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Jarman

Location: Little Gaddesden (Hertfordshire) - Village pond and Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Jarman, a churchwarden living in the village, drowned himself in the pond after his relationship with a member of the Bridgewater family fell apart. His entity is reported to lurk by the pond and, once a year, travel around the manor house extinguishing candles and dimming any electrical lights.


The ghostly Duke of Argyle's mistress.

Silky

Location: Chirton (Northumberland) - Chirton Hall (no longer standing), also referred to as Churton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Once the home of the Duke of Argyle, this building was said to be haunted by his former mistress who died suddenly, the sound of her silken dress giving her nickname.


The Wild Hunt.

Hunters

Location: Haltwhistle (Northumberland) - Area near Hadrian's Wall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The wild hunt is said to pass through this way, driving all the local pets mad. Eric Maple refers to the entities as Norse huntsmen, but other sources are less certain. The same area is also home to a phantom bridal procession, dressed in medieval garments.


A French officer, only one of several entities to haunt this site.

Attempted Murder

Location: Gosport (Hampshire) - Forton Barracks (no longer operational)
Type: Other
Date / Time: January 1899
Further Comments: After a 'ghost scare' at this barracks, a marine was found guilty of unlawfully shooting another man. The marine claimed to have been 'unnerved' by the ghostly report, and accidently opened fire at his relief. The 'ghost' incident which preceded the shooting was said to have been reported by another guard who had watched a dog leap over a wall. When the guard tried to follow the dog, he discovered that the dog's footprints turned into human prints which led into a creek. The site had acted as a PoW camp for Napoleonic troops, and another ghost story said that a French officer's spirit remained earthbound.


A radiant woman in the lake.

Lady of the Lake

Location: Charnock Richard (Lancashire) - The Dam (lake near Park Hall)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A radiant white female form has been seen a couple of times in the lake within the Hall grounds - it is believed to be a woman who drowned herself after falling in love with a monk. His ghost in turn may haunt the hall.


A ghostly blue woman.

Green Lady

Location: Southerndown (South Glamorgan) - Hill where Dunraven Castle once stood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This castle was formally the haunt of a blue lady and a ship wrecker. The latter ghost is said to appear on the anniversary of his death (which is not known), walking the coastline, shouting and screaming.

Black Smoky Shape

Location: Colchester (Essex) - Private residence, St Anne's estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s/1980s
Further Comments: The black smoky shape seen by one witness was preceded by the sounds of groaning and heavy boots. Keys and cutlery would vanish, only to reappear a few days later in strange places, and a decorative plate displayed on a wall hovered in mid-air before falling and breaking into four perfect segments.

Elderly Man Wearing a Grey Cap

Location: SE10 (Greater London) - Odeon cinema, Trafalgar Road (was formerly the Trafalgar), no longer standing
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: A man wearing a cap and jacket who had died in a seat in the stalls took to frequently appearing after the final evening screening, but only to new cinema employees.

Piano

Location: Garwick (Isle of Man) - Glen Hotel (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1955
Further Comments: A witness and their family who lived in the hotel for two years had a number of strange auditory experiences, including a faint piano (that ceased after the family found a handwritten music score), laboured breathing, and the sound of horses passing outside.


A woodland ghost.

Woman

Location: Old Leighlin (County Carlow) - Woods in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local folklore says these woods are haunted by a young woman, although the finer points of the story are missing.

Portent of Doom

Location: Cratloe (County Clare) - Woodland
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: To be followed or escorted by this black hound would result in misfortune soon after the encounter.

Black Dog

Location: Drumcliff (aka Drumcliffe) (County Clare) - Exact location not known
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once thought to haunt this area, the phantom black hound would appear to be mostly forgotten about.

Earless Dog

Location: Clashmealcon (County Kerry) - Area around Brown's Castle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghostly, earless dog that haunted this area was supposed to emerge from the castle's moat at night before wandering off to hunt rabbits.

White Dogs

Location: Meenogahane (County Kerry) - Area once known as Laghtnegunbane
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An area around here was known as 'grave of the white dogs' and thought to be haunted by the creatures.

Coach and Horses

Location: Paulstown (County Kilkenny) - Shankill castle (aka Shankill Castle)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several entities were said to have taken up residence around the castle, including a phantom coach which would arrive outside the front door, an older man seen on the first floor, ringing bells and a phantom monk. A gate on the site would open itself; even after concreate had been used, the following day the gate was found open and bent.

Hound

Location: Redhouse Hill (County Limerick) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This location may have once been home to a ghostly hound.

Shadows

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Applerock Studios
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: Investigated by GhostEire, the site located in a former red light district is home to shadowy people and an unidentified voice picked up on recording equipment.

