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Older Woman

Location: Devizes (Wiltshire) - Royal Oak public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: A former landlady at this pub reported disembodied footsteps, strange shadows and voices coming from the kitchen. A photograph taken during a DJ session was said to show the phantom woman.

White Lady of Prestatyn

Location: Prestatyn (Clwyd) - Promenade, between Nova and Festival Gardens (and close by)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1990s / 2000s
Further Comments: Some believe this pale woman to be a nun. She has been both seen sitting while reading a bible and drifting through the area.

White Lady

Location: Babell (Clwyd) - Black Lion public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2013
Further Comments: Some people believe that the white lady is a former landlady who died a couple of hundred years ago. The entity was blamed for mild poltergeist pranks, such as turning up the volume on the radio or removing items nailed to walls.

John and Lucy

Location: Trefriw (Clwyd) - Fairy Falls public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2007
Further Comments: The landlord of this pub reported that two ghosts haunted the property, going by the names of John and Lucy.


Location: Cushendall (County Antrim) - Ossian's Grave
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 17 October 2015
Further Comments: As this witness asked his partner to marry him, both heard an almighty scream which lasted several seconds - after the sound subsided, their ears rang for hours afterward. A legend says that Ossian lies resting in the grave, rather than dead, awaiting the moment he can arise.

Shadowy Figure

Location: Leicester (Leicestershire) - Friar Lane (though topographical area has changed since report)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely early twentieth century
Further Comments: Normally manifesting as a set of footsteps which would follow people as they walked down this road towards St Mary's church, the shadow of this ghost once manifested and revealed itself to be headless and humped to one witness.

Hooded Figure

Location: Leicester (Leicestershire) - Churchyard, Cathedral Church of St Martin (aka Leicester Cathedral)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This hooded phantom was said to glide and periodically kneel with its head on the ground, as if listening to the earth.

Ruined Twice

Location: Holme on the Wolds (Yorkshire) - Church
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies advice the people building a church here to place it at the top of the hill and not at the bottom. The builders ignored the advice and twice found their church in ruins just before completion. They moved their third attempt to the top of the hill, where it remains.

Robin Roundcap

Location: Spaldington (Yorkshire) - Spaldington Hall (demolished 1838)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre 1838
Further Comments: An elf took up residence here, putting out fires and spoiling food. He was banished to a nearby well by three members of the clergy.

Stone Throwing

Location: Hull (Yorkshire) - Private residence, Sykes Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1908
Further Comments: After windows were broken by stones thrown by an unseen agency, a police officer visited and witnessed pots, pans and other household items fly across a room. The occupant, whose son had died a few days before, was reported to be in a 'state of great nervous prostration'.

Family Visiting

Location: Fulford (Yorkshire) - Old church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom woman and a nurse are said to travel to this churchyard from York. Here they pick up the ghost of the woman's daughter and return to the city from which they came to pay respects at the grave of the husband / father.

Headless Man

Location: North Frodingham (Yorkshire) - Road between village and Foston on the Wolds
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Possibly nineteenth century
Further Comments: A headless man who walks this area is said to have only been seen the once, many years ago.

Headless Woman and Friends

Location: Fimber (Yorkshire) - Site once known as Fimber Cross Road, where railway station once stood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely to be pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Locals once believed this area to be haunted by a headless woman, a woman on horseback and a couple of cats (one black, the other white).

Walled Up Skull

Location: Lund (Yorkshire) - Manor house
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown if still present
Further Comments: Not much is known about the skull and its surrounding legend, other than to prevent the removal of the object, it was bricked up in the attic.

Willie Sled's Dog

Location: Brigham (Yorkshire) - Brigham Lane, at a crossroads
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The crossroads was home to a phantom white hound known as Willie Sled's dog, named after a local sandpit worker.

Simmon Beeather

Location: Beverley (Yorkshire) - Gaol (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1880, before gaol ceased operation
Further Comments: This ghost was said to be a prisoner who committed suicide while incarcerated.

A Man

Location: Barmby Moor (Yorkshire) - Private garden, was known in nineteenth century as the Quakers' Burial Ground
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 April (St Mark's Eve) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A nineteenth century piece of folklore says that by turning around seven times in this garden on St Mark's Eve would result in a man appearing just behind you...

