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Woman in White

Location: Fingringhoe (Essex) - Abberton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2009, 02:00h
Further Comments: A motorcyclist and their passenger watched a distressed woman in white stumble across the road while holding a blanket over her head. The figure disappeared into a hedgerow as the witnesses approached her.

Tall Man

Location: Lyndhurst (Hampshire) - Swan Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that the inn is haunted by the ghost of a tall man, thought to be a former landlord who killed himself.


Location: Maidstone (Kent) - Wooded area off Sittingbourne Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer, mid 1970s
Further Comments: Two witnesses out exploring the area watched a monk-like figure in a brown habit cross the field and appear to sink into the ground. The witnesses walked over to the area and found a set of steps which led down to a bricked up archway.


Location: Rayleigh (Essex) - Private residence, Rawreth area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980 - early / mid 2000s
Further Comments: Over almost two decades, the residents at this property reported a figure by an upstairs window, the sound of people running on the landing, and poltergeist activity.


Location: Forest of Dean (Gloucestershire) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1802
Further Comments: A massive wild boar was said to live in the forest, large enough to knock down trees. A group of farmers hunted the creature, but were unable to find the beast.

Hanged Men

Location: Mottram (Derbyshire) - Gallows' Clough
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely nineteenth century
Further Comments: This area was said to be haunted by all the men hanged here, and locals would avoid the site, even during the day.

Lightning Dog

Location: Roborough (Devon) - Roborough Down
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: December evening, possibly nineteenth century (if not, earlier)
Further Comments: Walking home one night, a man encountered a large black dog. He tried to pat the creature, but his hand passed straight through its head. The dog then yawned, and after smelling the sulphur-like breath, the witness fled, the dog close behind. After a while, the man was thrown to the ground by a blinding flash, where he was found unconscious the next day. A legend says the phantom hound belonged to a murder victim, and now it tries to kill every man it encounters.


Location: Chagford (Devon) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Peaceful nights (reoccurring)
Further Comments: On quiet nights, nineteenth century villagers said that fairy music and the patter of little feet could be heard from the surrounding area.


Location: South Tawton (Devon) - Hamlet just outside the village, exact location not known
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa late nineteenth century, said to appear at midnight
Further Comments: A Guernsey Cow said to haunt this location was once a woman who committed a 'terrible deed' and was transformed into this animal for 4,900 years as punishment.


Location: Postling (Kent) - Postling Wood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 21 June 2012
Further Comments: A local newspaper reported that Jaeden Wintersong called the police after witnessing an aircraft barrel-roll and head towards the tree line. No evidence of an accident could be found, and Wintersong later found out the location was where a Spitfire had crashed during the Second World War.

A Woman Scorned

Location: Torbay (Devon) - Daddyhole (or Daddy Hole) Plain
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Scorned by a knight, a woman invited the warrior and his new love to meet here. The woman murdered the couple, and as a storm developed, the Devil appeared and took the murderess into a nearby hole (presumably to hell).


Location: Mortehoe (Devon) - Morte Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A nineteenth century legend says that no man can move this rock unless he is 'master of his wife', although another version says the rock can only be moved by a team of women who 'rule their husbands'.

Awful Figure

Location: Dundee (Fife) - Murraygate, High Street, Reform Street and Howff, Hilltown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 1869
Further Comments: Police officers were said to have encountered a floating entity in this area, described as having an awful face. A witness watched it vanish in a blue flash at Howff cemetery.

Pig Farmer

Location: Keighley (Yorkshire) - Dog and Gun public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A pig farmer hit by a coach close by was brought to the site and died upstairs. Her ghost is said to move items around.


Location: Poole (Dorset) - Hospital and Grey Towers Hall (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1990s
Further Comments: The hospital here had a reputation as being haunted by a ghost named Elsie.

Mob Rule

Location: Dundee (Fife) - Dalkeith Road (and adjacent areas)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1927
Further Comments: Five thousand people turned up to look for a ghost which was said to have been seen riding a white pony. They failed to find their quarry.

Flying Brandy

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - John Mulliganís public house, Poolbeg Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s - 2010s
Further Comments: One barman watched a bottle of brandy fly off the shelf, while other staff have reported knocking and footsteps in empty parts of the pub. A figure has also been reported walking by the bar when the pub is closed.

