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Location: Knutsford (Cheshire) - Tatton Mile (road running next to Tatton Park)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 19 October 2009, approximately 22:30h, 05 March 2021
Further Comments: Driving with his full beams on, in 2009 this driver spotted the figure of a man standing in the road with his hand out, as if he wanted the car to stop. As the car drew closer, the figure vanished, causing the driver to swerve out of shock. Twenty-wo years later, a couple in their car spotted a tall dark figure facing the road by the end of the wall. The figure looked curious enough for them to turn the car around to have another look, but no one could be found and there was no other traffic.

Andrew Mynarski

Location: Teeside (Durham) - Teeside International Airport (was Middleton St George airfield), hangars and nearby St George Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s onwards, pilot seen in hotel 1982 and detected 1990s
Further Comments: Mynarski died after trying to save a trapped pilot in a Lancaster bomber as it dived towards earth. He was awarded the VC for his efforts. Mynarski's restless spirit currently walks the area he was stationed during the war and was seen outside the control room and hangars in the 1950s. Another version of the story names the phantom as a Canadian pilot named Mullen. In 1982 a pilot reported feeling a weight on his bed which vanished when he told it to go away, and although this could be sleep paralysis, the pilot researched further and found 20 more people who had experienced the same event. Another pilot reported many crews would sleep with the lights left on, and after waking to the smell of burning flesh (which swiftly dissipated), refused to stay in the hotel again.

Flashing Light

Location: SW11 (Greater London) - Sky above Clapham Junction (also Wimbledon)
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 1981
Further Comments: A pilot waiting for a train at Clapham Junction observed a flashing light which would periodically disappear and reappear elsewhere in the sky in an instant. The object was still visible when the pilot reached his home in Wimbledon. Now a retired training captain, the man has never been able to explain the object.

Sounds of Driven Coach

Location: Castle Donington (Leicestershire) - Donington Hall (currently Nottingham East Midlands Airport HQ)
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to death
Further Comments: It was once said that when the head of the household hears a phantom coach approach but is unable to see it, a member of the family will die within a year. The hall is also reported to be haunted by a hand, possibly belonging to Lady Catherine Hungerford.


Location: Castle Donington (Leicestershire) - East Midlands Airport
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s or 1980s
Further Comments: A defunct airliner once stood at the perimeter of the airfield and was used for training. An engineer spotted lights on and returned to the flight deck where he saw a figure in the co-pilot seat who vanished in an instant. The figure was thought to be the first officer who died in a crash.


Location: Leicester (Leicestershire) - Old Courthouse and Jail
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: A visitor to the courtroom reported an oppressive feeling, as if they were a prisoner on trial. This lifted as soon as they entered the lower part of the building. The person the visitor was with felt fine in the courtroom, but later heard footsteps walking towards them although no one could be seen.

Lady in Black

Location: King's Lynn (Norfolk) - Private residence, Seabank area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970 - 1976
Further Comments: A former occupant of this home reported hearing disembodied footsteps walking up and down the staircase at night. Doors and windows would also bang shut. On one occasion the witness awoke to see a woman in black and dark grey. It was said that an exorcism was performed on the site prior to the family moving in.


Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Lanes End House, Prince Albert Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s onwards
Further Comments: A maintenance man refused to work on the top floor after dark having heard strange sounds which followed him around. Footsteps would also be heard in the basement and the reception area is reputed to have a strange feeling at night.


Location: Swindon (Wiltshire) - Private residence, Covingham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1976
Further Comments: While sleeping in the lounge, a guest in this house was awoken by whimpering from the family dog. They watched as a Roman soldier walked from one end of the room to the other. The witness screamed and ran upstairs to their friend's room, and was told it was a ghost and it would not cause any harm.

White Dog

Location: West Kennet (Wiltshire) - Long Barrow
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 23 June (or Midsummer Eve), sunrise (reoccurring). Encounters in 1995 and 1996
Further Comments: Appearing to mark the start of the longest day of the year, this pale hound has been observed at sunrise. Some reports say the dog is accompanied by a ghostly druid. In 1995 a witness heard an almost unbearable high-pitched sound before observing a Neolithic man emerge from the barrow and walk away. The witness was terrified and fled. An experience in 1996 resulted in a witness feeling as if they had hit an invisible wall and something was trying to push them out, and they later read of someone four years earlier who had been grabbed by invisible hands.