Halliwell Boggle

Location: Atwick (Yorkshire) - Between village and Bewholme, pool of water at the bottom of the hill where the church stands (pool may no longer be present)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Story circa nineteenth century
Further Comments: This entity was said to terrorise anyone foolish enough to walk this area.

Woe Waters of the Wold

Location: Bridlington (Yorkshire) - General area of the Wold, ending in Bridlington
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Periodically
Further Comments: Every so often and rather erratically, springs of water emerge and make a twenty mile (or so) journey to Bridlington, where they disappear into the sea. It was once thought that the appearance of the water would be a prelude to disaster, but even in the nineteenth century, people were struggling to recall a tragic event which followed the so-called Woe Waters.

Poverty Warning

Location: Everingham (Yorkshire) - Streams known as Gipsies (or Gypsey) in the area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Normally winter or spring
Further Comments: An old folk song or poem says of these streams, which follow no defined path: 'My Prophetick Spring at Veipsey, I may show, That some years is dry'd up, some years again doth flow; But when it breaketh out with an immoderate birth, It tells the following year of a penurious dearth.'

Fishy Devil

Location: Filey (Yorkshire) - Filey Brigg
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While changing the landscape to make it more hazardous for sailors, the Devil dropped his hammer into the sea. Reaching in to retrieve the tool, the Devil pulled out a haddock, creating marks on the fish which can still be seen today.

A Warning to the Superstitious

Location: Heythrop (Oxfordshire) - Heythrop House (original building rebuilt)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1831
Further Comments: One room in this property was said to be haunted, with staff too afraid to enter it after dark. Unfortunately this belief resulted in an unattended fire spreading out of control and burning the house down. The house was later rebuilt.

Opening Doors

Location: Chipping Campden (Gloucestershire) - Old Police Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: This location was said to be haunted by volunteers at the community radio station which moved in to the building. Doors opened unaided and strange noises were reported.


Location: Paignton (Devon) - Yesteryears Antique shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2015
Further Comments: Cheryl Ramsdall, the owner of this antique shop, featured in local press after reporting hearing strange sounds on the staircase and spotting a strange figure standing behind her.

Haunted Wardrobe

Location: Paignton (Devon) - Olden Ewe antiques shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2015
Further Comments: The owner of this shop featured in the local press after claiming that a wardrobe with a carved demonic face was haunted; its doors would unlock and open, and people claimed to have perceived a phantom, invisible child close to the object.

Victorian Woman

Location: Swinton (Lancashire) - Private residence, East Lancs Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1970s
Further Comments: While waiting for her boyfriend, this witness watched a Victorian woman appear and disappear through the window of a nearby house. Later mentioning it to friends, they said the property was empty and had a reputation of being haunted.


Location: Cyfronydd (Powys) - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A ghostly child was said to haunt this property, giggling and knocking on doors. Items would also be hidden around the building.

Grey Man

Location: Arbroath (Angus) - Letham grange
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: During the war, several WRENS had a dormitory in an old ballroom. They reported waking during the night to see the silvery grey figure of a man with a sunken face, deep set eyes, and wearing a large brimmed hat and high collar. He faded away at the waist. The owners were asked about the haunting, and said no one was actually in danger but advised that the ballroom was unsuitable to sleep in. The use of the room was eventually changed. The grange was also thought to be haunted by a woman in green who walked in the gardens.


Location: W9 (Greater London) - Maida Vale Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Although said to be haunted, details of the entity at this station are fleeting - a phantom is said to appear late at night, while hands are said to be 'felt' on the escalator.


Location: Swindon (Wiltshire) - Toot Hill Farm House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The garden of this farmhouse, close to the site of an old healing well, is said to be haunted by gardener who continues to look after the grounds.

Farm Labourer

Location: Amesbury (Wiltshire) - New Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom farm labourer is reputed to periodically appear to have a drink. Once he has finished his beverage, he promptly vanishes.


Location: Royal Leamington Spa (Warwickshire) - Rail station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2014
Further Comments: After reports of disembodied footsteps, slamming doors and electrical disturbances, this station featured in several news outlets when a 'supernatural liaison officer' was hired to work there.

Banging and Scratching

Location: Northampton (Northamptonshire) - Private residence, Abington area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1980s, always during winter
Further Comments: A former resident that the winter months would be haunted by scratching from the bottom of the staircase, bangs from the basement, and doors which would open themselves.


