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The Terror of Pond Terrace, Chelsea

Brian Langston describes how a mysterious ghost sighting turned a Chelsea street on its head in the 1850s

Walking through fashionable Chelsea today, it is difficult to imagine the scenes of pandemonium which broke out 160 years ago following the extraordinary appearance of a ghost at a private house.

Victorian London was sent into turmoil for weeks after the sudden appearance of the phantom which terrorised not only the resident family, but also several Metropolitan Police officers.

In scenes reminiscent of the Cock Lane Ghost 90 years previously, huge crowds gathered in College Street in a phenomenon known as ‘flash mobs’ which formed spontaneously following the sighting of anything believed to be supernatural.

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