Here’s a roundup of 18th-century ghost stories that were shared amongst our ancestors. Stories of ghosts and the supernatural have excited and spooked humankind for centuries. Mysterious accounts of spirits, ghouls, ghosts, and creeps can be found as far back as Homer’s Odyssey and the Bible’s Old Testament alike.
The supernatural stories of today, like Slenderman, aren’t far off from the stuff that scared people like us many years ago.
Make sure to share your own stories and experiences in the comments! Now read on for a few haunted and historical tales from the 1700s.
12. The Cock Lane Ghost
This haunting attracted the London public’s attention in 1762. After a man’s wife died during childbirth, he later entered a relationship with her sister, Fanny. Knocking was heard throughout their Cock Lane residence over the years and long after they moved out; the story goes that his ex-wife’s ghost was the source. Many séances were held and a courtroom trial even took place as people failed to determine the source of the knocking.