December (including winter) - Paranormal Database Records


24 December (reoccurring)


Location: Calcutt (Wiltshire) - Bridge in the area (A419?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: This coach, pulled by a team of four horses, crosses a bridge close to Calcutt.


24 December (reoccurring)

Black Tom of Scothill

Location: Dewsbury (Yorkshire) - Dewsbury Parish Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Further Comments: Black Tom is the name of the bell in the church, and is toiled the number of the year (ie, in 2007 it was tolled 2007 times) to ensure Old Nick doesn't visit the village during the following twelve months. The last peal has to occur on the stroke of midnight to ensure success.


24 December (Reoccurring), photographed 1975

White lady

Location: Worstead (Norfolk) - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: Legend says this lady has scared to death at least one young bell ringer, although she is now said to have a healing effect. Poltergeist activity has also been reported, around the 1950's. A photograph taken in 1975 by Peter Berthelot appears to show a misty white lady sitting behind his wife on a pew.


24 December 2014, midnight, next due, then every sixth year (reoccurring)

Sir Geoffrey de Mandeville

Location: Outer London: East Barnet (Greater London) - Oak Hill Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: Sir Geoffrey, complete with red cloak and jangling spurs, appears here on horseback and heads towards the church to disappear through its wall. Even though the ghost is said to appear on Christmas Eve, the last verified sighting of Sir Geoffrey was on 17 December 1932.


24 December Lady Ursula is seen, but the party reported in Sept 1963

Party with Ugly Young Man

Location: Madingley (Cambridgeshire) - Madingley Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: One witness claimed to have heard the sounds of a ghostly party, followed by the sighting of a stuffy young man, whose face resembled that of a skeleton. Others have also reported similar occurrences, describing the man as having a decaying green face. Lady Ursula Hynde also returns to the hall once a year, upset at her son's actions - he pulled down a church, and used the wood to finish construction of the Hall.


24 December, 11pm - Midnight

Heavy Trampling

Location: Saffron Walden (Essex) - Cross Keys, Corner of King Street and High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: Any listener here is said to hear footsteps marching up and down a passageway. They are rumoured to belong to a soldier of Cromwell. A ghostly woman is said to haunt one of the bedrooms, and it is alleged she was Cromwell's mistress.


25 December (reoccurring)

Little Girl with Rag Doll

Location: Exeter (Devon) - Prospect Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: This young child only appears once a year in the upper part of the building. She is said to smile sweetly at any witnesses, before quickly fading away.


25 December (reoccurring)


Location: Pontrhydfendigaid (Dyfed) - Strata Florida - former site of abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: This phantom devotee of God returns to his old home once a year and tries to rebuild the altar. At other times of the year, legends say that one may observe candles and hear music from the ruins.


25 December (reoccurring)

Chained Monk

Location: SW1 (Greater London) - Buckingham Palace
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: Said to predate the construction of the palace, this monk appears bound in chains once a year on Christmas Day. The sound of a suicide (the single shot of a pistol) is occasionally heard on the first floor - the private secretary to King Edward VII ended his life here.


25 December (reoccurring)

Lillie Langtry

Location: SW1 (Greater London) - Cadogan Hotel, Sloane Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: This quiet little spook is said only to come out when the hotel is nearly empty. During life, Lillie was the mistress of the Prince of Wales, who later became Edward VII.


25 December (reoccurring)


Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Courtts Bank
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: Once a Mecca for toy sellers and buyers, the sounds of joyous children can be heard briefly once a year. Another entity, claiming to be an Elizabethan nobleman, was exorcised during the early 1990s - he was thought to be either the Earl of Essex (executed in 1601) or Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk.


25 December (reoccurring)


Location: Clayton le Moors (Lancashire) - Dunkenhalgh Hall (currently a hotel?) and nearby bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: A former maid at the hall, Lucette fell pregnant after a torrid affair with the master - he was not interested in her long term future, so Lucette took her own life. The maid's misty white form now comes back around Christmas to remind others of her fate.


