December (including winter) - Paranormal Database Records

 


Christmas Time (reoccurring)

Headless Horses

Location: Penryn (Cornwall) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: Pulling a coach, this team of headless horses has a tendency to manifest around the season of goodwill. Legend states if stared at, it will whisk the witness away to the nether realm.

 


Dark winter nights (reoccurring)

Ralph's Wife

Location: Banks (Lancashire) - Ralph's Wife's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: Ralph was either a smuggler or a fisherman - either way, he vanished at sea. The ghost of his wife is said to walk between St Stephens Church to Fiddler's Ferry, carrying a lamp so he can find his way home.

 


December (reoccurring)

Wailing

Location: Steyning (Sussex) - Bramber Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: Maude of Ditching's screams and cries can occasionally be heard in the ruins - her lover was bricked up in the dungeon after being caught by Maude's husband. The castle is also said to be haunted by two children seen begging for food, though they vanish if approached.

 


December (reoccurring) - exact date not known

Duchess

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Area around Duchess Lake (now filled in) and Dower House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: Duchess Elizabeth Somerset fell from her horse and broke her neck - her ghost is said to ride around the area. A local legend says that if you wait near her monument, three knocks will signify her presence.

 


December nights (reoccurring)

Dark Horseman

Location: Ellistoun (Renfrewshire) - Ellistoun Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: Possessing a grinning skull barren of flesh, this dark horseman and his black stead gallop furiously down muddy paths towards the nearby waterfalls.

 


December, during wartime

Fighting Armies

Location: East Lulworth (Dorset) - Flower's Barrow and Grange Hill
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Further Comments: The ghostly figures found here when Britain is at war generate screams, horses and the clashing of swords as they move over the hills overlooking the coast. The apparitions are said to have last appeared during the Second World War.

 


Early 1980s (porter), woman in blue 2000s (normally during winter months)

Porter

Location: Rothley (Leicestershire) - Railway Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: A ghostly porter was spotted at the station by a member of the public returning from a party at 2am one Sunday morning. The building is also home to a ghostly dog and its owner (they were killed on the line a short distance away prior to the start of World War Two), and a phantom woman in blue who appears in the waiting room.

 


Early winter mornings (reoccurring)

Squeaking Cycle

Location: Chester (Cheshire) - Saltney Junction railway station, area of
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: An old man on a squeaky bike haunt the area around this old station - it is thought that he hanged himself in a shed here.

 


Early winter mornings (reoccurring)

Traffic Dodger

Location: Wigglesworth (Yorkshire) - Road leading to Tosside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: A couple of car accidents that occurred along this road were blamed on a flitting female form which ran out in front of the vehicle before disappearing. Locals say it is a girl who drowned nearby.

 


Every Sunday before Christmas (reoccurring)

Marge in a Bridal Gown

Location: Terrington St Clement (Norfolk) - Parish Church, the 'Lovell' pew
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: Legend says that the chest next to the west door once contained the remains of a bride who was trapped inside after a game of hide and seek went wrong. She is reported to emerge once a year to join in with the choir.

 


Once a year, middle of winter (reoccurring), sound recorded 26/07/1996

Simon Cunliffe

Location: Colne (Lancashire) - Wycoller Hall
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Further Comments: Simon rides the area where he once lived, blowing his horn prior to a tragedy. It is said that he scared his wife to death by riding up the staircase of their home, chasing a fox that had ran inside to escape the hunt (ghost hunters Colin Veacock and Peter Crawley recorded a sound similar to a riding crop here in 1996). Another tale states that the horseman isn't Simon but an assassin, killed by a manservant before he could murder the master of the hall. The young daughter of a family living here during the twentieth century told her mother that a 'white woman' would visit her during the night - the sightings stopped when the child changed bedrooms.

 


Pre 1924, said to be most active between 29 September and 24 December

Hobby Lanterns

Location: Dunwich (Suffolk) - Paths around Dunwich
Type: Other
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.

