Leicestershire - Paranormal Database Records

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.

Bel's Grave

Location: Leicester - Belgrave
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area is said to be named after a giant who died in the area - he tried to travel between Mountsorrel to Leicester in three leaps, but failed.

Black Annis

Location: Leicester - Dane Hills
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local monster, this old hag possessed iron claws that were used to skin children. She lived in a cave hidden somewhere amongst the hills, now thought to be buried under the city. Some believe the myth to be a continuation of Danu, an entity so old that stories no longer exist about her.

Red Globe

Location: Leicester - Wigston district
Type: Other
Date / Time: 29 July 2002, approx 18:30h
Further Comments: An eleven year old girl, Jade Greenwood, was struck on the head by a red glowing ball, most likely ball lightning. A red mark was left on her forehead, and the girl experienced an electrical shock and a burning sensation in her leg.

Water Games

Location: Leicester - Private house (no longer present) along Bell Lane
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: August 1933 - December 1933
Further Comments: The haunting presence at Bell Lane made the occupier's lives hell. It flooded rooms, squirted water from walls and ceilings, drenching the family every time they sat down to eat. When the family moved next door, the water followed them. After a few months, the water activities lessened and finally ceased by Christmas.

Shag Dog

Location: Leicester - Kilby Road (was once Black Lane)
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Black lane was patrolled by a large black dog with bright eyes and a large fanged mouth which glowed like burning coals. It once saved a local girl from being attacked by a robber.

Balls of Fire

Location: Leicester - Skies over town
Type: UFO
Date / Time: November & December 1388
Further Comments: These balls of flame where seen many times during the winter months, spinning like wheels.

Veiled Lady

Location: Leicester - West Chapel at Crematorium, Groby Cemetery
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: June 2008
Further Comments: Wearing Edwardian or Victorian mourning dress, a shadowy veiled woman was spotted by two witnesses. The figure disappeared into a hearse, and when the witnesses check the vehicle, it was empty.

Rail Worker

Location: Loughborough - Loughborough Central Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Holding an oil lamp, this semi-transparent figure in an old railway uniform is said to lurk on platform 1.

John Cook

Location: Lutterworth - The Springs House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1906
Further Comments: A young maid who had just started at the house awoke to see a young man in old fashioned clothing at the foot of the bed. He vanished into thin air, and the maid was so frightened by her experience that she never stayed overnight at the house again. The phantom was named as John Cook, a former resident of the house who had been murdered fifty years previous.

Headless Soldier

Location: Market Bosworth - Lanes of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Having been decapitated in the Battle of Bosworth Field, this fighter wanders the roads and lanes looking for his missing head.

John Fothergill

Location: Market Harborough - Three Swans Hotel
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The portrait of John Fothergill that hangs above the bar is no longer touched - if removed from its spot a disaster befalls the handler or hotel.

Hanged Man

Location: Market Harborough - The Sun public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The cellar is reported to be haunted by male criminal who was hanged many years ago. When the Northants Haunted team investigated the building, they reported shouting coming from the empty cellar, as well as making contact with the spirit of a twelve year old boy.


Location: Market Harborough - Harborough Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: The theatre is haunted by the spirit of a sea captain. The ghost is also said to have haunted the hotel which once stood on the site before the theatre was construction. Though the spectre itself was not seen, a team of ghost hunters detected cold spots when they investigated the site in 2004.


Location: Market Harborough - Market Harborough Building Society
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid-late twentieth century
Further Comments: This building was haunted by the sound of a typewriter clacking away. One member of staff seeing a typewriter by her side start to type by itself.

Murdered Woman

Location: Market Harborough - Angel Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The bar in the area that once housed the stables is reputedly haunted by a woman once murdered here.

Dark Torpedo

Location: Market Harborough - Skies over town
Type: UFO
Date / Time: May 1909?
Further Comments: Reported as being over thirty metres long, this long, thin scareship of unknown origin passed over the town late at night.

Grey Figure

Location: Markfield - Graveyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1918
Further Comments: Several witnesses are said to have seen the grey phantom as it walked past gravestones.

Busy Cats

Location: Measham - General area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2000
Further Comments: The start of the twenty first century saw a record number of puma sightings in Leicestershire, exceeding 150 reports of the creature(s).

Dark Figures

Location: Measham - Michael's Plaice fish & chip shop (no longer open)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: After the owner encountered ghostly dark figures and experienced poltergeist activity, Spirit Team UK were called in to investigate. They reported an old man hanging around in the upper part of the building, while a small child was encountered downstairs.

Bloody Footprint

Location: Misterton - St Leon's church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Cornered in the churchyard by a band of robbers and faced with certain death, a peddler declared that whomever struck him down would be forced to haunt the site of his murder. This failed to prevent the peddler being murdered, but after the killer was caught and executed, a bloody footprint appeared at the scene of the crime and is still said to appear once a year.

Five to Four Fred

Location: Newton Burgoland - The Belper Arms
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 03:55 or 15:55 (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Only acting at certain times of the day (hence his nickname), Fred has been known to slap or stroke female witnesses, and to try to smother male ones.


Location: Oxenden Magma - St Helen's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly person with a hunch back has been reported around the church area.

Decapitated Figure

Location: Quorndon - Footpath between Quorndon and Barrow upon Soar
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A headless phantom has been reported in this area.


Location: Rothley - Railway Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1980s (porter), woman in blue 2000s (normally during winter months)
Further Comments: A ghostly porter was spotted at the station by a member of the public returning from a party at 2am one Sunday morning. The building is also home to a ghostly dog and its owner (they were killed on the line a short distance away prior to the start of World War Two), and a phantom woman in blue who appears in the waiting room.

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