Mass Hysteria and Murder: the Tale of the Hammersmith Ghost

How a cobbler in a tablecloth terrorized his neighborhood and caused an innocent man’s death

George Dillard
4 min readJun 17, 2021

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Image from the Newgate Calendar’s account of the Hammersmith ghost (public domain)

DDuring the long, dark nights of November and December 1803, a rumor spread in Hammersmith, a neighborhood in west London. Several residents reported seeing a ghost. He was tall and dressed in a white cloak…

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