Cock Lane, near the Old Bailey in London
The story of the Cock Lane haunting attracted huge public attention in 1762, when strange noises and ghostly apparitions were heard and seen in a house on the lane. Elizabeth Kent, the wife of the then tenant William Kent, had previously died in childbirth, and William and Elizabeth’s sister Fanny had since begun a secret relationship. Soon after, the pair reported strange noises in their house, which many believed were caused by Elizabeth’s ghost.
When Fanny later died from supposed smallpox, rumours circulated that Kent had killed both women, poisoning Fanny with arsenic. It was then said that Fanny was haunting the property to get the true story of her death across to the living.