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Writing on the Wall

Location: Castletown (Isle of Man) - Building once used as staff accommodation
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: A former occupier of this building reported that the upper part of the building had an evil feeling, and some new staff would not spend more than a night there. One witness, alone in the building, took a shower. Returning to the bathroom a short time later to pick up their watch, they found vile words written in shaving foam on the walls. A priest was called who said that he felt a presence but it would not hurt anyone.


Napoleonic Figure

Location: Brixham (Devon) - Berry Head Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2013
Further Comments: A wedding guest was said to have seen a figure in Napoleonic clothing during the night. Local legend says that the building is haunted by the ghost of a soldier.


Drowned Lad

Location: Dearham (Cumbria) - Area around St Mungo's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The story of the area being haunted by a lad who drowned in the nearby river may date back dozens of years. A soaking wet boy was seen by one witness standing by a bus stop near the Sun Inn - after initially walking past, the witness turned to offer help to the dishevelled child, but he had vanished.


Vanishing Boy

Location: Bromsgrove (Hereford & Worcester) - Avoncroft Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 March 2013
Further Comments: While at an reenactment event, one participant spotted a boy standing by a fireplace in the Merchant's House. The boy was no older than thirteen, with shoulder length wavy hair, a red tunic and a brown leather belt around the waist. As the participant approached the boy, the young lad vanished.



Location: Barford (Norfolk) - Watton Road, between Barford and Kimberly
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 September 2013, 01:15h
Further Comments: A driver had to swerve to avoid three figures standing in the road. One wore a long red cloak, while the other two were dressed as eighteenth century footmen, The figures paid no attention to the car. The driver later contacted nearby Kimberly Hall to see if they had a fancy dress event on that evening - they had not.


Electrical Issues

Location: Swindon (Wiltshire) - Private residence, Middleleaze area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: February - July 2001
Further Comments: Although only renting the property for six months, a family reported a number of events which would only occur in the living room, including a TV which would stitch itself off, a telephone answering machine which played itself, dimming lights, a smoke alarm which would sound even when the power was disconnected, and the smell of a man's aftershave.



Location: Derby (Derbyshire) - Ye Olde Dolphin Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 February 2002
Further Comments: A family sitting at one table felt it move slightly, as if someone had bumped into it, although no one could be seen. At the same time a picture on the wall moved slightly. The inn is said to be haunted by a grey figure, seen in the restaurant.


Grey Lady

Location: Dawlish (Devon) - Former hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A grey lady was said to walk into wardrobes where she would disappear. Shadows were seen walking on the staircase and cold spots were also reported on the site.


Short Lady

Location: Yatesbury (Wiltshire) - Crossroads
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September or October 2012
Further Comments: Approaching the crossroads, a driver watched a white hazy woman wearing 'nun like' clothing step out of bushes and cross the road. As the car approached her, the woman stopped in the middle of the road, and turned and looked at the driver before vanishing. The driver said she stood around four foot seven inches tall and wearing pre-twentieth century clothing.



Location: Yatesbury (Wiltshire) - RAF Yatesbury
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to be a yearly occurrence
Further Comments: A ghostly bomber, covered in flames, is said to land on this airfield once a year (although the date is not known).


Black Cat

Location: Glen Prosen (Angus) - Wooded hill in the area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: June, mid 2000s, 15:00h
Further Comments: Disturbed by a loud scream, two walkers looked around and spotted a black cat, around four foot long with a long thick tail and shoulders that were higher than its body. The cat looked at the walkers then disappeared into the bushes. Dogs could then be heard barking in the distance from several directions.



Location: Ashton under Lyne (Lancashire) - House along Ellison Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1903
Further Comments: Said to have been seen by several people, a miner started to appear in this property, covered in coal dust and carrying a pickaxe. He was thought to be a man killed in the nearby pit whose family had recently moved out of the house.


Victorian Gentleman

Location: Cullercoats (Northumberland) - Dove Marine Laboratory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s - 1990s
Further Comments: Said to have been spotted by late working PhD students, a tall, dark Victorian looking figure wearing a top hat has been seen.


Water Water Everywhere

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Private residence, Walton
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1980s - 2010s
Further Comments: This property has been subjected to dozens of water related occurrences, including a leaking roof (although six roofers could not find a leak), water pouring through open windows, and an unexplained flood in the basement, where the water disappeared as quickly as it came.



Location: Ansty (Warwickshire) - Ansty Aerodrome
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996, 19:00h
Further Comments: A figure wearing a Second World War pilot's suit walked past one witness as he stood by a photocopier. The figure then passed through a pair of closed doors leading outside and disappeared in a field. The pilot is rumoured to be a Polish airman who hanged himself.


Jenkins Protheroe?

Location: Clifton (Somerset) - Clifton Down, Lady's Mile
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977, around 23:00h
Further Comments: A driver and passenger witnessed a dark figure standing in the middle of the road with long arms stretched out in a 'stand and deliver' stance. Several days later the driver found out about the ghost of Jenkins (or Jenkin) Protheroe, a former highwayman hanged in the area.


