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St Mary’s Church, Wanstead
The current St Mary’s dates from 1787 and is a Grade I listed building designed by Thomas Hardwick. The earlier church stood 70’ south of the present building and was demolished when the newer church was completed in 1790. The later church does have some monuments inside it that were originally from the older one and according to tradition it may have a few apparitions as well.
I don’t know of any actual witness accounts detailing experiences at St Mary’s and I suspect, given that one of the apparitions is a skeleton that the haunting may have more in common with local folklore.
The skeleton apparition is said to wander the churchyard pushing a cart that bears a coffin. According to tradition he is apparently searching for his wife’s body, whether because they were buried in separate plots or whether it is because her body was stolen by grave robbers depends upon the version of the story you read.
There are two other apparitions that are said to haunt the churchyard. One being a grey lady that wanders the graveyard looking for the husband she lost shortly after their marriage and the second being that of Dick Turpin the infamous Highwayman.
If anyone knows of any actual experiences or can shed any light on the origins of the stories relating these ghosts I would love to find out more.