Humphrey The Little Boy Ghost Of Lincoln

For those who don’t know about Lincoln, it is an old cathedral city in the East Midlands. It actually has remains of buildings from the Iron Age.. that’s how old it is :O It is known for its historical buildings including Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral.

There is a street called ‘Steep Hill’ which leads to the entrance to the cathedral. It is well known for its jettied, half timbered houses and a house called ‘Jew’s House’ which is one of the oldest extant town houses in England.

Steep Hill is known for something else too, it is quite haunted! I’m going to focus on one particular ghost though, his name is Humphrey.

Humphrey is the ghost of a little boy who has actually been on TV before. He was a prominent feature on an episode of ‘Most Haunted’ when he communicated with the late medium Derek Acorah. In fact Humphrey certainly likes to make his presence known. it is believed that if you ignore his antics, he will go to great lengths to make you pay attention to him.

He is a mischievous little ghost who enjoys moving things around and making lots of noise. He mostly resides in a restaurant called ‘Brown’s Pie Shop’. The restaurant and pie shop is in a 17th century building located at 33 Steep Hill.

A view of Brown’s Restaurant and Pie Shop

Humphrey seems to especially enjoy tormenting chefs. This is possibly due to the fact that the chef is often alone in the building for at least an hour before the start of a shift. One story is of a chef who claimed he heard what sounded like someone running around the building. He went to investigate but found no one. When he returned to the kitchen, all of the plates and pans had been moved about. The chef had heard stories about the famous little boy ghost and so he said the words ‘Don’t mind me Humphrey’ and the activity died down for the day.

He decided that to make things run smoothly, he would acknowledge this mischievous ghost each day by at the very least uttering his name ‘Humphrey’

On one occasion, he forgot to acknowledge his ghost friend due to it being very busy and at one point during the service, he returned to the kitchen to find that not only were the pots and pans strewn about the kitchen, but a carving knife had been stabbed into the wooden floor.

From that incident and numerous others, it was very clear that if Humphrey wants to play with you, then you must play back, otherwise you should expect a tantrum.

He has mainly been heard and sighted in the cellar where diners can eat their meals in a warmly lit room with an arched ceiling. It is in this area of the building that one woman repeatedly saw a little boy running around the tables. She had been expecting to dine in the cellar alone and when she asked the staff to remove the irritating child, they had to inform her that there were no children in the building… no living children anyway!

The cellar part of the restaurant

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Halloween Protection Ghost

For those of you who don’t know, I make poppets (also known as spell dolls) I use them when I want to attract positive energy or good luck.

By placing the right herbs inside a poppet, I can enable it to represent luck or love or protection or basically anything I want so that I can manifest it in my life.

Halloween is coming up and it’s around this time that I like to go ghost hunting and conduct séances with or without a Ouija board. Some people believe that trying to contact spirits can be dangerous, for this reason it’s a good idea to stay safe by incorporating certain charms or herbs. I decided to create a protection poppet and in keeping with the Halloween theme, the little poppet is in the shape of a ghost.

This little protection ghost contains seven different herbs and ingredients that are used for protection and to ward off evil spirits. I like to keep my little ghost on my bedside table and it really does make me feel a lot safer.

My sister and I always spend Halloween together since we love it so much! I plan on placing my protection ghost in the centre of the spirit board and I’ll also carry him around in my pocket when we go ghost hunting.

I’ve handsewn a few other little protection ghosts and they’re available in my shop on Etsy. Click the link below to find out more.

La Boveda

As some of you may know, I’m in a band. We’ve done a lot of tours and I always enjoy it when I come back and tell people about the fun times we had. The best stories are the ones that involve a haunted location.

For the month of October in 2017 we did a tour of Germany and Spain. One venue in Zaragoza, Spain was particularly unusual. It was called La Boveda and the venue part was in a dungeon in a castle. I had high expectations for this show and I naturally assumed the venue would be haunted, I wasn’t disappointed.

Halloween decorations and seating area

As soon as we arrived with all our gear, a nice lady approached us and introduced herself as Ana, she was the promoter. Sadly my Spanish is not very good and her English wasn’t so good so when I asked her if the castle was haunted, it was difficult to understand the answer. She talked about the history of the castle and how there used to be a religious figure possibly a cardinal who put many heritics to death there. She also mentioned that it had a tunnel which led to other historic buildings in the city. I’m not sure how accurate the story is as I had to guess and make assumptioons about a lot of what she was saying as my Spanish is terrible.

As we walked down the stone steps to the dungeon, I noticed a tunnel that was blocked off with a metal gate. I’m guessing it was the tunnel that Ana had spoken about. Not long after we arrived, the dungeon began filling up with people and it was packed by the time we played, it was a great gig and the acoustics were phenomenal. Afterwards we decided to stick around for a bit. As more and more people gradually left, the atmosphere began to change. It felt less like a gig and more like a castle again, or more specifically a dungeon in a castle.

Myself and singer Clancey Jones next to the scary tunnel

Eventually our bassist and singer left and it was just the drummer, our tour manager and me left in the venue. I walked to the end of the room where I found an old piano, I began messing around playing a few tunes when the drummer quickly stopped me and pointed to a sign which warned people not to play the piano. At first I thought this was probably due to them not wanting people breaking the old piano, but with what happened next, maybe it was because the piano was haunted.

I walked with the drummer to sit on the stage where we sat drinking some beers. I suggested doing a seance. I asked out loud if anyone was there. We heard a few noises at the back of the room where the piano was. At the time I assumed that maybe it was just some creaky floorboards or something innocent. I wanted more than that so I asked again and some tapping sounds could be heard. I then asked for the spirit in the room to play the piano. We waited for a few seconds and sure enough, the piano began to be played. It sounded like someone playing a few notes on the high keys. We couldn’t believe it. There was no two ways about it, something invisible was playing the piano. It was at that point our tour manager became spooked and said we needed to go to our accommodation as we had an early drive the next day. As we left, we walked past the tunnel and I’m sure I saw a shadowy figure in the corner of my eye. I looked through the metal bars into the tunnel hoping to see something more clearly and a stone was thrown from deep into the tunnel, I heard it hit the ground. Our tour manager and drummer had reached the top of the stairs before me and they shouted down to me to hurry up.

I wish I could have stayed longer, I’m sure that more strange events would have happened. I know for sure that place was haunted. I’ve since tried to research the castle and its history, but I’ve not found a lot about it. If anyone from the Zaragoza area of Spain knows more about it, then please get in touch.