Young Girl in Black

Location: Gillingham (Kent) - Railway bridge along Woodlands Road, and Ferndale Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s - 1990s
Further Comments: A witness who asked this young girl in black clothing where she was going was told 'I'm going to church'. As the witness continued to watch the girl, she vanished. Later at work the witness mentioned the sighting to a couple who said they had also engaged the figure in conversation, who at the time had been sitting on a wall close to the railway bridge. A year later the witness briefly spotted the girl again, as he appeared and disappeared along Ferndale Road.


Older Woman

Location: Bolton (Lancashire) - Wilton Arms public house, Belmont Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1998
Further Comments: Sharing a drink with the landlord after locking up, a witness looked across to the fireplace and smiled at an older lady, between 60 and 70 years of age, who sat there. She smiled and nodded back. The witness continued drinking for a minute before realising that all the doors were locked. Turning back to talk to the woman, she had vanished - all doors remained locked and a search of the pub found no one.


Running Man

Location: Aller Cross (Devon) - A361
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 29 November 2013
Further Comments: A witness spotted a figure running on the top of the hill in the road, although when they reached the spot no one could be seen in any direction.



Location: Colchester (Essex) - Hippodrome (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Cleaners would say hello to George, a former worker at the site who was said to have fallen to his death many years previous. He would appear to one of the cleaners, while others would hear voices and knocking.


Darting Light

Location: Colchester (Essex) - Sky over Titania Close
Type: UFO
Date / Time: September or October 1976
Further Comments: A group of children playing football watched a light dart around the sky at incredible speed. It momentarily stopped moving before darting off once again in the direction of the A12 road. The light later returned to the area and was seen by other witnesses.


Elizabethan Man

Location: Quemerford (Wiltshire) - Road close to the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2013, 01:00h
Further Comments: A driver spotted a shadowy figure dressed in Guy Fawkes style clothing striding across the road in the early hours of the morning. The figure vanished before reaching the other side.


Woman Seeking Husband

Location: Blaby (Leicestershire) - Blaby Ford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 1995, around 20:30h
Further Comments: Two people driving to a party stopped at the forward to smoke. While sitting in the car they spotted the outline of a person wearing a long coat walking near a steep bank. They turned on the main lights of the car, but the figure had disappeared. They continued on to the party, and towards the end of the evening people started to discus local ghost stories, where one people told the story of the phantom woman which haunts Blaby Ford, looking for her husband who drowned in 1923.


Man Carrying Lantern

Location: Belper (Derbyshire) - Tants Meadow
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 13 March 2013, between 19:00h and 19:30h
Further Comments: A driver spotted a man carrying a lantern and wearing a black cape and old fashioned clothing. The figure also had the bottom half of his face covered.


Channel Hopper

Location: E17 (Greater London) - Private residence, Chingford Road, Walthamstow
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late twentieth / early twenty first century
Further Comments: A former resident report that, over a twenty year period, lights and electrical items would turn themselves on and off and the television would change channel by itself. A couple of times something could be felt sitting on the bed and a depression would be left.


Pink Light

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - Guest house in the area
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A guest here reported their room was filled with an intense pink light after they switched off the bedside lamp. When the lamp was turned on again, the pink light vanished.


George and Abby

Location: West Broughton (Sussex) - Manor house in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1986
Further Comments: Parents thought their young child's friends George and Abby where imaginary until the mother heard disembodied footsteps and another child was scared by an old woman dressed in black during a birthday party. The events ended after an exorcism and the house has been calm since. A couple of years later the parents met another former resident of the house who also had 'problems' with the house.



Location: Moreton (Somerset) - Chew Valley Lake, B3114 road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 05 June 1999
Further Comments: A driver and two passengers spotted a lady who appeared in the middle of the road and drifted across. She was said to have long, wet wavy hair and an old style dress. The driver pulled into a nearby pub and called the police. The driver later attended a historical / paranormal meeting where around twelve other people claimed to have seen the ghostly woman. Another witness believes that the ghost could be Catherine, who drowned near the site before the lake was created.


Exploding Bulbs

Location: Teignmouth (Devon) - Hawthorn Cottage
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1988-1993
Further Comments: According to the documentary 'Britain's Most Terrifying Ghost Stories', after cottage owner Fiona dug up several dead cats in the garden the property experienced a poltergeist-like outbreak, including electrical items which blew up or misbehaved and the apparitions of children in Fiona's bedroom. A priest carried out an exorcism which calmed things down until Fiona married and strange events started again. Local ghost hunter John Parker finally rid the site of the entity.


Knelling Woman

Location: Lydgate (Yorkshire) - St Ann's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2009
Further Comments: A freelance photographer caught a image of a misty woman knelling by a gravestone at this churchyard. He returned to the location - the grave at which the woman was photographed belonged to a child who died in the 1800s.


Hanging Man

Location: Radcliffe (Lancashire) - Radcliffe Infirmary Nurses Accommodation
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 2005
Further Comments: A resident reported spotting the ghostly figure of a man hanging by a rope in the corner of their room. The sighting was accompanied by a banging noise and a flashing light bulb.



