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Headless Figure

Location: Castel - Fauxquets Valley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December (reoccurring), between 22:00h - 00:00h
Further Comments: A tall headless figure is said to haunt the valley during the winter months.

A phantom woman trapped in a wardrobe.

Angry Wife

Location: Castel - House known as Les Mourains (may no longer stand)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Possibly mid-to-late-eighteenth century
Further Comments: A woman who lived here died after giving birth to two sons, although she had time to make her husband promise not to remarry. Her husband failed to keep the promise, and shortly after his second marriage, his first wife came home post-mortem. She was seen by the children's nanny and the sound of her silk dress heard along the corridors. The family locked up the drawing room as it was the ghost's favourite place to manifest. Eventually the rector of the parish banished the ghost to a cupboard which was then boarded up, although sometimes the former wife could be heard behind the planks.

Funeral Procession

Location: Castel - Mont d'Aval road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Slowly walking along carrying a coffin, this group of phantoms appear to have lost their heads.

Coffin Carriers

Location: Castel - Moulin de Haut (lane)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Around Christmas (reoccurring)
Further Comments: To spot the phantom funeral procession is said to bring bad luck or death (or both!).

Fairy Treasure

Location: Castel - Rocky outcrop in the parish of Ste Marie du Castel
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This rocky pile was once said to be home to fairies and witches, and it concealed a massive wealth of treasure within.

Phantom holding a lantern.

Zigzagging Woman

Location: Castel - Rue du Dos d'Ane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1933
Further Comments: Said to have been seen on more than one occasion, this road was the haunt of an old woman who would zigzag along holding an old lantern. She would vanish next to a field.

Tchen Bodu

Location: Clos du Valle - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This black hound, known locally as tchen Bodu, is seen as a death omen for either the witness or someone close to them.

Glowing Woman

Location: Crabbe - Field
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: A small group of people walking through the area spotted a glowing grey woman standing on a grass verge. The figure wore flowery clothing under a gown and showed no reaction when one of the group called out 'hello'. The witnesses panicked and fled.


Location: Forest - Le Bourg (road)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid-to-late-twentieth century
Further Comments: A line of soldiers wearing grey uniforms walking along this road are said to be occupying German forces from the Second World War.

An old postcard showing La Hougue Bie on Jersey.

Slay Lie

Location: Grouville - La Hougue Bie
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local lord Seigneur de Hambye killed a dragon in the marshes close to here but was then murdered by his squire. The squire took credit for killing the monster, and claimed the beast had killed de Hambye, but not before his former master requested that the squire marry his widow. Fortunately, the squire would sleep talk, and it was not too long before the truth slipped from his lips in the marital bed. He was hanged for murder. Seigneur de Hambye was buried under La Hougue Bie.


Location: La Braye du Valle - Stone bridges known as Le Pont Colliche and Le Pont St Michel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: La Braye du Valle was once a tidal channel, crossable only by using two stone bridges. Over the years, a handful of people have slipped from the bridges and drowned, leaving their ghosts to haunt the area. Le Pont St Michel was additionally haunted by a 'feu bellenger', or Will-o-the-Wisp, and the cries of someone in distress.

A ghostly hare.


Location: Saint Martin - Area around Profond Camp
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather dependent: stormy nights
Further Comments: A phantom white hare was said to manifest when storms rolled through the area.

Man with Goat

Location: Saint Martin - Blanche Pierre Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Leading a white goat with a rope, this phantom man has not been reported for quite a while.

Tall Person

Location: Saint Martin - Corner of Les Maindoneaux and The Hermitage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little was known about this phantom until adjustments were made to the road and a coffin discovered containing large human bones. When properly buried the ghost never returned.

An old postcard of Saint Martin in Guernsey.

Sounds of Killing

Location: Saint Martin - La Petite Port
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sounds of wailing and crying, thought to be linked to a past murder, would cause people to avoid this area at night, until a man armed with a bible spent the night on the beach. He would not say what happened, other than reassure people the sounds would never return.


Location: Saint Martin - Lanes around the area of Le Hurel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: All members of this ghostly funeral procession were said to be headless.


Location: Saint Martin - Sausmarez Manor pond
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghostly figure wearing a long grey coat was named as Matthew De Sausmarez, a former owner of the manor. The road running alongside the manor was another area haunted by a black dog.

German Soldier

Location: St Andrews - German Military Underground Hospital and Ammunition Store
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008 (Photograph taken)
Further Comments: Several phantoms are said to haunt this former German building, including a ghostly soldier and a lady. Disembodied voices have also been reported (and recorded). In 2008 a photograph was taken which some believe show a spirit, although it is more likely to be a result of a long exposure and camera shake.

Stone Thrower

Location: St Andrews - Homes on west side of Four Cabot
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1951
Further Comments: Residents were forced to cover their west-facing windows with meshed chicken wire after windows were broken by stones. A police investigation found nothing, and some people blamed a poltergeist.

An old postcard showing St Aubin on Jersey.


Location: St Aubin - Unknown House (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The owner for this long gone house would murder French immigrants, their screams being heard around the neighbourhood, although the locals were too afraid to do anything about it. When the murderer finally died, the screams would continue to be heard around the area, until the house was demolished.

An old postcard showing St Brelade on Jersey.

Cursed Wreckers

Location: St Brelade - Coastline
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The coastline here was once highly fertile until a group of wreckers lured several Spanish ships close to the shore. All the ships hit the rocks and sank, but not before a Spanish captain shouted out a curse that condemning the wreckers and the future of the land. A year to the day later, a massive wave hit the area, drowning all the wreckers and washing the topsoil away and replacing it with sand.

Moving Bricks

Location: St Brelade - Parish church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The church was going to be built over a mile away, but the workmen awoke the day the construction was due to start and found their materials had been moved closer to the sea. The men spent the day moving everything back to the original spot, but after the materials were once again moved the following night, the church was constructed where it now stands. The jury is divided on whether God, the Devil or fairy folk were responsible.

Woman in Black

Location: St Brelade - Smugglers Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly woman in black is said to still haunt this building.


Location: St Clement - Off the Coast
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A story says that people of the parish would hide at low tide when the sounds of a huge bull would be heard rampaging along the coast. A sceptical local fisherman investigated the sounds and discovered the noises were created by the sea pouring into a rock formation.

From the book The History of Witches and Wizards, 1720.

Devil's Print

Location: St Clement - Rocqueberg, rocky outcrop
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: The area was reputedly the meeting place for witches and for summoning the devil. A footprint left by the devil is said to be still visible on a rock.

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