Bank is believed to be built on a former crypt, and was bombed during the Blitz – with a ‘Black Nun’ mourning the loss of her brother also said to haunt the station
A spooky London Underground station has reportedly had people grimacing at the putrid smell of an ‘open tomb’, as well as sightings of a ‘Black Nun’.
There are a number of reasons the estimated 300,000 daily Bank users might experience paranormal activity in the station, including a bomb that struck the station during the Blitz in 1941, which killed around 50 people.
One TikTok user who shares spooky stories of haunted London at @historyoflondon , revealed why some people may experience a feeling of ‘dread’ at Bank.
Meg, from London, said: “Have you ever been walking through Bank station late at night and encountered a strange feeling of dread and foreboding, coupled with a putrid smell like that of an open tomb?
“Well, this is quite possibly because the next station on the line, Liverpool Street, was built on top of one of London’s biggest plague pits. And let’s not forget that Bank’s ticket hall was once a church crypt.”
But commuters have even reported sightings of a sinister figure, with reports dating back to the 19th century.
The ghost of Sarah Whitehead, also known as the Black Nun or Bank Nun, is said to roam the station, with her “groans and wails” heard along the tunnels.
In the book London Lore, by Stever Roud, he explains the story behind the myth, and why Sarah’s spirit is so often coupled with a feeling of immense sadness.
Bank clerk Philip Whitehead worked at the Bank of England, where Bank station gets its name.
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He is said to have got in with the wrong crowd, and resorted to forging cheques, My London reports .
He was eventually caught and executed in 1811, and his grieving sister, Sarah, began turning up to his former place of work every day for the rest of her life – and beyond.
Bank is also the city’s deepest station below street level, 41.4 metres underground.
Bank was also built above an ancient burial ground, which may explain away some of the freak occurrences, and why it’s such a popular start and end point for many of the city’s walking tours including the Haunted Tour and London Postal History tour.