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Victorian Lady

Location: Charlesworth (Derbyshire) - Main road running out of moors
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century, estimated 22:00h - 00:00h
Further Comments: Four people driving into Charlesworth watched a semi-transparent lady in Victorian dress complete with ruff walk across the road and through a gate.


 
Black Shape

Location: Gateshead (Durham) - Three Tuns public house, Sheriffs Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2017
Further Comments: A member of staff was left in tears after being approached by a black shape. An article in the local paper claimed that there had been a hundred incidents over the years which resulted in people encountering something or leaving the site out of fear.


 
Devil

Location: Stony Hurst (Lancashire) - Cromwell Bridge
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The Devil is reputed to cross the bridge once a year - if he looks you in the eye, he'll take your soul!


 
Triangle

Location: Istead Rise (Kent) - Skies above village
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 24 November 2017
Further Comments: A large triangular craft was watched as it moved irregularly across the sky. It made no sound and would occasionally disappear and reappear.


 
Horse and Buggy

Location: A272 (Sussex) - Goldbridge Road towards Newick, after the bridge and before the bend
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1994, 23:20h (approx)
Further Comments: Two cars driving in opposite directions were forced to perform emergency stops to avoid a horse and buggy being driven by a cloaked man wearing a top hat. The horse and buggy disappeared. One of the drivers left his car quite shaken, running over to the other to ask what had happened to the old vehicle.


 
Red Cloud

Location: Sheffield (Yorkshire) - Skies about Woodthorpe area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Circa February 2017
Further Comments: A red cloud which covered the roof of a house was seen by three people. Different coloured beams of light, mainly green, pink and blue, emerged from the cloud for around fifteen minutes before vanishing.


 
Sunken Church

Location: Conisby (Lincolnshire) - Area outside the village called Sanclif or Sancliff
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown, but bells can be heard once a year on an unknown date
Further Comments: An area of rock was known as the Sunken Church, with some people believing it was the place where a church and the congregation were consumed. The bells could be heard pealing once a year.


 
Bells

Location: Cleethorpes (Lincolnshire) - Unidentified church with a well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was once believed that bells could be heard ringing deep within the earth if one placed one's ear on the ground.


 
Vanishing Piper

Location: Castle Bytham (Lincolnshire) - Piper's Hole, aka Swallow Hole (may no longer exist)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This hole takes its name from a bagpiper sent in to discover if there was a secret passage leading from Park House to a hill. The piper was never seen again.


 
John's Treasure

Location: Long Sutton (Lincolnshire) - King John's Hole, pool of water between half way between town and King's Lynn (may not longer be present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The stagnant pool of water was reputed to be the place where King John's wealth was lost. One report stated that some of the treasure was recovered when the area was partly drained.


 
Wilegripe

Location: Skegness (Lincolnshire) - Four miles off coast (or thereabouts)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The lost port town of Wilegripe once stood off the coast.


 
William the Giant

Location: Wroot (Yorkshire) - Thumb Stone and Little Finger Stone (no longer present?)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These two boulders were thrown into position by William, the local giant and wizard. A farmer who tried to move one using six horses failed to do so, and all the horses died shortly after their attempt - it became known that to mess with the stones was unlucky.


 
Figure with Child

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Private residence, Portland Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2017
Further Comments: A national tabloid carried some highly suspect video created by a builder who claimed he had filmed a headless phantom carrying a child.


 
Monk

Location: Caterham (Surrey) - Old Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Home to a ghostly hooded monk, the former rectory is also occasionally visited by an older man in Victorian clothing.


 
Don't Talk

Location: Caterham (Surrey) - Tree on High Street
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Tree still present
Further Comments: Local legend says a witch was executed on this tree, cursing it while dying. Something untoward is supposed to happen to the loved ones of those who talk beneath the branches, while highly superstitious folk hold their breath while scampering past.


 
Man with Dog

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne (Northumberland) - Old George public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly man and his dog have been spotted in the bar, vanishing if approached. Another ghostly figure has been seen sitting in a chair, while elsewhere footsteps without feet go about their business.


 
Woman's Voice

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne (Northumberland) - Blackie Boy public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A woman's voice was heard screaming 'Get out! Get Out!' from an empty cubical in the men's toilets, causing a member of staff in the room to flee.