Welsh Polt

Location: Swansea (West Glamorgan) - Rhondda Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: December 1965
Further Comments: The police were called to investigate this poltergeist, which turned furnishings over and drove the Howells family to leave the property. Marcia, the matriarch of the family, described the experience on a local news channel, saying that her son could have been killed when the entity overturned his cot.

Madame Turner

Location: Little Busby (Yorkshire) - Busby Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Once seen in the kitchen drinking tea, the phantom Madame Turner was also said to haunt the corridors of her former home and the road leading to the hall.

Headless Woman

Location: Carlton (Yorkshire) - Vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: This site was said to be haunted by a murdered woman whose headless ghost walked the area, although any witness accounts appear to be scarce.


Location: Melsonby (Yorkshire) - Berry Well (may no longer exist)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This well was haunted by a ghostly entity which had taken the form of a white goose.

Two Walking Women

Location: Maxton (Borders) - Triangular field in the area (formally?) known as Bowbrig Syke
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: For around a hundred years two ghostly women would walk around this field arm in arm, from dusk until dawn before vanishing. When the road nearby was being repaired, two female skeletons were discovered, after which the ghosts never appeared again.

Greed isn't Good

Location: Sexhow (Yorkshire) - Unnamed farm in the area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Likely pre-nineteenth century
Further Comments: The ghost of a recently deceased woman appeared to a farmer and asked him to dig up her hidden treasure - he could keep all the silver, but had to give all the gold to her niece. The farmer dug up the treasure, but kept it all to himself. The woman returned and haunted him day and night until he died soon after, her ghost witnessed by neighbours just prior to the farmer's body being found on his horse.

Sounds of Battle

Location: Neville's Cross (Durham) - Neville's Cross (ruins)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century
Further Comments: A local piece of folklore once said that whoever walked around the cross nine times before resting their head on the ground could hear the sounds of battle.


Location: Rinns of Islay (Highland) - Small island off Rinns of Islay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: There are several entities said to haunt this small island, including a mermaid, the sound of rattling chains, and water horses. A woman supervising cattle on the island was attacked by something tall and hairy, with no skin upon its face. She managed to survive by creating a circle and remaining inside it.

Banshee in Green

Location: Dornoch (Highland) - Loch Nigdal (granite rock)
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The banshee which reputedly lives here is clad in green silks. A farmer's wife who spotted the entity said it sat quietly on a rock, had long blonde hair and was quite beautiful, although it had no nose.


Location: Cheviot Hills (Northumberland) - Amongst the crags
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: The ghostly figure said to haunt this range of hills was thought to be a Border Reiver, a raider who hid their treasures in the crags.

Hob Headless

Location: Hurworth-on-Teas (Durham) - Road between village and Neasham
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Circa Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This brownie-related entity lived along this road until exorcised; cast under a stone where he had to remain for ninety-nine years and a day. Needless to say, this time has now expired but the entity appears quiet.


Location: Chatton (Northumberland) - Hazelrigg area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A troublemaking entity, the Dunnie was said to take the form of a horse and allow itself to be ridden, only to disappear when the rider was above a muddy puddle.


Location: Glen Devon (Perth and Kinross) - Unknown residence
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A Brownie left this residence in disgust after the homeowner left some new clothes out for the entity to wear.

Girl in White

Location: Hartlepool (Durham) - Private residence, A1049 area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003-2005
Further Comments: A property in this area was said to be haunted by a young girl in a white dress, seen by family members and at least one visitor.

Fear Gortach

Location: Bantry Bay (County Cork) - Hungry Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Hill still present
Further Comments: People who walk across a patch of Fear Gortach (hungry grass) are said to become insatiably hungry. The grass is thought to be either created by fairies upset at a person's lack of generosity, or cursed by the Fear Gorta, the hungry man, an unshriven corpse who walks the land. The hill here was said to have several patches of the hungry grass.

Famine Dead

Location: Aughagreagh (County Longford) - Wall in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1950
Further Comments: A witness walked past a woman and two children who sat quietly on a wall. The witness knew them to be victims of the Great Famine.

Foggy Figure

Location: Northampton (Northamptonshire) - St Giles' Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1965
Further Comments: A schoolboy and his friends spotted the upper half of a 'foggy grey' figure in front of the alter, moving towards the windows of the church. The witnesses all fled.


Location: Smalley (Derbyshire) - Former Old Nag's Head public house (closed)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2013
Further Comments: Walking past this derelict site, a witness spotted a female figure standing by the window who vanished soon after.