Location: Selborne (Hampshire) - Selborne Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 February 2021, 13:30h
Further Comments: A brown figure was spotted standing by a fallen tree, itself resembling a monk. The figure disappeared behind the tree. The area was silent and the undergrown in the area had not been disturbed.

Starving Girl

Location: Borwick (Lancashire) - Borwick Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 March 2009, July 2015, 20 October 2018
Further Comments: This young woman fought against her parents who had arranged her wedding - as punishment she was locked in the tower and forgotten about. She soon starved to death, but her ghost still protests. A visitor to the site in 2009 felt something touch their back and briefly spotted a dark human shape which quickly disappeared, while a similar experience was reported in 2015 and 2018.

Frog Fall

Location: Portsmouth (Hampshire) - Copnor area
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa July 1954
Further Comments: Many tiny frogs were said to have fallen from the sky during heavy rainfall.


Location: Scotby (Cumbria) - Private house near the village green
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Autumn 2013, mid afternoon
Further Comments: A man took his family to visit the grave of his grandmother at the village church. His wife and son waited in the car. When the man returned, his son asked where he had been, to which he replied he had visited his grandmother. The son pointed to a house across the green and said, 'but great grandma is over there'. The boy's father was the only person present who knew his grandmother had lived in that house fifty years previous.

Golden Frogs

Location: Bovey Tracey (Devon) - St Mary's Well (aka Golden Well)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Well still present
Further Comments: A poor farming couple provided food and shelter to a strange woman who sought refuge from a storm. The woman then cured the couple's sick child and created a well so they would never go thirsty again. The well became home to a colony of golden frogs.


Location: Datchet (Berkshire) - High Street and area around old Datchet Bridge (demolished 1848)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s, 2014
Further Comments: A story states that a coach containing many partygoers and pulled by horses came off the old bridge and ell into the river during the early nineteenth century. All the partygoers drowned. The ghostly coach may have been seen twice during the 1960s, while in 2014, three people on a boat heard galloping and partying which ended suddenly with screams and splashing. The witnesses investigated the area but were unable to find anything.

Date with Death

Location: Eringle Truagh (County Monaghan) - Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Picking on the last person to leave a funeral to have occurred here, this phantasm manifests as a beautiful woman in front of male witnesses and as a gorgeous man for female viewers. It acts as a real person, setting a date when it can next meet with the mortal, before vanishing into thin air. The date agreed upon is when the witness dies.

Faceless Woman

Location: Kendal (Cumbria) - Brigsteer Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century, 1980s
Further Comments: A woman was killed in a coach accident along this road in the nineteenth century. Shortly after the accident, a man entered a horse-drawn carriage and found himself sharing with a woman wearing a hooded cloak. She lifted the hood, revealing an empty space where her head should have been. The man jumped from the moving carriage. During the 1980s, there was a spot along the road where dogs refused to pass, which was believed to relate to the story of the faceless woman.

Older Woman

Location: Ulverston (Cumbria) - Private residence
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Circa 1996
Further Comments: A woman waiting outside her boyfriend's parents' house in a car spotted his mother at an upstairs window. The woman waved but received no acknowledgement in return. When the boyfriend came to the car, the woman mentioned spotting the mother upstairs, only to be told he was alone in the house. The boyfriend returned to check the house and found it empty. The woman released the figure stood at an odd angle and was not quite clear.

Cigarette Smoking Man

Location: Honington (Suffolk) - RAF Honington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1979/80, and June 1983
Further Comments: In 1983 two RAF police officers spotted a man dressed in Second World War flying kit smoking a cigarette between two barbed wire fences. They challenged the man, who turned, walked through one of the fences, and faded away. Three years prior to this encounter, a converted H block was home to an entity which could be heard breathing heavily and would occasionally attack people in their beds. A local story reports that a USAF bomber exploded on take-off during the war, and one of the crew's bodies was never found.