Grey Lady

Location: Enniscorthy (County Wexford) - St. Senan's Hospital (closed 2015)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghostly grey lady spotted around the hospital is thought to be a nurse or matron.

Mary Anne Wildes

Location: Wexford (County Wexford) - Cape Bar and Undertakers (aka Cape of Good Hope, aka Mackens)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Photographer Simon Bloom killed his assistant Mary Anne Wildes before trying to take his own life. Simon failed and, at his trial, found guilty of Mary's murder. The crime occurred in the flat above the bar; as such, Mary is said to put in an occasional appearance.

Ship

Location: Wexford (County Wexford) - Sea off the quay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly sailing ship is reputed to occasionally put in an appearance just off the coast.

de la Roche

Location: Wexford (County Wexford) - Selskar Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Alexander de la Roche founded this abbey. Once piece of folklore says that Alexander temporarily left his girlfriend for the Crusades, and after a few years she was informed that Alexander had died. She became a nun. Alas, Alexander's death had been erroneously reported and he returned to marry her. Unable to do so, Alexander became a monk, although they are now united in love in ghostly form (possibly). Another piece of folklore says there are secret passageways under the building, and a drummer once tried to investigate them (with his friends listening on the surface); his drumming abruptly ceased during the exploration and he was never seen again.

Gentle Pete

Location: Gosport (Hampshire) - Lane running past The Hermitage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1970s, around 22:00h
Further Comments: A woman walking her dog along this lane encountered a dark figure wearing Elizabethan clothing. The man tipped his hat at the woman before walking though the wall and a closed door. A few years later, the story of Gentle Pete featured in a magazine; a Dutchman who fled to England to escape persecution in the Elizabethan age.

Thrown Glass

Location: Canterbury (Kent) - Maidens Head public house (Room 4 in particular)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2019 - 2022
Further Comments: The pub appeared in the local press after it was reported that keys were taken and glasses smashed by an unseen hand in one of the guest rooms. A jukebox reputedly played while disconnected.


A phantom lady in white.

Bloodied Woman

Location: Kilbryde (Stirling) - Kilbryde Castle and Glen
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Fifteenth or sixteenth century
Further Comments: A young lady of the Cromlix family fell in love with Sir Malise Graham (known as the Black Knight of Kilbryde), who returned the feelings by murdering her and hiding the body. The woman's ghost returned, dressed in white and covered in blood, beckoning any witness who spotted her to approach. Most ran away, until one man did as the ghost requested. The woman then led the man to a nearby glen where he discovered a woman's body; the ghost returned no more.

Bruising

Location: Middlesbrough (Yorkshire) - Private residence, Trimdon Avenue, Acklam
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2021- June 2022
Further Comments: A family fled their home after enduring several months of strange events which included lights being switched on and off by an unknown agency, and spontaneous bruises appearing on one family member. Items would also move around the house and be thrown down the staircase.

Hanging Ward

Location: Sletty (aka Sleaty, aka Slatey) (County Carlow) - Ward's Tree (sycamore, may no longer stand)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1935
Further Comments: After a man named Ward used the tree to hang himself, it gained an unnatural reputation; people avoided the area and animals refused to pass.

The Hungry

Location: Frosses (County Donegal) - Roose Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During the Great Famine, a pot filled with gruel was left on the bridge for passersby to eat. Not everyone who walked along the route survived, and a few of those people now remain.

Vanishing Girl

Location: Killarney (County Kerry) - Derrycunnihy Church and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A variation on the vanishing hitchhiker story has the ghostly white woman supposed to haunt this church sometimes appear in the back seat of passing cars. She is believed to have been killed while cycling home close to the church.

Donal

Location: Killarney (County Kerry) - Lake Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Donal McCarthy Mor founded the nearby Muckross Abbey but has now wandered away and frequents the hotel bar. The site is also reputed to be haunted by a young woman or girl in nineteenth century clothing.


The phantom horse and rider emerge from the lake.

O'Donoghue

Location: Killarney (County Kerry) - Lough Leane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 May (O'Donoghue, every 7 years) (reoccurring), others on misty nights
Further Comments: A warrior by the name of O'Donoghue is said to emerge from the waters of the lake on the back of a white horse once every seven years. Another story has an unidentified figure walking a hound appear on misty nights.

Black Clothed Man

Location: Dunwich (Suffolk) - Work site along the cliff
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 15 January 2022, 07:15h
Further Comments: A man in black wearing a hood, spotted while a witness parked a work van, moved behind a static lodge caravan close to the wedge of the cliffs and vanished. An immediate search of the area began and lasted for thirty minutes but no person could be found.

The Third Brother

Location: Bragar (Outer Hebrides) - Old mill (may no longer exist)
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two brothers worked in the mill. One brother would work while the other slept. One day, the working brother watched a figure, who he recognised as another one of his brothers who had recently died, walk over to the sleeping brother and kiss him before disappearing. The brother who slept died a few days later.

