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Man in Uniform

Location: Plymouth (Devon) - White Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2017
Further Comments: A man dressed in a First World War uniform was watched by a couple as he walked along the lane before vanishing at the end of the road.


 
Young Man

Location: Plymouth (Devon) - West Hoe Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s?
Further Comments: Local legend say a ghostly man has been seen walking along a wall in the park.


 
Dock Workers

Location: Plymouth (Devon) - Royal William Yard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Victorian dockyard, now a business hub, is reputedly home to phantom former dock workers who can be heard banging and clanging after dark.


 
Modern Myth?

Location: Sefton (Lancashire) - Church and roads in the area
Type: Werewolf
Date / Time: 1970s - 1990s
Further Comments: First hand accounts appear to be rare, but one story says a nurse and her taxi driver both spotted a werewolf in this area.


 
Woman in White

Location: Telford (Shropshire) - Arleston Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2008
Further Comments: Travelling along the road, a driver and his passenger spotted a white glowing figure which crossed the road ahead of their car. The figure broke apart as if made from dandelion seeds. The driver said that the figure he observed was in her mid 20s, although the passenger described her as looking old and evil.


 
Woman in Old Fashioned Clothing

Location: Carlisle (Cumbria) - Private flats, Norfolk Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: The man who spotted the woman in old fashioned clothing originally mistook her for a real person. She ignored his greeting and she walked into a room. The witness later found out the room she entered was padlocked and deserted, and hadn't been unlocked for many years.


 
Noises

Location: Drogheda (County Louth) - Newtown Meadows estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2012
Further Comments: Boyne Paranormal Investigators visited the mostly deserted estate after four houses were reported to have strange events occurring within, including toys which would turn themselves on, banging, and the sounds of people moving around in empty rooms.


 
White Figure

Location: Guildford (Surrey) - Heading towards town on Crocknorth Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 January 2018, 02:10h
Further Comments: Three out of four occupants of a vehicle watched a white figure cross the road ahead, the driver hitting the brakes believing someone had cross the road. As the occupants looked back, no one could be seen.


 
Highwayman

Location: Durham (Durham) - A1 heading towards Durham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: A horse-mounted highwayman stood on the roadside, looking towards Durham. The legs of the horse vanished at the knee, and the ghost vanishes if approached.


 
Man in Trilby

Location: Tivetshall St Mary (Norfolk) - Road by ruined church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 10 June 2016, around 23:00h
Further Comments: A witness who spotted a ghostly man in an old fashioned suit and trilby hat was later told the entity was a man who was killed by a car on the spot during the 1950s.


 
Not Swans

Location: Gorleston (Norfolk) - Pond in private garden
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1989
Further Comments: Two children climbed the fence to a garden after spotting what they thought were two swans swimming in the misty waters of a pond. They stopped approaching when they realised the shapes were actually a white horse struggling in the water. The strange sight vanished.


 
Horses

Location: Bellingham (Northumberland) - Brownrigg school (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1984
Further Comments: Three girls unable to sleep in their dorm one night all heard the thunderous sound of horses and the clanking of metal pass through the room. One witness said they were so terrified they did not dare open their eyes.


 
Footsteps

Location: Ipswich (Suffolk) - Isaacs public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December 2017
Further Comments: While alone in the gents' toilets, one man heard the door open and close and heavy booted footsteps approach. Then, after hearing a loud sigh in his ear, the witness turned but to see who had come in, but realised he was alone.


 
Flying Bottle

Location: Bargoed (Gwent) - Private Villa
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: The family here heard footsteps, and experienced lights switching on and off, electrical cables being tugged by an unseen force, and one member having a glass bottle thrown at them.


 
Mischievous Entity

Location: Selsey (Sussex) - Private bungalow, Seal Road
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: February 1958
Further Comments: The polt who stayed here for a short time would move the hands of the clock, knock on wooden surfaces and move items around.


 
Woman with Horse

Location: Harperley (Durham) - Entrance of Harperley Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s, 02:00h
Further Comments: While driving by the entrance of the hall, a police inspector spotted a horse being led by a lady with a bonnet and old fashioned clothing. He turned his car around for a second look, but both the animal and woman had vanished.


 
Soldiers

Location: Derby (Derbyshire) - Hair salon, Sadler Gate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: The owner of this salon claimed that the sound of marching soldiers could be heard in the shop, the sounds perhaps connected to the legend of secret tunnels running from the area to the cathedral.


