Bedfordshire - Paranormal Database Records

 
Dog on Fire

Location: Luton - Galley Hill
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: During a storm, the gallows that once stood here were hit by lightning - a large fire quickly took hold around the area, and the witnesses who quickly arrived on the scene reported seeing a large black dog in the middle of the blaze running around the flames. The entity suddenly vanished.


 
Housekeeper

Location: Luton - Museum & Art Gallery, Wardown Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: Two engineers working overnight to fix the heating system spotted a woman in a dark dress with a large set of keys on her belt. She walked up the back staircase - the engineers tried to follow her, but she vanished. The following morning the building caretaker confirmed that no one else was in the building during the night. Several other people had heard disembodied footsteps on the same staircase, but had never seen who they belonged to. One local legend says that a Victorian housekeeper drowned herself nearby after a failed romance.


 
Factory Worker

Location: Luton - Skefco ball bearing factory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972
Further Comments: Several times the ghost of a white woman managed to unnerve workers at the plant. She was thought to be the spirit of a former worker who died nine years previous.


 
Workman

Location: Luton - The Alma cinema (no longer standing)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Pre 1960s
Further Comments: The Alma was thought to be cursed by locals who were forced to move from their homes so they could be demolished for the construction of the cinema. A construction worker fell to his death during the building work, and many felt that it was his ghostly presence that haunted The Alma.


 
Running Shadow

Location: Luton - Wardown Park entrance, Old Bedford Road, (heading towards Stockingstone Road)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 08 March 2012, 03:15h
Further Comments: Driving back after a nightshift, two witnesses spotted a black shadow run through the railings of the park on to the pavement. The driver slammed on the brakes, expecting the shadow to continue on to the road, but it vanished. The witnesses said the shadow had no features, but resembled the shadow of a tall man.


 
Vanishing Leapfroggers

Location: Marston Moretaine - Devil's Stone, also known as Devil's Jump Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A stone marks the spot where the Devil played a game of leap frog with three local lads - when they jumped over his back, a hole to hell opened up, and they were never seen again.


 
Drummer

Location: Marston Moretaine - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Windy days
Further Comments: During a Civil War skirmish, the cavaliers retreated into a tunnel that led from the church to the rectory. Rather than follow them in, roundhead troops sealed both ends of the tunnel. The trapped cavaliers slowly died and the last sounds heard were of the drummer boy beating his drum. His instrument is supposed to be still heard beating in the village on windy days.


 
Dropped Church

Location: Marston Moretaine - St Mary the Virgin church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil tried to steal the bell tower, but found it too heavy and dropped it after several steps - church and tower remain separated to this day.


 
William and Mary Huett

Location: Millbrook - Church of St Michael and All Angels
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1857 - 1888
Further Comments: During repair work on the church in 1857, the tomb of William and Mary Huett, upon which lay their sculptures, was dismantled and not replaced. Soon after, the church was haunted by groaning - in an attempt to pacify the spirits, the rector had the carved figures buried back in the churchyard, though it was many years after that the sounds stopped.


 
Scared to Death

Location: Millbrook - Exact area unknown
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One report of a shuck in this village states that the female witness who encountered the demonic dog with eyes like red hot coals died of shock three days later.


 
Hooves

Location: Millbrook - Sandhill Close
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of hooves heard passing this way are thought to belong to the horse of highwayman. Galloping Dick, who lived locally.


 
Headless Horseman

Location: Millbrook - Station Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom rider is named as local highwayman Galloping Dick.


 
Monks

Location: Northill - The Crown public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Built on the site of a monastery, The Crown is now haunted by monks. One has been seen ascending the staircase, while other people have reported a robed figure in the car park.


 
Sir Rowland

Location: Odell - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Every hundred years (next expected 2044)
Further Comments: Sir Rowland Alston made a deal with the Devil, though when Old Nick came for Alston's soul, the man fled to the nearby church for help. It proved futile, and Alston was dragged to hell. Scratch marks can be seen in the church porch where Alston tried to hold on as the Devil dragged him away. The scene is re-enacted once a century.


 
Gentle Woman with Flowing Hair

Location: Old Warden - Swiss Garden
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The former mistress of Baron Ongley haunts this garden where she once lived. Another ghost, this time the Baron's son, haunted the same area for a short period of time after his headstone was removed by a gardener. Once replaced, the haunting halted.


 
Sounds

Location: Potton - Potton Fire Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Post 1974
Further Comments: Built in 1974 on the site of an old tannery, it is unsure whether the strange noises and other odd events are connected to events from the previous building or the current one.


 
Man with Pointed Beard

Location: Pulloxhill - Cross Keys public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: Several entities reputedly haunt this pub, including a cavalier with a pointed beard and large plumed hat, a woman in grey, and a landlord who worked here during the 1930s.


 
Old Woman

Location: Ravensden - Lane north of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in long black clothing, this elderly woman's face is said to pure evil - it is considered unlucky to meet her. Some say during her lifetime she was falsely accused of witchcraft and died after being forced out of her home.


 
Horse

Location: Riseley - Eastfield's Corner
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmer heard a galloping horse rapidly approaching him, even though he could not see the creature. Moments later, there was a crashing sound and a large gust of wind passed the man, even though the creature remained invisible.


 
Nurse

Location: Riseley - Fox and Hounds public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A nurse who was knocked over and killed by a coach near to the pub was taken here after the accident. Her spirit is thought to remain, and is held accountable for the phantom footsteps and the flicking of light switches.


 
Legless Man

Location: Salford - Road between Marston Moretaine and Milton Keynes
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2009, around 23:00h
Further Comments: A driver retuning his girlfriend home had to brake sharply after turning a corner and finding a figure standing in the road. The figure had a featureless face and no legs. It wore a scarlet jacket and a white / cream bloodstained tunic and black Cavalier-like hair. The entity moved across the road and vanished into bushes.


 
Knocking Man

Location: Shillington - Knocking (or Money) Knoll
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The tapping sounds that are said to emerge from this mound come from a man hidden inside, rapping on his treasure chest to ensure it is still full. Other reports say that the ghostly figure actually walks up to the knoll and taps on the grass before vanishing.


 
Elizabeth Grey

Location: Silsoe - Old George public house, High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s?
Further Comments: Lady Elizabeth Grey was drowned in a coaching accident down the road from this public house. She had been using the building as a hideout while escaping her father who had prevented her marriage to the man she loved. Her grey form was reported several times by the landlady.


 
Pale Hitchhiker

Location: Stanbridge - Station Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1979
Further Comments: Mr Fulton, returning from a darts match, stopped and picked up a young man dressed in shirt and trousers who was thumbing a lift here. A few miles down the road the driver turned to offer his passenger a cigarette, only to find that he had vanished.


 
Cloaked Figure

Location: Stevington - Church of St Mary the Virgin
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This church is home to a spectre that wears a cloak and old fashioned hat. The site also possesses a holy well that is reputed never to freeze over.


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