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Lifting Ring

Location: Denton (Lincolnshire) - Welby vault in the church
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1815
Further Comments: The iron ring on the door of the Welby vault was said to raise and fall unaided prior to a death in the family. It was last seen to move by the family's governess, just prior to Sir William dying. The ring was removed shortly after the death.


 
Future Dead

Location: Burton (Lincolnshire) - Church
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: 24 April (St Mark's Eve) (reoccurring), 1634
Further Comments: This church is another site where two men are said to have stayed awake until midnight on St Mark's Eve to see if the legend about the manifestation of apparitions of those due to die over the forthcoming twelve months was true. It was.


 
Neighbours

Location: Haxey (Lincolnshire) - Church
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: 24 April (St Mark's Eve) (reoccurring), but year of event unknown
Further Comments: Two men camped out by the porch to see if the legend was true; whether the phantom's of people due to die over the following twelve months would appear upon this night. One man fell asleep, the other watched as the ghostly manifestations of neighbours he recognised, including the man sleeping next to him, walked through the porch. Sure enough, everyone he had seen died over the year.


 
Shag Foal

Location: Roxby (Lincolnshire) - Road formally known as Goosey Lane (and/or Boggart Lane)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1830
Further Comments: A ghostly donkey covered in long shaggy hair was said to haunt this lane


 
Shaggy Foal

Location: Kirton in Lindsay (Lincolnshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Some point between 1842 - 1847
Further Comments: A large, shaggy, donkey-like entity was seen in this area.


 
The Spittal Hill Tut

Location: Freiston (Lincolnshire) - Spittal Hill Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Nicknamed the Spittal Hill Tut, this ghostly entity would take the form of a small horse. The entity grabbed one man passing through the area on horseback, almost crushing him to death. Some believed the Tut existed to protect some treasure concealed beneath the hill.


 
Tatter Foal

Location: Barton-upon-Humber (Lincolnshire) - General area
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: The Devil was said to occasional visit this area in the form of a rough looking horse.


 
Suicide

Location: Scunthorpe (Lincolnshire) - Hill in Yaddlethorpe area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1854
Further Comments: This hill traditionally had a reputation for being haunted and oppressive. When the hill was being lowered in 1854, a skeleton was discovered with an oak stake through its chest. The remains were taken to a local churchyard and reburied.


 
Green Lady

Location: Wrangle (Lincolnshire) - Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa early nineteenth century
Further Comments: This phantom green lady was said, on one occasion, to have left behind a memento in the form of a ring, although what happened to the jewellery is not known.


 
Loud Spirit

Location: Tupholme (Lincolnshire) - Cottage (demolished 1840)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1840
Further Comments: After a widower remarried, his former wife began to haunt their old home until her spirit was banished into a box by a clergyman. The spirit remained quiet until the widower died and the cottage was demolished - during the destruction, the box containing the spirit was damaged and the entity emerged with such vigour that the workmen fled.


 
Mrs Slarum

Location: Northorpe (Lincolnshire) - Northorpe Old Hall (currently in ruins)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: The ghostly Mrs Slarum was said to walk around wearing a stiff silk dress.


 
Headless Woman

Location: Messingham (Lincolnshire) - Area south of Bridge over Bottesford Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Not much is known about this headless woman. Other than one witness mistook the reflection of the moon in water as the entity.


 
Always There

Location: Kirton in Lindsey (Lincolnshire) - Unnamed grass field
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown (!)
Further Comments: An old folk tale says that a field in this area is haunted and that the ghost is always visible.


 
Slain Dragon

Location: Buslingthorpe (Lincolnshire) - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A member of the Buslingthorpe family was said to have killed a dragon in this area, and was awarded a large amount of the land for the act of bravery.


 
Future Husband

Location: North Kelsey (Lincolnshire) - The Maiden Well (spring, current operational status not known)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 24 April (ritual had to be done on St Mark's Eve)
Further Comments: It was possible to see one's future husband by walking backwards up to and around the spring three times before kneeling down and gazing into the water.


 
Headless Jenny

Location: Hibaldstow (Lincolnshire) - Jenny Stanny Well (current condition not known)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Jenny Stannywell drowned in the waters of this well and now wanders the area holding her head under her arm.


 
Red Caps

Location: Beelsby (Lincolnshire) - Unnamed field in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: In an unnamed field in this area treasure is reputedly buried. Two fairy-like entities wearing red caps are said to occasionally appear, searching for the hoard.