 
Glowing Windows

Location: Hampreston (Dorset) - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Named as haunted by Elliott O'Donnell, though the ghost hunter admitted that the windows which sometimes glowed at night could just be reflecting the light of the moon.


 
Horses

Location: Tarset (Northumberland) - Tarset Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: There is said to be a secret passage connected this site and Dally Castle, with phantom horses heard running the route at midnight.


 
Accessed by Dreams?

Location: Staward Wood (Northumberland) - Staward Pele (aka Staward-le-Pele)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Folklore says that gold and silver had been found in the area after the searchers had had dreams and visions.


 
Robin of Redesdale

Location: Redesdale (Northumberland) - Statue which stood on around Watling Street area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Statue no longer present (destroyed pre-nineteenth century?)
Further Comments: The statue formerly known as Robin of Redesdale was said to be that of a hunter, a giant who lived in the neighbourhood, who was poisoned by his brother.


 
Enchanted Percy

Location: Henhole (Northumberland) - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A member of the House of Percy ventured into a cave in this area, only to be enchanted and petrified. He can be released by the sound of a bugle.


 
Waiting Hunter

Location: Hartley (Northumberland) - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An enchanted hunter and his hounds sit under the village, waiting to be woken by means unknown.


 
Fairy Stone

Location: Fourstones (Northumberland) - Exact area no longer known, was on the south edge of the village
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Last seen in nineteenth century
Further Comments: The village is said to have taken its name from four stones, either holy or Roman in nature, which marked the four corners of the village. One of the stones was said to carry messages to and from fairies, and had a small recess in which small pieces of paper could be left.


 
Ella

Location: Elsdon (Northumberland) - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Legend says the town is named after Ella, a Danish giant who terrorised the area and reduced the city to the village it is now.


 
Protection Cross

Location: Dilston (Northumberland) - Maiden's Walk
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Circa 1715
Further Comments: As James Radclyffe, 3rd Earl of Derwentwater, rested under some trees the evening before joining the Jacobites, a phantom woman in grey visited him. The woman handed James a crucifix, saying it would protect him against bullets and swords.


 
St Catherine's Throw

Location: Mottistone (Isle of Wight) - Long Stone
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: To see who should control the island, stones were thrown by St Catherine and the Devil. St Catherine's stone travelled the furthest, with the Devil's landing a little way behind.


 
Murdered Chieftain

Location: Haydon Bridge (Northumberland) - Cummings Cross
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Cummings, a Northern chieftain who met with King Arthur, was given a golden cup as a token of friendship. Depending on which version of legend you believe, on the way back to his camp the chieftain was murdered for the cup, by either his own sons or those of Arthur. When Arthur found out, he erected a cross to remember the chieftain.


 
Sewingshield Castle

Location: Haydon Bridge (Northumberland) - Sewingshield Crags
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sewingshield Castle, demolished in the nineteenth century, was one of King Arthur's temporary homes. It is also one of the places where Arthur, Guinevere and many knights rest under the earth, waiting until needed.


 
Giant Cow

Location: Corbridge (Northumberland) - Banks of the river
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1660
Further Comments: A giant skeleton, around 6.5 metres in length, which was dug up on the banks of the river was believed (at the time) to belong to a rather large cow.


 
Witchy Neighbourhood

Location: Acklington (Northumberland) - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Circa Nineteenth century
Further Comments: The people from this area had a reputation as being practitioners of witchcraft.


 
Perceval Reed

Location: River Rede (Northumberland) - Between Todlaughhaw and Pringlehaugh (neither place may exist - not on contemporary maps)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Reed was killed by a member of a rival family, tricked into firing a musket which backfired. His ghost took many forms, although was frequently seen wandering the same five mile stretch along the river after being laid by a local man. By one account, the ghost was cursed to bow a finite number of times to the living - this it archived and left, but not before killing the person responsible for binding it along that stretch of river.


 
Murdered Victims

Location: Gilsland (Northumberland) - Pond close to Mumps Hall, former inn, aka Mumps's Ha (site unlikely to exist)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Meg Teasdale, a former landlady, was believed to have drugged and murdered several guests, disposing of the bodies in the local pond. A glowing ball of light which would occasionally manifest over the water was thought to be a spirit of the dead.


