When doing background research about the abandoned places we are about to visit, we quite often stumble on urban legends or even ghost stories. To be honest, they are quite amusing and give extra flavor for the coming visit. We’ve never actually seen anything spooky, and those times something happened, it was probably due to equipment malfunction. People also ask us whether we’ve seen something odd when visiting these so called ”haunted houses”? We do tell them about our equipment malfunctions; flickering flashlights and all that, but even the slightest possibility of something unnatural happening is much more interesting than the actual reality.
Where do these ghost stories originate?
The buildings former inhabitants fates are tied to the stories, which are usually sad. They die of heartache, loneliness or misfortune with a twist. Maybe a terrible crime or an injustice happened there. The events took place before our time and have been passed along orally.
This abandoned lighthouse in Wales has a classic story to tell. It was built in 1776 and has been abandoned since 1840 - A long time to stand alone for a building. It is said that the lonely spirit of the lighthouse keeper, Raymond, is still there and many locals have reported sightings of this former lighthouse keeper walking around the top of the structure. News articles report eye witness accounts of odd sensations or voices heard by people visiting the place. These articles are usually the first hits after a Google search because they have been read so many times and this way keep the story alive. Rather than reporting the (boring) truth, they tease us by asking questions like ”what if?”
Ghost stories are part of every culture. They are representations of our collective hopes and fears for the unknown. An abandoned place is usually a result of a similar misfortune and it is not surprising that the stories are tied to these locations.
In the end, we all love a good story.
K.P / 13.7.2018