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Benevolent Voices

Location: Coatbridge (Lanarkshire) - Private house near Showcase Leisure Park
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2005 - 2012
Further Comments: Scratching, loud banging, disembodied footsteps and flashing lights were experienced in this home, as well as strange unidentifiable ringing during the night. Voices emerged from children's toys which tried to warn of an upcoming event. One child reported seeing the apparition of tall old woman, while another would talk to something other family members could not see.

Vanishing Woman

Location: Creenahoe (County Fermanagh) - Sligo Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 October 2021, 05:20h
Further Comments: A witness watched a woman walking with a dog vanish without trace.

Maid

Location: Ticknall (Derbyshire) - Calke Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Sightings unknown, log in 2018
Further Comments: Several entities are reputed to haunt this site, including a maid in the kitchen and another figure in the entrance hall. Voices are said to emerge from empty rooms. In 2018 a ghost hunter claimed to contacted a spirit which had taken up residence in a wooden log; the spirit was named as a former resident of the abbey.

Nun

Location: SE13 (Greater London) - Outside St Swithun's Church, Hither Green Lane, Lewisham
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witness briefly observed the bottom of a nun's habit, moving as if swirling and floating around in the garden. The witness stated that when seen, the surrounding area appeared 'unreal' for a few seconds.

Screaming

Location: Pluckley (Kent) - Area around the Brickworks, Pluckley Heath
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1991, and 09 October 2021
Further Comments: To hear the screaming ghost is not uncommon in this area and is reported to be quite bloodcurdling. A witness who heard the scream in 1991 said that they were familiar with fox noises and the ghost's cries did not resemble those of the creature. In 2021 two witnesses were left 'spooked' as they drove past the Brickworks and passed through a localised mist which contained pocket-like holes.

Cube With Arms

Location: Livingston (Lothian) - Skies over the town
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 05 October 2021, 22:50h
Further Comments: A UFO was spotted by multiple witnesses. The object was difficult to make out, due to the piercing light, but was considered cube-like with 'arm light' appendages. It was thought to be between four and six times the size of an aircraft. The object was initially stationary, but moved north over the Edinburgh flight path.

Alarm

Location: NW1 (Greater London) - The New Diorama Theatre, Camden
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2021
Further Comments: Duty managers at the theatre have reported the door of the disability-access toilet locking itself, and the alarm being triggered, when the facility is unoccupied.

invisible Bird

Location: Malvern Wells (Hereford & Worcester) - Grundys Lane
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Two occupants of a house on this street felt the sensation of an invisible bird passing through their heads, and seemingly out of a closed window.

A Hound Follows

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne (Northumberland) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Belief circa nineteenth century?
Further Comments: It was believed that a phantom dog would follow midwives as they travelled around the city. If the dog laughed as the midwife reached her destination, all would be well, but if the hound howled, then complications would follow. One report described the hound as Mastiff-like.

My Spook

Location: Camberley (Surrey) - Private residence, Windermere Walk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A family visiting an older relative along this street witnessed a radio turning itself on unaided. The relative declared, 'oh, that's my spook!' and said similar events had occurred in the past.

Figure in Black

Location: Bellochantuy (Argyll and Bute) - Argyll hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2021, late 1990s
Further Comments: A guest awoke to the sounds of quiet laughter and rummaging. As the guest sat up, they spotted a black-clad figure who vanished when the light was switched on. The guest searched the room but no one was there. After they returned to bed, they watched several small balls of light flit around the room. Another visitor to the hotel during the late 1990s reported on a local forum that he had witnessed a dark figure walking around his room before vanishing. The nephew of former owners believed the site to be haunted.

Green Lady

Location: Skipness (Argyll and Bute) - Skipness Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The castle is reputed to be haunted by a green lady which protects the castle. The entity is said to dislikes dogs, although no one appears to be sure how this dislike manifests.

Tall Figure

Location: Bulwell (Nottinghamshire) - Private residence
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2007 onwards
Further Comments: The Nottingham Ghost Investigations team have reported several entities haunt this site, including a tall figure in a trench coat, a small blonde haired girl, a shadow man, a teenage boy, and an old man named Bill. Items have been thrown about and unexplained voices, footsteps and bangs reported.