 
Little Workers

Location: Crowle (Lincolnshire) - Unfinished road (now likely to be finished)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmer met a man who said that he could complete the construction of an unfinished road out of the village if the farmer promised not to watch. The farmer agreed but sneaked a peek, spotting dozens of little men working on the road. In an instant, the little men vanished. It was said that the road could never be finished, although after a quick look on Google Maps, this author was unable to spot an unfinished road.


 
Dying Cattle

Location: Crowle (Lincolnshire) - Field containing a large stone (no longer present?)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large stone, known as the Black Stone, on a farmer's field was said to be cursed - if moved, the farmer's cattle would all die. Someone stole the stone, and as forewarned, all the cattle died. The stone, however, was returned soon after.


 
Kings of Europe

Location: Sleaford (Lincolnshire) - Coffin sized stones on Ewerby Waithe Common
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stones no longer present
Further Comments: An old folktale said that the coffin-sized stones which once lay upon this common land marked the location where the kings of England, France and Spain all lay down. Another story said the stones had been dropped by a passing witch.


 
Horse

Location: Odstock (Wiltshire) - Lane adjoining St Marys Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 June 2017
Further Comments: A woman in the sitting in the passenger side of a car opened her window as the vehicle left the church. Suddenly both the woman and driver heard a horse trotting alongside the vehicle, even though no animal could be seen. As the vehicle reached the main road, the trotting ceased.


 
Nell Gwynne

Location: Redbourne (Lincolnshire) - Red Lion public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is almost as if every site Nell Gwynne visited she haunts.


 
Sally Smith

Location: Scunthorpe (Lincolnshire) - Brumby Wood Hall (private residence)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sally was both the housekeeper at the hall and mistress of owner Thomas Pindar. She was said to have committed suicide after Thomas died and left her nothing in his will. Her ghost was said to walk the corridors.


 
Grey Figure

Location: Scunthorpe (Lincolnshire) - Britannia Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A dark grey shape was said to haunt this hotel, as well as the more traditional poltergeist which would turn beer pumps off and on.


 
Space Man

Location: Rainham (Kent) - Sky above Medway
Type: UFO
Date / Time: May 2017
Further Comments: Mark Taylor photographed a strange man floating high in the sky. After local press picked up the story is was revealed the sighting occurred on the same day a child had their life-sized stormtrooper balloon swept away by the wind.


 
Large Man

Location: Hartlepool (Durham) - The Coble fish and chip restaurant, Tower Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2017
Further Comments: The local press reported that owner Ray Morton and other members of his team had experienced several spooky events, which included watching a large man walk through a wall and having electrical items switch themselves on and off.


 
Fleeing Nick

Location: Churt (Surrey) - Devil's Jumps (three hills in the area)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Hills still present
Further Comments: Local witch Mother Ludlam had her cauldron stolen by the Devil. As the Devil ran, every step he took created a great mound of earth.


 
Thor the Rock Thrower

Location: Treyford (Sussex) - Devil's Jumps (set of five barrows)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Barrows still present
Further Comments: The god Thor would sit on nearby Treyford Hill. One day the Devil came along and, in a fit of boredom, started to hop from one barrow to the next. This childishness annoyed Thor, who scared Old Nick off by throwing a rock at him.


 
Unknown Killers

Location: Papa Stour (Shetlands) - Across the island
Type: Other
Date / Time: Eighteenth century?
Further Comments: After midday, unknown entities would emerge from hiding and cross the island, looking for anyone who had wandered too far from town. They were said to be able to hurt or kill even the strongest man.


 
Hammering

Location: Stronsay (Orkney) - John Spence's house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: April - August 1791
Further Comments: Carpenter John Spence, and his wife, children and servant all heard hammering during the night, although no source could be tracked down. The sounds became louder over the months and were joined by the distressed moans. Eventually John invoked the Holy Trinity and commanded the entity to speak. After listening to further moans, the sounds ceased and never returned.


 
Wilkie

Location: Pierowall, Westray (Orkney) - Knoll in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century
Further Comments: Milk would be poured daily into a hole in this knoll, to appease the entity known as Wilkie. If anyone refused to donate their fair share, they risked clothing being stolen or their cattle dropping dead.


 
Harassed by Fairies

Location: Fetlar (Shetlands) - Unnamed disused watermills on the island, unlikely to still remain
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several abandoned watermills on the island were associated with myths, the most prevalent one being that fairies had driven the owners away.


