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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.


Location: Conwy (Clwyd) - Vardre Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This building is reputedly home to the ghost of a Civil War soldier, though what side he fought on is not known.

Stanley Ravenscroft

Location: Colwyn Bay (Clwyd) - Theatr Colwyn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Ravenscroft, a former manager at the theatre, is held accountable when items are moved by an unseen hand or footsteps are heard in empty parts of the building.

Man in Tweed

Location: Boscastle (Cornwall) - Harbour
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Fishermen were reported to have encountered a strange man dressed in tweed who would stare at them before vanishing.


Location: E17 (Greater London) - Blackhorse Road Underground Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The station is said to be haunted by the ghost of a workman who died during the construction. A figure has been observed on the platform late at night, and his footsteps heard in other parts of the station.

Man in a Trilby

Location: W2 (Greater London) - Marble Arch
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: This underground station is said to be haunted by a man in a trilby hat and overcoat, seen on the escalator and vanishes when spotted.

Back Slapper

Location: Stockport (Cheshire) - White Lion public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: A DJ reported feeling someone slap his back and head, although there was no one close by. Reporting it to the landlady, he was told that other DJs had told her similar stories.

Headless Monk

Location: Manchester (Lancashire) - New White Lion public house, Middleton Old Road (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was believed that the headless monk which haunted this pub was connected to Blackley Hall, a short distance away.

Richard Fitzgeorge

Location: Lyndhurst (Hampshire) - Glasshayes Mansion (scheduled for demolition in 2016)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 07 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The first Duc de Stacpoole is said to throw a party for the dead in July, the music from which can be heard. At other times of the year, people have reported faces at the windows of empty parts of the building or experiencing the sensation of being watched.

Evaporating Man

Location: Portsmouth (Hampshire) - Railway bridge, St Mary's Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: A driver slowed to take a better look at a man who stood on the side of the bridge which did not have a footpath. The driver thought that the man did not 'look right', which was proved correct as the driver watched the figure evaporate in the rear view mirror.

Serving Maid

Location: Llangollen (Clwyd) - Cambrian House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Just one of the ghosts said to haunt the house, this phantom maid is said to have died in a tragic accident. Other ghostly occupants include a man in a grey suit, disembodied singing, and the sound of horses in the stable.


Location: Llangollen (Clwyd) - Britannia Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Phantom monks are said to haunt this inn, which may have been partially constructed using materials from Valle Crucis Abbey. One woman is said to have awoken surrounded by monks which slowly faded from view.


Location: Llangollen (Clwyd) - Tyn Dwr Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A handful of ghosts are said to haunt this building and surrounding area, including a gamekeeper, a woman in a rustling dress, a green mist, and the sounds of children laughing.

Richard Andrews

Location: Aylsham (Norfolk) - Black Boys Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Generally credited as being the first innkeeper, Andrews was killed during a fight with a member of the New Model Army. He was buried on the site and is said to haunt it.

Victorian Woman

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Badocks Field, Westbury on Trym
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2015, 19:00h
Further Comments: One witness watched a woman dressed in Victorian clothing picking blackberries. She walked into the bramble bush and just disappeared. The witness was later told that the site was haunted.

Older Woman

Location: Elgin (Moray) - Bishopmill House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The local press reported that workers in the property had observed a ghostly older woman carrying a bag.

Woman in Black

Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - Silverburn shopping centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May - June 2016
Further Comments: Covered by international media, it was reported that a phantom woman in black had been reported four times over a four week period.


Location: Hatton (Warwickshire) - A4177 close to village hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September, 1982 or 1983
Further Comments: A driver and his passenger spotted a ghostly figure standing on the side of the road which resembled a Cavalier from the English Civil War period.

Emily and Friends

Location: Smethwick (West Midlands) - Thimblemill Baths
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: Popular with ghost hunting teams, this building is reputedly home to several paranormal entities, including a horse, a figure in a green boiler suit, and a female named Emily.


