Paranormal in the Media

 
 


Workman

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Pebble Mill Studios
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This man was killed during construction of the studios, and was seen and heard around the sets once they were up and running.


 
 


Baker

Location: Blackburn (Lancashire) - BBC Radio Lancashire studios
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This radio station is haunted by a man who fell down a flour chute and snapped his neck in the days when a bakery once stood on the site.


 
 


Make Up Artist

Location: Borehamwood (Hertfordshire) - Gate Studio
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: This figure committed suicide at the studio, and has subsequently been observed around the cinema screen. A builder who fell to his death on the site has also been reported. It is unclear which ghost was seen dressed in 1920s clothing by two female witnesses.


 
 


Heavyset Man

Location: Bournemouth (Dorset) - Two Counties Radio station, Southcote Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A presenter working alone in the building reported seeing a man of compact build reflected in the window of the studio he was in. The presenter turned to see who the figure was, but realised that he was actually alone.


 
 


Darkroom Presence

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Evening Argus Offices, North Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: The photographic darkroom was said to be home to a paranormal presence which climbed upon the back on a man while he worked. Another member of staff spotted a man in a tricorn hat in one of the offices.


 
 


Radio Breakdown

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - BBC Bristol, Whiteladies Road
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A poltergeist located here is said to be responsible for the high number of electrical breakdowns which occur.


 
 


Housekeeper

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Oldbury House, St Michael's Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940 - 1941
Further Comments: A ghostly housekeeper was not the only phantom to haunt this former BBC building, which was used as a hostel for staff during the first part of WW2. A thin man who resembled a monk was spotted, as was a group of five girls. A child's sobs were reported, and frequent banging heard. The BBC eventually moved the residents out.


 
 


Edward Fishpool

Location: Burnley (Lancashire) - Burnley newspaper premises, Bull Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A former printer at the building, Edward died before completing a piece of work and now walks the area in regret.


 
 


Lulu

Location: Bushey (Hertfordshire) - Location that was once Bushey Film Studio, sound stage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: The Blue Lady, Lulu (wife of Baron von Herkomer), that haunted the film studio once lived in the building that was demolished in order for it to be built.


 
 


Womaniser

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, studio 1a
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: The studio is reportedly haunted by an old man who was renown for his womanising ways - he is never seen, though his presence felt.


 
 


Crying

Location: Chichester (Sussex) - Herald Newspaper Offices, Unicorn House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October 2008
Further Comments: During a vigil carried out by staff at this location, a MP3 recorder picked up someone crying (though none of the staff did so). The building is said to have a history of poltergeist-like activity and apparitions.


 
 


Passenger

Location: Cranleigh (Surrey) - Dunsfold Aerodrome
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: Workers on the 007 film Casino Royale reported seeing the ghost of a woman moving along the aisles of a 747 they used as a set. It is believed the phantom is of a female passenger who died from a heart attack at least thirty years previous.


 
 


Singing Nuns

Location: Eastbourne (Sussex) - Chapel Studios, Belmore Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Jan 2002
Further Comments: A heavy rock group recording in this studio, built on the site of a nunnery, claimed their music provoked ghosts of nuns to sing loudly, in an attempt to drown out the contemporary noise.


 
 


Printer

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - The Scotsman's News Building (currently the Scotsman Hotel), North Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2004
Further Comments: A phantom man wearing an apron and carrying a tray of metal blocks was spotted in the basement by a member of staff. Another phantom, this time of a woman wearing black, was said to haunt the former reception area


 
 


Plague Victims

Location: Exeter (Devon) - Devon Air Radio Studios, St David's Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Built on an old plague pit, the ghosts of the inhabitants are blamed for the sounds of closing doors (in places the doors are already closed) and other unexplained events.


 
 


Figure

Location: Frinton-on-Sea (Essex) - Radio Mellow 1557, studio B
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Alleged to have been murdered in a house that was knocked down to make space for the radio station, the figure believed to be male has been seen by various staff around the building.


 
 


Scratcher

Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - Radio Clyde, Studio Three
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This radio station is home to an entity that has left deep scratch marks on the arms of one guest, and is blamed for any technical failure.


 
 


Man in a Baggy Shirt

Location: Lancaster (Lancashire) - Radio Station, St George's Quay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November / December 2003
Further Comments: One radio presenter in the building reported seeing a person in the board room wearing a white baggy shirt. The figure left the room by walking through a wall. Another DJ watched an incredibly heavy door open and close by itself. Phantom coughing has also been heard.


 
 


Matron

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - Former Trent FM Radio studio, was once a former hospital, 29/31 Castle Gate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: The studios where Trent FM broadcast from until January 2007 were said to be haunted by a female apparition that resembled a matron. Another ghostly woman, elderly and dressed in black, has also been reported, as has a man in military uniform. Heavy soundproof doors developed a habit of opening and closing themselves.


 
 


Napoleonic Soldiers

Location: Plymouth (Devon) - TSW studios
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The bodies of these soldiers were moved to another site during the building's construction, and their ghosts were blamed for the strange goings-on around the studios.


 
 


Footsteps

Location: Portslade (Sussex) - Heart FM, Franklin Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s onwards
Further Comments: A former cinema, this radio station is reputed to be haunted by several ghosts. Cold spots, strange lights and phantom footsteps have bee perceived by staff and visitors, and it is claimed that during an interview with Betty Shine in 1990, a power cut hit the building and the backups failed, but left the studio untouched.


 
 


Studio Spooks

Location: Teddington (Surrey) - Teddington Studios
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 2000s
Further Comments: Auction World TV reported that many strange things were happening soon after they moved in, including lighting rigs that fell from the sky without warning and doors that locked themselves. A former worker also heard voices that past his door - on investigation he could find no one around.


 
 


Voices

Location: W1 (Greater London) - Absolute Radio, No.1 Golden Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s / 2000s
Further Comments: Reputedly built on a plague victim burial site, this station's basement studio is said to be haunted by childrens' voices.


 
 


Hanged Airman

Location: W5 (Greater London) - Photographer's studio, exact location unknown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: This building was home to a ghost that could be heard walking about and mumbling to itself. It was thought the airman was executed in the 1940s for killing a child.


 
 


Billie Carleton

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Former BBC HQ, Savoy Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Carleton died in the former home of the BBC just after their 1918 Victory broadcast, and even now the presence is said to remain.


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