Street’s eerie past revealed in walking ghost tour

Prepare to be terrified!
Prepare to be terrified!

Fans of the supernatural should prepare to be spooked by mysterious apparations on this month’s Old Town ghost walk.

Since the pilot in January, the Spirit Of The Old Town have been entertaining visitors with their interactive tours along the ancient thoroughfare in Hemel Hempstead.

The tours are the result of a partnership between actress Kimberly Ann Woodcock, and Chris Leverett who owns the Enchanted Oak holistic and spiritual centre on the High Street.

Now the pair are running their fifth event on Monday, July 6 and there will be nine ghostly apparitions to send a chill down walkers’ spines.

Kimberly, 36, trained at the Poor School in Kings Cross and moved to Hemel Hempstead nearly 10 years ago from West London.

She said the haunting figures are based on real-life characters who lived and worked in the Old Town in years gone by.

The actress, who has written, directed and cast the tour script, said: “I like to watch horror films and I like to be scared.

“We had a few people say the tour wasn’t scary enough the first few times, so I said, ‘If that’s what you want...’.”

She added: “We have a young man who was beaten to death in The White Hart pub by some soldiers because he was too scared to sign up to the army.

“We have had members of staff say they don’t like to stand near the staircase where he died because they get a feeling of terror.

“One of the ghosts is a murderer, Jack, whose ghost is bricked up in the basement of the Rose and Crown.

“We think he may have killed people on behalf of other people, but he’s not a very nice person.”

Tickets are £12 for adults and £6 for concessions.

These can be purchased from the Enchanted Oak at 40 High Street or online at

The tour will last approximately one hour and 20 minutes.

Under 16s are asked to be accompanied by an adult, but Kimberly says the tour is suitable for youngsters aged 10 and up.