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Location: Leicester (Leicestershire) - Office building, New Walk
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2004/5
Further Comments: Many poltergeist-related events took place in this building, including disembodied footsteps, light fittings falling and shattering, alarm sensors triggering, sounds of and a blood-curdling scream. Nothing was ever seen, and the events occurred for around a year before ceasing.


Tall Figure

Location: Mansfield (Nottinghamshire) - B684 (Lime Lane)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 13 December 2020, 06:55h
Further Comments: A tall, thin, black figure stepped into the road ahead of a driver, illuminated by headlights on full beam. The figure moved backwards and vanished into a hedge. As the driver passed the spot, no one could be seen.


Cloaked Figure

Location: Begwary (Bedfordshire) - Public footpath between Begwary and Colesden
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: First half of December 2020
Further Comments: A man walking alone along this path felt something behind him. Turning to look, the man spotted a male figure wearing a black cloak hurrying towards him. No one had been on the path previously, and the man felt a sense of menace from the figure who seemingly emerged from thin air. Breaking into a jog, the man reached a fork in the path. Quickly choosing a route, the man continued to jog before turning once more to see the figure had gone.


Highwayman

Location: Lugwardine (Hereford & Worcester) - Road between Lugwardine and Bartestree
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1985
Further Comments: Three witnesses were said to have encountered a ghostly highwayman here.


McCutcheon's Ghost

Location: Blackwatertown (County Armagh) - Unknown house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Early 1920s
Further Comments: McCutcheon, a local woman, dabbled in spiritualism and was subsequently visited by poltergeist activity. One man witnessed large bags of animal feed being moved around on their own. McCutcheon's bed would shake and move abruptly, as would other pieces of furniture. A priest was called to quieten the entity - he succeeded, but was left so exhausted, he vowed never to perform the ritual again.


The Yew

Location: Fortingall (Perth and Kinross) - Parish church
Type: Other
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Surrounded by a wall which protected it from being stripped by nineteenth century tourists, the yew was once thought to have been the birthplace of Pontius Pilate (the man who ordered Jesus to be crucified). The tree is likely to be around 2000 years old, although some have claimed it started to grow 8000 years ago.


Barlow and Others

Location: Manchester (Lancashire) - Barlow Hall, Chorlton-cum-Hardy
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mostly unknown, but servant on clear moonless nights (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Several ghosts were reputed to haunt the hall. Saint Ambrose Barlow is said to walk the upper part of the hall, as is a (sometimes headless) woman. A servant who drowned in the lake after poorly executed practical joke went wrong sometimes returns to run towards the Mersey. A poltergeist-like entity carries coal and moves other items between rooms.


Unknown

Location: Alloa (Clackmannanshire) - Carsebridge House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The attic of this building is reputedly haunted, although the details are scant.


Guard

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Building on Leith Docks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009
Further Comments: A ghostly security guard is reputed to haunt this site. A painter working alone heard a door opening and footsteps walking through the building - when investigated, no one could be found.


Dread

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Private residence, Restalrig Crescent
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1988-1996
Further Comments: Eight years of cold spots, taps turning off and items being moved unaided, and a feeling of perpetual dread resulted in the family moving out of their home on Boxing Day.


Shadow

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Wardie Steps, Granton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s-1981
Further Comments: A shadowy figure is reputed to haunt the steps, occasionally ringing the bars at the top.


Old Fashioned Figure

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Lochinvar Camp (aka Wardie Playing Fields), Granton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s-2009
Further Comments: The ghostly figure wearing old fashioned clothing was reported to have chased a teenager in the mid-twentieth century and was seen by other people during the 1970s through to the 1990s. Stargazers may have last seen the entity in 2009.


Vanishing Children

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Private residence, Comely Bank
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2017
Further Comments: A couple standing outside of their home had a conversation with a young boy and girl who vanished before their eyes.


Three Orange Globes

Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - London Road, Carm
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Circa 1979, 16:40h
Further Comments: An apprentice joiner spotted three bright orange globe-shaped lights in the sky while walking from work. He rushed home and told his parents, who laughed at his tale until a local radio broadcast mentioned several people had reported orange lights over the city.


Tall Nun

Location: Crawley (Sussex) - Church Road, Lowfield Heath
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1989, 23:00h
Further Comments: A British Island Airways driver working the night shift spotted a tall nun standing opposite the church. The figure had a bewildered look on her face and disappeared a few moments later.


Girl in Blue

Location: Malton (Yorkshire) - Shop along Castlegate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 1999
Further Comments: Just before locking up, an employee of this shop spotted a little girl with blonde, pigtailed hair, wearing an old-fashioned blue dress, standing by the pick and mix. As the employee called out to her, she moved towards the stockroom where she vanished. The employee later started to tell the story to another shop worker who immediately asked if the girl had a blue dress.


