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Mutters

Location: Sidmouth (Devon) - Ladram Bay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather dependent: Misty nights
Further Comments: The Mutters family were smugglers in the area, and one member is still said to walk the coastline at night when the conditions are right, watching out for approaching boats.


 
Charlotte

Location: Sidmouth (Devon) - Kennaway House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 2012
Further Comments: A young female ghost in a long dress was named Charlotte, and would sit in the corner of a room in this building. The entity was said to be non-threatening.


 
Gladys

Location: Sidmouth (Devon) - New Look shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 2014
Further Comments: An older Victorian lady was blamed for crashes and bangs, disembodied footsteps and whisperings which were heard around this shop. The ghost, manifesting as a woman in black, was named as Gladys. After flowers were offered to her, the ghost quietened down.


 
Grey Lady

Location: Derby (Derbyshire) - Private residence, Canal Street (original residence since demolished)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1951
Further Comments: A witness living in this house would hear the name 'Jack' be spoken as they lay in bed. On one occasion the witness awoke to see a woman in a grey laced dress standing in the room, laughing hysterically, her hands on her forehead. Muttered conversations and the sound of furniture being moved around could also be heard on the site.


 
Persian Cat

Location: Birtley (Durham) - Private house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012, daytime
Further Comments: While making coffee the occupant watched a grey Persian cat walk across the floor and disappear into the living room. No doors or windows were open, and the cat could not be found. The witness later found out that a cat matching the description had once lived there but had died a few years previous.


 
Ship

Location: Bridlington (Yorkshire) - South beach - sea
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early December 2014, morning
Further Comments: A couple walking their dog spotted an old sailing ship anchored off the coast. One of the witnesses, a ship enthusiast, thought it to be a modern replica. Periodically looking back at the vessel while walking away, as the witnesses stepped off the beach they realised the ship had vanished. The enthusiast used ship tracking websites to try to identify the ship, but no such vessel was in the area.


 
Castle

Location: Kilsyth (Lanarkshire) - Likely to be near the grounds of Auchinvole farm
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A passenger in a vehicle briefly spotted a castle while passing through the area. After looking away and then realising that there should be no castle in the area, they looked again - the building had gone.


 
Vanilla

Location: Conwy (Clwyd) - Liverpool Arms public house
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly figure is said to appear together with the aroma of vanilla prior to a death related to this building.


 
Fish

Location: Conwy (Clwyd) - Quay House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The smell of fish which was detected in this property was said to be related to a former, long deceased, occupant.


 
Victorian Man

Location: Conwy (Clwyd) - Aberconwy House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: As well as the traditional disembodied footsteps, a Victorian gentleman and a fifteenth century woman are said to haunt the site.


 
Gothic House

Location: Tendring (Essex) - Exact area unknown
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 1974, around 19:00h
Further Comments: Two cyclists passing through the village on a winter's evening spotted a large gothic-style manor house where they knew a bungalow should have been. Speaking later to a local, they were told no house had ever stood on the site.


 
Scratching Post

Location: Wallis Wood (Surrey) - Footpath at edge of wood near Oakfields estate
Type: ABC
Date / Time: Late 1980s or early 1990s
Further Comments: A mother and her two children returning from a visit to the mobile library spotted a 1.5 metre long black cat sitting on the path ahead of them. After watching the creature for a minute or two and realising that the cat was not going to move, the family went back the way they came. A year later when in the area, the family found the base of a tree was covered in scratches, as if the large cat had used it as a scratching post.


 
Little Girl

Location: Crawley (Sussex) - Embassy Cinema (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 2012
Further Comments: A little girl was said to haunt the lower part of this building, while a projection room experienced poltergeist like behaviour.


 
Barrett

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - King's College, The Gibbs Building
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One story says that Barrett was a strange fellow who stored a coffin in his room. After a night filled with screaming, Barrett's friends found him dead the following day, his body laid out in the coffin. On the anniversary of Barrett's death, his screams are said to echo around this building. Peter Haining claimed the cries likely belonged to a Mr Pote, who cursed the building after being forced to move away.


 
Young Boy

Location: Poole (Dorset) - High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 2008
Further Comments: Heading towards the quay, a witness spotted a young boy wearing loose fitting knee length trousers and a tweed cap run past. When the witness reached the place where the boy ran, the route was blocked by a high brick wall with no possible exit.


 
Slams

Location: Droitwich Spa (Hereford & Worcester) - Friar Tuck Café (no longer open)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Although most of this haunting was poltergeist in nature (slamming doors, falling pans and violent bumps), on one occasion a ghostly blonde haired woman was spotted on site.


 
Male Silhouette

Location: A11 (Norfolk) - Road from Norwich, heading towards London
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Between 06:00h - 07:00h, January and February
Further Comments: On two occasions, a DJ returning to London encountered a lone figure on the road. On the first encounter during a light snow shower, the driver swerved to avoid the silhouette of a man in hat, though the figure vanished as the driver neared. A similar event happened again the following month, although the snow was replaced by mist.


