ghosts who frequent the area of the Monument which was built in
1671-77 by Sir Christopher Wren and Dr Robert Hooke to commemorate
the Great Fire of London in 1666 are thought to be those of the
six people who committed suicide by leaping off the top of the 202
foot viewing platform after climbing the 311 winding inside steps.
The last suicide was Jane Cooper
on August 19 1842 and it was reported at the time:
It is with feelings of horror
we have to give publicity to another dreadful affair, which occurred
this morning. At about half-past ten o'clock the neighbourhood of
Fish Street Hill, Eastcheap, and their Vicinities, were thrown into
a state of the greatest alarm and agitation, in consequence of a
report having been circulated that a young woman had committed suicide
by throwing herself off the Monument. On arriving at the Monument
we ascertained that a young woman had this morning ascended the
Monument and in about ten minutes after she had ascended she was
observed getting over the rails, and before any person ascended,
she had thrown herself off the rails, and in her descent struck
the coping stone with her head, and fell into the street, a little
beyond the curb. She was immediately picked up, and appears a very
fine young woman, about the age of 22, and very neatly dressed.
Her name and place of abode is at present unknown.
According to eyewitness reports,
she actually struck one of the four stone griffins situated some
forty odd feet from the ground with such force that she bounced
right over a passing cart and landed in the road beyond.