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The Devil, once again tricked.

Sir Dafydd Llwyd

Location: Yspytty Ystwyth (Dyfed) - Church wall
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This local wizard had made a pact with Satan, and in return for power Llyyd's soul would belong to Old Nick whether 'buried inside a churchyard or out'. On his deathbed, the wily wizard asked his friends to bury him under the churchyard wall, thus preventing the Devil taking his due.

Victorian Group

Location: Lambourn Woodlands (Berkshire) - M4, between Junction 15 & 16
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1990, 00:30h
Further Comments: A witness passing along this road noticed a group of people walking towards the motorway. Even though the ground was uneven, they moved as if on a smooth path. The lead figure, a woman wearing a maroon Victorian dress with matching bonnet, held aloft a ridiculously small umbrella. A man close behind appeared to be listening to the woman, and wore a top hat.

Yellow Eyed Dog

Location: Balbriggan (County Dublin) - Unidentified estate road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Circa Christmas 2021
Further Comments: A witness watched a large black dog with yellow eyes cover eighteen metres in just three strides. Over the following two months the witness lost two members of their family.

Footsteps

Location: Sligo (County Sligo) - Private apartment close to cemetery
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2018
Further Comments: Items would disappear around this property, only to turn up again elsewhere. Five people on the site all heard stomping feet from the empty rooms on the floor above.

Vanishing Man

Location: Ashwater (Devon) - Unidentified farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2022, 23:30h
Further Comments: While working late and alone, a witness spotted a man standing in the farmyard. The man promptly vanished.

Humming Woman

Location: Gilesgate (Durham) - Vane Tempest Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This former barracks, now used for ghost hunting events, is reportedly home to a humming woman and a soldier's presence.

Victorian

Location: Chelmsford (Essex) - Regiment Way roundabout in Beaulieu
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2018, 00:00h
Further Comments: While driving along this road, two people slowed down to ascertain their location. As they approached the roundabout, both spotted a man wearing Victorian clothing, including a small top hat, walking along the side of the road. After a few seconds, the man vanished, leaving behind mist.

Train Driver?

Location: Inchinnan (Renfrewshire) - Private residence, Luckingsford Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1993 - 2013
Further Comments: A witness spotted an unidentified man using a sink. The man wore a uniform like an old fashioned train driver, and vanished after turning towards the witness. Power sources would deplete without reason, including car batteries and temporary generators deployed by Scottish Power.

Second World War Sergeant

Location: Litchfield (Staffordshire) - Whittington Barracks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A few of the soldiers on basic training briefly spotted a sergeant dressed in Second World War uniform when they were called to stand in front of the guardroom in the early hours of the morning. A couple of years past, and one of the soldiers attended a course back at the site. He spoke to some of the permanent staff at the barracks, who said the phantom sergeant was a common occurrence. A building known as the keep is said to have lights which turn on and off by an unseen hand.

Saucer Landing

Location: Stoke-on-Trent (Staffordshire) - Bentilee estate
Type: UFO
Date / Time: September 1967
Further Comments: A saucer that changed colour from red to green to blue landed in an empty field on this estate, glowing brightly and seen by at least six people. The object took off, spinning, and headed off over the horizon.

Short Fellow

Location: Horbury (Yorkshire) - Unstated lane
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Sabine Baring-Gould's wife encountered a two foot (sixty centimetre) tall figure dressed in green sitting on a hedge. The woman ran away after the figure began to make strange faces at her.

Something Behind

Location: Sharpthorne (Sussex) - Tunnel (operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: A worker on the railway experienced an oppressive feeling, and a sensation as if someone were walking just behind or alongside them. The worker later discovered that other people had experienced the same feelings, and that signalmen working at Kingscote would receive calls from the tunnel's telephone, even though no one would be within.

Infrequent

Location: Eckington (Derbyshire) - Seldom Seen Engine House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is not particularly clear how this former colliery engine house gained its name, but one theory says that it comes from the site being haunted by a seldom seen entity.


An old woodcut of a running hare, the frame of the image surrounded by daggers.

Hare

Location: Looe (Cornwall) - Hill between Talland and the Jolly Sailor Inn (A387 road)
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This white creature has been observed running down the hill, disappearing as it reaches the public house. It is considered an ill omen if seen, and thought to be the spirit of a young woman who took her own life.

Woman with Small Dog

Location: Southerness (Dumfries and Galloway) - Main Street from the lighthouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1985, just after midnight
Further Comments: A witness walked towards a lady wearing a long cloak that concealed her face. The lady also had with her a small dog and spoke to the witness as they passed, but as the witness turned to respond, both lady and dog had vanished.

Heavy Horse

Location: Milton Ernest (Bedfordshire) - Field along Thurleigh Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, 23:30h
Further Comments: A hunter with a torch looking for rabbits heard and felt a heavy horse running toward and then past him, but nothing could be seen in any direction.