 
Vanishing Black Dog

Location: Peacehaven (Sussex) - Steps on cliffs leading down to beach
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: A jogger spotted a black dog just in front of him while moving down the steps. Concerned for the creature's welfare, as the owner could not be seen, the jogger followed the dog. No more than a couple of seconds behind the creature, it vanished - there was no sign of the dog in the sea, and nowhere else for it to have gone. Around a year later, the jogger was talking to another person who said that they had been followed by a black dog in the same area.


 
Smashing Glass

Location: Drogheda (County Louth) - Barney Mac's public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 2015
Further Comments: CCTV caught a full beer glass breaking in two while on a table. While some people blamed a phantom, others said it was down to thermal stress.


 
No Ghost

Location: Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire) - Theatre
Type: Other
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: An attempt to start a rumour that the theatre was haunted transpired to be a publicity stunt for a production.


 
Nell Gwynn

Location: N6 (Greater London) - Lauderdale House, Highgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: Speaking to local media, Peter Gallagher claimed that the ghost of Nell Gwynn had intervened as he was being attacked by an evil spirit.


 
Muffled Voice

Location: Buckhurst Hill (Essex) - Three Colts public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2013 onwards
Further Comments: A muffled woman's voice was heard in the cellar, even though no one other than the witness was nearby. Cold spots have also been felt on the site.


 
Dark Figure

Location: Outer London: Bromley (Greater London) - Orpington Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 22 February 2015
Further Comments: A drone operator caught a figure in black standing within the priory grounds, although there is little to suggest that the figure is not 'real'.


 
Centaur

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Royal Botanic Garden
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: Robert Ogilvie Crombie claimed to have encountered a number of mystical creatures here, including a centaur, a faun (called Kurmos) and Pan.


 
Children

Location: Limerick (County Limerick) - Frank McCourt museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 2015
Further Comments: After carrying out a séance at the site, the Ghost Eire team said they could 'sense' children in wet clothing and two women.


 
Poor Woman

Location: Zennor (Cornwall) - Unknown property, Trewey neighbourhood (highly likely site no longer exists)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century
Further Comments: A woman living in poverty in this area bequeathed her shawl to a local young girl. When the wish was not fulfilled, the woman's ghost returned and started to stalk the girl. One witness challenged the ghost, and after being told the reason for the return, ensured the girl was given the shawl. Before vanishing forever, the ghost performed one last act - it carried the girl to the woman's grave (in Ludgvan), where the girl's shoe fell off. No one wanted to risk upsetting the ghost for a second time, so left the shoe on the woman's grave.


 
John Jones

Location: Zennor (Cornwall) - Various locations around the town
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1800s
Further Comments: James Botterell, a former seaman who retired to the area, was haunted by former colleague John Jones. The ghost followed James everywhere he went, until one day James asked the ghost what he wanted. The phantom john replied he needed James to pay off his debts. Once James carried out this act, the ghost announced that he was off to Fiddler's Green, and was never heard of again.


 
Harris

Location: Kenegie (Cornwall) - Old mansion house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century
Further Comments: The ghost known as Harris would return home once a year, although the date was keep secret from those outside of the family, and failure to leave the front door open to him would result in misfortune for the Harris family. When the family moved away the ghost gave up its annual visit. The Harris family also endured a phantom servant, who caused poltergeist-like antics in the kitchen before being bound in a hidden room, and 'Wild Harris' who rode around the neighbourhood on horseback until laid by a Parson from St Ives.


 
Man in Cellar

Location: Chester (Cheshire) - Pied Bull public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The man in the cellar of this pub is said to date from the seventeenth century, while the upper part of the building is haunted by a Victorian-era maid.


 
Tall Man

Location: Lincoln (Lincolnshire) - Private residence, Birchwood estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1982 - 1984
Further Comments: Two ghosts were reported as haunting this property. A tall, grey haired man would appear in the bedroom, while a blonde haired girl would manifest elsewhere.


 
Scratching

Location: Portsmouth (Hampshire) - Private residence, Copnor area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2001 - 2009
Further Comments: A home owner was forced to move after experiencing several years of scratching noises, footsteps, and having the duvet removed from the bed during the night.


 
Light Switching

Location: Waterford (County Waterford) - Private residence, Ballybricken area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2008 - 2013
Further Comments: A resident here reported all the lights in the house turning themselves off (without the trip switch kicking in), footsteps being heard, and the kettle turning itself on.


 
Old Man

Location: Batford (Hertfordshire) - Lower Luton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 2014
Further Comments: A driver had to swerve to avoid an older man standing in the road. When the driver looked for the figure, he had gone.


