Phantoms of the Rivers

 
 


Woman Rower

Location: River Wye (Hereford & Worcester) - General Area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to tragedy
Further Comments: This lowly figure, heard screaming and crying in pain, appears to those who will shortly undergo grief and loss.


 
 


Old Woman

Location: Ross on Wye (Hereford & Worcester) - River Wye
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This gaunt old lady sails a small boat up and down the river at dusk, sobbing hysterically.


 
 


Pair of Lovers

Location: Samlesbury Bottoms (Lancashire) - River Darwen
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The relationship between a male Protestant and a female Catholic ended in tragedy when the Catholic woman's brother murdered the Protestant to prevent their relationship enduring. The girl went mad and died soon after - the lovers were reunited in death, their ghosts haunting the banks of the river.


 
 


Gourlay

Location: Sanquhar (Dumfries and Galloway) - River Nith
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Gourlay was murdered by his lover and her two sons after he witnessed the trio murder a peddler. He was drowned in the waters of the Nith, and it is here that his cries of help are heard.


 
 


Jinny On Boggard

Location: Scunthorpe (Lincolnshire) - River Trent on Humberside / Lincolnshire border, area known as Jenny Hurn bend
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This little creature was like a small man or woman, though it had a face of a seal with long hair. It travelled on the water in a large pie dish. Another creature here, or possibly another form of the same one, had large tusks and swam in the water; it would only leave to feed.


 
 


Anne Boleyn

Location: SE1 (Greater London) - Lambeth Palace, & River Thames near the building
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Carried in a Thames barge crewed by faded grey figures, the shade of Boleyn is taken to the Tower of London where she met her maker. The palace itself sometimes echoes with Anne's voice, pleading and crying for her life to be saved.


 
 


White Lady

Location: Shinnel (aka Shinnell) Water (Dumfries and Galloway) - Paul's Pool
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1890
Further Comments: A white lady was said to haunt this little waterfall along the river, hovering while bathed in moonlight.


 
 


Rattling Chains

Location: Sion Mills (County Tyrone) - Mourne River
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sounds of chains and phantom footfalls have been heard along the bank.


 
 


White Figure

Location: Sion Mills (County Tyrone) - Old Railway Bridge, and river underneath
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: No longer in service, this bridge is thought to be haunted by the phantom of a suicide, which has been seen emerging from the waters below. The sounds of a train have also been reported coming along the track.


 
 


Drowning Elopers

Location: Skinburness (Cumbria) - Waters of the Solway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy nights
Further Comments: Skinburness was one of the places that couples travelling to Gretna Green would pass through, hoping to find a ferryman to take them across the Solway. Such a couple and their boatman were drowned when a sudden storm sprang up as they crossed the water, and now their screams and cries can be heard when the weather is right.


 
 


Jack the Hammer

Location: South Shields (Northumberland) - Riverside, and general area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure is said to appear by the river when someone is lost at sea, and sometimes knocks on the door of a family that is due a tragedy.


 
 


Jewish Peddler

Location: Stover (Devon) - Bridge over River Bovey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1961
Further Comments: While people can only guess that the shade here is that of a murdered peddler, the entity was seen running alongside a witness, waving its arms wildly.


 
 


Water Spirit

Location: Swarkestone (Derbyshire) - River Trent, near Swarkestone Bridge
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The water elemental which frequents these waters is said to require three lives annually to remain pacified. The bridge was built, they say, by two young ladies who saw their lovers taken by the spirit and acted to ensure no one suffered the same loss.


 
 


Mary on Piggyback

Location: Swinton (Yorkshire) - Area near river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mary killed her husband's prized pig, so he drowned her in return. Mary is now said to ride the hog around the area of the river where she met her maker.


 
 


Sunbathing Devil

Location: Tarr Steps (Somerset) - By the River Barle
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The steps were created by Old Nick, and he uses them so he can catch some rays on the nicer days of summer.


 
 


Princess Alice

Location: Thamesmead (Kent) - Thames River
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September (reoccurring)
Further Comments: When a collier rammed a pleasure boat (the Princess Alice) here in 1878, over 600 people died - many of them being poisoned by the outflow of London's sewage which emerged from a pipe by the accident site. Their pitiful cries for help can sometimes be heard around the time of the accident.


 
 


Drowned Lad

Location: Tidmarsh (Berkshire) - Stream near Tidmarsh Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June (reoccurring), clear nights of the full moon - last seen 1880s?
Further Comments: The stream that ran close to this property was said to be haunted by a young boy who once drowned in its waters.


 
 


Old Man and Boy waiting for Ferry

Location: Walberswick (Suffolk) - Landing stage of river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Observed by a woman in the 1950's, the young boy and an old man have been watched as they crossed the river on a ferry, disappearing as they entered an unnatural fog bank. They are supposed to have drowned a couple of hundred years ago, while crossing in similar circumstances.


 
 


Lord Blaney

Location: Warrenpoint (County Down) - Carlingford Lough
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1916
Further Comments: A Steam-Packet which travelled between Warrenpoint and Liverpool, the Lord Blaney broke in two when it hit a sandbank, sinking with most of its crew and travellers. The ship is said to reappear when a naval disaster is close to hand, such as in November 1916 when the Connemara and the Retriever collided and sank.


 
 


One of Three Shucks

Location: Willingham (Lincolnshire) - Bridge at River Till
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of three bridges in Lincolnshire that is said to be a haunt of the black shuck.


 
 


Pale Figure

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Edge of the river Ouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to be the shade of a drowned person, this figure drifts around the banks of the river.


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