Leicestershire - Paranormal Database Records

Ill Boy

Location: Kegworth - 18 High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This house was once haunted by the phantom of an ill boy, though the ghost is said not to have been seen as of late.


Location: Kegworth - Cottage Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A female ghost (or at least a presence) is said to haunt the ladies toilets.

White Lady

Location: Kegworth - Red Lion public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The temperature is said to drop sharply as the phantom white lady materialises. One workman fled the site after encountering her.

Dead of the Future

Location: Kilncote - Village Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: St Mark's Eve, 23:00 - 01:00h
Further Comments: A particular ritual had to be carried out here. For three consecutive years, one could spend St Mark's Eve sitting in the church porch, from 11pm until 1am. At the end of the third year's period, the ghosts of all those who were doomed to die during the following year made themselves visible in the churchyard.

Floating Hitchhiker

Location: Knipton - Road from Belvoir castle towards village, at T-junction
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1994
Further Comments: Witnesses in a car saw a floating figure with no legs thumbing a lift at the junction. The ghostly man appeared to be wearing a long coat. The driver intended to pass him by rather than stop, but the mysterious figure stepped out in front of the car causing them to brake hard - the apparition vanished as they came to a screeching halt.

Spit Fire

Location: Leicester - Skies over town
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: April 1389
Further Comments: Seen flying and spitting fire, the dragon passed over the town many times during the month.

Headless Person

Location: Leicester - West Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1965
Further Comments: This headless shade was watched by witnesses as it drifted down the middle of the road.

Edwardian Child

Location: Leicester - Haymarket Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This small boy has been seen several times dressed in a sailor's suit, normally during a rehearsal. Before the theatre was built, a child once drowned in a well on the land and the shade has been named as his.

Factory Worker

Location: Leicester - New Pingle Street, Britella factory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: The workers at this factory threatened to go on strike unless the management attempted to exorcise the ghost which took up residence here. The author does not know the outcome of their demands.

Changing Shape

Location: Leicester - Freewheeler Club, Churchgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972
Further Comments: An exorcist was summoned to this building after staff reported seeing a strange ghost which would change shape.

Woman Dressed in Black

Location: Leicester - Aylestone Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A phantom woman dressed in black but with a white face was spotted by a park ranger while on night patrol.

Pools of Water

Location: Leicester - Council house on Netherhall Estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: A family living in an unnamed council house on the estate reported mysterious pools of water which would form before quickly disappearing again. The liquid was said to be 'silky' when touched. A woman with dark hair was reportedly seen when an exorcist came to visit. It is unknown whether this report is connected to the Bell Lane haunting.

Post Man

Location: Leicester - Rail Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: More often felt than seen, the phantom which haunts the station is reputedly a postman. The ghost is said to be non-threatening and has been nicknamed Henry.

Richard III

Location: Leicester - Car park (and surrounding area)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005 - 2013
Further Comments: Philippa Langley felt a strange sensation crossing this car park and painted an 'R' on the ground, virtually on top of the location where Richard III's body was later found (although it has been said the 'R' has been in the car park since the eighties and was painted by an attendant). The offices of Denham Foxon & Watchorn which overlook the car park were reported to be home to mysterious noises, also (now) blamed on the king.

CCTV Figures

Location: Leicester - Belgrave Hall Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 December 1998
Further Comments: Recorded by CCTV, two ghostly figures were briefly seen in the grounds. Though the image was later explained as being 'leaves caught in the light', the building is reportedly haunted by a middle aged woman in a pale dress, who gives off a friendly aura.


Location: Leicester - Donisthorpe Mills, Bath Lane (as of June 2009, in process of being demolished)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1980s
Further Comments: The yard was said to be haunted by 'Ivy', a short woman who wore dark clothing, had grey hair, and whose face was covered in warts. A nightshift worker who ventured out of a quick cigarette encountered her, ensuring that he never went outside alone again.

Disconcerting Monk

Location: Leicester - Guildhall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: There are mixed opinions to whether the library here is haunted by a grey monk or a white lady. A tormented Cavalier has been seen in the Great Hall, a phantom policeman haunts other parts of the building, a ghostly dog has been reported in the courtyard, a black cat in the Great Hall, and at least one witness claims to have been shocked to see a pair of legs manifest from the portrait of Henry Earl of Huntington hanging in the Major's Parlour. Ghost Scene Investigations and Leicester City Museums released video footage in 2006 of what appears to be a ghostly figure crawling across the floor in one room.

Shadowy Figure

Location: Leicester - Friar Lane (though topographical area has changed since report)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely early twentieth century
Further Comments: Normally manifesting as a set of footsteps which would follow people as they walked down this road towards St Mary's church, the shadow of this ghost once manifested and revealed itself to be headless and humped to one witness.

Seated Child

Location: Leicester - The Talbot public house, Thurcaston Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Several shades have taken up residence here. A young child sits on a bar stool, a phantom woman vanishes into the wall, an old man in a large raincoat walks towards the bar before disappearing, and shadowy figures lurk in the car park.


Location: Leicester - Abbey Pumping Station Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An engineer fell to his death in the beam engine house. His spirit still lingers, playing with lights and making noises in the basement.

Hooded Figure

Location: Leicester - Churchyard, Cathedral Church of St Martin (aka Leicester Cathedral)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This hooded phantom was said to glide and periodically kneel with its head on the ground, as if listening to the earth.


Location: Leicester - Little Theatre, Dover Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The theatre is reputedly haunted by a former manageress dressed in Second World War garb.


Location: Leicester - Braunstone Hall and Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several phantoms are reported to haunt this area, including a young woman in white who walks the corridors. She is named as May, who died aged eighteen of tuberculosis. Other phantoms are said to be carriages pulled by black horses which vanish into the trees, a groom who hanged himself in a room above the stables, and a sad looking boy who glazes from an upstairs window.

White Woman

Location: Leicester - Graveyard in Belgrave area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pale woman has been seen moving around the headstones.

Cat Anna

Location: Leicester - Castle ruins
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: The bogyman-like witch known as Cat Anna was said to live in the cellars of the ruined castle. It is likely that this legend and the story of Black Annis are connected.

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