Hampshire - Paranormal Database Records


Location: Portsmouth - St Agatha's church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1954-1970
Further Comments: While the church was used for storage, a rumour existed of a ghostly figure which haunted the site. More recently, a local legend speaks about ghostly nuns in the area, although there is nothing to suggest there was a nunnery here.

Evaporating Man

Location: Portsmouth - Railway bridge, St Mary's Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: A driver slowed to take a better look at a man who stood on the side of the bridge which did not have a footpath. The driver thought that the man did not 'look right', which was proved correct as the driver watched the figure evaporate in the rear view mirror.

George and Emily

Location: Portsmouth - Groundlings Theatre, Portsea
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghosts of two children, Emily and George, are said to be among the nine (or ten) phantoms at home within this Georgian Theatre.

Lanky Woman

Location: Redord - Plough public house (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This grinning character would suddenly appear behind anyone new in the pub, before vanishing just as quick.

Old Woman with Grey Hair

Location: Ringwood - Four Seasons restaurant (since renamed)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: Seen gently rocking on a chair, this old woman dressed in grey clothing vanished when approached by one witness. Former staff at the building also reported seeing the entity.

Alice Lisle

Location: Rockford - Area around Alice Lisle public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Alice Lisle was the last woman to be executed by decapitation, at the hands of Judge Jeffreys. Her ghost rides around the area in a driverless coach, pulled by headless horses.


Location: Romsey - Palmerston Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen by staff in the upper parts of the building, Charlie is described as an elderly man with bright white hair.

Screams from Roundheads

Location: Romsey - Swan Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two Roundheads were hanged from the pubs outside sign. They have since been heard gasping and crying for help.

White Landlady

Location: Ropley - Watercress Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1978
Further Comments: A former landlady of this pub mysteriously vanished at the start of the twentieth century, though on occasion her ghostly form is seen in the pub.


Location: Ropley - Cottage along Old Chapel Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1920s?
Further Comments: An old woman who lived in this cottage was convinced it was haunted by a black cat, which she believed was her mother, due to the way it walked.

Wedding Guests

Location: Ropley - Bridestone Lane
Type: legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A wedding party failed to invite any of the local fairies to their big day. Travelling back from church, everyone was transformed into stone; they stood by the roadside as a warning to others.


Location: Ropley - Red Barn, Petersfield Road (demolished early twentieth century)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A homeless family that tried to spend the night in the barn fled in the early hours of the morning after hearing clanking chains and other strange noises.

Gilbert White

Location: Selborne - White's Church, and other parts of the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Monk seen 1976
Further Comments: The naturalist Gilbert White has popped up in many places in the village, despite dying in the 1700s. Monks have also been reported in the village - a priory once stood here, and though the building has long since gone, its former occupants are less reluctant to leave.

Shaggy Dog

Location: Selborne - Area near brook
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shuck comes across as quite harmless, and seems to appreciate the company of living animals.

Wishing Stone

Location: Selborne - Selborne Hanger
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The Devil is said to be responsible for the creation of this wishing stone.

Silhouetted Figure

Location: Selborne - Hangers Way
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 October 2009, around 16:00h
Further Comments: Walking along this lane with his metal detector, a witness spotted a figure standing by a gate on a hill, silhouetted against the sky. The figure wore a strange hat and a coat which came almost to the ground. The witness looked away for a few seconds during which time the figure vanished, with no obvious exit route. When the witness approached the gate, he realised the area was covered in thick mud, and there were no tracks visible.


Location: Setley - Filly Inn (formally Fillie Inne)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: This inn was built where a much older inn once stood. The latter building was demolished soon after three men were arrested within for a murder and highway robbery. It is said that one of the robbers tried to repent, but was hanged regardless. The entity is now said to make his presence known by throwing things around the room.

Long Faced Man

Location: Sherfield - Old Mill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This entity, which appeared several times at night, is believed to have been a former stone cutter in the mill.


Location: Silchester - Stone on the common, Hampshire / Berkshire Border
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A local giant named Onion tossed a stone that landed on the common, a mile away, leaving the impressions of his fingers upon it. Others have said that the stone was thrown by the Devil.

Low Flying Egg

Location: Sopley - A338 between Avon and Sopley, near bridge over the river Avon
Type: UFO
Date / Time: November 1967
Further Comments: Two separate groups of witnesses watched as this craft, around 25 meters long, passed low over the road, melting the tarmac surface. Vehicles and lights nearby were disrupted.

Straw Fall

Location: South Wonston - General area
Type: Other
Date / Time: 28 July 1992
Further Comments: Locals reported seeing clouds of straw that then fell over the village. This is possibly connected to the straw that fell on Basildon (Essex) on the same day.

Mary the Maidservant

Location: Southampton - Berkeley Homes Imperial Apartments, Canute Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1900 onwards
Further Comments: Dying of a broken heart after discovering her boyfriend was seeing other women, Mary has haunted this area ever since. She is credited by the Ghost Club as being one of the first cases investigated where the spirit created electrical interference.

Flower Stealer

Location: Southampton - Delbridge's Florists, Bedford Place
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: Over a six month period, hundreds of carnation blooms were removed from the plants. Security was updated several times, and the floor lightly dusted to detect footprints, though none were ever found. The local police, probably speaking off the cuff, blamed a poltergeist.


Location: Southampton - Dolphin Hotel, High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former cleaner at the hotel, the shade of Molly is said to always materialise at two in the morning, drifting a couple of feet above ground level.

Frightened Dogs

Location: Southampton - Tudor House Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Staff say that there is a room where dogs refuse to enter and another room in which many people have had paranormal experiences.

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