THE HAUNT­ING:

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The Vaults con­sist of over 200 cham­bers built three-storeys deep into the 19 stone arches of Ed­in­burgh’s South Bridge. Many res­i­dents’ homes had to be de­mol­ished dur­ing the bridge’s con­struc­tion in 1785, mak­ing this an un­pop­u­lar pro­ject from the off­set. The first per­son due to cross the bridge died the day be­fore the open­ing cer­e­mony – so was car­ried over in a cof­fin! After this, many de­clared the bridge to be cursed.

Per­haps it was, for although the bridge’s un­der­ground net­work of vaulted rooms was rented out to mer­chants and crafts­men, fre­quent flood­ing and damp con­di­tions forced most out within a decade. In­stead, the des­per­ate and dan­ger­ous moved in, fill­ing the arches with tav­erns, dens, gam­bling, pros­ti­tu­tion and corpse-smug­gling.

In the 1850s, the vaults were filled in and for­got­ten about un­til the 1980s, when the rub­ble was ex­tracted and its his­tory re­vealed. Or­gan­ised tour groups were es­tab­lished shortly after and since then, the Vaults have pro­vided so many para­nor­mal ex­pe­ri­ences that they’re now re­garded as one of Scot­land’s most haunted lo­ca­tions.

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