Bloody Man

Location: Looe Island (aka St George's Island) (Cornwall) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: According to folklore, a dark figure covered in blood wandered the island.

Aristocrat

Location: Looe Island (aka St George's Island) (Cornwall) - Unnamed farmhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1850s
Further Comments: A holiday maker staying at the farm saw a tall, well-dressed man with dainty hands and long fingers walk through a wall. Several years later, people discovered a hidden skeleton on the island, with longer than average fingers. The ghost may now take the form of a glowing blue ball of light that vanishes as quickly as it appears.

Cow Protectors

Location: Dingle (County Kerry) - Fairy fort just outside of town
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Farmer Hanafin left a cow unmilked on his land to ensure the local fairies could feed their children. When Hanafin fell into financial difficulty and the bailiffs tried to take his cattle as payment, the fairies fought back; the bailiffs were almost killed by an unseen force, and the cattle ran back to pasture.

Motorbike

Location: A377 (Devon) - Between Copplestone and Morchard Bishop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 22 September 2022, 17:30h
Further Comments: Two people travelling along this road could hear a motorbike approaching their car from behind. The bike could not be seen, but clearly heard as it overtook the car and accelerated away. Both witnesses were left shaken by their encounter.

Fleeting Vision

Location: W1 (Greater London) - Radio studio, Wogan House (was Western House)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2020s
Further Comments: Presenter Rylan Clark claimed his studio became home to an entity that could be felt by him and production staff, occasionally being glimpsed out of the corner of an eye.

Screaming

Location: Failsworth (Greater Manchester) - Wrigley Head (locally known as White Stuff), Moston Brook
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2013
Further Comments: A witness heard a chilling scream coming from Wrigley Head. They were later informed that the sound was common at night.

Grey Haired Woman

Location: Beckenham (Kent) - Private residence along Abbey Park, Beckenham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2007, early morning
Further Comments: One occupant of the house woke in the early hours to see an elderly lady standing in the corner of the bedroom. The figure had long grey hair which curled at the end, and wore a grey dressing gown. The occupant pulled the duvet over their head and hid. Other people in the property reported an unsettling feeling during the night.


An old postcard of Hampton Court Palace.

Henry's Wives

Location: Hampton Court (Surrey) - Hampton Court Palace
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Varies: 12 October (reoccurring), 4 November (reoccurring), and other (see text)
Further Comments: Jane Seymour returns every 12 October (the date she gave birth to her son), while Anne Boleyn, dressed in blue, is said to walk the passageways of the palace. A silently screaming Catherine Howard has been watched moving towards the chapel (on 4 November), where she begged Henry VIII to save her life. Howard's disembodied hand was spotted and sketched by an artist working in Guard Watching Chamber in 1900. A photograph taken in December 2003 reportedly showing a ghostly hooded figure opening a fire escape has been dismissed as a hoax. In 1989 a figure spotted wearing a Victorian nightshirt vanished in front of a witness.

Teleporting Goats

Location: Cape Clear Island (County Cork) - Goat house
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early 2000s, for a five year period
Further Comments: A goat keeper on the island engaged the Ghost Eire team to investigate why three young goats would move between two pens separated by two six-foot walls, on six different nights. The goat keeper speculated it may have been fairies, upset that he had placed an iron roof on the goat shed.


The Devil turns up for his dues.

Storm

Location: Widecombe-in-the-Moor (Devon) - Parish church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: October 1638
Further Comments: A terrible storm descended on the village during a church service - the sky turned black, a ball of fire entered the church, and parts of the tower broke away. Several people died, including a man by the name of Jan Reynolds who some claimed was taken away by the Devil (possibly on horseback) as punishment for falling asleep (or playing cards) during the sermon (or previously selling his soul).

Bess Stokes

Location: Killorglin (County Kerry) - Ard na Sidhe Country House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1934
Further Comments: Bess Stokes was said to take the form of an older lady in grey, and haunt the gate close to the cottage that she had built.

Prophet

Location: Killorglin (County Kerry) - Manor Inn Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2011
Further Comments: While one newspaper reported the site was haunted by a prophet, it is unclear where this story originated. One paranormal group recorded a heavy door opening unaided.

White Horse

Location: Buncrana (County Donegal) - Father Hegarty's Rock
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1990s
Further Comments: Four friends quad biking along the cliffs at night were forced to brake when a ghostly white horse appeared and reared up. The horse vanished, but they friends realised that the cliff path had come to an end; if the phantom horse had not appeared, they would have driven over the edge.

Young Woman

Location: Burt (County Donegal) - Lough Swilly close to Burt Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nights of the full moon (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A phantom woman throws herself into Lough Swilly and vanishes as nearby swans cry out. The father of the woman's unborn child, who lived at Burt Castle, had refused to help her, although he was later murdered by a member of the woman's family.

