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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.

Trotting

Location: Riseley (Bedfordshire) - High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, said to occur at 02:00h
Further Comments: The sound of a horse can sometimes be heard trotting down the High Street in the early hours of the morning.

Pall Bearing Women

Location: SE10 (Greater London) - Greenwich Park, Crooms Hill Gate
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1934 (red headed women), 1898 (human-like entity)
Further Comments: A female witness watched a group of red haired women carrying a coffin in the area; the entities legs ended at the kneecaps, and they totally vanished when they reached the gate. Another entity that materialised by the side of a man in the park was described as short and ugly, and not quite human - needless to say, the witness to this one quickly moved away. More recently, a worker at the observatory left the building after the park had been locked up. While heading towards the locked gates, the worker passed an older woman who smiled as they passed each other. The worker then realised that the park was closed; turning to tell the woman she should not be on the site, the worker found she had vanished. Finally, Elliott O'Donnell stated this park is full of phantom birds.

Lady Montague

Location: Midhurst (Sussex) - Ruins of Cowdray House & Park
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1994 (Lady Montague), 10 August 2021 (male figure)
Further Comments: Lady Montague's wraith walks the gardens surrounding what is left of this once great house. The fortune of the building fell after it was cursed by a prioress after the owner ransacked the local priory. In 2021 two witnesses spotted a very tall, black clad figure gliding away from the ruins across the causeway. The figure appeared to be larger than a normal human and moved quicker than is possible.

Poirot

Location: SW12 (Greater London) - Private residence
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: While his parents were being shown around his aunt's house, a boy spotted a man resembling Hercule Poirot standing by the front door. The man looked at the boy before ascending the staircase. The boy assumed that the man was a lodger, but many years later discovered his aunt never had tenants and no one else in the house had seen the man.

Banging

Location: Halifax (Yorkshire) - Radio Station, D Mill, Dean Clough Mills
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2008 - 2010
Further Comments: Two presenters heard loud bangs reminiscent of heavy doors being slammed coming from an empty studio. On another occasion, toilet doors were heard opening and the sound of taps being turned on followed. Two people investigated and found the hot water taps gushing water, but nobody else was present.

Nun

Location: Claremorris (County Mayo) - Old Convent (demolished 2017)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2017
Further Comments: Viewers of a video produced by Frame Production that documented the history of the convent reported seeing a ghostly nun standing by a window in a brief shot. A manager with the production company was quoted in the press as saying he was not convinced that the figure was a ghost.

Cyclist

Location: Westport (County Mayo) - Lake
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 1995 (or 1996)
Further Comments: While taking a shortcut from the town heading to a Youthways, a witness spotted an approaching cyclist. The witness moved to one side to let the cyclist pass, but bike and rider vanished into the lake.

Nun

Location: Bromborough (Lancashire) - Bridge along Dibbinsdale Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom nun that flits around this area was said to have been encountered by a man who drove straight through her.

Older Woman

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Private residence, Wimborne Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1994-1998
Further Comments: One occupant of this property encountered an older woman with a gaunt face several times while living here, the entity resembling a striking resemblance to another haunting along the same road (although many years previous). On one occasion, the witness was also pulled from their bed.

Mary Norris

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Speke Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Rather than face up to her husband's massive debts, Mary is said to have killed her son before taking her own life. Mary is said once to have manifested during a dinner party, most guests watching her disappear through a wall. Other people have reported the sounds of children crying during the night. A night fisherman at the pond heard a voice ask, 'have you caught anything yet?', but upon turning around, he could not see anyone nearby. Finally, two witnesses could hear the sound from a pack of hunting dogs emerging from dark woodland but were unable to spot the source.

Man in Tweeds

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Sean Kavanaghs public house, aka The Gravediggers, Glasnevin
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Man in 1970s, dog unknown
Further Comments: An elderly man dressed in an old fashioned set of tweeds was said to occasionally sit near the bar. A ghostly dog was also seen just outside the inn.

Child's Footsteps

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Hatchett Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This inn, possibly the oldest in Bristol, is supposed to be haunted by fifteen ghosts, including a ghostly child who can be heard walking around. Local folklore says the front door of the inn has a layer of human skin beneath the paint.

Hobby Lanterns

Location: Dunwich (Suffolk) - Paths around Dunwich
Type: Other
Date / Time: Pre-1924, said to be most active between 29 September and 24 December
Further Comments: Will-o-the-Wisps, known locally as Hobby Lanterns, were said to lure people off the paths at night after extinguishing the victim's own light source.

Teenage Boy

Location: Colchester (Essex) - Mersea Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A driver spotted a teenage boy sitting in the backseat of her car, through the rear view mirror. She turned her head to see who was sitting there, but the seat was empty. Turning back to face the road, the figure was once more visible in the mirror.

Grinning Grim

Location: Yscarhir (aka Yscanhir) (note - does not appear on maps, so likely a pseudonym) (Dyfed) - Pont Cnwca bach (bridge)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely pre nineteenth century
Further Comments: An entity which took to haunting this bridge would terrify people into jumping over the edge after a 'cold dread' took over their bodies. On man claimed that he had seen the ghost which grinned a ghastly grin.

Murdered Nun

Location: Halifax (Yorkshire) - Exact area not known
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Before the foundation of Halifax, a nun was murdered by a deluded priest who was convinced the woman was Satan. The priest decapitated the nun and hung her head from a tree. Local villagers tried to take the head down, but the hair had become rooted to the trunk; this was considered a miracle and attracted many pilgrims to the area, some of which stayed and formed the town of Halifax. Another similar story says the head of John the Baptist was buried here.

