.

The Merry King, better known as Charles II, collected flowers for his wife in Green Park. Only he did it not only for her alone, and when the wife found out about it, she ordered to tear out all the flowers in order to annoy her husband. They say that is why there are no flowerbeds in Green Park, unlike other royal parks. Although the queen's plan did not work: Charles II had a minimum of 12 illegitimate children. It seems that thing was not in the flowers...

This is quite benign legend; flowers will not hurt you if go to check whether they are there.

An American mistakenly bought the London Bridge.

This is one of the most ancient and sticky urban legends of London. In 1968, when the old London Bridge was in such decrepit condition that it could fall into the Thames, it was purchased by an American businessman Robert P. McCulloch, who ferried it over the sea and built it in Lake Havasu City in Arizona. The end of the story? Not really, because, according to rumors, McCullough thought he bought the Tower Bridge. And although it was denied by all parties involved in the deal, the tale was huge.

Spring-Heeled Jack still terrorizes the city.

He has long claws, he spits fire, and jumps higher than the Olympic champions. Spring-Heeled Jack terrified people of the Victorian era, until a few years later much more terrible Jack appeared. In 1830-1840 there were many stories about Jack, who pretended to be a policeman, attacked women and carriages. Mass hysteria and frequent references in the low-grade pseudo-fiction literature made Spring-Heeled Jack very famous.

Thomas Millbank confessed that he was Spring-Heeled Jack, and he was even tried, but released because he could not spew out the fire. The most popular version says that Jack was some rich man who spent money on eccentric costumes. Only how to explain that Spring-Heeled Jack was supposedly seen in 2012?

The main word is “supposedly”. Anyway, be careful with good jumpers, don`t leave your cake unattended or they will catch you quickly, just in one jump.

There are no roads in City.

The legend is so strange that it simply cannot be true: how do buses run there? It is all about the game of words. Most of the streets in the City got their names before the British began to use the word ‘road’ in street names. Thus, there are many alleys, boulevards, squares in the City, but until 1994 there was not a single street with the word ‘road’. That year, half of the Goswell Road street started to belong to the City, and before that, it was completely related to Islington.

True, although this is only a formality.

London wild parrots are parrots of Jimi Hendrix.

The most resilient legend in this list refers to the wild birds of London. Probably, you have seen at least one of the 60,000 packs of parrots in southwest London and asked yourself where they came from. In the sixties of the last century, Jimi Hendrix lived in Mayfair apartments and kept a couple of red-breasted parakeets - the ones that now inhabit London. Could it be that the rock singer did let his parrots out?

Can be true. Never know what rock singers have on their mind. And never know what parrots of rock singer have on their mind. Maybe Jimi didn`t free the parrots, they escaped themselves and planned to conquer the world.

In the Epping Forest there is a killer pond.

One of the darkest urban legends says that there is a pond in the Epping Forest that kills people. Many years ago, a young couple in love was killed near it, and the killer was the girl's father, who was dissatisfied with her relationship with the boy. They say that since then, the water has turned black, the flora and fauna around the pound began to die, and on the shore they began to find bodies.

Local residents say that the pond lures its victims, and then drowns them in muddy water. The strangest thing is that no one knows where this pond is located, since it is not marked on any map. So the case with Epping Forrest perfectly illustrates the rule: look before you leap.

Don`t forget to breathe under water (you are no amphibian) and no pound will be able to hurt you.

Read other news here

urban_legends London
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
8 views in december
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Society
The cost of plans to transform the former Royal London Hospitalinto a town hall have ballooned by £15 million after the building was found to contain “phenomenal” amounts of asbestos.  Preliminary work on the new civic centre for Tower Hamlets in Whitechapel Road revealed “unprecedented” amounts of the dangerous material, according to mayor John Biggs.  The project aims to transform what was once the largest hospital in the country into offices for council...
Society
Newborn girls in Camden have the highest life expectancy out of any area in the country. Females from the north London borough are expected to live for 86.5 years, according to new figures released on Wednesday. Two other London boroughs – Kensington and Chelsea (86.2) and Westminster (86.0) – also made the top three of the list for female life expectancy. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said it was "noticeable" how Camden was top after it had bee...
Society
Southwestern Ontario looms large in Canada's opioid drug crisis, a new national report suggests, with Brantford running the second-highest rate of hospitalization for opioid use in the country last year and London the sixth-highest. Southwestern Ontario looms large in Canada’s opioid drug crisis, a new national report suggests, with Brantford running the second-highest rate of hospitalization for opioid use in the country last year and London the sixth-hig...
Society
A tense debate over a supervised drug use site that garnered unanimous backing from city politicians Monday night saw neighbours pitted against one another in what one councillor called a disappointing exchange. A tense debate over a supervised drug use site that garnered unanimous backing from city politicians Monday night saw neighbours pitted against one another in what one councillor called a disappointing exchange. At issue was a zoning change that wo...
Society
Josh Kirkpatrick moved home, married his high school sweetheart in September and stepped away from the demanding sport to hit a personal reset button. Curtis Thorner performs squats under the guidance of Olympic bobsledder and trainer Josh Kirkpatrick at Total Package Hockey on Wednesday.  Josh Kirkpatrick will always own one of the best discovery stories in sports history. He was playing in a rec league slo-pitch game when he met a Bobsleigh Canada coach,...
Society
Temperatures are plummeting in Sweden, making life harder than ever for homeless people. Stockholm is trying to help by swapping commercial adverts with billboards that signpost nearby shelters. In Stockholm, winter has struck, and temperatures are dropping rapidly. Amid near-freezing conditions, a new emergency system is being displayed in the city’s digital billboards. Its purpose is to guide homeless people to the nearest shelter. Behind the initiative...
Crime
A young man has been knifed repeatedly in a horrific broad daylight attack outside a north London station. Police and paramedics were called to the scene in Kentish Townshortly after 3pm on Monday. They found a 20-year-old man suffering from stab injuries. He was rushed to hospital. Video footage posted on social media showed a police cordon in place on Prince of Wales Road, next to Kentish Town West station. Former Camden councillor Matt Sanders said on T...
Crime
A "jealous" husband who murdered his estranged wife after she rejected the offer of spending "one last" night with him has been jailed for 16 years. Martin Cavanagh, of Chatterton Road, Bromley, was handed the jail term on Monday at the Old Bailey after being found guilty of murder by a jury - writes standard.co.uk The court heard the 35-year-old was “controlling and possessive” towards victim Sophie Cavanagh, 31. Jurors were told he sabotaged her Match.co...
Society
A man who survived 12 years in a children's home blighted by a "paedophile ring" told a public inquiry how he cowered under his bed most nights as he called on the council who ran it to apologise to him directly. Paul Connolly, 56, spent 12 years living at St Leonard's Children's Home in Hornchurch while staff routinely attacked boys in their care. Mr Connolly this week told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse how he arrived just before his eig...