St. Paul's Cathedral is a magnificent symbol of the resurrection of the City of London after it was ravaged by the Great Fire of London in 1666. Numerous paranormal incidents and ghost sightings have occured over the centuries at this ancient Cathedral.
The Cathedral that stands today is the fifth church built on the site to be dedicated to London's patron, Saint Paul. The first Church of St. Paul's was wooden, founded by King Ethelbert of Kent in the 6th century. Three more churches were built at the site and suffered various fates, including the destruction by the Vikings in the 7th century and being struck by lightening during the rein of Queen Elizabeth I.
The Kitchener Chapel is a memorial chapel to Lord Kitchener, who was a somewhat ruthless army general in the late 1800's. Its walls are adorned with an assortment of Battle Colours and on its floor reclines a white marble effigy of General Kitchener (1850-1916). There have been numerous report that as you stand gazing upon his memorial, if a sudden chill passes over you, this is often the first sign that the Cathedral's resident ghost, "Whistler", is about to put in an appearance. Next, you will hear the low, barely audible sound of mournful whistling.
Looking into the chapel you may see the ghost of an old clergyman who has flowing locks of grey hair and is dressed in old-fashioned robes. His doleful, though tuneless whistling will grow steadily louder as he glides across the chapel and melts slowly away into the wall to the right of the gates. Everyone who has seen him has attested to the fact that he always follows the same time worn path and that he always vanishes into the same section of the wall.
During the renovation work to St Paul's Cathedral following the First World War, the chapel then known as the All Souls Chapel, was re-dedicated to General Kitchener. When the chapel was being renovated the part of the wall where "Whistler's" Ghost always disappeared into, was excavated to reveal a hidden door behind the wall. It opened onto a narrow, winding staircase that leads up to a secret room within the inner fabric of the main body of St Paul's Cathedral. Nobody had known of its existence or purpose, with of course the exception of the ghost.
Further evidence of "Whistler's" ghost was provided in April 2008 when the ghost appeared to be caught on film. After returning from a trip to London, Russian tourist Olga Chkalova could not believe her eyes when she downloaded her holiday photos. After attending a morning service at St. Paul's Cathedral she had taken some photos inside the Cathedral. In one of the photos was a ghostly image.
She is convinced the blurry figure in the middle of the picture is the ghost of a 16th Century priest walking through St Paul's Cathedral. When interviewed, Olga was certain that she had captured the image of "whistler's" Ghost, "Of course it's a ghost. There was no one in front of me when I took the picture."