Vesta Tilley

Location: Brighton - Hippodrome Theatre, Middle Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to wear a long black dress (and occasionally a grey one), the ghost of Tilley haunts the area which was once the theatre's bar.


Location: Brighton - Hollingbury Hillfort
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that treasure is (or was) concealed in this area, though the details are vague.


Location: Brighton - Horse and Groom, Islingword Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A former customer, the ghost of Fred was said to take up residence in his favourite chair. A glass of beer was also seen to move unaided across a shelf before falling on the floor.

Dark Cowled Figure

Location: Brighton - John Beal's, East Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950
Further Comments: This figure, most likely to be a monk, has been described appearing after dark, and having no face.


Location: Brighton - Junction of Mill Road and Dyke Road
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 23 December 1982, 22:00h
Further Comments: Driving home, Douglas Owen encountered a large cat resembling a cheetah lying on a grassy bank. After watching it for a short while, the cat ran off towards nearby houses.

Naked Woman

Location: Brighton - Junk Shop, Upper Rock Gardens (no longer exists)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: This naked, disfigured female phantom was said to have been murdered in the building's basement by her insane husband. A private house in the same area is home to the benign presence of an elderly woman.


Location: Brighton - King & Queen Public House, Marlborough Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s - 2000s
Further Comments: Windows have been known to open themselves and shouting has been heard coming from an empty bar.


Location: Brighton - Kipling Gardens, Rottingdean
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: The child of a visiting American ghost hunter claimed to have seen a phantom man named Eric in the public convenience close to here.


Location: Brighton - Lord Nelson public house, Trafalgar Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: October 2015
Further Comments: Glasses are said to have been seen flying off shelves, while one customer developed red scratches on his arm. A previous landlord had had the pub exorcised.

Celia Holloway

Location: Brighton - Lover's Walk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Celia Holloway was murdered by her husband John, who moved her body using a wheelbarrow and buried the remains along Lover's Walk. He was caught and executed, although Celia is said to still appear along the lane.

Moving Crates

Location: Brighton - Mariner public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The sound of beer crates being kicked in the cellar has been reported, while the doors leading down to the level open and close unaided.

Pale Woman

Location: Brighton - Marlborough Tavern (theatre), Princes Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: The phantom woman observed in this tavern is thought to be the murdered wife of a former landlord - he tried to kill her by pushing the woman down the stairs, and when that failed, left her in the cellar mortally wounded. When last seen, the woman was floating across the stage area.


Location: Brighton - Mash Tun public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century onwards
Further Comments: This pub is said to be haunted by the landlady who managed the site during the First World War. Her footsteps have been reported from the building, and a former landlord watched several articles of clothing being thrown down the staircase by an unseen force. Glasses have been observed moving across a table and falling to the floor.


Location: Brighton - Meeting House Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed for having a love affair with a local lass, this medieval monk has been observed vanishing though a brick wall.

Swinging Beads

Location: Brighton - Metropole Hotel
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late twentieth century (?) and 2000
Further Comments: A cleaner and the night manager watched glass beads hanging from wall lamps swing for no apparent reason. The sound of a baby crying has also been reported on occasion, although no infant can be found when the sounds are investigated. In 2000, a member of staff encountered an old man in the building and engaged him in conversation; he later the old man discovered had died years previously.

Heavy Breathing

Location: Brighton - Moulsecoomb Rail Station
Type: Other
Date / Time: Animal in 1986, phantom train in 2013
Further Comments: Two women reported hearing animal grunts and snarls, and feeling the breath of an animal close to their faces, although nothing could be seen. A phantom steam train was also heard at the station, and older man who vanished suddenly. It is said some locals have voiced concern about using the station after dark.

Emily Coalthorpe

Location: Brighton - Nightingale Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fourteen year old Emily died here in the late nineteenth century when this building was an hotel. Her ghost is supposed to haunt a staircase.

Hooded Man

Location: Brighton - Nile Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to be a monk from the small chapel of St Bartholomew which stood here before being destroyed in 1514, a hooded figure is reputed to haunt the street.


Location: Brighton - Odeon Cinema, West Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: Local legend says George was killed during the construction of the cinema and now makes his presence felt. He was once seen standing on the top of a flight of stairs by a manager, and has a habit of tapping customers on their shoulder.

The Good Ship Nicholas

Location: Brighton - Off coast
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Returning from Constantinople in the 1100's, the Nicholas sunk with all hands on board. She is still occasionally seen on the horizon.


Location: Brighton - Old Ship public house, King's Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A maid who entered one west wing room which she thought was empty was started to apologise after meeting a man and woman sitting on the bed. Before the words could leave her lips, the couple vanished. One member of staff claimed to have seen a shadowy figure move across the ballroom.

John Robinson

Location: Brighton - Old Steine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969
Further Comments: Robinson was an eighteenth century adventurer and soldier of fortune whose luck ran out in Persia - his eyes were burnt out with hot irons after supporting a failed rebellion. A sympathetic merchant helped Robinson return to England; the adventurer finally made it back to his home town of Brighton, only to die along Old Steine. John's phantom was seen lying in the road by a police office who was physically sick after looking at his face, and by a woman who was so shocked by the appearance of the entity she spent a night in hospital.

Grey Woman

Location: Brighton - Olde Cottage Tea Rooms, Rottingdean
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom grey woman was reported by a former member of staff as being seen in the garden.


Location: Brighton - Outside Sussex Stationers, East Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2009
Further Comments: While on a Halloween ghost walk, one witness was unable to remove his hands out of his pockets - he said it was as if he was being hugged very tightly.

Modern Man

Location: Brighton - Park View public house, Preston Drove
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - late twentieth century?
Further Comments: One witness is said to have fainted after spotting a male phantom on the staircase - he was said to be wearing modern clothing. Another ghost, a glowing ball containing the face of a young girl, was seen in the same area.

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