The Tulip Staircase is a spiral stairway in the 17th-century Queen’s House in Greenwich, London. On June 19, 1966, a Canadian couple photographed the staircase and managed to snap an image of a faint figure leaning on the rail. Convinced they’d caught a ghost on camera, the two sent the picture off to a London ghost club, who decided the only way to verify the encounter would be to hold a seance on the staircase.
On June 24 of the following year, the group gathered in the Queen’s House. One of the members was tasked with writing down everything that happened. His transcript alone makes spine-chilling reading:
22.54 Bell ring
23.12 Luminous stone
23.15 Smell of wet stone at stairway ground floor.
23.22½ Bell one ring . . .
At this point the handwriting suddenly becomes a shaky, indecipherable scrawl, before stopping dead.
In the years since this freaky seance, a couple of visitors and three staff members have also reported encountering the ghost. The museum’s website claims no one has yet debunked it.