Red Haired Lady

Location: Fintra (County Donegal) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly lady with red hair with a child occasionally sit on the bridge.

Forbidden Couple

Location: Greencastle (County Donegal) - Northburgh Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Another location haunted by a pair of star crossed lovers. In this story, the daughter of Earl William fell in love with the son of a family rival. The son was locked up in the castle and starved to death, while the daughter died trying to help the boy escape. Both now haunt the site.

Man in a White Suit

Location: Inver (County Donegal) - Drumbeg House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly gentleman wearing a white suit supposedly walked around the site. A screaming woman would also occasionally be heard.

Running Woman

Location: Inver (County Donegal) - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom woman runs out in front of cars, vanishing with a thud when hit, leaving no dent on the vehicle nor evidence she ever existed.

Staircase Lurker

Location: Killarney (County Kerry) - Coolclogher House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century?
Further Comments: The phantom said to have been heard on the staircase would appear to have been banished after a Mass was performed on the site.

Footsteps

Location: Tralee (County Kerry) - Osborne public house (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Despite two previous exorcisms, The Osborne remained haunted by footsteps running up the staircase and the sounds of things being thrown around.

Walker

Location: New Ross (County Wexford) - St Mary's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2021
Further Comments: A photograph taken of the church at night revealed a blurred female form walking on a path. Although the 'phantom' is likely a real person caught at a slow shutter speed, several mediums stated that the ghostly woman was trapped in the wall outside the church.

Piano Player

Location: Ferryhill (Durham) - Mainsforth Miners Hall / Community Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A worker who died while the hall was being constructed reputedly still loiters on the site, playing the piano and whistling. Visiting ghosthunters have reported clothing being tugged and doors that closed and locked unaided.

Music

Location: Stockton-on-Tees (Durham) - Castlegate Shopping Centre, Stephenson House (demolished 2022)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s, 2019
Further Comments: Strange music and sounds are said to occasionally be heard at night in this shopping centre. In 2019 a ghost hunting team claimed to have recorded a phantom figure with a thermal imaging camera.

Lady Barrington

Location: W1G (Greater London) - Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Manifesting as a grey lady, the college's ghost is named as Lady Barrington who fell on the main staircase and died of her injuries.

Victorian Nurse

Location: W2 (Greater London) - St Mary's Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Victorian nurse unknown, Sister Thistlewaite 1970s
Further Comments: A Victorian nurse is said to occasionally appear and reassure patients that an experienced nurse will tend to them soon. A different tale from the 1970s states that a phantom known as Sister Thistlewaite would helpfully move bedpans and drop empty IV bags.

Two Children

Location: Sunderland (Tyne and Wear) - Ship Isis public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The two phantom children seen around this area are said to have been murdered by their mother, Mary Ann Cotton, in tunnels that ran under this building. A Victorian lady that haunts the pub may be Mary herself.

Siobhan Neill

Location: Port Donegal (County Donegal) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Siobhan, daughter of the clan's leader, was found dead by the river. People claimed she had died while learning to swim, although others said she had been murdered for trying to escape an arranged marriage. Regardless, Siobhan's ghost haunts the area.

Home

Location: Crolly (County Donegal) - An Rampar
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown - modern tradition?
Further Comments: This scenic route, popular with walkers, is said to be home to fairies.

Unhappy Girl

Location: Beckenham (Kent) - Lazy Toad public house, and road outside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1997
Further Comments: Wearing 1980s style clothing, one witness spotted the unhappy-looking teenager before she suddenly disappeared outside the pub. There appeared to be some debate in the media whether the ghost was somehow connected to the pub or actually just a misidentified real person.

Mirrored Shadows

Location: Wakefield (Yorkshire) - Sunspec opticians
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa May 1997
Further Comments: Racks would be knocked off surfaces by an unseen hand and shadows spotted in mirrors. It was claimed in the press at the time that the shop was built upon an old graveyard.

Shaking

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Ardee House (demolished mid twentieth century)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: A bedroom in this property was considered particularly haunted, with occupants being violently shaken awake.

Eleanora

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Drimnagh Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Eleanora's new husband fought her true love, with both men dying for their injuries. After Eleanora died (of either suicide or exposure), her ghost began haunting her home.

Robert Emmet

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Drummond House (aka Emmet's House)
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1920s
Further Comments: Patrick F. Byrne wrote that the ghost of Emmet could be observed in the garden, although one of Byrne's friends proved the 'ghost' was only a shadow caused by a gate post.

Lady Gregory

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Former Abbey Theatre (National Theatre of Ireland) (demolished 1960)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1960
Further Comments: Lady Gregory took the lead in finding the funds to build the theatre, and had a favourite chair in the auditorium. After Gregory's death, anyone who sat in the chair would feel something pushing against them.

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