25 December (reoccurring)

Middle Aged Man

Location: Oldham (Lancashire) - Temperance Hall, next to the Colosseum Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: This grey figure has been seen standing in doorways always around the Christmas period, and is believed to be the ghost of a suicide.


25 December (Reoccurring)

Breathing & Hollow Footsteps

Location: Sandringham (Norfolk) - Country House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: Becoming active during Yuletide, the ghostly presence creates echoing footfalls in empty corridors and heavy breathing in a room on the second floor. Christmas cards are also moved by the spirit, and lights are turned on and off. The entity is thought to be a nun who seduced a monk on the site; those who have seen her say she has hollow eye sockets. Others blame a young lamplighter who died many years ago while on his rounds.


25 December (reoccurring)

Shadowy Figure

Location: Boughton Green (Northamptonshire) - St John the Baptist church ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: This figure, also heard moaning around the same time of year, is thought to be a criminal hanged in 1826. Others speak of a darker tale - that the ghost takes the form of a beautiful man or woman, depending on the gender of the witness, and asks them for a kiss. If it is given, the kisser is doomed to die within a month. This is said to have last happened to a man called William Parker on Christmas Eve 1875; after meeting a red headed girl at the church who faded away shortly after engaging with her, William died exactly one month later.


25 December (reoccurring)


Location: Broughton (Northamptonshire) - Church of St John
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: A criminal once held here has returned as an indistinct shadow, softly moaning in pain and regret, always around the Christmas period.


25 December (reoccurring)


Location: Southwell (Nottinghamshire) - Road between Southwell and Oxton
Type: Legend
Further Comments: Beneath a small valley located between these two places is the town of Raleigh, swallowed up by an earthquake. A local legend says the church bells can sometimes still be heard on Christmas Day.


25 December (reoccurring)

Jolly Monk

Location: Wonersh (Surrey) - Grantley Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: This figure once appeared every Christmastime, though has kept his head down over recent years (maybe as a result of being exorcised by a Roman Catholic barmaid).


25 December (reoccurring)

Final Bear

Location: Fernhurst (Sussex) - Ruins of Verdley Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: This is said to be the location where the last wild bear in England was pointlessly killed; the creature's ghost now returns in protest.


25 December (Reoccurring) - last reported 1970s

Monk with No Legs

Location: Cranham (Essex) - St Mary's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: This phantom monk is said to float silently across the road.


25 December - Betsy Jane appears, and the Rotterdam prior to a maritime disaster

Betsy Jane

Location: Solway Firth (Dumfries and Galloway) - Waters of
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: Laden with a golden profit made from selling slaves, God extracted revenge on this morally questionable practice by sinking the ship and killing all the crew on Christmas Day, just prior to the vessel docking. The passenger ship Rotterdam, which sunk in the nineteenth century with the loss of all hands, is still seen, normally as a warning prior to a major disaster at sea. A hearty mix of other spectral vessels has also been reported.


25 December, midnight (reoccurring)

Petrified Thief

Location: Llandyfrydog (Gwynedd) - Just outside the village - Carreg Lleidr (Robber's Stone)
Type: Legend
Further Comments: Legend has it that an oddly shaped stone here was a thief who stole a bible, and while carrying it over his shoulder, was turned to rock. Every Christmas the stone runs three times around the field in which it stands.


25 December, when it falls on a Sunday (reoccurring)

Game of Shinty

Location: Dalarossie, Inverness (Highland) - Land near the local church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: These people, during life, made the mistake of playing sports when Christmas day fell on a Sabbath. Now they all return from the grave for a quick game once a year.


28 December (reoccurring)

Glowing Train with Red Lights

Location: Wormit (Fife) - Tay Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: The badly designed Tay Bridge collapsed in 1873, a passenger train crashing down with the faulty structure into the cold waters of the Firth of Tay below. The scene is reenacted on the anniversary of the crash.


29 December (reoccurring)

St Thomas of Canterbury

Location: Lapford (Devon) - Road through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: The ghost of Thomas Beckett appears on the anniversary of his death, passing through the village on horseback.


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