 


St Thomas' Eve (21 or 22 December) (reoccurring)

Woman with Child

Location: Neville's Cross (Durham) - Lane in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: The lane is home to a phantom woman who was murdered on the site. She is said to be sometimes accompanied by a strange looking child who possesses an oversized head.

 


Summer & Winter (reoccurring)

Stomping Boot

Location: Harreitsham (Kent) - Ringlestone Tavern
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: The sounds of someone stomping on the cellar steps have been heard, stopping just prior to reaching the top.

 


Twelve days following Christmas (Reoccurring)

Headless Anne Boleyn

Location: Rochford (Essex) - Rochford Hall, and roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: At the family home of Anne Boleyn the former queen's decapitated ghost walks briefly around the building after Christmas.

 


Twentieth century, particularly active around Christmas

Headless Bride

Location: Winster (Derbyshire) - The Angel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: The decapitated ghost caused one witness to faint as it ascended the staircase and headed towards the viewer. A local legend states that the ghostly woman and her lover both committed suicide the day before she was due to be married to another man. The building has a history of phantom footsteps and doors that open themselves.

 


Varies: 20 June or 23 June and 31 December (reoccurring)

King John's Hounds

Location: Purse Caundle (Dorset) - Purse Caundle Manor
Type: Shuck
Further Comments: Twice a year, this pack of devil dogs is let loose in the neighbourhood. Sounds of ghostly plainchant have been heard coming from the manor house.

 


Varies: 24 December and 01 January the pack hunt, date of coach unknown

Night Coach

Location: Ilmington (Warwickshire) - Roads of village, particularly Pig Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: This spectral vehicle runs along the roads, before suddenly veering off and vanishing across local fields. This may be related to the ghostly hunt pack seen in the area, led by a man who was killed by his hounds.

 


Varies: between 25 December - 6 January (reoccurring)

Phantom Runner

Location: Bolton (Lancashire) - Hall i' th' Wood Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: Always heard but never seen, this spook frequents the old staircase, the footsteps always rushing. Other ghosts reported here include an old woman seen in the kitchen and two men, one dressed in black and the other green.

 


Varies: Blanche on Good Friday or 04 April, Dickens on 24 December (reoccurring)

Lady Blanche de Warenne

Location: Rochester (Kent) - Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: A bystander in a battle for the castle, the Lady Blanche was killed when an arrow entered her heart - her shade has been observed still staggering with the shaft protruding from her chest. It is also believed that Charles Dickens's ghost haunts the moat; he has been seen both here and at the Corn Exchange clock.

 


Weather Dependent: Cold winter nights

Red Eyed Sailor

Location: Faversham (Kent) - Shipwrights Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: Having died as a result of a shipping accident, the phantom sailor now appears on icy nights. His favourite trick is to open the front door and walk in, only to disappear moments later, leaving only a strange disconcerting odour.

 


Weather Dependent: Wet winter nights

Fast Moving Old Lady

Location: Farnham (Surrey) - West Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: Limping, this OAP runs by witnesses at a rate of knots and disappears into the doorway of a house along the street. The same street is also haunted by a black dog which performs a similar action to that of the old woman.

 


Weeks leading up to Christmas (reoccurring), last seen November 1961

Black Coach

Location: Outer London: Enfield (Greater London) - Bell Lane, Enfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: A popular local story tells of the Phantom Coach of Enfield, flying two metres off the ground where the road once lay. Seen a couple of times in the twentieth century, the ghostly passengers are said to be quite clear and distinct. A 14 year old boy cycling close to Albany Park School claimed to have passed through the apparition.

 


Winter (reoccurring)

Lord Norbury

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Cabra district
Type: Shuck
Further Comments: The otherworldly black hound which stalks the area is said to be the ghost of Lord Norbury, a harsh judge renown for his overuse of the hangman's noose.

 


Winter (reoccurring)

Headless Horseman

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Roper's Rest, leading to Love Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Further Comments: This decapitated figure rides along the road once darkness falls.

 

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