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Location: Elvaston (Derbyshire) - Elvaston Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Women unknown, man in rags in 2010
Further Comments: Maria, former wife of the 4th Earl of Harrington, is said to manifest as a white lady who gazes from a window or walks around the area with a pale dog. A grey woman is also said to haunt the area, and in 2010 is was said that a family spotted a man in ragged clothing in nearby woodland who suddenly vanished.


Location: SW11 (Greater London) - Old Station Masters House, Clapham Junction (now a ticket office)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1994-1995
Further Comments: A former worker at this building said a priest was called to cleanse the poltergeist at work here, after being plagued by bangs, vanishing items and the smell of ironing and pipe tobacco.

Tall Figure

Location: Wrexham (Clwyd) - Oak Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999, early evening
Further Comments: A driver and passenger driving along this road watched a tall dark figure cross the road ahead of them. The figure appeared to be hovering.


Location: Upholland (Lancashire) - House next to the White Lion Inn (house demolished during 1930s)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa 1904
Further Comments: This noisy haunting centred around two boys who lived at the site, and consisted of strange sounds and knocking which emerged in the corners of rooms. Lights would also flash in some of the rooms, although the property had no electricity.

Cedar of Lebanon

Location: Bretby (Derbyshire) - Tree on the grounds of Bretby Hospital (no longer standing)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Tree felled during 1950s
Further Comments: A local legend said that Lady Margaret had thrown herself off a tower here, her blood spilling on the tree which resulted in it being cursed. If a branch fell from the tree, a member of the family residing at the hall was said to die soon after.

Woman in Floral Dress

Location: Bretby (Derbyshire) - Mount Road and Ashby Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: A local newspaper carried two stories about drivers who had spotted a woman in a floral dress standing on the roadside. On one occasion she stood with a bicycle. As one driver passed her, they looked in their rear view mirror and noticed that she had vanished.

Betty Potter

Location: Boxted (Essex) - Bend in the road close to Boxted Road, known as Betty Potter's Dip
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 21 October, midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Hanged from a tree for witchcraft (or she committed suicide, depending on the story), Betty is said to return once a year to the site of her death.

Unbottled Ghost

Location: Welton (Northamptonshire) - Field next to the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, likely to be pre twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost in a field by the church was said to have been tricked into a bottle by members of the local clergy who cast it into a well. The ghost managed to escape and continued to haunt the area.

Two White Ladies

Location: Ruston (Northamptonshire) - Site of St Peter's church (demolished 1799)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa early twentieth century
Further Comments: One of these phantoms was said to be a jilted Italian princess, the other Lady Cullen, who was cursed by the former woman while they both lived. There were also stories of the site being haunted by a coach and horses, which once a year tore through the area and would vanish at Lady Cullen's grave.

Beast with Horse's Head

Location: Kilkee (County Clare) - Off coast and near location known as Diamond Rocks
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1850 and September 1871
Further Comments: A sea monster spotted several times during the nineteenth century was reported to have a head similar to a horse, a mane of sea-weed, and a large body which was hidden under the water.

Lady's Well

Location: Woolpit (Suffolk) - Spring in meadow close to the church, currently a nature reserve
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A spring on this site was said to heal sore eyes.

Flitting Woman

Location: Dallinghoo (Suffolk) - Lanes in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century
Further Comments: A widow by the name of Shawe was said to have killed herself by slitting her throat, after which she took to the lanes in the area, flitting around without visible feet.


Location: Aldeburgh (Suffolk) - Coast
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century
Further Comments: Much of Aldeburgh has been taken by the sea, leading to the belief that the bells from sunken churches could sometimes be heard under the waves.


Location: Felixstowe (Suffolk) - Coast off Old Felixstowe
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century
Further Comments: It was believed that the bells from sunken churches could be heard ringing off the coast here.

Galley Trot

Location: Woodbridge (Suffolk) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown, but prior to twentieth century
Further Comments: The large demonic dog once reported around Woodbridge was white and as large as a cow. The creature was said to give chase if people fled from it.

Goat Headed Monster

Location: River Stour (Suffolk) - Exact location not known (and possible that it is not the Suffolk Stour)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1500s?
Further Comments: Taken from 'Suffolk', by Lady Eveline Camilla (Newton) Gurdon: Fishers toke a disfigured divell, in a certain Stoure (which is a mighty gathering togither of waters from some narrow lake of the sea), a horrible monster with a goat's head, and eyes shyning lyke fyre, whereuppon they were all afrayde and ranne awaye ; and that ghoste plunged himselfe under the ice, and running tippe and downe in the stoure made a terrible noyse and sound.