Floating Lights

Location: Ashburton (Devon) - Skies north of the village
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Summer 1915
Further Comments: Admiralty Intelligence Officers investigated a series of strange lights which were seen in the skies over the area by multiple witnesses. The investigating officers also watched the lights rise into the air and vanish. The officers' report suggested that the lights may have been attached to a balloon used to lift wireless equipment to enable German spies to contact the mainland, although no evidence could be found.

Long Light

Location: Cors Caron (aka Tregaron Bog) (Dyfed) - Area around the old railway line
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa 1980s?
Further Comments: A woman and man walking through the are at night watched a long light moving along the top of the marshy land. The man ran back to their car to grab a camera but while there the woman watched the light break into smaller glowing parts which moved in different directions before fading away.

Will o' the Wisp

Location: Llanthony Valley (Gwent) - Hill in the area
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1920s, summer
Further Comments: A man returning home on bicycle at night watched a pumpkin-sized ball of fire rise from a piece of marshy land. The ball moved in a circle at ground level before quickly crossing fields, smoothly leaping any fence which stood in the way. The ball vanished into trees.

Ball of Light

Location: Linley (Shropshire) - Church and unknown cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1913/14
Further Comments: Balls of light were seen around the village; one on the church tower and the other passing through a cottage. While the lights were thought to be connected to the phantom white lady said to haunt the area, it could be possible they relate to the geological fault line which runs through the area.

Woman in White

Location: Worrall (Yorkshire) - Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1920
Further Comments: This phantom woman was seen walking around the area waving her arms above her head.

Secret Tunnel

Location: Lorrha (County Tipperary) - Friars Lough
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A secret tunnel said to exist between Friars Lough and the village contained treasure hidden by monks.

Monstrous Fish

Location: Broadstairs (Kent) - Sandy area, was known as Fishness
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1574
Further Comments: A twenty-two yard (twenty metre) long fish washed up on the beach, the creature's roar being heard over a mile away before dying. One of the creature's eyes was said to be 'more than a cart and six horses could draw'. It is very likely the 'fish' was a whale.

Glowing Figure

Location: Muchalls (Aberdeenshire) - Road between Muchalls and Stonehaven
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1968
Further Comments: While sitting in their car one morning, a couple watched a glowing figure floating around one metre off the ground. The entity suddenly vanished.

Mermaid or Whale

Location: Porthleven (Cornwall) - Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 14 September 1786
Further Comments: Following a storm, a large creature was discovered on the beach. It was alive, until concerned locals beat and stabbed the creature to death. The creature measured just under 49 feet (15 metres) from head to tail, had a back tougher than a turtle's shell, and two stubby arms. While some of the creature's killers named it as a whale, others were not so sure and declared it to have been a mermaid.

Fairy Ship

Location: Isle of Muck (Highland) - Unknown beach
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1910?
Further Comments: Two children on the beach suddenly found a boy dressed in green standing beside them. The boy pointed to his ship a few feet from shore, which contained a small girl and a tiny dog. After the green people shared some small biscuits, they set sail, saying that others of their kind were coming.

Coil Marks

Location: Wormhill (Derbyshire) - St Margaret's Church area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The marks on the hill near the church were said to be the location where a dragon once laid. The church is named after Margaret of Antioch, who was swallowed by a dragon but escaped when her crucifix caused irritation.

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).

Tablet Curse

Location: Lydney (Gloucestershire) - Roman temple of Nodens, Lydney Park
Type: Other
Date / Time: Temple still present, curse discovered 1929
Further Comments: A curse written on a tablet was found on this site. Translated from Latin, the curse read, 'For the god Nodens. Silvianus has lost a ring and has donated one half (its worth) to Nodens. Among those named Senicianus permit no good health until it is returned to the temple of Nodens'. The ring had previously been discovered in 1785 at Silchester. It is believed that ring and curse influenced Tolkien's One Ring.


Location: Walton-on-the-Hill (Surrey) - Road running by Walton Heath
Type: ABC
Date / Time: May 1983
Further Comments: A motorist watched a cheetah run in front of his car as he drove through the area.

