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Ringing Bells

Location: Preston (Lancashire) - Site of old monastery (estimated to be A59 / Friargate area)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Local legend says that a church which once stood here sunk into the earth and its bells can be heard to ring on Christmas Eve.


 
Evil Awaits

Location: Bovey Tracey (Devon) - St John's Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was said that the churchyard here was unused for a while due to the belief that the first body interred would belong to the Devil. The body of a servant under the employ of a visitor to the area was buried here, after which others believed the site was ready to be used for their loved ones.


 
Rider

Location: Haugham (Lincolnshire) - Orgarth Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1850
Further Comments: A phantom man upon a shaggy horse was once said to haunt this hill, manifesting to other riders and causing their mounts to bolt.


 
Ball of Fire

Location: Girsby (Lincolnshire) - Road close to Girsby Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1780s?
Further Comments: A serving boy at the hall was approached by a gang of men to told him that if he didn't let them into the hall to rob it, they would kill him. Being dutiful to the last, he informed the owners who captured the gang as they entered. Even so, the boy later turned up dead, having been skinned alive, and his ghost manifested as a large, screaming ball of fire along the road where his body was discovered.


 
White Calf

Location: Tuphulme (Lincolnshire) - Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa eighteenth century
Further Comments: A phantom white calf was said to appear around these ruins. One female witness spotted it, although the creature was not visible to the people accompanying her. She claimed that being born at twilight had enabled her to see what others could not.


 
White Calf

Location: Brigg (Lincolnshire) - Between Brigg and Wrawby, near a stream
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom white calf, sometimes headless, was said to emerge from a tunnel and attempt to lure people into the water, though the creature's entrance may no longer exist.


 
Cyhyraeth

Location: Cardiff (Gwent) - Church, St Mellons
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre eighteenth century
Further Comments: A herald of death, the cries of the Cyhyraeth would be heard moving towards the church, the route of the entity denoting the direction the body would be taken.


 
Burning Boy

Location: Bedwas (Gwent) - Hill in Machen
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown, likely pre-eighteenth century
Further Comments: Travelling between Bedwas and Risca, a woman and man spotted a boy ahead of them. The boy put his head between his legs and turned into a ball of fire which proceeded to roll up the hill. Later in their journey, the couple came across a pillar of fire which scorched the woman's handkerchief.


 
Oh God, What Shall I Do?

Location: Crumlin (Gwent) - Bridge (no longer standing?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, likely to be pre-nineteenth century
Further Comments: A woman standing on the bridge one evening heard a voice travelling up the river repeating 'Oh God, what shall I do?'. The woman was struck with terror and fled the scene, fainting once she reached home.


 
The Soldiers Song

Location: Brookeborough (County Fermanagh) - 'Cooneen Ghost House'
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1913
Further Comments: After the death of her husband, Bridget Murphy and her children were plagued by banging and rapping in their home which sometimes followed the tune of The Soldiers Song. Beds would lift off the ground and plates would fly through the air. After two failed exorcisms the family left for America, only to be followed by the rapping, although the sounds ceased after a while.


 
Blue Light

Location: W1 (Greater London) - Private flat, Wigmore Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1910s
Further Comments: A flat was supposed to be haunted by a blue light which moved from room to room and by a man who stood motionless by a staircase.


 
Giant Black Bird

Location: W1 (Greater London) - Unknown house, Dean Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1860
Further Comments: Elliott O'Donnell wrote (albeit briefly) about a large, phantom black bird which appeared so frequently that the residents grew accustom to it.


 
Whistling Stone

Location: SW4 (Greater London) - Clapham Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Story circa early twentieth century, although stone removed around 1900
Further Comments: The whistling heard coming from the stone on the common was said to be quite sad, with one story saying the tune was made by a murdered pedlar.


 
Man in the Chimneypot Hat

Location: SE4 (Greater London) - Private residence, Brockley Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1900
Further Comments: The occupants of this property claimed to have seen a figure behind the front door - he vanished when the door was opened. Disembodied footsteps that ran up the staircase were also reported.


 
Frightened Woman

Location: WC1 (Greater London) - 003 Red Lion Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1915
Further Comments: A woman in a dress dating from around the mid nineteenth century was said to have been spotted on the staircase of this building. The figure was seen heading towards the front door where she vanished. A story said she had been murdered on the site and, as the main suspect had an alibi, no one was charged with the crime.


