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Slain Dwarf

Location: Slaghtaverty (County Derry / County Londonderry) - Abhartach's grave, aka Slaghtaverty Dolmen
Type: Vampire
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When a tyrannical dwarf was murdered by a local chieftain, his body was placed in the earth here. Less than a day later, however, the dwarf returned, more vicious than before. He was killed again and reburied, but returned and tormented the entire country. The chieftain consulted a druid, and following the wise man's instructions, slayed the dwarf for the final time, placing the body into the ground head first, robbing him of his magical powers.

Brainy Dobbs

Location: Bedford (Bedfordshire) - RAF Henlow
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: Returning to the barracks, one witness was hit by a cold wind which pushed him back. The witness found his room trashed, so called the police, who disbelieved his story. An officer later told him that the barracks was haunted by a parachute designer nicknamed Brainy Dobbs, and that there had been many other reports identical to that which the witness experienced.


Location: Guisborough (Yorkshire) - Road just outside of town, by moors
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1985
Further Comments: Four people travelling by car along a dark road spotted a figure in the middle of the road ahead, illuminated by the headlights. The driver swerved, certain that they would hit the figure which, as the occupants passed, was a monk with a hood covering his bend head.

Sound of Steam Engines

Location: Snettisham (Norfolk) - Area around the old Hunstanton/Kings Lynn railway line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: People living near the old railway line have reported hearing the sounds of a steam whistle and a low grumbling sound, as if the railway had never ceased operating in 1969.

Young Woman

Location: Newquay (Cornwall) - Area between Towan beach and Belushi's public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that a woman was killed when an old smugglers' tunnel collapsed while she was exploring it during the 1930s. Now people in the area hear a woman crying and occasionally glimpse her floating apparition.


Location: Newquay (Cornwall) - Red Lion
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2003
Further Comments: A visitor to the pub claimed to see an old fisherman cross the courtyard of this building. Staff were left mystified when three sets of shutters unclasped themselves and closed over the windows, with CCTV picking no one in the area.

Blinding Light

Location: Newquay (Cornwall) - Old Headland area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A floating light is said to unnerve local fishermen as it moves along the path before vanishing neat the old lifeguard and boatyard. One story is that the light belonged to a smuggler, trying to wreck unsuspecting craft.

Older Lady

Location: Newquay (Cornwall) - Fistral Backpackers (no longer present)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An employee spotted the reflection of an older woman wearing a flowery dress walk past behind them. The witness spun around, but no one else was there. At a different time, the same witness also heard their name whispered when cleaning an empty room.

Vanishing Dog Walker

Location: Wicken (Northamptonshire) - Wicken Road, between Wicken and Deanshanger
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2016
Further Comments: A driver passing along this road with high banks slowed as he approached a person walking their dog. The driver checked the mirror as they braked, and upon looking ahead again, the figure had vanished, although there was no side roads or paths.

Older Woman in Old Clothing

Location: Pendeen (Cornwall) - Route between Boscaswell to Trewellard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: A walker was passed by a older woman in a dark Victorian era dress. The figure looked solid.

Grey Lady

Location: Aldershot (Hampshire) - Cambridge Military Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1990s
Further Comments: A legend says that the phantom woman here was a Boer War nurse who committed suicide after accidently giving her lover an overdose of Laudanum. A nurse and two other members of staff spotted her around 1995; a solid silhouette which vanished into thin air.

Accidental Discharge

Location: Gosport (Hampshire) - Barracks (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1899
Further Comments: After a 'ghost scare' at this barracks, a marine was found guilty of unlawfully shooting another man. The marine claimed to have been 'unnerved' by the ghostly report, and accidently opened fire at his relief.

Falling Coal

Location: Gravesend (Kent) - House along Wrotham Road (no longer standing)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1897
Further Comments: Cinders and lumps of coal were seen to fall in various parts of the house by both the residents and neighbours. One person was knocked unconscious after being hit by a high speed piece of coal.

Figure in White

Location: N1 (Greater London) - St Mary's Parish Church, Islington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 December 1898 (ghost), January 1899 (large crowd gathers)
Further Comments: After a local paper printed a story concerning the appearance and disappearance of a white figure outside the church on Christmas night, a large crowd of people gathered looking for the entity. A large police presence eventually moved the crowd on.


