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Misty Woman

Location: Abbots Ann (Hampshire) - Poplar Farm Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This figure was once seen behind the bar and is blamed for slamming doors when no other cause is apparent. Another entity takes the form of a black dog which patrols both inside and outside the pub. The dog is thought to be protecting a secret passageway.

White Hare

Location: Airdrie (Lanarkshire) - Area which was once known as Lover's Leap, on the road towards Faskine
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Eighteenth century?
Further Comments: The manifestation of a white hare would warn the Kerr family of impending doom. The site known as Lover's Leap marked the spot where a Kerr woman was found dead (along with her lover) shortly after this magic white hare was spotted.

Pony

Location: Aldbourne (Wiltshire) - Road leading to the village from Braydon
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A white pony silently galloped past two men as they returned to the village. It has been speculated that the pony was King Arthur's mount Sigral (ridden at the Battle of Baydon) or belonging to a local man who committed suicide.

Coach

Location: Aldsworth (Gloucestershire) - Larkethill Wood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Possibly the same entity that haunts the park, a coach and team of horses are said to erratically travel along the road which skirts the woodland.

Crump

Location: Aldsworth (Gloucestershire) - Lodge park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sir John Dutton, nicknamed Crump because of his hunched back, is said to drive a phantom coach and horses under the gates to the park. A white stag may also haunt the parkland.

Blue Lady

Location: Alfriston (Sussex) - Deans Place Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Believed to have been murdered on the site, a woman dressed in blue has been observed on the landing. A dog is also said to haunt the car park outside the building.

Pig

Location: Andover (Hampshire) - Church
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1171
Further Comments: The priest here was hit by lightning - the congregation watched as a small pig appeared and ran about his legs and feet.

Cattle

Location: Annadale (County Leitrim) - Road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely to be nineteenth century
Further Comments: A herd of phantom cattle was once said to walk around this area at night. The location was also home to a Puca which leapt upon a local man's back - he managed to stab the entity with a penknife and throw it to the ground. When he returned to the scene the following day, he found a wooden log with a knife-sized hole along one side.

Thirty-Something Woman

Location: Ashworth Valley (Lancashire) - Heywood/Rochdale Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 30 July 2008, 22:15h
Further Comments: A black animal (either a dog or a large cat) was seen running across this road followed by a woman in her thirties. The animal disappeared into a wall, and the woman vanished as a car braked hard to avoid hitting her.

Headless Highwayman

Location: Atwick (Yorkshire) - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This decapitated spectral bandit remains lurking in the shadows of his old ambush area. One version of the story says he remains on his horse.

Tabby Cat

Location: Axbridge (Somerset) - King John's Hunting Lodge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This feline apparition has been observed padding around on the first floor, vanishing when it sits down. A white Elizabethan lady is also reported to haunt the same floor, seen sitting in a chair.

Green Cat

Location: Balbriggan (County Dublin) - Exact location not known
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: A phantom cat, green in colour, was reported to haunt this town.

Farmer

Location: Bamford (Derbyshire) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom farmer holding a lantern is said to haunt this bridge, though he has not been seen for around one hundred years. Another witness encountered a ghostly animal, 'neither dog or ram', which blocked his path.

Strange Bird

Location: Bangor (Gwynedd) - Faenol Estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly creature contains the spirit of man who was executed after stealing wood from the land around the estate. The bird's song is said to take the form of a warning against those who would consider theft.

Hymns

Location: Barmouth (Gwynedd) - Dragon Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2017
Further Comments: This theatre has been home to ghost hunts in the past and is reputed to be home to various entities which include a young girl singing hymns, a ghostly cat, and a figure who closes the stage curtains.

Large Cat

Location: Barrow-upon-Soar (Leicestershire) - High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2011
Further Comments: A large white or ginger cat ran out in front of a car before the driver had a chance to react and disappeared under the vehicle. Both driver and passenger felt a bump and, stopping the car, leap out to check on the animal. However, they could find no blood, fur, or any other evidence they had hit something either on, under or near the car. Reflecting on the incident, one of the witnesses thought the creature was very large, seemed too visible under the lighting conditions, and seemed to suddenly appear.

Baboon

Location: Basingstoke (Hampshire) - The Swallows private house, on the outskirts of the town (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Haunted by a large baboon and a huge dark cat, the owners finally left when screaming started coming from the attic. The building was pulled down when no one could be found to move in.

Tiny the Dog

Location: Bath (Somerset) - Beckford's Tower, Lansdown Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: William Beckford's pet dog, Tiny, was once buried by the tower, though the creature's ghost returned after the remains were moved. It is also said that William's ghost haunts the graveyard surrounding the tower.

Floating Cat

Location: Battle (Sussex) - Gatehouse Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century?
Further Comments: This small ghostly house cat floats along a corridor in the restaurant before vanishing through a wall.

Rider

Location: Beckenham (Kent) - Field along Pickhurst Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1926
Further Comments: A ghostly figure riding a white horse was spotted galloping across this field.

Cat

Location: Bedford (Bedfordshire) - The Square public house (was the Bullnosed Bat)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A member of staff once reported seeing a ghostly cat that appeared in his bedroom.

Persian Cat

Location: Birtley (Durham) - Private house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012, daytime
Further Comments: While making coffee the occupant watched a grey Persian cat walk across the floor and disappear into the living room. No doors or windows were open, and the cat could not be found. The witness later found out that a cat matching the description had once lived there but had died a few years previous.

Stone Dogs

Location: Blandford Forum (Dorset) - Bryanston gates
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The stone hounds sitting upon the gatepost are said to occasionally animate at night, going to the nearby river to drink. A floating white figure was reputedly seen along the road near Bryanston woods by a dog walker.

Sheep

Location: Blandford Forum (Dorset) - Sheep Market Hill and/or Damory Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A herd of phantom, ruminant animals are reputed to walk along this street. Some say the sheep are to be headless, while another version says there is in fact only one sheep (complete with head).

Hunt

Location: Blandford Forum (Dorset) - Woods in the area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to be part of a phantom hunt, these ghostly dogs have been heard running and yelping through woodland. It is also thought that a headless shuck haunts the area, though it is less sure whether the entity is connected to the hunt pack.

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