Location: Moreton in Marsh (Gloucestershire) - Fosse Way, near railway bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: An old fashioned motorcycle ridden by a helmetless biker is said to haunt this stretch of the Fosse Way.



Location: Moreton in Marsh (Gloucestershire) - Lemington House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s?
Further Comments: The smell of orange blossom is said to have been detected by a number of visitors, although the source of the smell has never been discovered.


Grey Lady

Location: Cirencester (Gloucestershire) - Parish Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local myth states that this church is haunted by a grey lady.


Victorian Woman

Location: Stow on the Wold (Gloucestershire) - King's Arms hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: This old hotel is said to be haunted by a woman in Victorian clothing who looks quite real. Wailing and crying has also been reported from within the property.


Thomas Hardy's Grandfather?

Location: Stinsford (Dorset) - Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December 1919
Further Comments: After placing a sprig of holly on this grandfather's grave, a figure in eighteenth century clothing appeared and said 'A green Christmas'. Hardy replied 'I like a green Christmas', and watched the figure enter the church. Hardy followed, but found the church to be empty.


Horse Worrier

Location: Corfe Mullen (Dorset) - Unknown former inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century, certain nights at two in the morning
Further Comments: A stable on this site was the scene of a smuggling related murder. Horses placed in a stall would cry out at two in the morning, and when checked on, would be found covered in sweat.


White Lady Riding

Location: Melbury Osmund (Dorset) - Unidentified Barn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, likely nineteenth century
Further Comments: A drunk man fell asleep in the barn, waking at midnight to see a woman in white riding around on a buck. She moved so fast that the wind whipped up dust, causing the man to sneeze - the sound causing the lady to vanish.



Location: Moreton in Marsh (Gloucestershire) - Moreton's pub & restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2008 and into 2009
Further Comments: A ghostly woman, quick temperature drops and electrical appliances which switched themselves on were reported in the pub after a car crashed into the building.



Location: Moreton in Marsh (Gloucestershire) - Bell Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This overly friendly phantom is said to distribute the occasion hug.



Location: Moreton in Marsh (Gloucestershire) - Black Bear Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The noisy spirit that sometimes makes itself known here is nicknamed Fred.


Dame Creswyke

Location: Moreton in Marsh (Gloucestershire) - Manor House Hotel (previously known as Creswyke House)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1987
Further Comments: Dame Creswyke is said to have been murdered in the house during the seventeenth century, and sometimes returns . Room 8 is said to be particularly haunted, although the last sighting of Creswyke in 1987 occurred just outside the building.



Location: Stow on the Wold (Gloucestershire) - White Hart
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This pub ghost is said to manifest as a shaft of white light, although occasionally takes a human form. When the pub was redecorated in the 1990s, George was blamed for smashing light bulbs and switching on electrical items.


Man in 1940s Suit

Location: Cheltenham (Gloucestershire) - Everyman Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2011
Further Comments: Walter Charnock, a builder working on the renovation of the theatre, encountered a figure wearing a 1940s suit leaning on a banister. Within thirty seconds, the figure vanished. Music is also said to be heard within the building when none should be playing.


Flashing Lights

Location: Portsmouth (Hampshire) - HMNB Portsmouth, Leviathan Block
Type: Other
Date / Time: Pre 2013
Further Comments: It was reported that journalists working on the Navy News newspaper would see flashes of light emerging from the corridor outside their office. An uncomfortable feeling would accompany the light.


PR Stunt

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Harbour
Type: Other
Date / Time: December 2013
Further Comments: A luminescent 'creature', thought by some to be a squid or a deep sea animal, filmed in Bristol harbour was later revealed to be a manmade device to promote a television show.


Prioress of Kirklees

Location: Mirfield (Yorkshire) - Three Nuns public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1985 onwards, investigated by GCUK in 2013
Further Comments: Doors have opened unaided and shadowy figures spotted in this building. Ghost Chasers UK reported that the building was haunted by two spirits; a nun named Katherine Grice who killed herself on site, and the Prioress of Kirklees, who bled Robin Hood to death.


Arbella Stuart

Location: Rufford (Nottinghamshire) - Rufford Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Photograph in media during December 2013
Further Comments: Some believe the phantom white lady said to haunt the abbey is the ghost of Arbella Stuart, although her connection to the site is a little unclear. A photograph hit the press in 2013 showing a 'white misty figure', although the image is open to interpretation.



Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Pier
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: January, early 2000s, around 23:00h
Further Comments: While walking along the seafront, two sisters watched Victorian figures walking around and listened to the sound of music and laughter. The seafront was lit up as if it was daytime, and a young man and a boy walked out to sea along a rope bridge. As the sisters walked away, they realised the scene they had watched was impossible, and turning back they saw only the darkness over the sea. One sister later discovered that there was a chain bridge on the spot, but it was destroyed in 1896.


Lady in Red

Location: Bridport (Dorset) - Road in Bridport or Dorchester area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A driver remembers stopping at a roundabout on a busy single lane road and seeing the lady in red ahead. The driver looked right to see whether any traffic was coming, but when they looked straight again the lady had gone.


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