Phantoms of the Rivers

 
Thieving Mermaid

Location: Marden (Hereford & Worcester) - River Lugg
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An accident sent a church bell into the waters of the local river - a passing mermaid took the opportunity to steal the bell and can sometimes be heard ringing it.


 
Jewish Peddler

Location: Newton Abbot (Devon) - Bridge over River Bovey, Stover
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.


 
White Woman

Location: Outer London: Brentford (Greater London) - Banks of the Grand Union Canal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1935
Further Comments: A torso of a female murder victim was discovered here, with her legs found in a train carriage at Waterloo. Her ghost remained in the area for a while, manifesting as a tall woman wearing a white dress.


 
Skater of Hickling Broad

Location: Potter Heigham (Norfolk) - River Thurne
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February (reoccurring)
Further Comments: In love with a rich man's daughter, a drummer boy would skate across the frozen river to secretly rendezvous with his forbidden girlfriend. However, one winter night the ice cracked and the boy drowned - leaving his ghost to continue the drumming. A phantom female rower has also been seen on the river.


 
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.


 
Peg Powler

Location: River Tees (Durham) - Waters of the river
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This water entity would pull under anyone who swam too close to her home - witnesses would only see her green hair seconds before their friends who would be pulled under the water.


 
Singing Lady

Location: River Tees (Durham) - Cauldron Snout waterfall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farm girl who killed herself once a relationship with a local miner ended, her pitiful shade can now be heard singing.


 
White Horse

Location: River Wharfe (Yorkshire) - Wharfedale's Strid
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 01 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Together with a fairy, this pale horse rises from the dangerous waters once a year. It has been known to drown people who come too close.


 
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.


 
Princess Alice

Location: SE2 (Greater London) - Thames River, Thamesmead
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.


 
Slipping Woman

Location: Sennen Cove (Cornwall) - The Irish Lady rock, Cowloe Rock
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This rock is named after the woman who held on to it after her ship ran aground nearby and all hands were lost - she slipped off after a couple of hours and was drowned before rescuers could save her. Her shade has been seen struggling to remain on the outcropping.


 
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.


 
Woman

Location: Stratford Upon Avon (Warwickshire) - River Avon
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that the river is haunted by a woman who stands waist-deep in the water.


 
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.


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