West Midlands - Paranormal Database Records


Location: Baginton - Manor House (no longer standing)
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 1900s onwards?
Further Comments: This manor house was consumed by fire around the start of the twentieth century. Ten years after the fire, a witness reported seeing a house burning where the manor had stood, and again another witness reported the same occurrence a few years later.

Grey Lady

Location: Baginton - Old Mill House hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom is said to be more likely heard than seen; her voice has been heard in the restaurant.

Sandwell Vallygator

Location: Birmingham - Sandwell Valley
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: An American snapper which had either escaped or been set free was first spotted in a lake here, though it was two years before the creature was actually caught.

Henrietta's Maid

Location: Birmingham - Saracen's Head Inn, Kings Norton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When Queen Henrietta Maria visited Kings Norton, an influenza outbreak ravaged her troops. For her safety, the troops set up camp by the stream while the Queen stayed at the Saracens Head. Queen Henrietta had her maid run messages to and from the camp, but the young girl caught the illness. When Henrietta set off, the maid stayed behind and died shortly after. She still walks the upstairs corridor looking to serve her mistress.

Young Girl

Location: Birmingham - Sheldon Hall public house, Gressel Lane, Tile Cross
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Caught on film by a group of party goers, this shade is one of the two ghosts that haunt the property, the other taking the form of an old woman. In 1993, when the pub was known as 'Baldie's Mansion', a masked white apparition was spotted, accompanied by nearby trees and bushes violently shaking.

Old Paper Man

Location: Birmingham - Sherburne Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to occur around 03:00h
Further Comments: Wearing a top hat and old fashioned clothing, this phantom man is said to walk along picking up papers.

Gypsy Curse

Location: Birmingham - St Andrews, Birmingham City Football Club
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that a community of gypsies were evicted from the land many years ago, enabling the construction of the stadium. St Andrews is one of several football grounds around the country that claims this gypsy curse is responsible for any bad luck they encounter.

Melting Woman

Location: Birmingham - Telephone Box, Station Road, Erdington (box no longer standing, replaced by a sculpture)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: September 1975
Further Comments: One of the more unusual haunted places in the database - a priest wanting to use the phone box was kept waiting by a woman chatting away on the line. When he opened the door to see how much longer she would be, the figure melted away. The figure is reported to have continued haunting the phone box until the mid 1990s; the ghost was said to be a distressed woman who had lost her children in a house fire and had used this phone to call the emergency services. She later killed herself.

Crawling Cordial

Location: Birmingham - The Old Crown public house, Digbeth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 2015
Further Comments: This pub appeared in the national press after a video was released showing a bottle of blackcurrant cordial moving unaided across the bar. The ghost has also been blamed for pinching female staff's bottoms and forcing one member of staff to quit after he spotted a female entity walk through a door.

Stone Throwing

Location: Birmingham - Thornton Road, Ward End
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1981 - 1982
Further Comments: The jury is still out to whether the dozens of stones which rained down and smashed windows of numbers 32, 34 and 36 along this road were thrown by human or paranormal hands. Despite hundreds of police hours spent investigating and observing the area, no arrests were ever made.

Henry Skinner

Location: Birmingham - Trocadero public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: Murdered in the late nineteenth century, former landlord Henry Skinner is held accountable for throwing around small change and beer mats. A former landlord claimed to have encountered Henry. Two other phantoms, girls who fell to their deaths on a staircase are also reputed to haunt the site.

Frilly Woman

Location: Birmingham - Victoria Road, Aston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This shade dressed in green is reported to just 'appear' in the middle of the road or on the kerb before drifting across the street before vanishing again.

Giant's Stone

Location: Birmingham - Warstones Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A giant who lived at Birmingham castle was killed when the Giant of Dudley threw a stone at him (launched from Dudley!). The rock also demolished the castle. The stone was erected as a memento, and the lane named after the War Stone used as a weapon. The rock is now on a plinth within the cemetery.

White Lady

Location: Birmingham - Warstones Lane Cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Though seen wearing several different sets of clothing over the past fifty years, this young girl with blonde hair is thought to be Victorian, and has a habit of passing through parked cars.

John Wentworth

Location: Birmingham - White Swan public house, Harborne
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: John went mad with grief when he sound out his secret love had died in a coach accident - he shot his dog before turning the gun on himself. He has been heard moving around the building, and has been known to tap people on their shoulder.

Hit and Vanish

Location: Birmingham - Whitton Cemetery, Moor Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: A driver was convinced that he had run over a figure outside the cemetery (he felt and heard the 'bump' of the body on the car's bonnet), but the 'victim' vanished without trace. A police search of the area also failed to find any evidence of the accident.

Pale Woman

Location: Birmingham - Witton Lakes Park, Erdington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s / 1970s
Further Comments: This female phantom who lurks at the edge of the lakes is said to dress in modern clothing, though her skin is frightening pale in colour.

Baby Killer

Location: Birmingham - 32 Coxwell Road, Ladywell
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1955
Further Comments: This entity was blamed for killing a month old infant who was found suffocated. The family's four year old son clamed he saw a 'white dog' sitting on the child's face prior to the body being discovered. Soon after the death, the building was plagued by whisperings and unexplained tapings.

Leon Salberg

Location: Birmingham - Alexandra Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Having managed the theatre for over twenty five years, Leon died within the building, and is thought to still walk here. The ghost of an unknown woman has also been spotted.

Mrs Holt

Location: Birmingham - Aston Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Holt and servant boy unknown, green lady in Summer 1991
Further Comments: A former Mrs Holt (or Halte) was suspected by her husband of having an affair - he locked her in the loft where she lived for several years before dying. Another version of the story says It was Mary Holt who was locked in the loft by her father, after trying to elope. Either way, the phantom grey or white lady haunts the upper floor. A ghostly servant boy is said to hang from a beam on the property (he committed suicide after being caught stealing), while finally a green woman, a former housekeeper named either Mrs Whitaker or Walker has been seen in various areas of the site. A member of staff spotted her in the nursery room, briefly mistaking her for a real person before realising the area was closed off and that the figure wore seventeenth century clothing.

Maroon Woman

Location: Birmingham - Aston Park
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: A woman with her hair tied in a bun and wearing a maroon dress was seen sitting by the tennis court. When approached, the lady vanished.

Grey Figure

Location: Birmingham - Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre, City Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: During the building's construction, CCTV picked up the image of a strange grey figure - security was sent to the scene, but no one could be found. A ward sister was encountered along a top floor corridor, only visible from the knees upwards. Around the same time, a crew of workers found themselves locked in a room after investigating cries heard from within; once again nothing could be found. A priest was finally summoned to the area.


Location: Birmingham - Brightstone Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 03:00h (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Screams can be heard coming from an unknown point along this road in the early hours of the morning. Some people have also claimed to have seen a pale young boy in tears.


Location: Birmingham - Castle Vale housing estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1987
Further Comments: The housing estate was partly built over the site of the World War Two Castle Bromwich Aerodrome, and during the 1970s there were several reports of ghostly airmen manifesting around the area. In 1987, one man was virtually deafened by the sound of an old aircraft engine that came out of a thick fog that surrounded his house. The following evening, the fog and the engine sound returned, but this time was also reported by a mother and her children who lived two miles away.

Wilfred Barwick

Location: Birmingham - Coleshill Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 1975
Further Comments: The ghost of Barwick, a local butcher murdered in 1780, is said to haunt the road where he was killed. He was last seen stepping out in front of a Securicor van, vanishing as the driver tried to talk to him.

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