 
Cutter

Location: Pantywenol (Wales) - Private residence (gutted by fire in 2017)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1860s
Further Comments: The ghost at this house was said to make cuts in people's clothing. The daughter of the owner was accused of faking the haunting to try to drive her mother out of the house.


 
Shattering Glass

Location: East Grinstead (Sussex) - The Fox public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: November 2017
Further Comments: CCTV showed a pint glass shattering while on the bar. Owner Claire Kacy was reported in the national press as saying items had been known to move unaided, including a chair.


 
Possibly not Sally

Location: Bathford (Somerset) - Sally in the Wood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When Sally was widowed she moved into a little hut in the woodland which later took her name. She is not likely to be the young woman seen running across local roads, only to vanish without warning, nor responsible for the local story that no bird will ever be heard singing in amongst the trees.


 
People

Location: Bournemouth (Dorset) - Shelley Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The haunting here appears to be restricted to stories of ghostly people walking down corridors.


 
Upset Woman

Location: Emsworth (Hampshire) - Horndean Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story has this road haunted by a distressed woman who was hit by a vehicle and killed.


 
Amorous Foxes

Location: Ashford (Kent) - Dering Woods
Type: Other
Date / Time: Always
Further Comments: The Woodland Trust denied the woodland was haunted by a gypsy who accidentally burnt herself to death or a headmaster who committed suicide, but rather by the sounds of amorous foxes. The Trust also highlighted that they had spent six thousand pounds on clearing up the damage caused by ghost hunters (or by people using ghost hunting as an excuse to be idiots).


 
Mira Turner

Location: Llanelli (Gwent) - Llanelly House (aka Llanelli House)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After being accused of having an affair in the house, maid Mira Turner was found dead at the bottom of a staircase. An inquest declared it to be suicide, although others believed it could have been an accident or murder. Regardless of the verdict her ghost is said to haunt the site. Another ghost is that of a distressed older man, who may be responsible for the heavy footfalls occasionally heard.


 
Grey Lady

Location: Perth (Perth and Kinross) - Perth Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 September 2017
Further Comments: A photograph taken shows what appears to be a misty grey figure standing in a balcony while workmen carry out restoration work below. The theatre is reputedly home to a grey lady who wears period clothing, and to the smell of old tobacco smoke.


 
Toast Smell

Location: Thornton Heath (Surrey) - Lion Inn, Pawsons Road
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twenty-first century, during winter months
Further Comments: Said to work in the older part of the pub, this poltergeist is blamed for a toast-like smell, as well as creating voices and other noises. The winter-bourn polt is just one of the ghosts at home here, with a phantom child, a former serving girl and an old pub regular cited as the others.


 
No Ghosts Here

Location: Great Yarmouth (Norfolk) - Sweet Dreams sweet shop, Regent Road
Type: Other
Date / Time: 2017
Further Comments: This shop was on the local ghost walk route and had a reputation for being haunted. The current owner denied his shop had any paranormal activity, and placed a poster in the window announcing that Jesus was the only spirit in the building.


 
Silver Haired Man

Location: Dinas Mawddwy (Gwynedd) - Public toilet opposite Red Lion Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This toilet appeared in the media after it was claimed to be the most haunted loo in the UK, although it was admitted that no witnesses to the haunting appeared to exist (which I guess suggests it is the least haunted loo?).


 
Sounds of Children

Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - Cathedral House Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sounds of children have been reported coming from the top floor of this hotel. Other people have claimed to feel something invisible brush against them.


 
The Poor

Location: Clifden (County Galway) - Clifden Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Stories say the castle was a place for people to gather during the Great Famine, and those who died remained on the site.


 
Suicide

Location: Loughmoe (County Tipperary) - Loughmoe Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ruins of this castle are reputedly haunted by a man who killed himself within.


 
Runner

Location: Plymouth (Devon) - Annabel's Cabaret and Discotheque
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During this venue's quieter times, the sound of running feet can be heard, but the source never found.


 
Murder Victim

Location: Plymouth (Devon) - Admiral MacBride public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One story, said to have occurred hundreds of years ago, has a woman pursued into the cellar where she was murdered and her spirit said to remain. It is unknown if she is also the fleeting shadow seen in the kitchen.


