Bank tube station ‘haunted’ by spirit who makes commuters feel ‘dread and foreboding’

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Commuters have been left grimacing at the putrid smell of an ‘open tomb’, as well as sightings of a ‘Black Nun’ who ‘wails and groans’ down the line. The station is used by an estimated 300,000 people a day, who might experience paranormal activity for many reasons relating to the area’s history.

In 1941, a bomb struck the station during the Blitz, which killed around 50 people and it’s also said to be built near a ‘church crypt’.

One TikTok user who shares spooky stories of haunted London at @historyoflondon, revealed why some people may experience a feeling of ‘dread’ at Bank.

Meg, from London, said: “Have you ever been walking through Bank station late at night and encountered a strange feeling of dread and foreboding, coupled with a putrid smell like that of an open tomb? Well, this is quite possibly because the next station on the line, Liverpool Street, was built on top of one of London’s biggest plague pits. And let’s not forget that Bank’s ticket hall was once a church crypt.” 

But commuters have even reported sightings of a sinister figure, with reports dating back to the 19th century.

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The ghost of Sarah Whitehead, also known as the Black Nun or Bank Nun, is said to roam the station, with her ‘groans and wails’ being heard along the tunnels.

In the book London Lore, by Stever Roud, he explains the story behind the myth, and why Sarah’s spirit is so often coupled with a feeling of immense sadness. 

Bank clerk Philip Whitehead worked at the Bank of England, where Bank station gets its name. 

He is said to have got in with the wrong crowd, and resorted to forging cheques, My London reports.

He was eventually caught and executed in 1811, and his grieving sister, Sarah, began turning up to his former place of work every day for the rest of her life ‑ and beyond.

If that hasn’t made the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, it might just spook you that Bank is the city’s deepest station below street level, 41.4 metres below ground.

You wouldn’t want to find yourself lost in a London tube station at night, yet Bank makes getting lost far too easy, with 12 exits ‑ more than any other London station ‑ the lack of a main entrance, alongside 128 steps and 15 escalators.

Bank was also built above an ancient burial ground, which may explain away some of the freak occurrences, and why it’s such a popular start and end point for many of the city’s walking tours including the Haunted Tour and London Postal History tour.

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