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January - Paranormal Database Records

Andrew Mills

Location: Ferryhill (Parish of Merrington) (Durham) - Brass Farm, now known as High Hill House farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 January (or a couple of days either side) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Andrew went on a killing spree at the farm in 1863; he claimed he was talked into it by a devil. The wild cries of Andrew Mills can be still heard near the locality of the farmhouse.

Jamaican Woman

Location: Ireby (Cumbria) - Overwater Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 January (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Formerly Overwater Hall, the building was purchased in 1814 by Joseph Gillbanks. Legend has it that Gillbanks had an affair with a Jamaican girl who he tried to drown at Overwater Tarn when she told him she was pregnant. As she struggled to pull herself out of the water, he chopped her arms off. Her armless apparition is now said to appear here once a year, although one report suggests that she could have last been seen in August.

Golden Coach

Location: Manningford Bruce (Wiltshire) - The Hatches
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 January (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Pulled by a team of four headless horses, this golden coach appears at The Hatches.

Giant Arthur

Location: Reynoldston (South Glamorgan) - Arthur's Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 01 January (reoccurring) (walking stone legend said to occur)
Further Comments: One story associated with this Neolithic tomb has King Arthur finding a stone in his boot. The king picked the pebble out and threw it to one side, thus placing the stone where it now stands. Another legend says the stone walks down to the sea once a year for a quick drink. Finally, another story says the stone was split by a miller who was after a millstone - unable to lift it, the split stone has remained laying there since.


Location: Gateshead (Tyne and Wear) - Dead Man's Arch (former site of Bensham Station)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 January (reoccurring), midnight
Further Comments: A local piece of folklore says a train driver took his life under the arch. If one walks along the footpath at midnight on New Year's Day, you can feel the bump of a body against your own.

Squire Surtees

Location: Kingston St Mary (Somerset) - Tainfield House (no longer a single house)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 05 January (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Riding a mottled grey horse, the squire rides circles on the driveway, rattling a handful of chains.

Crying Lady

Location: West Deeping (Lincolnshire) - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 January, 01:00h (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The date of this woman's death is marked by her phantom sobs heard emanating from the church. Her husband was so distressed by the death that he took his own life the following day (see Tallington, Lincolnshire).

Upset Husband

Location: Tallington (Lincolnshire) - Footbridge over the railway line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 January, 17:50h (reoccurring)
Further Comments: After the death of his wife (see West Deeping, Lincolnshire) this grief-stricken individual jumped from the footbridge over the railway track and was hit by the train from London, which killed him instantly. The incident is re-enacted once a year.


Location: Lostwithiel (Cornwall) - Braddock Down
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 January (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The site of a Cromwellian defeat, the anniversary of which is marked by phantom hoof falls.

Lady Mohun

Location: Redditch (Hereford & Worcester) - Moon's Moat
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 January (reoccurring) but last seen 21 January 2003
Further Comments: This small, moated island is reportedly haunted by this woman, who is reported to appear every St Agnes Eve.

Smith on Horseback

Location: Nether Lypiatt (estate) (Gloucestershire) - Nether Lypiatt Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 January (reoccurring)
Further Comments: An owner of a horse once hanged a blacksmith for failing to complete a piece of work within a tight time limit - the date of the death is marked by the appearance of a large white horse carrying the dead smith (or the phantom smith opening the gates, depending on the source). Another report says that the ghost of the smith does not actually appear but unlocks and opens the gates. A spirit in the house itself, that of a grey lady, has been seen several times, and there are unsubstantiated reports that it has been exorcised.

Headless Horseman

Location: Stourton (Wiltshire) - Road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 January (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This headless horseman travels with a large black hound. The man is said to have broken his neck after being thrown from his horse, trying to travel from Wincanton Market to Stourton in less than seven minutes.

Lady Wintour

Location: Huddington (Hereford & Worcester) - Huddington Court, and road outside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 January (reoccurring), road encounter in November (year unknown)
Further Comments: One story says that this decapitated shade that appears once a year still mourns the passing of her husband Robert Wintour, executed on 31 January 1606 for playing a part in the Gunpowder Plot. One November evening, a couple driving past the court spotted what they believed to be a person riding a bike, but as they passed, realised the figure to be a woman in a cloak who vanished. The couple stopped at a nearby pub, and being visibly shaken, the landlord guessed that they had encountered Lady Wintour, who would glide down the lane.


Location: Brimpton (Berkshire) - Lane running through village, leading to Able Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January (exact date not known)
Further Comments: Carrying its occupants to a ball, the coach was caught up in a storm that washed away Able Bridge - the coach plunged into the water, killing all the passengers. The event is heard once a year after sunset, marking the anniversary of the tragedy.

Rushing Horseman

Location: East Malling (Kent) - Barming Woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January (normally) (reoccurring). Seen last in 1971
Further Comments: This figure has been both seen and heard as he darts around trees and over roads. One witness said the entity charged towards their car, disappearing on impact.

Rainaldus the Chaplain

Location: Runwell (Essex) - Our Lady of the Running Well parish church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January - April (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Rainaldus is said to have practiced black magic, and that the Devil came for him (with the north door of the church still showing the scorch marks created by the Devil's hands). Now the ghost of a monk with a scarred face, dressed in black, haunts the area; and the old Chaplain is blamed.

Black Monk

Location: Guisborough (Yorkshire) - Guisborough Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January - first new moon of the year (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The monk that is said to appear at these ruins once a year has been rarely seen since the 1960s. A large chest of gold is also said to be buried in the area, watched over by a raven.

Phantom Runner

Location: Bolton (Greater Manchester) - Hall i' th' Wood Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Runner between 25 December - 6 January (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Always heard but never seen, this spook frequents the old staircase, the footsteps always rushing. Other ghosts reported here include an old woman seen in the kitchen and two men, one dressed in black and the other green.

Night Coach

Location: Ilmington (Warwickshire) - Roads of village, particularly Pig Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Varies: 24 December and 01 January the pack hunt, date of coach unknown
Further Comments: This spectral vehicle runs along the roads, before suddenly veering off and vanishing across local fields. This may be related to the ghostly hunt pack seen in the area, led by a man killed by his hounds.

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