 
Footsteps

Location: WC1 (Greater London) - 001 Red Lion Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1915
Further Comments: A couple who lived at Number 001 for several months in 1915 reported hearing footsteps and the sounds of a scuffle, although investigations never turned up anyone else on the site. A woman in a dress dating from around the mid nineteenth century was said to have been spotted


 
Dreaming Teeth

Location: SW1 (Greater London) - Unidentified flat close to tube station
Type: Other
Date / Time: Pre 1920
Further Comments: According to Elliot O'Donnell, anyone who stayed in this flat had such vivid dreams about choking on their own teeth, it drove them to move out.


 
Lady Bagot

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Pype Hayes Hall, Erdington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story says that Lady Bagot committed suicide after being caught having an affair with a member of the household staff. It is unclear whether Bagot is the ghost in a yellow dress reported here. A caped man has been spotted and mild poltergeist behaviour is also said to have occurred.


 
Jumping Grey Thing

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Icknield street, Hockley
Type: Other
Date / Time: April 2014
Further Comments: A couple in their car watched as a grey humanoid creature jump across the road, kangaroo-like, although seemingly gaining momentum by swinging its arms. The entity stopped in the road and looked at the car before turning and moving back into the grounds of a cemetery.


 
Lady

Location: Rothesay (Argyll and Bute) - Rothesay Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local stories tell of a female form which moves along the battlements after dark. One account says the entity is white in colour, while others maintain the ghost is green. The woman is said to have killed herself after being instructed to marry a Viking raider.


 
Accident

Location: Effingham (Surrey) - A246
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 2015, between 03:00 - 03:30
Further Comments: A motorcyclist spotted a pair of red taillights on the road ahead. Despite changing speed several times, the lights stayed the exact distance away, until they veered off the road into trees. The motorcyclist heard a crash, and fearing an accident, pulled over and looked for the crashed vehicle. Nothing could be found.


 
Mother and Child

Location: East Lulworth (Dorset) - Unnamed road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: A driver passed a mother and child both dressed in clothing from the 1860s. The child was crying and the mother looked angry. When the driver turned for another look, the figures had vanished. The driver spotted the couple several times in the same area during 1982, but never again after the year ended.


 
The Man with the Flickering Lantern

Location: Northampton (Northamptonshire) - Hunsbury Hill Country Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2015
Further Comments: A couple out walking their dog after dusk encountered a tall man wearing a long coat and carrying a flickering lantern. One of the couple spoke to the man but received no reply. The couple turned to each other and then back to the man, but he had vanished.


 
Figure

Location: Derby (Derbyshire) - Etches Park Rail Depot
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2014
Further Comments: A certain Class 222 train was reputed by workers to be haunted by a shadowy figure which would move around on board, though the engine was known to be empty. The 222 was said to have been involved in several incidents that had resulted in deaths.


 
Nurses and Friends

Location: Manchester (Lancashire) - Ryecroft Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: A large number of ghost hunts have taken place at the hall, with perceived entities including nurses, children, soldiers and the Seventh Earl of Stamford.


 
Smuggler

Location: Plymouth (Devon) - Minerva public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: The Haunted Plymouth team in the local media claimed four entities haunted this pub; a smuggler, a ghostly child and two women.


 
Little Girl

Location: Chester (Cheshire) - Queen Hotel, Station Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, possibly 2010s
Further Comments: In an area thought to be a former nursery, people are said to have their hair pulled by a phantom female child.


 
Janet

Location: Malham (Yorkshire) - Janetís Foss, Gordale Beck (aka Gordale Scar)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Cave still present
Further Comments: Janet, or sometimes Jennet, was a fairy queen who inhabited a cave next to the waterfall found here.


 
Fred the Technician

Location: Chorley (Lancashire) - Little Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: Fred is one of several entities said to haunt the site, other others being a shadowy figure seen on stage, a man wearing a trilby, a Victorian woman with a child, and an actress.


 
Leather Shoes

Location: Louth (Lincolnshire) - Town Hall
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: December 2015
Further Comments: The building appeared in the local press after a member of staff reported hearing leather shoes walk across a room and other employees complained about objects which moved themselves around the site. The town hall was once a jail and there is a local myth that says the body of a boiler man was left undiscovered in the basement for two days.