Location: Bedford (Bedfordshire) - Park public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The ghost of a Second World War soldier who died when this building was used as a hospital is said to occasionally appear to staff, and has been known to open doors.

Figure in Blue

Location: Poynton (Cheshire) - Middlewood Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 February 1995, around 18:15h
Further Comments: The only person waiting at the station watched as a figure in blue cross the platform and down onto the tracks, where it appeared to lay on the tracks, disappearing from view. The witness walked to the platform edge and looked for the figure, but no one could be seen. The story was later told to another person, who said the figure had been previously seen.

Breaking Glass

Location: Desborough (Northamptonshire) - Private residence, location withheld
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: This property was haunted by the sounds of breaking glass and voices coming from an unknown source. A member of the Tresham family, who was a Jesuit Priest during life, was blamed for the haunting.

The Other Mother

Location: Englefield Green (Surrey) - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2000
Further Comments: The residents in this property experienced items being moved, lights which turned themselves on, and doors which slammed shut. One resident also heard whisperings, while a child on the site would talk to someone they described as their 'other mother', an older woman wearing grey. An old man was once also seen on the site, looking out of the empty living room window.

Old Vicar

Location: West Hendred (Oxfordshire) - Path on private land
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1991
Further Comments: While installing an electrical item for a local resident, a witness spoke to a vicar wearing a tri-corn hat approaching the property. The vicar clamed he was on holiday and was over a hundred years old. The witness was only struck on how strange the situation was when he arrived home. Not long after the encounter, the resident the witness was working for died.


Location: Blyth (Northumberland) - Private residence, docks area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009 - 2011
Further Comments: A former resident at this property described watching unexplained shadows in a room and hearing someone walking around on the landing when no one was in that area.

Avro Lancaster

Location: Bonby (Lincolnshire) - Skies over the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 August 2015, 19:00h
Further Comments: A large aircraft moved silently over the tree tops, so low that the witness thought it would land or crash into a field. It was later identified by the witness as an Avro Lancaster.

Bright Headlights

Location: Cuerdley (Cheshire) - Widnes Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 2000s, around 03:00h
Further Comments: While driving back from Liverpool, a driver spotted a bright pair of headlights rapidly approaching from behind. Just as the driver thought he would be overtaken, the lights vanished. Believing that a car had crashed, the drier turned around and looked for it, but could find nothing.

Power Cut

Location: Ormskirk (Lancashire) - Southport Road
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 1979 or 1980
Further Comments: A witness recalled how bright orange lights had moved across this area and cars stopped, their power drained. Fazakerley Hospital windows were damaged on the same night.

Chair Thrower

Location: Farnworth (Lancashire) - Snack bar, exact location not known (no longer present)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1957 / 1958
Further Comments: Two members of a family living here experienced a horrible presence which manifested at night.

Old Lady

Location: Porlock (Somerset) - Ship Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom lady is said to be benign.


Location: Tomintoul (Moray) - Scalan Seminary
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2015
Further Comments: News websites carried the story that a ghostly monk had been photographed looking out of an upstairs window at this site, although the image is most likely pareidolia.

Slew Foot

Location: Finchale (Durham) - Black Rock Woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom monk which passes through the woodland gained his nickname as he drags one leg behind him as he walks. One witness also heard the sound of military drumming coming from the woodland.

Lady in Grey

Location: Finchale (Durham) - River near Finchale Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After her son was thrown into the river by her husband (having discovered the child was not his), this woman dived in after the boy - both were presumed drowned, although their bodies not found. The bones of a boy were said to have been found in the 1940s by a fisherman who buried the remains near the abbey, although the lady in grey still walks the area looking for her son. The river is also said to be haunted by others who were caught out by strong currents.

Young Boy

Location: Finchale (Durham) - Finchale Farm House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A workman on the property heard a young boy call out his name. The witness followed the boy and watched him enter a cupboard in a bedroom. Summoning the owners of the property, the newly formed group went to investigate. Opening the cupboard, the workman said he could see the boy peering through a grill, but the owners were unable to see neither boy or grid. The barn on the site is also rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of a farmer.

Young Lady

Location: Towyn (Clwyd) - Area around Aberdovey Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1883
Further Comments: This phantom was said to be beautiful and dressed in mourning clothes. Several people were reported to have seen her, although no first hand witness statements were documented.


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.

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