The creepy mansion in London that is without doubt one of the most haunted within the UK

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You may think it’s way too early to have some horror and tension in your life – after all, Halloween is less than three months away.

But just because ghosts wander the hallways of a stately home doesn’t mean it isn’t a perfect summer day.

It’s even more inviting when it looks like a palace straight out of Bridgerton – but this mansion has its own secrets to tell, so forget about Lady Whistledown and step into one of the most haunted homes in the country

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Ham House might look great, but don’t let the looks fool you

However, it is said that Ham House in Richmond is home to around 15 or 16 ghosts, including its former owner Elizabeth Murray, the Duchess of Lauderdale, her dog and a heartbroken servant.

Originally built in 1610 and the brainchild of Elizabeth’s father William Murray, Ham House is a rare holdover of the luxury and grandeur of the 17th century.

William’s friendship with Charles I would unhappily disrupt the lavish Murray lifestyle.

Would you dare step into one of the UK’s most haunted houses?

With the outbreak of the English Civil War and the possible loss of the royalist cause, the life of the royalist Murrays became uncertain.

In 1653 Oliver Cromwell was installed as Lord Protector of the new Commonwealth, and the next five years of his rule would prove difficult for the Murrays.

But Elizabeth coped with the opportunity – she was described as ruthless and persistent, and made friends with both Charles II.

In 1655 she inherited Ham House from her father and when the reign of Charles II began in 1660, Ham House was once again a center for entertainment and extravagance.

But their ruse didn’t stop there.

It was rumored that she would take family members to justice if they dared to upset her.

Whose side was Elizabeth Murray really on?

It wasn’t until she married her second husband, the recently widowed John Maitland, 1st Earl of Lauderdale, that the suspicion arose.

Some speculated about what happened to the near death of her first husband and the earl’s wife – was this a ploy to help Elizabeth rise to the top of the social ladder?

However, the lavish lifestyle collapsed when her husband got into financial trouble.

This, along with the illness, forced the Duchess to confine herself to a single ground floor apartment in the Ham House.

So Elizabeth was at the center of the haunted, and her unscrupulous call followed her from beyond the grave.

The 17th century mansion is now owned by the National Trust, which means we can all go inside and experience the paranormal activity for ourselves.

Take care of the woman in black on the stairs

Their room is said to be the epicenter of paranormal activity, and visitors claim the room exudes an odd atmosphere … oh, and pets are reluctant to enter.

Rumor has it that a woman in black, presumably Elizabeth, was spotted on the stairs – but nobody really knows.

Despite the opulence of the architecture and design of the house, Ham’s treacherous past still haunts its hallways today.

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How to get there

Location: Ham House and Garden, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7RS

Richmond Train Station is one mile from Ham House and is easily accessible on foot from there. Or if you want to drive yourself, plug the TW10 7RS into your SATNAV.

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