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Young Lady

Location: Coity (Mid Glamorgan) - Former lane, may no longer exist
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An entity here would initially take the form of a lady so pretty that any man spotting her would fall in love. The woman would lead the man away from the road, taking them to a cottage filled with demons. The entity would also take the form of a hare, changing into a snake when people came too close.


 
Celliwig

Location: Coedkernew (Gwent) - Neolithic burial chamber
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: It has been suggested the this site was once King Arthur's court.


 
Goblin

Location: Coedkernew (Gwent) - Mardy Farm
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: January 1904
Further Comments: Although the activities which occurred at the farm would now be attributed to a poltergeist, items moved, thrown, or poured over the floor, at the time a goblin or elf was blamed.


 
Man Shaped

Location: Shirland (Derbyshire) - Mine (closed 1965)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late October or Early November, 1867
Further Comments: Two miners fled the pit after one of them claimed to have seen a man-shaped ghost. Word spread through the camp and almost 200 men refused to work that day.


 
Drowned Sailor

Location: Rothesay (Argyll and Bute) - Steam yacht moored in bay
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: July 1899
Further Comments: A member of the crew who drowned days previous was blamed when the skipper and engineer were awoken by knocks and rattling sounds. The lid of a pan was thrown at the men by an unseen hand.


 
Bed Rocking

Location: Lampeter (Dyfed) - Private residence, High Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: February 1905
Further Comments: A bed would rock quite violently, knocking against the wall and creating sounds which could be heard throughout the building. The event would occur each day, at seven o'clock in both the morning and evening.


 
Man in Breeches

Location: Haverfordwest (Dyfed) - Road near Picton Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1904
Further Comments: Brigadier-General Harris and three other people spotted a man with a cocked hat and wearing breeches approaching them along a road. They stood to one side to let the figure pass, but he vanished. The fifth member of the Brigadier's party did not perceive the figure.


 
Winner

Location: Maesteg (Mid Glamorgan) - Mountainside near Colliery
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A group of miners playing cards invited a passing stranger to join their game. He sat with them, quickly winning all hands, although the game quickly came to an end when the miners fled, having realised their guest had cloven feet.


 
Card Player

Location: Maesteg (Mid Glamorgan) - Unnamed public house
Type: Other
Date / Time: Likely pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: Playing cards in the back room of a pub, a group of people fled in terror after a short, dark figure manifested and started to dance of their table.


 
White Horse

Location: Llangynwyd (Mid Glamorgan) - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Even the most fearless residents on the village felt terror when they encountered this phantom, snow white mare along the roads at night.


 
Horses

Location: Maesteg (Mid Glamorgan) - St David's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A legend once said that horses were driven around the area of the church by an invisible entity. Fire emerging from the horses' nostrils would be blamed for darkened grass and the flaking paint on fencing. In the same area, a phantom donkey was said to have been banished after a man kicked the creature.


 
Lad on Horseback

Location: Pencoed (Mid Glamorgan) - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1902
Further Comments: The lad was said to resemble a 'farmers son', and would ride his horse through the village around midnight. Man and steed would gallop through the area completely silently.


 
White Figure

Location: Kingston (Devon) - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1876
Further Comments: A choir was said to have fled the church after a white figure entered the building as they practiced. The figure moved up the aisle and mounted the pulpit, before leaving the same route it arrived.


 
Woman in White

Location: Berwick upon Tweed (Northumberland) - Churchyard, Tweedmouth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1904
Further Comments: Several locals reported seeing a phantom woman with ginger hair, dressed in white or grey, in the early hours of the morning. It was said to have followed people as they left the area, while one other witness observed it reading headstones.


 
Footsteps

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Unnamed Ladies' School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1900s
Further Comments: A classroom in this school was locked up after staff and students heard heavy footsteps walking in the adjacent room but could find no one within. Dust on the floor was undisturbed. A local story said that a murder had been committed in the room many years previous. And before the building was taken over as a school, stories of ghosts were rumoured.


 
Grey Figure

Location: Leeds (Yorkshire) - Kirkstall Forge railway station (since relocated)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1904
Further Comments: The station porter and a passenger both spotted a figure in a long grey sheet with a long streak of red running through the cloth, standing on a shed roof. A booking clerk also witnessed the entity, which soon disappeared. Prior to this, lights had been seen flickering around the station.


 
White Woman

Location: Llanelly (Gwent) - Cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1880
Further Comments: The area was said to be haunted by a white woman who floated above the ground, although when one witness ran after the figure (as opposed to running away, like so many others), he managed to wrap his arms around it - the 'ghost' was actually a woman playing pranks on gullible locals.