Shuffling

Location: Leuchars (Fife) - RAF Leuchars Station (currently British Army)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1992/93
Further Comments: While sleeping in the duty bunk, this witness was awoken by a loud thump, as if someone had slapped their fist hard upon a bedside table. The light in the room also turned itself on, and the sound of someone shuffling along the corridor outside the room could be heard, although no one could be seen upon investigation.


Woman's Voice

Location: Bradfield St George (Suffolk) - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 2006, 04:15h
Further Comments: A couple awoke to hear their baby gripe in the adjoining room. Before they could climb out of bed, they heard a strange woman's voice say 'hello' in a maternal fashion, followed by a 'Shhh...'. Bounding into the baby's room to challenge the woman, all that could be seen was the sleeping child. A couple of days later, toys could be heard playing tunes in the loft, although the music promptly ceased when the loft hatch was opened.


Sitting Figure

Location: Cardiff (Gwent) - Stone cross near the church, St Mellons
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: A ghostly figure was said to sit on the cross.


Gwrach y Rhibyn

Location: Cardiff (South Glamorgan) - Cow and Snuffers Inn, Llandaff (no longer operational)
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 November 1877
Further Comments: A guest staying close to the Cow and Snuffers watched a screeching old woman with wings, red hair, and pale face enter the inn. The guest believed the entity to be a Gwrach y Rhibyn, a death omen. The following day, the guest discovered the innkeeper had died during the night.


Glowing Light

Location: Brecon (Powys) - Chapel close to Neuadd
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A glowing light was seen after dark by a handful of separate witnesses. Soon after, a farmer ploughing a field close to where the light had been seen unearthed a body buried in a trunk. After the remains were removed, the light was seen no more.


Fad Felen

Location: Llandrillo-yn-Rhos (Rhos-on-Sea) (Clwyd) - Church
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Maelgwn Gwynedd was said to have died after looking through the keyhole of the church door and spotting the beast known as Fad Felen. The monster was said to have emerged from the saltwater marsh and have gold-like eyes, teeth and eyes.


Angels

Location: Pantau (Dyfed) - Unknown house in the area
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A preacher by the name of David Thomas reportedly encountered a band of angels as he prayed in his house one night. Their presence illuminated the room to such an extent that his candlelight was no longer visible.


Slender Lady

Location: Bodorgan (Gwynedd) - Woodland close to Trefdraeth, was known as Treveilir Wood
Type: Other
Date / Time: Thirteenth century
Further Comments: Einion ap Gwalchmai was said to have encountered a pale and slender lady in this wooded area who had hooves instead of feet. The lady was later discovered to be a disguised goblin, which tried to ruin Einion's marriage by taking various forms.


Fire Starter

Location: Llangunllo (Powys) - Farm belonging to Edward Roberts, no longer standing
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: The entity which went to work here began by snatching items out of people's hands, before progressing on to smashed crockery. A man who came to read prayers had his bible pulled from his hands and tossed upstairs. After an unspecified period of time, the entity set the building ablaze and razed it to the ground.


Three Skeletons

Location: Birdlip (Gloucestershire) - Barrow Wake, Crickley Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 1879
Further Comments: Three skeletons, two male and one female, were discovered here in 1879. Objects found with the bodies included a silver brooch and a mirror, the value of which led some to speculate the grave belonged to Boudica.


Boudica's Grave

Location: NW3 (Greater London) - Barrow known as Boadicea's Grave, Hampstead Heath
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Local folklore says that the barrow is Boudica's final resting site, although it could just be a Bronze Age burial mound belonging to someone else entirely.


Boudica's Grave

Location: SE15 (Greater London) - Peckham Rye Park & Common, meadow by Straker's Road
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: John Chaple has written that Boudica's final battle took place here, rather than a more northern site, and that she is buried close to where she fell.


Victorian Woman

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Private residence, Old Swan area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1980s
Further Comments: A witness staying at this property watched as a woman in Victorian clothing manifested close to him. The woman was grey and transparent, and moved in a weird, juddering way. The witness threw his bedcovers over him head in panic, waking his girlfriend who, after turning on the light, asked, 'you've seen her, haven't you?'. The witness only ever spotted the Victorian woman once.


Two Walkers

Location: Beddingham (Sussex) - Asheham House (aka Asham House) (demolished 1994)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1912-1919
Further Comments: The former home of Virginia and Leonard Woolf was reputedly haunted. The sound of two people wandering and whispering around the house at night was said to have inspired Virginia Woolf to write her short story 'The Haunted House'.


Footsteps

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Private residence, Kemptown
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Early 1990s
Further Comments: While living at this property, the family experienced doors which opened and closed unaided, the sound of footsteps after dark, and pictures which inexplicably fell from walls.


Crusader

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Port Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hall was once thought to be haunted by a crusader.


Grey-Haired Man

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Bears and Friends (no longer present), Meeting House Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A phantom grey-haired man wearing a knee length coat was said to have made a few appearances here during the 1990s.