Location: Portsmouth (Hampshire) - St Agatha's church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1954-1970
Further Comments: While the church was used for storage, a rumour existed of a ghostly figure which haunted the site. More recently, a local legend speaks about ghostly nuns in the area, although there is nothing to suggest there was a nunnery here.

Angry Dwarfs

Location: Crank (Lancashire) - Crank Caverns, aka Rainford Delph Quarry (private property)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Eighteenth century?
Further Comments: A local legend says that these caves were once the haunt of several angry dwarfs that were known to kill local children. Soldiers investigated and found human remains in the cave - that particular section was soon sealed by either natural rock fall or gunpowder.

Our Lady

Location: Knock (County Mayo) - Knock Shrine
Type: Other
Date / Time: 21 August 1879, 20:00h
Further Comments: Fifteen people witnessed the apparition of Our Lady, Saint Joseph, and Saint John the Evangelist. Close by appeared a lamb and angels.


Location: Swindon (Wiltshire) - Private residence, Greenmeadow area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Between 1988 - 2004
Further Comments: Banging and the sounds of dragging would be heard coming from empty parts of this property. On one occasion, a figure was spotted running up the stairs, although no one was found when the area was searched.

White Lady

Location: Falkland (Fife) - Road between Auchtermuchty and Falkland, close to woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2004
Further Comments: Three people observed a blanket of mist which took the form of a figure as they drove past. The entity was named as 'Jenny', a local girl who killed herself after her lover left.

White Woman

Location: Derry (County Derry / County Londonderry) - Former Waterside Workhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: As well as a phantom white woman who would tuck people into their beds at night, the site is also reputed to be haunted by a nurse who killed three (or two) children after locking them in a cupboard for punishment and forgetting about them.

Missing City

Location: Cliffs of Moher (County Clare) - Sea off the coast
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One story says that a great city was lost off the coast here, and manifests once every seven years. When seen from the coast, a person had to keep their eyes fixed on the city until they reached it, otherwise it would vanish.

Oscar and his Mother

Location: Osmotherly (Yorkshire) - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A legend says that the village is named after a mother and her son Oscar who drowned (or froze to death, depending on the story). The pair were lay to rest side by side, hence Os-by-his-mother-lay.


Location: Little Marlow (Buckinghamshire) - Crooked Billet public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom highwayman reputedly haunting this pub was hanged from a nearby tree.

Partying Fairies

Location: New Ross (County Wexford) - Maudlin's Bridge area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Circa early nineteenth century
Further Comments: Local man Davy Hanlon met a troupe of fairies upon this bridge. They whisked him away to a distant wine cellar where Davy drank with the little people. They allowed him to keep a silver goblet and returned him home, although he was bed ridden for many months after his encounter.


Location: Mynydd Llanhilleth (Gwent) - General location
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Shewri-while, a female phantom, would cause people to lose their way upon the mountain. She would call out 'whoo-whoop' and beckon to be followed. If any witness did pursue her, she would led them on a merry chase lasting several hours, finally disappearing at the spot the witness first found her.

Pig the Builder

Location: Winwick (Cheshire) - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The foundations of the church was set in another location, but a squealing pig moved them all in one night to the spot where St Oswald had fallen. A carving of the pig exists in the church wall.

Wishing Holes

Location: Abbotsbury (Dorset) - St Catherine's Chapel
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Inside the chapel are four holes, two for knees, two for hands, where people could kneel and make a wish.

Wish Tree

Location: Loch Maree (Highland) - Oak tree on St Maol Rubha (aka St Maree)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Famously visited by Queen Victoria in 1877, the bark of the wishing tree is covered in coins and other pieces of metal which have been hammered in. The tree is now dead, apparently caused by copper poisoning. The removal of any of the metal was said to result in misfortune.

Rain Summoning

Location: North Uist (Outer Hebrides) - Cross shaped stone near St Mary's Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was once believed that by raising this stone, rain would fall, which would then cease when lowered again.

Storm Forecaster

Location: Inveresk (Lothian) - Routing Well (current status not known)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was said that the well would wail before a storm, although even in the nineteenth century, it was acknowledged that the sound was caused by the wind during a storm, rather than prior to one.