 
Carried Away

Location: Tonypandy (Mid Glamorgan) - Private residence, Amelia Terrace, Llwynypia
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1893
Further Comments: Mrs Downe was pulled from her chair by a phantom which proceeded to drag her to a water closet. The entity instructed Downe to remove an item from a wall, which she did, before pulling the woman out of her house to a nearby pond. Downe was instructed to throw the item (it isn't specified what it was) into the water. Having done so, the ghost told Downe that she would not be troubled again.


 
Cloaked Figure

Location: Alfreton (Derbyshire) - Doehole Lane, Ashover
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December 2015
Further Comments: A driver was forced to brake hard as he and his passenger watched a transparent cloaked figure with a hood covering its head cross the road. The figure vanished before reaching hedgerow on the verge.


 
Rocking Woman

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Private residence, Ballsbridge area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1960s
Further Comments: A phantom woman wearing nineteenth century clothing was observed knitting while sitting on a rocking chair. The witness initially mistook the ghost as a family member.


 
The Bishop's Lady

Location: Limerick (County Limerick) - Thomond Bridge and Castle Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Locally named The Bishop's Lady, this woman is said to have been pushed over the bridge by her partner, drowning in the Shannon. She now looks for others to throw over the bridge. Fingernail-like scratches which can be seen in the bridge are said to belong to either the woman herself or one of her victims.


 
Tall White Figure

Location: Lockerbie (Dumfries and Galloway) - Area near Dryfe Bridge, next to old cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 1899
Further Comments: A local man fled this area after encountering a tall white figure which was surrounded by a glowing halo. The entity vanished.


 
The Maid Did It

Location: Storrs (Yorkshire) - Hall
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1878
Further Comments: The police were called to investigate a poltergeist outbreak which consisted of rapping and windows being broken. While servants armed with pitchforks failed to solve the mystery, a fourteen year old serving girl confessed her guilt to the police. As an aside, the site was traditionally home to a ghost, but the entity was purportedly laid in the first half of the eighteenth century.


 
Former Player

Location: Bradford (Yorkshire) - Bradford Football Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1905, around midnight
Further Comments: After spotting a light in the pavilion, groundsman Jennings investigated and spotted a man in the team's colours within the building. Jennings summoned a police officer and upon returning to the site, no light or man could be found, and everything was locked up. Some believed the figure was Jack Hawkcridge, a former player at the club who had died a few days previous.


 
Shadow

Location: Gloucester (Gloucestershire) - Blenheim Road
Type: Other
Date / Time: August 1905
Further Comments: Police were called to maintain the peace after hundreds of people arrived at this road to see a ghost, thought the 'entity' was first spotted by an intoxicated man and was later identified as a shadow.


 
Postman's Dog

Location: Ewenny (Mid Glamorgan) - Crossroads where one road leads to Ogmore
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown, likely nineteenth century
Further Comments: A postman reported that he would see a large phantom black dog every night, watching the creature move silently as if on a mission.


 
Trotting Dog

Location: Bridgend (Mid Glamorgan) - Crossroads between Bridgend and Laleston
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Said to manifest every night at midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The phantom hound haunting this crossroads would appear nightly and trot off along a road before vanishing. It was said several people had tried to follow the creature, but would always lose sight of it.


 
Gliding Figure

Location: Tondu (Mid Glamorgan) - Area around Ynysawdre (or Ynisawdro) farm, no longer present
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa September 1904
Further Comments: A gaunt figure was said to have been observed by a witness as it drifted around the area. Two locals looking for this ghost heard a horse galloping towards them but nothing could be seen. The horse continued and passed on by, invisible to the witnesses.


 
Black Woman

Location: Shipmeadow (Suffolk) - Road leading to lock (known locally as Geldeston lock)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1908 - January 1909
Further Comments: A small number of men reported seeing this phantom woman several times over two months. She was described as having a black, shadowy appearance, standing around 1.75 metres tall, and moving swiftly. On one occasion the entity brushed against one witness and, on another, disappeared over a gate and into a field.


 
Knocking

Location: Aberbargoed (Gwent) - Private residence on the hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1907
Further Comments: A newly married couple were said to have fled their home after enduring tapping on the walls, disembodied footsteps on the staircase and tin boxes which moved themselves around. Cynics said that the sounds were probably caused by work in the local colliery.


 
Dark Figure Crossing

Location: M11 (Cambridgeshire) - Area close to junction 13
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 27 June 2015, 12:15h
Further Comments: A driver watched a dark figure cross the busy motorway, walking as if the road was devoid of traffic. The driver was convinced that no one could cross the road without an accident occurring.


 
Flying Coach

Location: Norwich (Norfolk) - Pockthorpe area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early eighteenth century
Further Comments: A team of headless horses driven by a headless coachman would be seen flying over the rooftops in this area of the city.


