| Stabbed to death by thieves, the apparition of a Benedictine monk,
robed and cowled, floating inches above the floor, who walks in and
out of walls and has a habit of introducing himself as Father Benedictus
before engaging passers-by in conversation has been observed in the
cloisters of Westminster Abbey for well over a hundred years and possibly a great
deal longer that that.
The site had been the Benedictine
Monastery of St Peter for almost 500 years before being rebuilt and
consecrated in 1066 just before the arrival of William the Conqueror.
However the problems of Father Benedictus, as he apparently has told
it, seemed to be more related to an incident that occurred during
the early sixteenth century of Henry VIII while he, the good monk
and faithful servant, was trying to prevent a robbery.
Other sightings include the phantom
of John Bradshaw, the President of The Court presiding in the trial
of Charles 1st, who subsequently signed the royal death warrant in
the Deanery of the Abbey in 1649 and is said to haunt that particular
building. Also, since 1920, and usually only during times of general
inactivity in the vicinity, the forlorn figure of a solitary spectral
soldier from the first world war has been seen quietly gazing down
poignantly at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He will look up entreatingly
as though trying to say something - but makes no sound.