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Niddry Street Vaults Ghost Hunts

Niddry Street Vaults Ghost Hunt 

Edinburgh Scotland

Ghost Nights / Ghost Hunts / Scotland Ghost Hunts / Paranormal Events 

Ghost Hunting Experiences at Niddry Street Vaults with Paranormal Eye UK

Ghost hunts at the Niddry Street vaults are certainly not for those afraid of the dark; in fact, this location is considered one of the most haunted underground places in the UK; Over the years of previous ghost hunts, there have been hundreds of reports of paranormal events being reported. Ghostly apparitions have been witnessed. Many describe they see a man who watches them. Ghost hunts once inside these deep vaults are not for the faint-hearted! The sound of stones being thrown and dropping on the floor are extremely common. Ghost hunting events and ghost nights are extremely popular here at the vaults. Your overnight ghost hunt here could see you petrified in fear! Are you ready to embark on a ghost hunt deep beneath Edinburgh at these extremely haunted Vaults? Step out of your comfort zone on this ghost hunting experience.

History Of Niddry Street Vaults 

Building work commenced in 1785. The bridge consisted of 19 stone arches, spanning a chasm just over 1000 feet long. It stood 31 feet above the ground and had foundations penetrating Edinburgh’s bedrock as far down as 22 ft.

However, Edinburgh was a fearful and superstitious place at the turn of the 18th century, both of real and imagined harm. The citizen’s fear of what the unearthly and supernatural could inflict was exacerbated by their inherent mistrust of the invading English. This long-held belief resulted in the building of the defensive Flodden Wall after the disastrous Battle of the same name in 1513. This artificial barrier around the city’s outskirts, combined with Edinburgh’s natural geography, forced residents to live virtually on top of one another – in some cases in houses 14 stories high – rather than expanding outwards as with most developing cities.

This air of claustrophobia, fear and mistrust bred anxiety among the locals. When the South Bridge was finally completed in 1788, it was deemed an appropriate and fitting honour that the Bridges’ eldest resident, a well known and respected Judges’ wife, should be the first to cross this fine architectural structure.

Unfortunately, several days before the grand opening, the lady in question passed away! But promises had been made, hands had been shaken, and the city fathers felt obliged to honour their original agreement, and so it was that the first “body” to cross the South Bridge crossed it in a coffin.

The locals were shocked! The bridge was now cursed! The majority of the townsfolk refused point-blank to cross the bridge for many years, preferring the awkward and impractical route instead through the deep valley of the Cowgate. 18th-century Edinburgers may seem overly superstitious by today’s standards, but over the following centuries, it slowly became apparent that they might have had a point…

As time passed, space on Edinburgh’s South Bridge started to sell at premium prices; the land was fetching more per square foot than anywhere else in Europe. Business people began to build shops along the top of the bridge to make the most of passing trade. To accommodate these shop fronts, tenement houses were built along both sides of 18 of the original 19 arches, leaving only the Cowgate arch visible, as it remains today. To maximise space further, floors and ceilings were built beneath the blocked-in arches constructing dark, airless, vaulted chambers. These areas were initially used as workshops for the businesses above, while the vaults below ground level were used for storage.

Records from the day, recent excavations and various artefacts which have since been discovered all point to the fact that in the early days of the bridge, many businesses thrived in these artificial, “underground” spaces; taverns, cobblers, cutlers, smelters, victuallers and milliners, all left evidence of their trades. However, as time passed, the quality of life in these spaces deteriorated. The bridge (which had never been waterproofed due to its being built on a tight budget) began to leak, and the businesses were slowly forced to move out. Several years passed, during which time the function of these spaces began to change.

In the absence of legal trade and licensed businesses, the dark, damp, wet vaults became home to only society's poorest and most disreputable sections. This included immigrant Irishmen and Highlanders seeking refuge from the clearances, mercenary landlords, and even body snatchers!

While little documentary evidence exists to support this theory – (technically, these people weren’t supposed to be there in the first place) – when the vaults were eventually excavated, several corners revealed “middens”* containing household items such as old toys, broken medicine bottles, clay pipes, buttons, horseshoes, snuff boxes, cracked stoneware and ceramic jars, pots and plates; all visible signs of dwelling and inhabitation.

Long after the workshops and businesses moved out and its new residents moved in, the vaults became utterly unusable. A lack of light, air, heat, ventilation and sanitation and a slow, steady seepage of water through the bridge's cracks made these areas impractical and uninhabitable. Within 30 years of the bridge’s opening, the abandonment of the Vaults was more or less complete.

The vaults were filled in with rubble, both for security for the businesses still operating above on street level and also to discourage settlers from making a home in what was effectively a place to die, not to live… and so the vaults fell into the dim distant memory of generations past.

However, in 1985, these long, lost, forgotten spaces came to public attention after a chance excavation revealed the labyrinthic network of rooms and dwelling spaces. These spaces have lost none of their original atmospheres. They are still dark, occasionally claustrophobic, and, when it rains in Edinburgh, they can still be very damp. The Vaults today ooze memories of the past; their stones seep water and stories, invoking memory and provoking the imagination.

Requirements For This Ghost Hunt 

All attendees must be 18 years or older.

Not suitable for pregnant ladies.

Anyone under or suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances will not be permitted.

This is an old and dark location, all attendees must bring a torch with them.

All attendees are expected to wear sensible shoes no heels or sandals etc.

We advise that you wear warm clothing, as this locations can be very cold after dark (even during the summer months)

This location is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with mobility issues.

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