Location: Edith Weston (Rutland) - Unnamed house in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1896
Further Comments: This home was subjected to loud knocks - the newspapers stated that 'persons of all ranks of society' had investigated and could not find an explanation for the sounds.


Location: Cardiff (Gwent) - Commercial unit (name withheld), Old St Mellons
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1993
Further Comments: The sounds of someone continuously jumping up and down could be heard coming from the first floor area of this site, although it was empty at the time.

Large Cat

Location: Loch Lochy (Highland) - A82
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 05 April 2016
Further Comments: A driver and passenger spotted a puma cross the road and jump into hedgerow as they travelled south.

Man on Stairs

Location: Grantham (Lincolnshire) - Private residence close to A607
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid / late twentieth century
Further Comments: After observing the ghostly figure of a man drifting down the staircase, the witness identified the figure as his wife's great grandfather from an old family photograph.

Stocky Man

Location: Rastrick (Yorkshire) - Scotty Bank
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 2000s
Further Comments: After spotting the dark shape of a stocky man walking up the hill, this witness stood to one side to let the figure pass. The witness looked down for a couple of seconds, during which time the figure vanished, with no possible other routes to go.

Unseen Ghost

Location: Brynmawr (Gwent) - House along Worcester Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 November (?) 1886
Further Comments: After a rumour travelled the area that a certain house was haunted, a large crowd gathered outside to see the phantom for themselves. No phantom manifested.


Location: Birtley (Durham) - Private residence belonging to a miner
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1892
Further Comments: It was said that other villagers would visit the property at night to listen to the strange wailing which would come from within.

Brown Man

Location: Aberystwyth (Dyfed) - Crossroads en route to Waun Fawr
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1901
Further Comments: While newspapers reported that a phantom had taken up haunting the lanes in this area, local police maintained that it was a case of mistaken identity - a witness had observed a person in the distance and panicked needlessly.

Smoky Human Cloud

Location: Blorenge (Gwent) - B4246
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 09 April 2016, 22:30h
Further Comments: A driver and their passenger spotted a human-sized, white / blue cloud moving along this road. The driver could not make out any specific details, although the passenger could make it out as a human-like figure.


Location: Northwich (Cheshire) - Wincham Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s - 2010s
Further Comments: Several entities are said to be present at this venue, including a Cavalier and a child who ran through a wall.


Location: Forres (Moray) - Sueno's Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: A Picto-Scottish standing stone, one legend says that Macbeth met the three witches by the stone (and that they were later imprisoned within it).


Location: Holt (Clwyd) - Holt Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Shadowy figure are said to walk the grounds of the castle, though the myth appears to be recent and witnesses are not forthcoming.

Powered Tools

Location: Burnley (Lancashire) - Private residence
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: October 2011
Further Comments: Power tools would turn on unaided in the middle of the night, crockery would move in the kitchen, and the sound of coins could be heard on the staircase, all when this witness was home alone.


Location: Penrith (Cumbria) - Site of old monastery, Scotland Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2014
Further Comments: The site where a monastery once stood was said to remain the home of a phantom monk.

Running on the Stairs

Location: Stoke on Trent (Staffordshire) - Former Aquatics Shop (no longer open)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: People could be heard running on the staircase here, although no one could be seen. While cleaning the glass on a fish tank, one worker in the shop spotted the reflection of someone behind them - the only other person on the site was upstairs.

Children's Laughter

Location: Farnworth (Lancashire) - Shakespeare Hotel (public house)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2016
Further Comments: Glimpses of strange shadows and the sounds of children's laughter are said to be reported by customers at this pub. CCTV footage was said to have shown five different ghostly figures.

Grin Iron Wife

Location: Hopeman (Moray) - Cliffs and rock pools in the area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An old sea witch named the Grin Iron Wife is said to sit out on the rock pools and cliffs of Hopeman, near the sacrificial caves, and steal young children that stray from the path. She is still spotted today by visitors, or so they say.

Male Presence

Location: N10 (Greater London) - Private residence, Muswell Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1954 - 1974
Further Comments: A former resident at this house reported a male presence haunted the site, and would pull the covers off the bed and chill the air.

Grey Figure

Location: Hebden Bridge (Yorkshire) - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977 - 1987
Further Comments: Over a ten year period, the residents of this house experienced a number of strange happenings, including watching a grey figure who would walk up to the door (but never enter), a white face which would appear at a window, pictures and other objects would fall to the ground without reason, and the sound of children could be heard running around the landing.