Tiny Footballers

Location: Ballyroan (County Laois) - Marshy field west of village
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A worker returning home took a shortcut across a marshy field and watched several tiny men playing football. The worker was told to kick the ball, but he was unable to touch it. When he finally did kick the ball, the worker was knocked to the ground. When he recovered, the tiny footballers had vanished.


Location: Braunton (Devon) - Church and Chapel Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The building of the church would be undone at night until the foundations were relaid where a sow with her young were found.

White Pigs

Location: Nevern (Dyfed) - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The church was due to be constructed close to the river, but an angel appeared and advised that building work should occur at a site where a white pig would be seen. The advice was taken; a white sow and her white piglets were discovered where the church now stands.

White Lady

Location: Aberdeen (Aberdeenshire) - Ardoe House Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990?
Further Comments: The daughter of a previous owner, this shade is thought to have returned after the girl's suicide. She is said to walk down the staircase dressed in nightwear.


Location: Dundee (Angus) - Unidentified cinema
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 1951
Further Comments: A projectionist heard footsteps walking around the cinema, even though he was alone in the locked building. The projectionist mentioned the event to the building's manager a week later, who said that they had also previously heard the sounds.

Robert Hawker

Location: Morwenstow (Cornwall) - Church and general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Parson Hawker, proudly proclaimed a legend in his own lifetime by locals, has been heard walking about in his former church and other various areas of his old neighbourhood. Many years ago, the church was due to be constructed in a different place, but the building materials were relocated by a supernatural agency to the place it now stands.


Location: Soulseat (Dumfries and Galloway) - Banks of Loch Soulseat
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1979, 1987
Further Comments: A ghostly hooded figure has been spotted moving along the bank of the loch before vanishing into trees.


Location: Soulseat (Dumfries and Galloway) - Manse House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The cellar was reportedly bricked up after strange moans and 'unearthly noises' emerged from within.

Headless Horsemen

Location: Rodmarton (Gloucestershire) - Church
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This church was said to have been relocated due to the intervention of headless horsemen.

Possibly Mary

Location: Crossford (Lanarkshire) - Craignethan Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mary unknown, other activity circa 1990
Further Comments: The headless woman reported in the castle grounds could be Mary Queen of Scots, though her relationship with the building appears to be minimal. Workmen on the site claimed to have seen a figure in the ruins and heard voices.

Downed Craft Hoax

Location: Haltwhistle (Northumberland) - Ten miles north of town in a marshy area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: December 1968
Further Comments: A witness wrote to the RAF claiming he had seen a large silver disc crash and that he had investigated inside the craft before it had (mostly) sunk into the marsh. The RAF asked the police to investigate; the witness admitted that while he had seen the craft and thought it was going to land, he had fabricated the rest of the tale.


Location: Robeston Watham (Dyfed) - Robeston Watham House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: The sound of heavy boots would occasionally be heard moving around the site, in one instance causing the occupier to believe a burglar had entered the property.

White Figure

Location: Auchtertool (Fife) - B952 Auchtertool Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 1981, around 01:30h
Further Comments: Two occupants of a car screamed when they spotted a small white figure with thin arms trying to climb over a wall which ran alongside the road. The figure's face had no features. The witnesses later discovered another person had previously seen the white figure.


Location: Balnakeil (Highland) - Balnakeil Beach
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: August 1980
Further Comments: A woman taking a polaroid photograph of the beach was amazed to see two buildings and a shadowy post on the developed image - no buildings were in the frame as she pressed the camera shutter. An analysis of the image suggested that it was an under exposed image of a farm.


Location: Falkirk (Falkirk) - Callendar shopping centre
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1992
Further Comments: The Sunday Mail reported that after a series of incidents delayed the construction of the shopping centre, a local psychic claimed the building was being erected on a ley line, resulting in negative energy being released.

Flying Objects

Location: Madeley (Staffordshire) - Between Madely (now Madeley) and Whitmore, at a place once known as the Highwayhouse
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1651
Further Comments: Standing in the doorway, a woman with two children watched a dark disc briefly part cover the sun. The disc divided into small parts and flew towards the woman, creating the sounds of a great battle. The woman ran inside the house, leaving one of the children behind. A maid was sent to recover the child, by which time the sky had filled with a phantom battle and premature darkness fell. Eventually the battle ceased.

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