Older Gentleman

Location: Montacute (Somerset) - Private residence
Type: ha
Date / Time: 2020s
Further Comments: The phantom older gentleman has been observed both in the house and on the grounds. He is blamed for the opening and closing of curtains, disembodied footsteps, and unexplained bangs. On multiple occasions during renovation work builders on the site would investigate sounds which they suspected came from copper thieves, but no one would ever be found and nothing was missing.

Heavy Footsteps

Location: Englefield Green (Surrey) - Wooded area off Coopers Hill Lane
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: April 2021
Further Comments: While walking through this wooded area, one person heard heavy footsteps approaching along the footpath. No one could be seen, even though there was a disturbance on the ground. Even though it was a bright sunny day, the area felt oppressive, and the witness left the area terrified.

Henry

Location: Corsley (Wiltshire) - White Hart public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 02 July 2021
Further Comments: The ghost nicknamed Henry was blamed for moving a bar measure across the counter, which was picked up on CCTV. Customers have claimed to have seen 'something' behind the bar, and in another incident, the landlady felt a hand grab her leg while working.

Charlie

Location: Hemsworth (Yorkshire) - Alpha Public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: Staff have spotted movement in their peripheral vision and heard a man coughing when the pub is empty. The ghost, nicknamed Charlie, is said to be non-threatening, although some staff refuse to venture into the cellar alone.

Veiled Lady

Location: Barnton (Cheshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1907
Further Comments: A black-clad woman with a veil was spotted several times walking the roads in the village during the early hours of the morning. One newspaper speculated the woman was a practical joker.

Too Many Ghosthunters

Location: E9 (Greater London) - Hackney Churchyard, Mare Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 1895
Further Comments: A crowd of around two thousand people descended on this churchyard after a rumour started that it was haunted. At least one man was arrested for being drunk and disorderly, and gravestones were damaged by the crowd. A piece of folklore said three boys once played cards in the churchyard, with one proclaiming 'God may strike me down if I win this game'; the boy promptly fell dead and reputedly took to haunting the spot.

Breaking Glass

Location: Llanarthney (Dyfed) - Emlyn Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa 1910
Further Comments: A poltergeist is reported to have caused much distress and damage in this pub over several days, including throwing hot stones around and creating disembodied footsteps in empty rooms. A police officer who attended reported narrowly avoiding being hit by a polished rock which launched itself off a mantelpiece.

Mourning Lady

Location: NW6 (Greater London) - West End Lane Station (now West Hampstead railway station)
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa 1907
Further Comments: Travelling to Kew, Mrs Thompson watched a lady who appeared to be in mourning board the carriage. Thompson had placed a parcel and bunch of flowers by her side, so removed the items to make room for the lady to sit down, but the lady had vanished. Thompson replaced the items. When the train reached the next station, the carriage door opened and the lady in mourning entered, this time very much flesh and blood, and asked Thompson to move the flowers so she could sit.

Miner

Location: Pontypool (Gwent) - Baldwin's Clog & Legging Mine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1904
Further Comments: Miners refused to work alone after a ghostly figure with a naked light in its forehead was observed tapping the roof and sides of a tunnel. One newspaper claimed the figure could only be seen from one direction.

Mr Smith

Location: W2 (Greater London) - Private residence, Hyde Park Square
Type: Other
Date / Time: Pre 1872
Further Comments: A rumour started that a house was haunted by its former owner, Mr Smith. Smith was a former architect who requested that, after his death, his body should be placed in a glass coffin and stored in a glass room on the roof of his home. The story of the transparent coffin and ghost ensured the property remained empty for over a decade, until a coroner forced entry and discovered that the story of the coffin was false (he apparently did not find a ghost either).

Goat

Location: Higham (Kent) - Gads Hill Place
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During a book lecture, Alfred Tennyson Dickens claimed that servants at his home had threatened to leave after being scared by a ghost. Dickens and his sons investigated and discovered a strange sounding white shape, which transpired to be an aging goat.