Location: Cranshaws (Borders) - Cranshaws Parish Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 2015
Further Comments: A photographer at work inside the church heard people walking towards the door and a child say 'Mum, I want to tell'. The photographer opened the door to let the people in, but there was no sign of anyone, and nothing more could be heard.

Blonde Girl

Location: Lincoln (Lincolnshire) - Home Nightclub
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2015
Further Comments: It was reported that, while alone, one member of staff spotted a blonde girl sitting on a stool. She vanished as the member of staff looked back in that direction. It is said people would hear their names being called when alone.

White Lady

Location: Watford (Hertfordshire) - Church Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom white woman is said to occasionally cross the road here.

Young Woman

Location: Burton on Trent (Staffordshire) - Stapenhill Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 09 January 2016
Further Comments: Two witnesses walked past a pale young woman dressed in black. They turned to see if she was okay, but she had vanished.

Vanishing Figure

Location: Bude (Cornwall) - The Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A gardener spotted a shadowy figure in the locked building, which vanished after he gained access. The bell of the HMS Bude which hangs on site supposedly rings unaided.


Location: Nether Haugh (Yorkshire) - Private residence
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1980 - 2000
Further Comments: It was reported that the poltergeist at this location could be heard playing a piano and a xylophone. Footsteps would also be heard in empty parts of the building and electronic machines were watched as they stopped and started unaided.

Blue Lady

Location: Great Abington (Cambridgeshire) - Field next to the churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom blue lady is said to cross this field. Her journey starts at Great Abington church, where she floats straight over the river, and ends at Little Abington church where she is said to vanish.

Heavy Cart Wheels

Location: Brigg (Lincolnshire) - Queen Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2006, around 04:00h
Further Comments: From their home a witness heard the sounds of heavy cart wheels and horses' hooves on the road outside, but nothing could be seen. The witness was later told that the road was haunted by a horse and cart which still travelled to the Britannia Brewery, which closed in 1924.

Disappearing Lady

Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - Private flat, Woodlands area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1990s
Further Comments: A number of spooky occurrences were reported as happening over a twenty-five year period, including a lady who would vanish, screaming, and loud banging.


Location: SE1 (Greater London) - Boat moored close to London Bridge
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: December 2015
Further Comments: An employee on this boat reported seeing an image taken on board which shows the side view of a figure with ruffled collar. The figure disappears at the knee and looks as if it floats on a white cloud.


Location: Shanklin (Isle of Wight) - Vernon Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: Frances died after falling down the staircase and is now said to haunt this property. She reputedly leaves five pence pieces around the site to indicate she approves of behaviour.

Dreams Can Come True

Location: Niton (Isle of Wight) - Wishing Seat
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A seat along a coastal pathway is said to grand wishes by just sitting on it.

Woman in Black

Location: Godshill (Isle of Wight) - Griffon public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s - 2000s
Further Comments: Both staff and customers reported seeing a woman in black who would appear and disappear around the site. Items were also said to occasionally throw themselves off surfaces.


Location: Whaley Bridge (Derbyshire) - Whaley Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: It was reported that it is not unusual for the cats to watch as a figure walks through a bricked up door. Monks and the smell of frankincense is also reported.


Location: Aberbargoed (Gwent) - Aberbargoed hospital (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2010
Further Comments: Some believed this phantom, said to have been observed by staff and patients, to be a miner who died in a colliery accident, while others thought it to be a former patient.

Colonel Hawker

Location: Boscastle (Cornwall) - Penally House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Colonel unknown, horse on calm nights (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Footsteps belonging to this officer are said to wander around the property, while a figure has been seen passing by windows. The road outside the house is haunted by a horse.

Victorian Children

Location: Castleton (Derbyshire) - Activity centre in the area
Type: Other
Date / Time: July 2002
Further Comments: A visitor staying at this centre awoke to find two Victorian children, one male and one female, standing over the bed. Both apparitions stared at the visitor while pointing to a wall on the other side of the room. When the visitor looked, upon the wall was a large, bluish wavy mass. In a trance like state, the visitor moved across the room and placed their hand on the mass, which was just above where a friend was sleeping. The friend awoke, their voice snapping the visitor out of the trance.

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