Location: Swindon (Wiltshire) - Stratton Scout hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: Two scout leaders were said to have heard footsteps walking through the empty hall.


Location: Carlisle (Cumbria) - Diesel Loco 37069
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While running as Thornaby TMD, this locomotive was said to be haunted by a driver who was killed when an object smashed through the window. The horn is still said to blow unaided and a phantom figure reputed to occasional appear.

Gravity Hill

Location: High Beach (Essex) - Hangman's Hill, Epping Forest
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A local legend says that cars are pushed uphill by the ghost of a person who committed suicide by hanging, or by a phantom hangman who went on a killing spree. Either way, the anti-gravity effect is caused by an environmental optical illusion...


Location: Odiham (Hampshire) - RAF Odiham, Airman's Mess
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1991, around 03:00h
Further Comments: Working in the building when it was locked up, one witness heard footsteps near the back of the building. Rushing to investigate, nothing was found and all doors were secure. Footsteps were also heard coming from the kitchen on a different occasion - people investigating approached from the two exits to ensure the intruder could not escape, but no one was there.


Location: Sheffield (Yorkshire) - Wardsend Cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that the site is haunted by a boy whose body was snatched in 1862. However, the bodysnatching accusations made at the time were later proven false - it is unclear whether the ghost story is a modern creation.

Lucy and Friend

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon (Warwickshire) - Mercure Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: A number of entities are said to haunt this location. A member of staff claimed to have spotted an old soldier running down a corridor, while Lucy haunts one of the rooms, having committed suicide after an assault.


Location: Bath (Somerset) - Duelling ground, Victoria Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This former duelling site is said to be haunted by a sword handling Dueller. The whispers of the deceased fighters and strange mist are said to emerge from a nearby holly bush.


Location: Menston (Yorkshire) - Staff canteen at High Royds Hospital
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Early evening, early 1990s
Further Comments: A witness said hello to a long term patient who, known for hardly ever speaking, waved back. The witness later found out the patient had actually died a week prior to the encounter. The patient had looked completely 'normal'.

Dog Walker

Location: Cockermouth (Cumbria) - Castlegate Drive
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Walking to catch a bus early one morning, two men spotted another man in period clothing walking a lurcher-type dog. Laughing and believing that he was coming back from a fancy dress party, the two men turned and continued to watch the man as he walked up a hill. However, he slowly disappeared, as if walking up a hill with a shallower gradient.


Location: Blackpool (Lancashire) - Promenade
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 August 2014
Further Comments: While walking along the promenade, a witness watched as a cyclist slowly approached him. The witness looked away for a moment, and when looking back ready to move out of the way, the cyclist had vanished, with no visible exits for them to have taken. After the sighting, the witness realised that the cyclist and his bike had been a single colour, either dark blue or grey.


Location: Swanley (Kent) - Private residence, Rowan Road
Type: Other
Date / Time: April 2015
Further Comments: Local news carried the story of a woman who claimed that the ghost of her mother could be seen peering out of a window in her former property on Google Earth, although the image is more likely to be pareidolia.


Location: Swanley (Kent) - Field in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: This area is reputedly haunted by a gamekeeper wearing a long brown coat and tricorn hat, killed after accidently stepping on a mantrap that he had set to catch poachers.


Location: Rudgwick (Sussex) - Downs link footpath about halfway between Rudgwick and Slinfold
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: Two women walking along this path heard the 'click-clacking' of a train along the track slowly rising in volume and the whistle belonging to an old fashioned steam locomotive. The sounds faded away. The site once had a railway line running through it, although it closed in 1965.

Hovering Hitchhiker

Location: Nobber (County Meath) - Country lane in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local myth says that two people in a car stopped to offer a man standing by the roadside a lift, believing him to be a hitchhiker. The person on the passenger side then noticed the figure was hovering above the ground. The people drove away at speed.

Lisle's Soldiers

Location: North Nibley (Gloucestershire) - Michael Wood and M5 motorway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: The site of the Battle of Nibley Green where the armies of Thomas Talbot (2nd Viscount Lisle) and William Berkeley (2nd Baron Berkeley) fought is said to be haunted. Lisle lost the battle, and local stories say his dead soldiers were buried in a mass grave in the woodland. It is also said that no birds sing in the woods. During the 1980s it was reported that a driver spotted ghostly soldiers fighting on the embankment.

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