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July - Paranormal Database Records


Location: EC1 (Greater London) - St Bartholomew's church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 July, 07:00h (Rahere) (reoccurring), others early twentieth century
Further Comments: This pious monk, who doubled as a jester in Henry I's court, is thought to be the man who built the church and has been reported standing by the altar. He quickly disappears if seen. Another figure was observed in the pulpit by a former Rector, who said the man wore clothing from the Reformation period. A different witness spotted a woman in a white dress, while others have claimed shuffling footsteps were heard around the building.

Tristram Dillington

Location: Knighton Gorges (Isle of Wight) - Knighton Shute
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 04 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Former owner of the demolished Knighton Manor, Tristram Dillington drives a coach and four horses on the anniversary of his death.

Black Dick of the North

Location: Dewsbury (Yorkshire) - The Temple, aka Black Dick's Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 05 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Known locally as Black Dick's Tower, this building is said to be the home of a phantom highwayman once a year.


Location: Bridgwater (Somerset) - Road from Bridgwater to Weston Zoyland
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 06 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: As the Duke of Monmouth retreated after their defeat, his troops sang hymns to try to boost their morale. Their song can still be heard.

Old Soldiers

Location: Westonzoyland (Somerset) - Sedgemoor Battlefield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 06 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The spirits here reportedly include voices that call out to witnesses over the nearby River Carey, and horsemen who gallop silently along. People have also reported pockets of cold air, and watching a white woman glide over the marsh, near where her lover was murdered by Royalists. On the anniversary of the battle, sounds of fighting have been heard.


Location: East Grinstead (Sussex) - Ashdown House, Forest Row
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 06 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Once a year these footfalls are heard as they descend the staircase.

Richard Fitzgeorge

Location: Lyndhurst (Hampshire) - Glasshayes Mansion (scheduled for demolition in 2016)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 07 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The first Duc de Stacpoole is said to throw a party for the dead in July, the music from which can be heard. At other times of the year, people have reported faces at the windows of empty parts of the building or experiencing the sensation of being watched.

Bride in Black

Location: Chagford (Devon) - Whiddon Park Guest House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 10 July (reoccurring), last seen 1971
Further Comments: Murdered by a former suitor on her wedding day, this bride now returns on that fateful date. Dressed in black, she has been seen standing in the doorway of a bedroom.

Duke of Monmouth

Location: Horton (Dorset) - Woodlands - Monmouth Ash Tree
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 16 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Even though the Duke was executed at the Tower of London, his ghost now frequents the area he was captured after his failed rebellion. The ghost is said to carry his head in his hands.


Location: Lochranza, Island Of Arran (Ayrshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1700s onwards, calm summer evenings (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A bagpiper who died in the nearby hills now walks into village on calm summer evenings, the only indication of his presence the sound of his pipes. It is said that one tourist followed the sound of the pipes, only for the piping to suddenly cease when the holiday maker approached where they thought the music was coming from.

An old postcard of Horning village in Norfolk.

Morphing Village

Location: Horning (Norfolk) - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 21 July, every five years (next in 2021) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Once every five years the village is said to revert to how it looked several hundred years ago.

An old postcard showing Pass of Killiecrankie.


Location: Pitlochry (Perth and Kinross) - Pass of Killiecrankie
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 27 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The bloody battleground between English Government and Jacobite Highlanders, the anniversary of the battle is marked by the ground turning blood red. Reports of soldiers in English and Scottish regalia, both lying dead and others fighting, have also been recorded. As if this was not enough, the area is also haunted by the drifting head of a woman murdered on the site during the seventeenth century, and the tall white spectre who tries to grab people passing along the roads; anyone the ghost touches dies within the year...


Location: Borley (Essex) - Site of Rectory, Nun's Walk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 28 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Once a regular apparition on the lawn of Borley Rectory, the figure still appears where the garden once existed. Borley was called the most haunted house in Britain, though the chief ghost hunter in the case appears to have been over enthusiastic in his analysis.