Sulphur

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Private house, Woodingdean
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977
Further Comments: The smell of sulphur would follow one of the occupants and the disembodied sounds of heavy breathing could periodically be heard. The house was exorcised after the family moved away.


Invisible Presence

Location: Lampeter (Dyfed) - Bridge over a small stream near Falcondale Drive
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: One person spotted a translucent figure move across their line of vision, while another person heard loud, fast moving footsteps in the woodland as they passed.


Something

Location: Rathronshin (County Laois) - The Dullow Bush
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A vague entry in the Laois Burial Grounds Survey 2011 says that the word Dullow is used to describe a phantom, although details of the haunting are not given.


No Ploughing

Location: Ballylusk (County Laois) - Old burial ground
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmer who tried to plough this sacred land died after falling and banging his head. The two horses drawing the plough died the following day.


Hearse

Location: Ballylusk (County Laois) - Roads around an old burial ground
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man returning home after visiting the local public house was said to have encountered a phantom horse and cart containing a hearse.


Large Shadow

Location: Aylesbury (Buckinghamshire) - Surgery (name withheld)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A GP returned home as white as a sheet, claiming that he had encountered a large shadow which followed him along a brightly lit wall at his surgery. He had been the only person working there at the time. A receptionist also encountered a large ghostly figure which tapped her shoulder, causing her to turn around and see the entity close behind.


2003/2004

Location: Halewood (Lancashire) - General area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Red Lights
Further Comments: Seven red lights were seen bobbing up and down as they slowly moved across the sky before fading away. The witness was told the lights were actually 'light reflecting off migrating birds', although they had not seen this effect prior to the sighting or since. The village was considered a hotspot for UFO sightings during the early 2000s.


Wall Banging

Location: Little Abington (Cambridgeshire) - Private house along Hogh Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1956
Further Comments: A poltergeist outbreak here resulted in doors opening and closing unaided, books being thrown across rooms, and loud banging on the walls.


Lantern Carrier

Location: Dorchester (Dorset) - A352 roundabout (towards Bournemouth)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 1992
Further Comments: While returning from a gig with a friend, one man drove past a figure holding a lantern. The figure resembled the old man featured on the cover of Led Zeppelin IV. The driver asked his friend whether he could see the figure, to which the friend replied 'Yes, don't stop'.


Young Woman

Location: Outer London: Harefield, Hillingdon (Greater London) - Private house off Church Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 2006
Further Comments: A witness spotted a faint, translucent young woman, between 20-24 years old, stood by the front of a bed. The blonde haired ghost appeared to be wearing a pleated lilac skirt and a pink tank top, and held a pink handbag and a lipstick. The woman turned and looked at the witness before disappearing.


Man with Children

Location: Holcot (Cambridgeshire) - A43, Holcot / Sywell junction
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2003, 18:00h
Further Comments: A driver spotted a man with two children, wearing 1970s clothing, standing in the brambles at this roundabout. The driver circled around for another look, but the figures had vanished.


Soldier

Location: Sallins (County Kildare) - Soldier's Island (small island at conjunction of the Grand Canal and the Naas)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The island is said to take its name from a solider who hanged himself from a tree - his ghost is said to have remained.


Wellington

Location: Aberdare (South Glamorgan) - Sky over Cwmbach estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1979
Further Comments: A witness outside their home heard engines but could see anything. They stepped inside their doorway but as the sound of the engines grew louder the witness stepped outside again. Looking up, the witness spotted a twin engine, dark coloured Wellington bomber fly over and past, as 'real looking and sounding as any solid aircraft'. At the time, the witness thought nothing was strange about the encounter as they were unaware that there were no flying airworthy examples of a Wellington that existed.


Woman in Blue

Location: Canewdon (Essex) - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring), blue woman seen 1987
Further Comments: A woman in a blue dress was briefly glimpsed in 1987, though quickly vanished when the witness jumped up from her seat. Legend also says if you round run the church three times anti clockwise on 31 October, you travel through time.


John Jenkins

Location: Abertillery (Gwent) - Barn near Abertillery House (no longer standing?)
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: John Jenkins hanged himself in the barn and was discovered by his sister. The woman's screams attracted the attention of a resident of Abertillery House, who looked in the direction of the barn and watched a 'resemblance of a man' violently rotating towards the river.


Whirling Figure

Location: Bedwellty (Gwent) - Unidentified field
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: While passing a field here, Lewis Thomas witnessed a terrible, ghostly man whirling along on its hands and feet.


Man with Long Tongue

Location: Pontypool (Gwent) - Trevethin (was known as Trefethin), woods in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Walking with her dog through a wooded area, Anne Jenkins encountered a horrible looking dark man by a holly tree. Anne's dog approached the figure but ran back to her side when after a long black tongue emerged from the man. She quickly walked away and avoided the area on her return journey, although spotted him in the distance, looking 'big in the middle and thin at the ends'. The creature vanished, but not before letting out a whistle so loud it echoed around the area.


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