Body Snatchers and Tortured Spirits: The Dark History of the South Bridge Vaults of Edinburgh
Ghostly Residents Remain and Draw in New Visitors
With the unnerving atmosphere, and the eerie accounts of the vault history, it’s no wonder that paranormal events have been reported concerning the shadowy halls, damp chambers, and tight spaces. Certainly, the chilling reports of Burke and Hare’s murdered victims in the vaults are creepy enough, but there are several different specters who are said to now haunt the chambers as well.
The spooky atmosphere inside the vaults. ( CC BY 2.5 )
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A ghostly child named “Jack” is said to grab visitors’ hands, and the more menacing “Mr. Boots”, described as “a nasty piece of work,” throws rocks at people, it is claimed. Some who visit the vaults say they can hear his heeled boots stomping across the cobblestone, and his voice echoing through the tunnels.
Despite (or more likely due to) this, tours into the Edinburgh vaults are very popular, and businesses have been set up to host private events, weddings, and live music. Several high-profile television shows and documentaries have been done on the ghostly voices and supernatural happenings.
Today there are many who risk traveling down beneath the ancient city to experience what life might have been like for those that dwelled in the South Bridge Vaults.
Featured image: The damp, dark, and chilling chambers and tunnels of the Edinburgh Vaults. ( CC BY-ND 2.0 )
By Liz Leafloor
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