Grey Lady

Location: East Carlton (Northamptonshire) - East Carlton House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early in Summer Evenings (reoccurring)
Further Comments: One storyteller reported that this building was haunted by a lady that had jumped to her death from a balcony after being jilted by her lover.

Duke of Monmouth

Location: Bridgwater (Somerset) - Castle ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The Duke of Monmouth is said to have stayed at the castle just prior to the battle of Sedgemoor, his phantom possibly remaining in regret of defeat.


Location: Cowes (Isle of Wight) - Model Railway Exhibition, Marine Court (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early summer (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Seen sitting near the shop, is it unknown whether this ghostly Jack Russell will return now the exhibition is closed. However, it has been reported that this story started as a joke to fool visitors, but quickly became part of local folklore.


Location: Exeter (Devon) - Exeter Cathedral
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July, 7pm (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Seen only around this time, the nun quickly disappears once spotted. A monk has also been reported in the area surrounding the cathedral, while a small group of witnesses heard music coming from within the building although it was dark and empty at the time.

A gathering of fairies.

People in Green

Location: Middridge (Durham) - Hill near the village
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Seventeenth century, summer nights
Further Comments: Tiny people dressed in green would be briefly seen by locals visiting the site during the summer months. If alone. to catch a glance of the figures would be considered lucky, but if in a larger party, any witnesses to the fairies would be struck with ill-fortune. When the hill was being cut by railway engineers, the banks would collapse at night. Fairies were blamed for the disruption and navvies requested additional money in dealing with the paranormal problem (which was granted).

An old postcard of Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire.

Petrified Snakes

Location: Whitby (Yorkshire) - Whitby Abbey
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Snakes unknown, St Hilda's ghost during summer months 10:00h - 12:00h
Further Comments: The abbey was besieged by snakes, until St Hilda turned up and drove them all off the edge of the cliff, where they turned to stone on the beach below. Her ghost is also reported to still gaze from the windows of the abbey. A few people have heard a choir singing in the empty building and one local legend says a team of headless horses pulling a hearse was once spotted by a man and boy walking in the area. Finally, treasure hidden in the abbey's grounds is protected by a headless figure in white.


Location: Lartington (Durham) - Priest's Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer (reoccurring)
Further Comments: An Elizabethan priest is said to haunt this knoll, the site he was executed by soldiers for administrating forbidden rites.

An old postcard showing Aberdovey in Wales.

Lost Town

Location: Aberdovey (Gwynedd) - Off coast
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Summer (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Swallowed by the sea, church bells belonging to a town lost off the coast here can still be heard on quiet evenings. They say that at low tides one can see sunken tree trunks.

Dancing Dog

Location: Gatcombe (Isle of Wight) - St Olave's Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Summer (reoccurring) (Dog), young girl unknown
Further Comments: The carved wooden dog at the feet of the effigy of Edward Estur is said to come alive during summer nights and dance around the church standing on hind legs. The churchyard is said to be haunted by a ghostly young girl with blonde hair in a pale dress.

Isabella of Valois

Location: Sonning (Berkshire) - Site of Bishop's Palace (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer evenings (last seen late eighteenth/early nineteen century?)
Further Comments: Wife of Richard II, Queen Isabella' drifts around the field where the palace once stood. As the phantom grey woman moves, ghostly music emerges from the ground. George III's organist lived nearby and may have been the last person to witness the phantom.

Waiting Woman

Location: Isfield (Sussex) - Lavender Line railway station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer evenings (reoccurring), last seen 1990s
Further Comments: This railway museum is haunted by a woman in white who is said to wait for a lover who never returns home. This Victorian woman later took her own life by throwing herself under a train.

Young Man

Location: Briantspuddle Heath (Dorset) - Rimsmoor Pond
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer months (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This lone figure on horseback slowly heads towards the pond where he vanishes. He was a local man thought to have drowned in the pond's waters, though his body never found.

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