Darting White Figure

Location: Bronllys (Powys) - All over the village (including Pontywal)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1908
Further Comments: This white entity was seen several times silently moving at speed around the village, sometimes disappearing only to reappear moments later draped in black. Even though occasionally pursued by locals, it could never be caught, and even once appeared in Pontywal (the home of Breconshire's chief constable).

Veiled Woman

Location: Osgodby, Selby (Yorkshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa November 1910
Further Comments: This female entity stepped out in front of a farmer driving a horse and trap, bidding the man 'goodnight' before disappearing into nearby trees. A cyclist also encountered the ghost, describing it as a woman wearing a black veil.

Tall Man

Location: Galway (County Galway) - Newcastle area (possibly neighbourhood known as Granville)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1908
Further Comments: Two men walking in the evening encountered a dark human-like shape, some nine foot (2.74 metres) in height. The figure vanished as it moved closer, only to reappear further down the road. The following night, a party armed with sticks and pistols tried to find the entity. They succeeded, although as one man took aim with his revolver, he dropped the weapon and fainted. The entity vanished once again and never returned.

Photographed Figure

Location: Barnstaple (Devon) - Nineteenth century burial site (may no longer exist)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 1909
Further Comments: After a rumour started that a ghost had been seen in this disused site, a man claimed to have photographed the spirit rising from a grave. The image was displayed in his window; it is unclear whether any copies of the photograph exist today.

Phantom Hunt

Location: Penbryn (Dyfed) - Unidentified farm in the parish
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Phantom hounds and hunters were once said to make an occasional appearance here.

Police (and Not a Ghost)

Location: SE1 (Greater London) - Unknown house, Bermondsey Street
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1909
Further Comments: James Phillips was told he was 'more likely to find a policeman than a ghost' by a judge while in court for breaking into an alleged haunted house.

Flaming Woman

Location: Pluckley (Kent) - Surrenden House (original house no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1904
Further Comments: Contemporary newspapers reported that a visitor to the house spotted a burning woman holding a baby running along the driveway. The witness fainted, and by the time she had recovered, the figure had vanished. Another entity, possibly later the same day, was said to have tried to strangle another woman in her bed (although the newspaper speculated this event occurred because of the day's excitement).

A Five Shilling Encounter

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Unknown house in Field Street
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: September 1904
Further Comments: Hugh Morgan was fined five shillings after being caught smashing a window of an empty house which was said to be haunted. Hugh claimed he was attempting to lay the ghost.

Jock the Piper

Location: St Andrews (Fife) - Cliffs close to golf course
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely nineteenth century
Further Comments: Jock vanished into a cave along the cliffs never to be seen again. He is said to be heard or seen along the cliffs, a gust of cold wind denoting his presence. Encountering the entity is said to bring ill fortune.

Chapel

Location: St Andrews (Fife) - North Bell Street (now Greyfriars Garden)
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: A slightly dubious source claimed that as Allan turned the corner of this street, he could see the large chapel (which had not existed for many years). Allan entered the building in time to see a monk being decapitated by an assailant. Allan then found himself sitting on a nearby wall with a grinning skull by his feet. The skull briefly gnashed its teeth before flying into the sky and vanishing.

Quite a Few

Location: King's Lynn (Norfolk) - True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: This building is said to be haunted by a few dozen ghosts, although no sightings appear to predate the year 2000. The building's ghosts featured in several news publications in September 2021 after a ghost hunter's motion-activated music box was left on the site, causing museum staff some concern.

Currie the Pirate

Location: Portpatrick (Dumfries and Galloway) - Dunskey Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Three ghosts were said to haunt this site; a chambermaid who jumped off the nearby cliffs, a piper who became lost exploring secret tunnels, and a pirate named Currie.

White Lady

Location: St Andrews (Fife) - Abbey road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, likely pre twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom white woman was said to haunt this road.

Secret Passage

Location: St Andrews (Fife) - Close to The Pends Gateway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1880
Further Comments: Spencer Ashton claimed a strange figure took him into a cave along an unidentified beach and through a tunnel which eventually led to The Pends. During the underground walk, Ashton spotted a ghostly white lady and a line of marching skeletons. Before parting ways, the strange figure gave Ashton a tiny gold cup that bestowed him good fortune for the rest of his days.