Kettle Gold

Location: Corgarff (Moray) - Well at the base of a steep hill (unsure if still present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century
Further Comments: This well was fed from three springs, one curing deafness, the second blindness, the third lameness, although the price of removing an ailment was gold. An entity administered the area, storing donations in a kettle which was buried under what was known as the Kettle Stone. Anyone who tried to remove the stone and steal the gold would die a terrible death soon after.

Leg Breaking

Location: Swordle (Highland) - St Columba's Cave
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The site where Saint Columba baptised two criminals became a site of pilgrimage where travellers left offerings. One man who stole some of the gifts fell from his horse and broke his leg.

Dying of Thirst

Location: Corgaff (Aberdeenshire) - The Well in the Grey Wood, between Corgaff and Glengairn
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A well in this area was cursed - if a person drinking from the well failed to leave a pin, they would die of thirst.


Location: Minch Moor (Borders) - Cheese Well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Well still present
Further Comments: The well took its name from the cheese which travellers would leave for the resident fairies.

Immortal Fly

Location: Kirkmichael (Moray) - St Michael's Well (no longer present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The well was said to have magical healing powers and was watched over by St Michael, who took the form of a fly which could never die.


Location: Strathmartine (Angus) - Nine Maiden's Well (now buried)
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The well belonging to a saintly father and his nine daughters was protected by a dragon.

Water Cows

Location: Yarrow (Borders) - St Mary's Loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmer managed to capture and breed a herd of the mythical water cows found in the loch. His herd returned to the loch when the mother of the cattle called out from the water - the roar caused nearby hills to shake.

Water Cow

Location: Gairloch (Highland) - Loch na Beiste
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1840
Further Comments: In an effort to kill the water cow, said to be the size of an upturned boat, the land owner tried to empty the loch. When this failed, he poured quicklime into the water to poison the creature.

Drowned John

Location: Glenelg (Highland) - John MacInnes' Loch (six miles out of village)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Struggling to maintain his farm, John MacInnes was told by a strange being that help would be provided, but certain conditions would have to be followed. John agreed, and a short time later found a stray horse which he used to plough his land. He would bless the creature every evening and it continued to work, but unfortunately on one occasion forgot. The horse picked John up and dashed into the loch, where man and beast vanished forever.

Captured Kelpie

Location: River North Esk (Angus) - Ponnage (aka Pontage, aka Ferry) Pool
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A mortal managed to catch this water spirit by using a magical bridle, and forced the creature to move stones to Morphie to assist in the building of a castle. One day the bridle was accidently removed and the kelpie escaped, shouting a curse which resulted in the castle being demolished.

Kelpie Bridle

Location: Rannoch (Highland) - Lochanna Cuile (location may have changed identity), near or on Rannoch Moor
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man travelling from Pitlochry to Nether Lochaber rested in this area and found a horse's bridle made of pure silver which burnt hot to the touch. A wise woman told the man it belonged to a Kelpie and instructed him to hang it in his home on a crook of rowan. The man did as instructed and was blessed with luck for the rest of his life.

Victorian Man

Location: Marford (Clwyd) - Trevor Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century?
Further Comments: Several ghosts are said to haunt this establishment, including a Victorian man with mutton chops who spoke to a visitor, and Margaret Blackbourne (who also haunts other parts of the village).

Former Stationmaster

Location: Torrington (Devon) - Puffing Billy restaurant and B&B (former station)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2016
Further Comments: Both a former stationmaster and his wife are said to haunt this old station, which (at time of writing) is a guest house and restaurant. The female ghost is said to have been heard walking around, moving towards the room where her children once slept.

Protected Boats

Location: Port Henderson (Highland) - Rocks along the coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Local boat builder Roderick Mackenzie managed to sneak up on a sleeping mermaid and grabbed her by the hair. She requested that he let her go and in return would grant him a wish. Mackenzie wished that any boat he made would never sink, a tradition that was said to hold true throughout his career.

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