 
Third Floor Ghost

Location: Galway (County Galway) - Subway sandwich shop
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: May 2017
Further Comments: This shop enjoyed a brief surge in online publicity when some news outlets showed a poster on display which stated 'Ouija boards and sťances are not allowed to be performed in this shop'. It was reported that the manager believed the third floor to be haunted and didn't want anyone attracting more ghosts.


 
Figure in Toilet

Location: Huddersfield (Yorkshire) - David Brown building, Park Works, Lockwood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2017
Further Comments: Owner of Colne Valley Auctions, Collin Hufton, claimed to have seen a ghostly figure in the toilets in this building. Another man reported watching a tap in the same room turn itself on.


 
Partick Poltergeist

Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - 23 Mansfield Street (since demolished)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1959 - 1961
Further Comments: The family living in this home experienced two years of inexplicable noises and constant coldness. They finally fled the site after watching a piece of coal levitate and drop back into a bucket, and a ghostly tall man standing over the children's bed.


 
Cloaked Figure

Location: Clearwell (Gloucestershire) - Clearwell Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: While recording 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' at the castle, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and another member of the band spotted a cloaked figure walk into a room. Iommi followed the figure to see who it was, but the room was empty.


 
Walking Stone

Location: Birsay (Orkney) - Standing Stone in the area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 31 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: At the stroke of midnight on Hogmanay, this stone would walk down to Birsay loch and would briefly dip its head into the water before moving back to its original location. Anyone foolish enough to try to observe the stone at this time would be found dead the following morning, laying by the base of the stone.


 
Bloody Corn

Location: Unst (Shetlands) - Swinaness
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area was said to have been the site of many gory battles. One farmer used the soil from the area to plant his corn, but come harvest, discovered that the stalks were filled with blood.


 
Knocking

Location: Waltham Abbey (Essex) - Royal Gunpowder Mills Museum
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: Over recent years this museum has become the haunt of ghost hunting groups which claim to have documented knocks and other strange happenings.


 
Princess

Location: Didcot (Oxfordshire) - Old Relay Room
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2000s
Further Comments: Crew on the nightshift were said to have heard footsteps and seen what appeared to be the imprints of high heeled shoes appear and disappear on the lino floor. The ghost was nicknamed Princess by staff.


 
Woman's Voice

Location: Canterbury (Kent) - Rowlands Bistro (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1980s / early 1990s
Further Comments: Locking up late one night with only one other person in the building, a member of staff in the office heard a disembodied woman's voice say 'I'll be there in a minute'. The witness quickly ran downstairs to find the waiter. The waiter himself stood in shock, having encountered a cold shape which had passed through him.


 
Marbles

Location: Petersfield (Hampshire) - Sun Inn (aka Green Dragon public house), no longer an inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: This pub was haunted by a number of strange sounds, including marble playing, running, and banging. Several witnesses watched a jug swinging on a hook with no obvious means of motion.


 
Ethelreda Malte

Location: St Catherine (Somerset) - St Catherine's Court
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: The illegitimate daughter of Henry VIII died here in 1599 and was said to still lurk the site. Thom Yorke claimed to have heard ghosts talk to him whilst on the site recording OK Computer.


 
Rowing Boat

Location: Lough Derg (County Donegal) - Waters of the lough
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: A phantom rowing boat was said to haunt this body of water, although no crew could ever be seen within. It would be accompanied with music and voices.


 
Man in Green

Location: River Glass (Highland) - General location
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom green man was said to have caused considerable upset to the neighbourhood.


 
Bean Nighe

Location: Lochslin (Highland) - Loch Eye, southern bank
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1742
Further Comments: The ghostly washer woman tending to blood covered clothing was spotted here by one witness a few hours prior to the local abbey roof collapsing, the accident killing thirty six people.


 
Kelpie

Location: Loch Glass (was known as Loch Glaish) (Highland) - Waters
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1730
Further Comments: This loch was named as another home for those pesky water horses.


 
Ermengarde

Location: Derwentwater (Cumbria) - St Herbert's Island
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Ermengarde attempted to seduce a local holy man - for the sin, her ghost was cursed to haunt the island.


 
Warning the Radcliffes'

Location: Derwentwater (Cumbria) - Shores of the lake
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to a family disaster
Further Comments: A tall figure draped in grey robes is supposed to manifest to warn the Radcliff family of any impending disaster.


 
Woman

Location: Chester Le Street (Durham) - River Wear
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, likely to be early twentieth century
Further Comments: A ghostly woman was said to haunt this stretch of waterway.


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