Fairy Led

Location: Constantine Bay (Cornwall) - Near church ruins
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown, but pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Local man Jan Brewer found himself lost while walking home, despite walking the route thousands of times previous. While trying to find a familiar landmark, Jan stumbled across dozens of tiny people who formed a circle around him and compelled the man to dance. Remembering a piece of folklore concerning the local piskeys, Jan turned his coat pockets inside out; the piskeys vanished and Jan could see his home a short distance away.

Little Horses

Location: Padstow (Cornwall) - General area
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two tiny horses and their riders would spring from a rooftop and ride around the streets and old marketplace when the clock struck midnight.

Talking Crows

Location: St Neots (Cornwall) - Crow Pound (aka Crowpound) earthwork
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: St Neot impounded irksome crows at this site, some of which learned to speak in human tongue during their imprisonment.

Dinky Men

Location: Tregoss Moor (Cornwall) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Named 'Dinky Men' by an older woman who lived in a cottage on the moor, these Cornish piskeys would help the woman and her grandchild when assistance was needed. Other visitors to the moor would be less fortunate; they would be pixie led into the bogs.

Cliff Dancers

Location: Trevone (Cornwall) - Newtrain Bay
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Before the cliffs eroded away, fairies were said to dance of the edge so often that the grass never grew, and tiny footprints could be seen in the dirt.

Pool of Blood

Location: Portsmouth (Hampshire) - Royal Portsmouth Hospital (no longer standing)
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1940s-1970s
Further Comments: Local folklore says that the operating theatre had a pool of blood on the floor which could never be cleaned, no matter how hard the staff tried to remove it.

Animated Statues

Location: Padstow (Cornwall) - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A stone lion, unicorn, and knight gave chase to a young girl after she chanted the rhyme, 'Reefy, reefy rum, without teeth or tongue; if you'll have me, now I am a-come'.

Young Girl

Location: York (Yorkshire) - 41 Stonegate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A six-year-old Victorian girl who fell to her death on the staircase was said to have haunted this building during the twentieth century. The girl could be heard ascending the staircase and was reputedly seen sitting upon a shop counter when a tearoom operated on the site. One story says the ghost is a doctor's daughter and dates to when the building was a private residence. During one of the doctor's dinner parties, the curious girl emerged from her top floor bedroom and tried to peer over the banister to see who was in attendance. She lost her balance.

Jan Tregeagle

Location: Bodmin Moor (Cornwall) - Dozmary Pool
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: As punishment for killing his wife and children, Jan's ghost returns to the pool every night, attempting to empty the contents with a broken shell. A pack of ghostly wild dogs watch over him should he try to escape. One version of the same tale states Tregeagle did escape, but now he sweeps the sand from Porthcurno Cove to Mill Bay; he can be heard screaming as the sea washes the sand back again. Locals would refuse to say Tregeagle's name in case the ghost manifested. The Pool is also the supposed location where Sir Bedivere returned Excalibur.

Grey Man

Location: Clitheroe (Lancashire) - Woodland (no longer exists) in the region around River Ribble & Waddow Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but pre-1843
Further Comments: The wooded area was home to a phantom grey man who cast no shadow.

Flame Farewell

Location: Rochdale (Lancashire) - Fairy Dell
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre 1838
Further Comments: A miller named Ralph was said to have encountered a group of fairies at this waterfall. When the fairies vanished, they left a brief burning light in their wake. Unfortunately, the dell was destroyed during a flood in 1838.

Tossed by Hood

Location: Whitworth (Lancashire) - Monstone (aka Man Stone) - quoit
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown if still present
Further Comments: This large rock was thrown by Robin Hood, as he lay in bed some six miles away.

Water Lovers

Location: Brington (Northamptonshire) - Unnamed pond in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Fairies in this parish could be seen playing on the surface of a pond and within the plants on the banks.

George

Location: Alderley Park (Cheshire) - Churchill Tree public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2020s
Further Comments: The poltergeist who slams doors shut and breaks the occasional glass has been nicknamed George. Shouting has also been heard, although no source found. It is speculated that the entity is connected to the site being used as a hospital during the First World War.

Crying

Location: Naworth (Cumbria) - Railway crossing
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A signalman was left terrified after hearing two children crying out in anguish. Another worker on the site encountered a man who asked for a light. The worker reached for his lighter, but the man vanished without trace. An accident at the crossing in August 1926 took eight lives, including two children.

Hooded Figure

Location: Newport (Gwent) - Royal Gwent Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2005, 30 March 2021
Further Comments: One report sent to the Paranormal Database stated that both patients and nurses on one ward spotted a hooded monk-like figure. In 2021 two patients spotted a small, hooded form drift in a ward, leaving both witnesses shocked. Another report says a day room is home to an entity which pushes down on people's chests.

Misty Figure

Location: Stoke on Tern (Shropshire) - Road, near the bridge over River Tern
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 2019, mid afternoon
Further Comments: A witness spotted a human-shaped misty apparition along this road. They originally thought the mist was water vapour rising from the road as it was warm, but the weather was also dry and very windy. The witness used the road almost every day, but only once observed the phenomenon.

Reduction in Numbers

Location: Tremeirchion (Clwyd) - Salusbury Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: It was claimed that this pub once had seven ghosts, but an exorcism reduced the number to three.

Ned King

Location: Hurst Green (Lancashire) - Punch Bowl Inn (demolished June 2021), and general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A highwayman caught at the public house and hanged nearby, Mr King returned post-mortem for several years after the event, knocking on doors and windows late at night.

Quiet Noises

Location: Ilfracombe (Devon) - Chambercombe Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A secret room discovered in the mid-nineteenth century also revealed a female skeleton lying in bed - since then, the area around the room has sported strange sounds late at night. Even by the 1890s, the ghost story was considered a smuggler's tale created to explain roughish late-night activities. The ghost of Lady Jane Grey is also reported to haunt the building.

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