 
Lucy

Location: Plymouth (Devon) - Gin Distillery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Three ghosts, Lucy, Elizabeth, and Charles, are said to haunt the distillery, although their stories and fates are not connected.


 
Woman in White

Location: Plymouth (Devon) - Reel Cinema
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is not known why this phantom woman in white chose to haunt the cinema, in particular Screen Two.


 
Child

Location: Plymouth (Devon) - Elizabethan House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly young girl reputedly looks out of a window in this former sea captain's house.


 
Policeman

Location: Plymouth (Devon) - Old Police House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010
Further Comments: A phantom police office in an old uniform, complete with handlebar moustache, was spotted here.


 
Luminous Figure

Location: Somerton (Somerset) - Private residence, Broad Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s - 2010s
Further Comments: When the building was placed on the market, owner Chris Driver featured in the press after claiming his home was haunted by little blue glowing lights and a larger glowing figure which floated past him an his partner. Mr Driver heard a voice which reassured him that there was nothing to worry about.


 
Figure in Carriage

Location: Belfast (County Antrim) - Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2017
Further Comments: Local press published a photograph of a spooky looking figure sitting in a train carriage, although the 'ghost' is most likely accidently created using a slow shutter speed.


 
Woman

Location: Great Markham (Nottinghamshire) - Vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1880s
Further Comments: The site was said to be haunted by the ghost of an unknown woman. The haunting ceased after a skeleton was found in the garden during building work and the remains formally laid to rest.


 
Georgian Woman

Location: Retford (Nottinghamshire) - Sutton Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1880s
Further Comments: An older woman dressed in Georgian attire was observed by two Reverends out for a walk. They said a prayer and the figure vanished.


 
Vanishing Beach

Location: Achill Island (County Mayo) - Ashleam Bay
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Vanishes every seven years (actually timings slightly off in real life)
Further Comments: Folklore says the beach on the bay reappears every seven years before vanishing again. The truth isn't that far off; a storm washed away all the sand in 2005, only for it to reappear in November 2017 following another spot of harsh weather.


 
Monks Chanting

Location: Caldicot (Gwent) - Llanthony Secunda Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The manor featured in the press during 2017 when it went up for sale. Aside from once being owned by Henry VIII and one of the oldest buildings in Wales, an unique selling point was that the site is supposed to be haunted by monks which can be heard chanting or felt as they lightly brush against the living.


 
Mummy

Location: Tamworth (Staffordshire) - Palace Cinema, now a McDonald's
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1930s - present
Further Comments: A local yarn says that Reverend William MacGregor brought two Egyptian mummies back to the town. When they started to rot, the Reverend had them entombed in the foundations of the cinema, which was then being reconstructed.


 
Horses' Hooves

Location: Holbrook (Suffolk) - Stutton Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hill is apparently home to the sound of horses moving around, the noise providing an uneasy feeling to any witness.


 
Suffocating

Location: Poole (Dorset) - Scaplen's Court
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2008, Summer 2013 ('feeling')
Further Comments: CCTV caught a ghostly figure wearing a bowler hat which remained on the screens for just over two hours. A few years later, a visitor to this site had a suffocating feeling in one particular room.


 
Mavis

Location: Westcott (Buckinghamshire) - Westcott Sports and Social Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: The phantom has been nicknamed Mavis and is said to have been present since the site was the mess for the former airfield. Mavis is blamed for moving snooker balls, creating footsteps, and occasionally briefly manifesting.


 
Samuel

Location: Manchester (Lancashire) - Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008 - 2012
Further Comments: The ghost of Australian-born, British philosopher Samuel Alexander was said to have been spotted by teaching staff in the hall which bears his name.


 
Shadows

Location: Royston (Hertfordshire) - Royston Cave
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Shadowy figures have been briefly spotted in this cave.


 
Figure in Black

Location: Erdington (West Midlands) - Path alongside the canal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 September 2016
Further Comments: A figure in black was observed by a cyclist on the path ahead. The cyclist slowed a little and watched the figure follow the path around the base of a bridge. As the cyclist reached the same spot they realised no one could be seen and there was nowhere the walker could have turned off.


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