Bean Nighe

Location: Shawbost, Isle of Lewis (Outer Hebrides) - The Black Pool of the Hill
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local fisherman John Smith encountered the legendary washerwoman while she scrubbed the clothing of a boat crew who were due soon to die. The bean nighe granted Smith the gift of wealth before leaving, never to return.

Crowd of People

Location: Bancyffordd (Dyfed) - Road by fields east of area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre nineteenth century
Further Comments: A worker returning to a farm late at night observed a crowd of people surrounding a horse and cart. A loud scream from an unseen source caused the man to flee and he arrived at the farm in a state of shock. Other workers investigated the location of the man's sighting but could see nothing out of the ordinary. A few days later, the man was working the on the same field and watched a funeral procession pass, identical to that he had seen a few nights previous.

Home

Location: Llangadog (Dyfed) - Trichrug (hill)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hill, another home to fairies, also claimed to house the grave of a giant - anyone who laid within the hill would be granted incredible strength.

Funeral

Location: Llanpumsaint (Dyfed) - Unidentified road near the area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: A man riding his horse encountered a ghostly funeral procession that startled both him and his mount. Around a week after the sighting, someone died on a nearby farm; the witness to the ghostly procession spotted the real funeral procession and claimed they were identical.

Sound of a Coach

Location: Myddfai (Dyfed) - Building at Myrtle Hill
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1805
Further Comments: A family sitting in their parlour were disturbed by what sounded like a horse and coach running down their staircase. When they ran to the stairs, the source of the sound could not be discovered. A few minutes later, the body of the family's son was carried in, having drowned nearby.

Dancers

Location: Pencarreg (Dyfed) - Area close to a mountain
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large number of fairies dancing in a field were spotted by a group of people intending to play football. The fairies moved away to another field, and when they realised the people were following, became invisible.

Corpse Candle

Location: Pontfaen (Dyfed) - Road between village and Tredavid, and Llanychllwydog church
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre nineteenth century
Further Comments: A preacher by the name of Griffith watched a bright light hovering along the road. After fifteen minutes, the light moved to the churchyard and hovered over a particular spot before vanishing. A few days later, a child was buried in the spot where the light had hovered.

White Stone

Location: Pontyberem (Dyfed) - Disgwylfa farm
Type: Other
Date / Time: Pre nineteenth century
Further Comments: A white stone the size of a human head was discovered on the farm, supposedly after it fell from the sky. A small scraping from the stone had the power to cure rabies; its current whereabouts is unknown.

The Giant's Grave

Location: Rhayader (Powys) - St Clement's Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A mass grave in the churchyard reputedly contains a thighbone that measured over a metre in length.

Closing Windows

Location: Neath (West Glamorgan) - Unidentified mansion
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Possibly eighteenth century
Further Comments: After windows in this house closed on their own accord, a servant volunteered to stay and see who was to blame. A ghostly gentleman appeared to the servant and stated that a pot of gold was buried in the dairy, and if removed, he would never appear again. The occupants dug up the gold and the ghost never reappeared.

Figure at the Window

Location: St Day (Cornwall) - Old church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2021
Further Comments: Local press carried the story that a paranormal group released video purporting to show a figure standing in an elevated window of this empty church.

Eight Men A-Leaping

Location: Caterham (Surrey) - Area around the A22
Type: Other
Date / Time: 28 July 1963 (dancing men), others 2000s
Further Comments: Several motorists reported eight figures dressed in black cloaks or cowls running and leaping around, heading towards the dual carriageway. The witnesses said that they moved strangely and silently. In the 2000s, stories began to appear concerning a ghostly woman in white along the road, either standing on the side or running out in front of cars.

Shadows

Location: Hartlepool (Durham) - Athenaeum Club, Church Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Shadowy figures are seen moving behind rippled glass.

Faceless Man

Location: Acle (Norfolk) - A47 (aka Acle straight)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: A figure wearing green with no face stood on the side of the road. Other motorists have reportedly had to brake hard to avoid hitting a figure which quickly and mysteriously vanishes.

Nun

Location: Northwich (Cheshire) - Hartford Hall Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former nunnery, this hall now claims to be home to a ghostly nun.

Noises

Location: Knutsford (Cheshire) - Tatton Old Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Since featuring on the television programme 'Most Haunted', the hall has gained a reputation for being creaky and spooky.

Victorian Child

Location: Winsford (Cheshire) - Old Star Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Previous landlords were said to have encountered a Victorian child who wanders the corridors at night. The cellar is said to have a spooky atmosphere.

Figure

Location: Timoleague (County Cork) - Timoleague Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: The Cork Supernatural Society featured in the local press after capturing an image that showed a figure standing by a gravestone. The group were adamant they were alone at the time.

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