 
Fighting Soldiers

Location: Ashdon (Essex) - Fields in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Moonlit nights
Further Comments: Perhaps connected to nearby Linton's Royalist stronghold, the fields in this area were said to be haunted by fighting phantom soldiers from the Civil War.


 
Drowned Lady

Location: Ashdon (Essex) - Pond known as Lady Well (no longer present) in private residence along Dorvis Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local myth says that a pond which was once in a garden at this village was haunted by a phantom woman. She drowned in the pond after a storm caused her horse to bolt, throwing her into the water.


 
Crossing the Road

Location: Sheffield (Yorkshire) - Packman Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: A local story says that a figure or ball of light can be seen crossing the road, although some believe that it is an optical illusion caused by environmental effects.


 
Grey Lady

Location: Caythorpe (Lincolnshire) - Holy Cross House (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Writing in the local media, Peter Clawson reported that this house was haunted by a grey female and that the smell of lavender would be a prelude to her manifestation.


 
Blodeuwedd

Location: Bala (Gwynedd) - Castell Gronw
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Blodeuwedd and her lover failed to kill her husband, and as a result he cursed his wife to take the form of an owl. She still flies around the castle, calling out to her other man. Her lover was killed when a spear was thrown into his chest. The man held aloft a stone to try to protect himself, but the weapon pieced it - a holed stone is still in the area.


 
Little John's Femur

Location: Hathersage (Derbyshire) - Hathersage Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Circa 1784
Further Comments: James Shuttleworth is said to have dug up the nearby grave containing the remains of Little John, removing a femur measuring 72 centimetres in length. However, he was struck by misfortune soon after, which vanished after he reburied the bone.


 
Lord Mohun

Location: WC2E (Greater London) - James' Street
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1642
Further Comments: Lord Mohun appeared to a lady walking along this street at the moment he was killed in a dual at Chelsea Fields.


 
Headless Man

Location: Ravendale (Lincolnshire) - West Ravendale Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One local story says a woman came to the priory at night to meet her lover - seeing a figure in the moonlight, she rushed over to give him a hug, only to realise the person she had seen had no head. She fainted and was found a short time later by her lover.


 
Hairy Jack

Location: Grayingham (Lincolnshire) - Area around the church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1870s
Further Comments: This large black dog was said to have a particularly shaggy coat.


 
Black Dog

Location: Freiston (Lincolnshire) - Area around the church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom hound is thought to relate to a murder which once took place close to the church, although further details are fleeting.


 
Shag Foal

Location: Barnoldby le Beck (Lincolnshire) - Church of St Helen's
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A black dog the size of a donkey, this entity was said to let loose the most unearthly cries.


 
Headless Woman

Location: Ruswarp (Yorkshire) - Churchyard wall, Prospect Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This headless phantom sits upon an old wall here.


 
Relocated Church

Location: Leake (Yorkshire) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Legend says that this church was supposed to be built on top of a local hill, but the Devil insisted on moving the building materials.


 
Moved Foundations

Location: North Otterington (Yorkshire) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The church here was intended to be built closer to Thornton-le-Moor but the Devil moved the stones to where the church was finally constructed.


 
White Lady

Location: Meaux (Yorkshire) - Meaux Abbey (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman died of exhaustion while trying to smuggle food into the abbey via an underground passage. Her white form was said to haunt the area.


 
Headless Woman

Location: Melsonby (Yorkshire) - Lanes and church close to Lady Well (likely no longer present)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century?
Further Comments: A local myth said the well close to the churchyard was haunted by a headless white lady.


 
Rabbit

Location: York (Yorkshire) - St George's Roman Catholic Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen moving around the aisles of the church, the ghostly rabbit always vanishes before it is caught. Some believed it to be the ghost of Dick Turpin who is buried nearby.


 
Young Girl

Location: Worcester (Hereford & Worcester) - St Helen's church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A pale white girl, said to be young and tearful, is said to have been seen several times in this church. She would appear to be looking for something between the aisles before running off and disappearing.


 
Sometimes Headless

Location: Michaelchurch (Hereford & Worcester) - St Michael's Church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The shuck which haunted this churchyard sometimes appeared headless.


 
White Dog

Location: Alveston (Warwickshire) - Exact location not known
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered alongside his peddler master, this glowing white hound was said to haunt the lanes close to Alveston.


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