 
Chest of Gold

Location: Reeth (Yorkshire) - Maiden's Castle (Iron Age fort)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Every attempt to find this hoard of gold is met with failure; it is protected by a hen capable of extinguishing candles and, when the hen fails, violent storms which rise from nowhere.


 
Mound Building Sisters

Location: Linton (Borders) - Hill on which the church stands
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man who killed a priest had his life spared on the condition his two sisters build a mound on which a new church would stand. The completed the task, although one of the sisters promptly died upon his release (either from exhaustion or joy).


 
Gallitrap

Location: Lew Trenchard (Devon) - Unknown field in the area
Type: Other
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A piece of this parish was thought to have a Gallitrap (or Gallows Trap), a section of land which if a person guilty of a heinous crime enters, they will wander around 'lost' until a parson and a magistrate are summoned. The former will break the spell while the latter hangs the person in question.


 
Old Pinkney

Location: Darlington (Durham) - Old manor house (no longer standing?), Blackwell
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: The manor was haunted by an entity which wore a red cap and went under the nickname Old Pinkney. A well under the house was known as Pinkney's Well and was never used after dusk. The surrounding area was also said to be haunted by a headless man.


 
Person in Duffle Coat

Location: Llanrhos (Clwyd) - Road close to St Hilary's church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1959
Further Comments: Police officer Gareth Jones spotted a figure in a duffle coat walking along this lane in the rain. He drove alongside the figure and wound down his window to offer them a lift, but they had vanished. Jones later found out that others had seen ghostly figures in the same area.


 
White Lass Beck

Location: Thirsk (Yorkshire) - Stream in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: The woman in white who haunted this body of water was thought to be a maid murdered in the area, her body discovered buried in a gravel pit. As well as manifesting as a woman, White Lass Beck would also take the form of a white dog or white heifer.


 
Changing Entity

Location: Darlington (Durham) - Glassensikes (steam or river) and Harewood Hill area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The large black dog once said to haunt this area could also take the form of a flaming headless man, a headless woman, a white cat, or a rabbit.


 
Padfoot

Location: Horbury (Yorkshire) - Jenkin Road area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A man returning home spotted a white dog in the hedgerow and hit out at it with a stick. The stick passed straight through the creature, which then turned and stared at its attacker. The man ran home, fell ill and died soon after. The shuck is said to sometimes run around on two legs and is considered to be a harbinger of death.


 
Chappie

Location: Houndwood (Borders) - Mansion house (not known if still standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This house was haunted by something knocking at the door, which manifested only once, taking the form of a lady who ascended the staircase before vanishing.


 
Drowning Entity

Location: River Skerne (Yorkshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This river, like several in the northern part of England, was said to contain an entity which would drag the unwary under the water.


 
Candle Avenger

Location: Hurst (Yorkshire) - Unnamed house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man who conned a widow out of several candles was visited by a phantom who manifested in his garden. On the first night the man fired his shotgun at the entity, which vanished but reappeared the following night, announcing 'thou canst not harm thee' and suggesting the man return the candles. He did.


 
Boot

Location: Barnstaple (Devon) - Braunton Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: A man staying at this inn for a few nights reported being woken by the sound of someone talking in the room. The witness also said that he had photographed 'part of a leg with a dark boot' in the same room, although the image was accidently deleted.


 
Horses

Location: Twechar (Dumbartonshire) - Antonine Wall - Bar Hill Fort
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: While picnicking with her daughter, this witness heard a stampede of horses close by, but no animals could be seen.


 
Woman in Nightdress

Location: Lanark (Lanarkshire) - Private residence, Gallowhill area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 1994
Further Comments: A woman wearing a modern nightdress was spotted by a visitor to this property. The woman walked bent slightly forward, and disappeared into a wall.


 
Dart Remover

Location: Caernarfon (Gwynedd) - Anglesey Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The poltergeist at work in this pub is reputed to remove darts from the dartboard and push glasses from the shelf.


 
Miner

Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog (Gwynedd) - Queen's Hotel (currently known as Gwesty Ty Gorsaf)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A story based in this hotel says that a workman fled while refurbishing the building after he came face to face with a phantom miner.


 
Polt

Location: Kelvedon Hatch (Lincolnshire) - Secret Nuclear Bunker
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2010s?
Further Comments: This former nuclear bunker is said to be home to a poltergeist. An unconvincing photograph was taken in 2013 showing either a 'portal' or the reflection of flash off a window.


 
Victorian girl

Location: Cardiff (South Glamorgan) - The Corporation public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A Victorian girl is said to haunt the third floor of this public house, with another female spirit reputedly active around the pool tables.


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