Isle of Wight - Paranormal Database Records


Michael Morey

Location: Downend - Burnt House Lane area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Michael Morey was hanged in a public gibbet opposite the Hare and Hounds inn for the murder of his grandson in 1735. His phantom is said to walk the roads in the area, carrying a large axe, his face nothing more than a grinning skull.


HMS Eurydice

Location: Dunnose Point - Off coast
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1998
Further Comments: The training ship HMS Eurydice went down on 24 March 1878 when she was caught unawares by a violent storm. The ship is still occasionally reported, and in 1998 a film crew with Prince Edward may have caught it on video.


Headless Airman

Location: East Cowes - Skies above area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen parachuting down from the skies, this decapitated airman is thought to date from the Second World War.


Horse and Carriage

Location: Freshwater - Farrington House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1946
Further Comments: A man out cycling at night reported hearing a horse galloping along - he heard it pass him by, but nothing could be seen. It is reported that a ghostly horse pulling a carriage heads towards the house, but never departs.


Soldier Sailor

Location: Freshwater - Golden Hill Fort
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two ghosts have been seen around the area of the fort; a grinning sailor enjoys watching other people at work, and a First World War trooper who sometimes makes an appearance.



Location: Freshwater - Red Lion public house, Church Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Different owners have reported the sounds of booted feet moving across the floors in the building.


Dancing Dog

Location: Gatcombe - Gatcombe Church
Type: Other
Date / Time: Summer (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The carved wooden dog at the feet of the effigy of Edward Estur is said to come alive during summer nights and dance around the church standing on hind legs.


Lucy Lightfoot

Location: Gatcombe - Gatcombe Church
Type: Other
Date / Time: 13 June 1831
Further Comments: A local lass on her way to church, Lucy disappeared mysteriously when an eclipse covered the sun and the island was hit by a terrible hurricane. At the same time, an effigy of Edward Ester at the church changed. Years later, the vicar clamed to have discovered written evidence that the young lady had gone back in time and married the man subject in the effigy.


Moving Foundations

Location: Godshill - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Church still present
Further Comments: The church was to be built at the bottom of the hill, but after the stones moved themselves up to the top one night, the construction workers took the hint and finished the job in the new location.


The Crowd

Location: Hardingshute - Road running through the area
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: September 1982
Further Comments: A couple in a car were left unnerved after encountering a large crowd of people along this road. They wore long black robes, and a few held staffs decorated with the skulls of rams. The group reportedly surrounded the car; the driver accelerated, passing through the figures that then faded away.


Crowd with Torches

Location: Havenstreet - Road leading to village, and area near Hare & Hounds Inn
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 4 January 1969
Further Comments: A couple out in their car found themselves surrounded by hundreds of people running across nearby fields holding burning touches. As they drove to the nearby village, one of the figures stepped out in the road and passed straight through their car.


Serving Girl

Location: Horringford - Hazeley Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 1976
Further Comments: A witness stated that she had had a feeling of overwhelming despair and fear after entering an empty room in the building (at the time it was little more than a ruin). It was also as cold as ice, even though it was warm outside. She later discovered that a maid had taken her own life in that particular room. The building has since been renovated, and all traces of that area have been removed.


Dispatch Rider

Location: Locksgreen - Vittlefields crossroads
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s onwards?
Further Comments: A phantom dispatch rider on his motorcycle is thought to haunt this road - he was killed during World War Two when he drove into a military tank. Drivers have swerved in order to avoid hitting the phantom.


Not by Guilt

Location: Mottistone - Rocking Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A large rocking stone here could be moved by the wind, but never by a man possessing a guilty conscience.


Woman in White

Location: Nettlestone - Road near the old church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Exact date not known
Further Comments: Several motorists are said to have encountered the phantom woman dressed in white that haunts this road, reporting their sightings to the police after driving through her.


The Blue Lady

Location: Nettlestone - The Priory hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This young teenage girl once haunted the former priory along with her little dog, though sightings have been rare as of late. The dog outlived the girl by several years, was stuffed after its death, and is now kept in a glass case within the building. The haunting is said to grow quite intense if the hound is ever removed from the hotel.



Location: Newbridge - Dodpits Cross
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1928
Further Comments: A young girl walking home encountered a gibbet with the body of a bearded man swinging from it at this junction. She ran off, and looking over her shoulder once more, realised that gibbet and man had vanished, replaced by the normal junction signpost.


Whistling Shape

Location: Newport - Castle Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: The phantom whistling was heard several times by staff at the pub, once coming from a strange white shape that passed through the bar.


Huge Claw

Location: Newport - Clifford Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 18 April 2005
Further Comments: A white figure seen down this road was accompanied by a large claw-shaped apparition.


Elderly Lady

Location: Newport - Orme
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 09 April (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This shade wrapped in a shawl makes a once yearly visit to the house.


Old Woman

Location: Newport - Private house along Fairlee Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1997
Further Comments: A family vacated this property after several disturbing encounters with a phantom old lady and a small child holding balloons. Electrical items would work without being plugged into the mains, and items (and caged pets) would vanish only to appear later.


Cottage with Pond

Location: Newport - Sandy Lane
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1951 / 1952
Further Comments: A lad cycling down Sandy Lane recalled seeing a picturesque farm house with a pond just in front of it. Years later the (now grown) man tried to find the dwelling, but could find no evidence the property or pond ever existed.


Fast Moving Figure

Location: Newport - Stag Lane area
Type: Other
Date / Time: Around 1999
Further Comments: A human-looking figure with a limp, but capable of moving at great speed, was seen on separate occasions by two different witnesses.


Young Woman

Location: Newport - Wheatsheaf Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom young woman was observed by one guest sitting on his bed in a room on the first floor.


Misty Figure

Location: Newport - Whitecroft Hospital (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1984, between 21:00h - 22:30h (misty figure), other entity unknown
Further Comments: One inpatient awoke to see a misty white figure at the foot of their bed, while another report says two other witnesses, at separate times, encountered a male figure with no eyes.

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