 
Flower of the Well

Location: Wark on Tyne (Northumberland) - Three wells, were known as Old Kirk Well, High Well and Riverside Well)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 01 January (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Villagers would visit the wells on New Year's morning in the hope of being the first to sip the waters and obtaining 'the Flower of the Well', a supernatural gift which enabled the bestowed to fly and pass through keyholes, amongst other abilities.


 
Waters of Luck

Location: Bertley (Northumberland) - Village well (may no longer exist)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Miners would visit this well during the early hours of New Year's Day to fill their flasks, as it was believed any household which housed the water throughout the year would have luck bestowed upon it.


 
Wishing Well

Location: Alnwick (Northumberland) - Pin Well (was in parkland, not known if it still exists)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Tradition said that you wishes would come true if you walking three times around the well before leaping across it and dropping in a pin.


 
Witches' Obelisk

Location: Hartley (Northumberland) - Old Hartley Standing Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A local piece of folklore said that if you ran around the menhir seven times while holding your breath, the witch would appear.


 
Dancing Women

Location: Nympsfield (Gloucestershire) - Unknown hill in the area
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: A teenager standing on this hill looked down into a clearing in the woodland to see women in period costume. They appeared to be wearing very tall cone hats and dancing. The women vanished without warning.


 
Lady in Grey

Location: Norwich (Norfolk) - Tombland
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 18 April 2015, circa 23:15h
Further Comments: A couple walking their dog at night encountered a woman wearing layers of old fashioned grey dresses with a torn white apron. The woman wore an eye mask, which the witnesses believed prevented her from seeing where she was walking.


 
Rattling Buckets

Location: Aughagreagh (County Longford) - Flooded Sheugh
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A child carrying beer from the local pub to his home fell into the ditch and drowned after consuming much of his cargo. The rattling of his buckets could be heard in the area.


 
Maggoty Johnson

Location: Gawsworth (Cheshire) - Maggoty Wood
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Maggoty Wood takes its name from Samuel Johnson, England's last professional jester, who is buried in the wood. A legend says that he appears to anyone who walks around the grave twelve times.


 
Builder

Location: Dundalk (County Louth) - Roche Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Rohesia de Verdon promised a builder that if he constructed her a castle, he could marry her. By the time construction was complete, Rohesia had changed her mind and had the builder thrown out of a high window and he died on the rocks below. His ghost can be heard moaning from beneath the window.


 
Betty

Location: Rochdale (Lancashire) - Owd Betts public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Betty, or 'Owd Betts, was the landlady at the pub during the mid nineteenth century. After her death is was believed that she remained on the site, occasionally heard walking around the site while looking out for bar staff.


 
Figure in Black

Location: East Dereham (Norfolk) - Cinema at the Corn Exchange
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977
Further Comments: While converting the basement into a bar, builders spotted a figure in black which mysteriously vanished behind a column. It was said that some workers refused to work on the site alone.


 
Dazzling Figure

Location: Mountrath (County Laois) - Old barracks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Midday, 1986
Further Comments: A dazzling, coloured figure was seen standing in the second floor window of the old barracks by two brothers as they walked towards the building. More curious than scared, they investigated the site and realised there were no floors inside, so nowhere the figure could have stood.


 
Bangs

Location: Wakefield (Yorkshire) - Black Horse public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2017
Further Comments: After reporting bangs on the walls and the sound of footsteps, the pub called in the 'Soul Reaper' paranormal group who claimed the site was haunted by Hannah, who was killed by a bear close to the site.


 
Strange Sounds

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Police station, Canterbury Road (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Although some believed the strange sounds heard at the police station to have been created by an old heating system, it was reported that some officers refused to work there at night.


 
Sisters

Location: Swarkestone (Derbyshire) - Swarkestone Bridge
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sisters who built this bridge are said to haunt it, while others say phantom horsemen from Bonnie Prince Charlie's army can be heard crossing.


 
Lady Agatha?

Location: Wroxall (Warwickshire) - Wroxall Abbey Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The 'haunted' status of this hotel appears mainly to be limited to review websites, with one person providing the name Lady Agatha as the entity.


 
Victorian Lady

Location: Hennock (Devon) - Palk Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several people over the years are said to have seen a woman in Victorian clothing while in the pub. As with many other public houses, mild poltergeist activity has been experienced by staff, such as a flying glass and closing doors.


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