Edmund's Head

Location: Hoxne (Suffolk) - Woodland, exact location not known
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Possibly November 869
Further Comments: After Edmund of East Anglia (later known as St Edmund) was defeated in battle, his enemies removed his head and hid it in the deepest part of the forest. Edmund's supporters tried to find the head but were unable to do so, until they called out 'where are you?' and heard the reply 'here!'. The supporters followed the voice and found his head, protected by a wolf that allowed them to take the missing piece of Edmund back to his body.

Robin's Well

Location: Aynho (Northamptonshire) - Spring known as Puck Well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century, current status unknown
Further Comments: Robin Goodfellow and this friends were thought to frequent this spring.

Spring Warning

Location: Boughton (Northamptonshire) - Field, exact location not known, but close to Kingsthorpe Road
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Nineteenth century, current status unknown
Further Comments: This spring would mostly be dry, but when it did run, it pumped out vast quantities of water. It was considered an omen of death or of troublesome times.

Lancaster Bomber

Location: Rowsley (Derbyshire) - Road by an unnamed retail outlet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 03 August 2015
Further Comments: Richard and Helen Jephson were reported in local news as having witnessed a Lancaster bomber which flew low and silent above them. They expected the aircraft to crash into a nearby wooded area, but it did not happen.

RAF Pilot

Location: Belsay (Northumberland) - A696, just outside of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2015
Further Comments: Media outlets reported that Rob Davies and Chris Felton had filmed a figure which resembled a 'RAF pilot' standing on the roadside late at night. Although the footage was poor, the witnesses said the figure was dressed all in beige and held his arm out as if hitchhiking. When they turned the car around and drove back for another look, the figure had vanished.


Location: St Monans (Fife) - Newark Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2015
Further Comments: A photograph taken by Lenny Low was claimed to contain the ghost of a fisherwoman, although the image may have caught a real person or a case of pareidolia.

Wicked Ghost

Location: Llandegla (Clwyd) - River Alyn and rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century (or prior to)
Further Comments: Not much is known about this entity which was banished from the rectory by a man named Griffiths, and buried in a box under a rock by the river.

Epilepsy Cure

Location: Llandegla (Clwyd) - St Tecla's Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Well still present
Further Comments: This well was said to cure epilepsy by washing in its waters after sunset, making an offering of fourpence, walking around the well while reciting the Lord's Prayer, and then sleeping under the alter using a bible for a pillow (all while holding a cockerel if a man, or a hen if a woman).


Location: Southam (Warwickshire) - Olde Mint (now a public house)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This medieval building, and a neighbouring building, were said to be haunted by a servant who could be heard but not seen.

Healing Water

Location: Drumlanrig (Dumfries and Galloway) - Dhu Loch (aka Black Loch)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Nineteenth century belief
Further Comments: The water here could be taken and used for healing if a ritual was followed. An article of clothing from the sick person had to be thrown into the loch over the left shoulder before water scooped up into a vessel which was not allowed to touch the ground. Turning from the loch 'sun-ways', the person holding the water would not be able to speak or lock back at anyone until at the home of the diseased.

Haunted for Hire

Location: Beaumaris (Gwynedd) - Gaol
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2015
Further Comments: The goal featured in local news after it was reported to be opening its doors to ghost hunters to raise additional funds. The building had previously featured in Most Haunted.


Location: Warrington (Cheshire) - Black Horse Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One story says that the area around the inn is haunted by a stumbling and / or crawling figure who vanishes when approached. Some name him as Giles Boston, mortally injured during a fight with Royalist troops.


Location: Stratford Upon Avon (Warwickshire) - River Avon
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that the river is haunted by a woman who stands waist-deep in the water.


Location: Dovercourt (Essex) - Private residence, Manor Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009
Further Comments: A local news outlet reported that the Hampton family's home was haunted, possibly by a monk which was seen in the back garden. Footsteps and other sounds were also heard on the property.


Location: Dovercourt (Essex) - Beach
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Several dates, circa 2015
Further Comments: A resident living close to the beach reported hearing a particular tune being whistled on the beach in the early hours of the morning, although nobody would ever been seen.

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.

Landing Activity

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.

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