Most Haunted City in Europe: Ten Years On

Originally posted: 15/04/2012

It’s probably fair to say that interest in the paranormal hasn’t waned in York. It’s been ten years since we were declared the most haunted city in the world (not Europe, we already had that accolade) by Jason Karl of the Ghost Research Foundation International, and two years since the Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe’s Fringe Weird Report put Yorkshire top of reported hauntings in the UK for that year. It will also be the ninth York Ghost Festival later in the year.

This year will also see the launch of our first WraithWatch, a revival of an old English ghost hunting tradition. On St Mark’s Eve (April 24) it used to be traditional to watch graveyards from 11pm to 1am the following morning, waiting to see the ‘wraiths’ of everybody in that parish who was due to die in the following year. The earlier in that two hour slot they appeared, the sooner their death would be. If you fell asleep during the vigil, it would be a sign that you too were amongst those destined to die before the next St Mark’s Eve.

For some reason St Mary’s Church in Scarborough has been singled out on some websites as the site of this phenomena, however the tradition was originally for all churches in England.

So dare you become part of our WraithWatch?

If you do take part, remember to respect your surroundings (no trespassing etc!), and report back your findings – even if nothing happened, as this is still a valid result. A photo of your chosen watch would also be good. If it takes off I’ll build a website for the event and include any exciting photos that are submitted.

Remember: keep your equipment dry, and your coffee strong
Rachel Lacy
Ghost Finder General

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