Gloucestershire - Paranormal Events and Places

Female Prisoner

Location: Gloucester - Prison (closed 2013)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to twenty-first century
Further Comments: This ghost is thought to be a woman who was held in the cells of the nearby abbey - she now appears in the jail and mocks the prisoners. Another story says she was killed by an inmate, and returns to continue her search for him. Activity is said to be particularly strong in cell 25 on the A3 landing.

Hostile Woman

Location: Gloucester - Private house along Tweenbrook Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970
Further Comments: A family were forced to move out from this property after several disturbing incidents involving the shade of a woman. A six year old boy was found by an open bedroom window (which had previously been nailed shut), saying 'the lady wants me to go with her', and the woman was also encountered under the entrance to the attic, asking 'pray for me'.

Bangs in the Upper Area

Location: Gloucester - Ruins of Greyfriars
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This spirit is blamed for the slamming of furniture which is heard upstairs.

Bloody Rain

Location: Gloucester - Skies over the town
Type: Other
Date / Time: February 1649
Further Comments: On a day in February, it rained blood over the town.


Location: Gloucester - Wickwar Brewing Company, Station Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: Staff at the company reported hearing phantom coughing and disembodied footsteps late at night in the brewing building.

Wispy Monks

Location: Hailes - Hailes Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: In the dead of night, it is thought that the monks return to the abbey to continue their long forgotten earthly chores. One of these jobs may be protecting their greatest relic - drops of Christ's blood that were carefully stored in a glass container.


Location: Hanham Abbots - Court Farm barn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: Antony D Hippisley Coxe, in 'Haunted Britain', recounts how his wife watched a man enter this barn, but when she followed him in, the man had vanished.


Location: Highnam - A40
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 23 July 2012
Further Comments: Police warned motorists to watch out for wallabies on the road, after several reports of the small marsupials were made by motorists.


Location: Hillsley - Coldchange Hill, between village and Hawksbury
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Ghostly monks are said to haunt this crossroads between the two locations.


Location: Hinton - Aging chapel along Church Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area of the lane is said to be haunted by a ghostly figure, though the exact details are not forthcoming.


Location: Horsley - Chavenage Manor, near the town
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: During a death in family
Further Comments: The coach, driven by a headless man, arrives just after the death of the manor's owner, where his soul is said to embark. A shadowy figure has also been spotted in parts of the house, vanishing if approached.

Wife and Child

Location: Hyde - Ragged Cot public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The 1760 landlord of this establishment pushed his wife and baby down the stairs during an argument, killing them both. He tried to conceal the bodies in a chest, but they were discovered by the authorities. The ghostly mother and child were seen by a policeman as they removed the corpses.


Location: Hyde - Unnamed stony knoll in area (likely to be no longer present)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: An area covered in rocks which could have been part of a tumulus was said to contain gold and the bodies of soldiers. It was said to be haunted.

Blue Boy

Location: Kempsford - Manor Farmhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom child wearing blue clothing reported at the nearby Old Vicarage has also been observed at this farmhouse.

Two Mauds

Location: Kempsford - River and Lady Maud's Walk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two different Lady Mauds are said to haunt here. The first Maud cries out for her son who drowned in the ford - as a result of the death, Maud's husband left her. The second Maud was murdered who mistakenly thought she was having an affair. This latter phantom is said to emerge from the water and pass along Lady Maud's Walk, heading towards the Old Vicarage.

Woman with Child

Location: Kempsford - St Mary's Vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom woman wearing clothing dating from the seventeenth century, holding her baby, reputedly glides down the staircase here. The same staircase is also haunted by a young boy wearing blue. Another phantom said to lurk within the building include a tall man with a high hat and long coat, while a monk is reputed to haunt the garden.


Location: Leonard Stanley - Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Face concealed under a large hood, this shade frequents the graveyard, though has not been seen in recent years.

Coach Crash

Location: Long Newnton? - Jackament's Bottom - was a farm between Kemble and Badminton
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1835
Further Comments: A coach crash which occurred here killing the driver was reported to have been caused when a phantom dog appeared; its presence made the horses bolt which upset the carriage.

Attacked Collie

Location: Longhope - Old Moor's Wood
Type: ABC
Date / Time: February 2000
Further Comments: A collie named Basil was attacked by a large creature in the wood; the vet who stitched up the ten centimetre tear on the neck said it looked like it was caused by a cat.

Nan Tow

Location: Lower Kilcott - Nan Tow's Tump
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local witch, Nan Tow, was said to be buried in an upright position by a Duke of Beaufort within this barrow.

Walking Stone

Location: Lower Swell - Whittlestone (currently not in original position)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When the stone hears the clock at Stow on the Wold strike twelve, it goes down to Lady Well to sip the water.

Man without Legs

Location: Lydney - Docks area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1934
Further Comments: One of the witnesses to this ghost reported that the misty figure wore a long raincoat and hat, but his legs were not there. The phantom would dissolve away if anyone moved too close. Many believed the entity was a man hanged on the docks after being found guilty murdering a girl on nearby marshland.


Location: Lydney - Industrial unit
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: April 2008
Further Comments: Bonding Resin that was left overnight for testing was found the following morning with three child's footprints imprinted - each print was eight centimetres in length, with a fourteen centimetre 'step' between each one. Needless to say, the unit had a strict 'no children' policy.

Heart Beats

Location: Lydney - Paisley House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1985
Further Comments: Mr and Mrs Mizen were awoken dozens of times in the night by the sound of muffled heartbeats. They could hear the noise in every room of the house, though four of their sons who also lived there could not hear anything. Environment Health equipment detected the sound, but the operators could not offer any explanation.


Location: Maisemore - White Hart public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Footsteps have been reported all over the building, though the cellar appears to be the hub of the haunting, with reported banging and the phantom outline of a person seen there.

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