Meeting Place

Location: St Andrews (Fife) - Lausdree Castle (likely a pseudonym or a fictional place (and story))
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: A family butler claimed that the castle was a hotbed of hauntings and was a meeting point for many ghosts and ghouls. The rooms beneath the castle had to be boarded up, as anyone who tried to explore the cellars never returned.

Robert de Montrose

Location: St Andrews (Fife) - St Rule's Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Prior Robert was stabbed in the back by a monk before being thrown off the top of the tower. The crime was spectrally repeated for many years.

Nun

Location: St Andrews (Fife) - The Pends
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Folklore says this road was haunted by a woman who mutilated her own face rather than be forced into marriage. She later became a nun, and it was in these garments her ghost was said to walk carrying a lantern.

Farm Animals

Location: Old Milton (Hampshire) - Myrtle Cottage, currently occupied by Rayment & Butler estate agency
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Small, ghostly farm animals have been reported running around this building, and there are also reports of a 'country bumpkin' type lurking on the lower floors. The upstairs is haunted by a young girl.

Nuns

Location: Lindisfarne (aka Holy Island) (Northumberland) - Church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: June 2019
Further Comments: A witness spotted many nuns praying in the church. Mentioning it to a nearby woman, the witness was told the church was empty; no one else had seen the nuns and there was no evidence they had existed.

Cardinal

Location: Waverley (Surrey) - Waverley Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Ghost unknown, cat sighting 27 October 1825
Further Comments: Appearing in the dining hall, this former Cardinal was reportedly seen many times drifting around. It is believed that he could stand guard over a hoard of hidden treasure. The writer William Cobbett reported seeing a large grey cat while visiting the abbey, possibly an early Alien Big Cat encounter.

Reapers

Location: Bradshaw (Yorkshire) - Field (exact location withheld)
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa 1977
Further Comments: Strange 'reaper-like' figures were spotted by children. The black-clad, hooded figures herded cattle in a nearby field, causing confusion and upset amongst the children. Adults with the children were unable to see the figures. Thirty years later, one of the witnesses shared the story with a friend who lived near the field, who said that they had also seen the figures.

Slamming

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Kennels, Croxteth Country Park
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: Two students and a tutor experienced mild poltergeist activity while they worked on the site, including a latched door opening and closing itself, and lights being flicked on and off. Around the same time, police and a RSPCA inspector were called and investigated reports that barking and howling could be heard from the building at night, even though it had been many years since dogs had been kept there.

Figure with Green Light

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Woolton Road, Allerton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2019
Further Comments: Walking home late at night, a witness came across a shadowy figure holding an old fashioned lantern which glowed green. The figure walked quickly, crossed the road close to the cemetery and vanished into thin air.

Running

Location: Northampton (Northamptonshire) - Commercial building, Sixfields area
Type: Other
Date / Time: 2013
Further Comments: A witness heard footsteps sprinting towards their position, but when they turned around, no one could be seen. The sound of the footsteps continued to echo around the area for several seconds after they had ceased.

Wispy-Haired Man

Location: Horsham (Sussex) - Right hand bend on A24
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 August 2021, 23:00h
Further Comments: While travelling as a passenger along the A24, a witness spotted a man dressed in a dark blue jumper and shabby brown trousers standing by the roadside. The man had a leathery, mummified face with sunken eyes. His mouth was slightly agape, and his wispy shoulder-length hair touched his collar. The witness was left shaken, although the driver was unable to see the man.

Woman and Girl

Location: Rastrick (Yorkshire) - Junction of Thornhill Road and Lillands Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2018, around midday
Further Comments: While walking along Thornhill Road, a witness spotted a dark-haired woman (aged late 30s-40s) and a dark-haired girl (aged around 8 or 9) waving towards a house. Both wore modern looking clothing. The couple started to walk and were slightly ahead of the witness when they turned down Lillands Lane. Only a few seconds behind, the witness turned down the same road only to find the couple had vanished; there was nowhere else they could have gone.

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