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Jersey Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

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.

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.

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.


Location: St Helier - Broad Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A soldier dressed in ceremonial uniform was observed by a policeman walking into a door of an empty property and vanished.

Man in Raincoat

Location: St Helier - Conway Street and New Cut
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A policeman spotted a figure wearing a raincoat walk out of New Cut who looked a little strange. The policeman followed the figure as he walked and turned into Bond Street, but as the policeman turned into the road, the figure had vanished.


Location: St Helier - House along St James Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A widow and her daughter were reported to have experienced some classic polt antics, including objects being thrown across rooms and a cold presence in the daughter's bedroom.


Location: St Helier - House along St Johns Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s and 1940s
Further Comments: This house was said to be so haunted by strange smells and sounds that no one would live in it for long. German forces took over the property in the 1940s, but once again, soldiers would move out within a few months of taking up occupancy. By the time people moved back in during the 50s, the haunting had ceased.


Location: St Helier - House along Winchester Street
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost of a teacher was briefly seen in the house where she lodged by a family member who had briefly moved back.

An old postcard showing St Helier on Jersey.


Location: St Helier - Off the Coast, heading towards Minquiers
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that in 1551 all the church bells in Jersey were removed and shipped to France. Unfortunately, they did not make it; the vessel carrying the bells sank shortly after departing. It is now said that anyone who hears the bells while out at sea will not be returning to land.

Old Lady

Location: St Helier - Property along Beresford Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century?
Further Comments: This property was said to be haunted by an unpleasant elderly woman who perched herself on a chair at the top of the staircase.

An old postcard looking down at the bay of Bonne Nuit, Jersey.

Petrified Horse

Location: St John - Bonne Nuit
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Anne-Marie and William were lovers, but a sea sprite had also fallen in love with Anne-Marie and planned to kill William. The creature transformed itself into a white horse and waited in William's stable. William however had dreamt that the horse was dangerous, so when he mounted the creature in the morning, William ensured he had a branch of mistletoe upon himself. Sure enough, as William rode his horse close to the beach, the creature galloped into the sea to drown him. William whipped out his mistletoe and struck the sprite, turning it into a rock which remains to this day. Probably.


Location: St John - Lavoir des Dames
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairies which were believed to live bathe here would strike anyone blind who spotted them. The area is also said to be home to spooky noises, although the source is unknown.

An old postcard of a river running through Waterworks Valley on Jersey.

The Bride

Location: St Lawrence - Waterworks Valley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a year, on an unconfirmed night, a team of six horses draw a coach containing a faceless bride. During her lifetime, the bride is said to have jilted at the altar, resulting in her suicide a short time later. Now in death her ghost drives around the area looking for the man who betrayed her.


Location: St Martin - Geoffroy's Leap (aka Geoffrey's Leap)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Geffroy was thrown off the cliff by a crowd for an unknown crime but survived the fall and swam back to land. The crowd argued whether to throw Geffroy back off or let him go. Geffroy volunteered to jump off, but the second time he died on the rocks below. His ghost is said to haunt the area regretting his error.

An old postcard showing Mont Orgueil castle on Jersey.


Location: St Martin - Mont Orgueil castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009
Further Comments: One charity ghost hunt at this castle channelled the spirit of William, executed in the seventeenth century for a murder that he did not commit.

Woman on the Edge

Location: St Martin - Private residence in region of St Catherine's Wood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 07 November 2016
Further Comments: A man sitting on the bed noticed a woman who he assumed was his girlfriend also sitting on the edge, wearing a black dress. A few moments later, his girlfriend walked into the room... The witness was reportedly not scared by the incident, and found it calming.

An old postcard showing the Devils Hole on Jersey.

Sea Sounds

Location: St Mary - Devils Hole
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A wooden devil figurehead from a ship once stood here, and although the first was stolen and burned, a modern replacement exist. Although some modern tales relate the crashing of the sea from the holes to legends, there is little to suggest people ever thought the noise was related to the Devil.

Moaning Children

Location: St Ouen - Greve de Lecq, rocks known as the Paternosters
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Prior to a storm
Further Comments: A ship on route to Sark collided with another boat and sank with all on board drowning. Several of the dead were children, and it is said that these youngsters can now be heard moaning when a storm front is moving in.

White Woman

Location: St Ouen - Rue la Pendue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1900
Further Comments: La blianche femme, or white woman, is reputed to haunt this road. She gave chase to a local man in 1900, who had to take shelter in a house close by.


Location: St Ouen - Vinchelez Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Phantom soldiers were said to haunt this lane.

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