 
Young Boy

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - Private residence, Petersfield area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 2014
Further Comments: A residence who started seeing a young boy in mid-twentieth century clothing researched her neighbourhood and found ten people, including children, died in a bombing accident.


 
Drumming and Shouts

Location: Ditchling (Sussex) - Clayton Hill (aka Tank Tracks)
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 07 March 2015, 07:00h
Further Comments: A dog walker in the area reported hearing the sounds of drumming and shouting men. The sounds continued for 15 - 20 minutes before fading, and nothing out of the ordinary could be seen. The witness said it was like being on the set of a movie where an army were about to charge into battle.


 
Footsteps

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Private flat, Bruntsfield area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003 - 2008
Further Comments: Disembodied footsteps were heard by members of the family at night and in the early hours of the morning.


 
Grey Girl

Location: Northfleet (Kent) - Undisclosed alleyway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1988
Further Comments: While walking home, this witness spotted a sad looking girl wearing tattered grey / silver clothing. The girl disappeared.


 
Footsteps

Location: Chelmsford (Essex) - Private building, New London Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2013
Further Comments: Working alone into the evening, this witness heard three distinct footsteps ahead of their location. When they mentioned the footsteps to their team leader a few weeks, she admitted that she had also heard them.


 
Turquoise Light

Location: West Harling (Norfolk) - Woodland near the church
Type: Other
Date / Time: July 2014, 23:00h - 00:00h
Further Comments: Five people metal detecting at night near Mickle Moor Hill watched a illuminous turquoise green light which moved rapidly out of the wood. One of the witnesses said that it moved like no other light, at great speeds and turning at irregular angles. It made no noise, didn't flicker, and they all experienced a strange negative feeling. After watching the light for a few minutes, the five witnesses ran away.


 
Neighbour

Location: Droitwich Spa (Hereford & Worcester) - Private residence in Roman Way area
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A boy walking home from school briefly spoke to a neighbour before reaching his home. He told his mother about the conversation who then informed him the neighbour had died the night before.


 
Man in Long Coat

Location: Chorleywood (Hertfordshire) - Chorleywood Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 January (2015?), between 00:30h - 01:00h
Further Comments: Two witnesses watched a shadowy figure in a long coat walking across the common in the early hours of the morning. The figure disappeared and reappeared, the distance travelled much greater than he should have been able to traverse. One of the witnesses decided to run up to the figure shouting 'Happy New Year!', but he had vanished.


 
Laugh

Location: Southwell (Nottinghamshire) - Hearty Goodfellow public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two witnesses heard the laughter of a young boy in the pub, even though no one else was present at the time.


 
Former Supervisor

Location: March (Cambridgeshire) - Ambulance Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: This site is said to be haunted by a former supervisor, who still wears and old uniform with peaked cap, and continues to keep an eye on the site. His presence is denoted by disembodied footsteps and doors heard opening and closing.


 
Sandyman

Location: Strensall (Yorkshire) - Strensall Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards?
Further Comments: A man in a long black coat or cape and a large brimmed hat is said to haunt this area, walking alongside people before disappearing. His name, Sandyman, comes from an advert for Sandeman Port which contained a similar looking figure.


 
Former Captain

Location: Isleworth (Surrey) - Unnamed house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1963
Further Comments: A phantom older man in a naval uniform and sporting a beard took up residence here and drove the residents out. When they later returned, the haunting appeared to have ceased and they were never troubled again..


 
White Girl

Location: Cardiff (South Glamorgan) - Council house, Rumney
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1962
Further Comments: A family of seven moved from the site after the haunting - a white girl who would peer around the corner of doorways - became to much for them.


 
White Figure

Location: Macclesfield (Cheshire) - Large, private house near churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1958
Further Comments: A family moved out of their home after seeing a white figure with a grotesque face in one of the rooms - the two witnesses knocked a door from its hinges while trying to escape the entity.


 
Footsteps

Location: Southampton (Hampshire) - Detached private residence, Portswood area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: Owners of one house in this area where reported to have experienced disembodied footsteps which walked around, windows which would fling themselves open unaided, and tapping.


 
The Swans

Location: Allihies (County Cork) - Children of Lir site
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Site still present
Further Comments: Eva, daughter of King Bov, turned her step-children into swans, believing them to detract her husband's attention from herself. She instantly regretted her action, but was unable to undo the damage. Nine hundred years passed until Christianity reached the shores of Ireland. The children turned back into their former selves, but incredibly aged. They died soon after the transformation, and were buried on this site.


 
Two Children

Location: Manchester (Lancashire) - Entrance alleyway to Chorlton Park, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa March, 1979
Further Comments: A witness sitting near the entrance to the park with their cousin watched two young twins in old fashioned school uniforms whistling and walking towards them. One of the twins smiled at the witness just prior to both siblings walking through the railings and disappearing. The witness screamed and fled the scene, although the cousin did not see the apparitions.


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