For Whom the Bell Tolls - Phantom Ringing and Ghostly Pealing

 
 


Lost Town

Location: Aberdovey (Gwynedd) - Off coast
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Summer (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Swallowed by the sea, church bells belonging to a town lost off the coast here can still be heard on quiet evenings. They say that at low tides one can see sunken tree trunks.


 
 


Swallowed Sounds

Location: Aberdyfi (Gwynedd) - Off coast
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Calm nights
Further Comments: The bells of a church which was swallowed by the sea can sometimes be heard when the weather is right.


 
 


Singing

Location: Alderwasley (Derbyshire) - St Margaret's Chapel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though disused, locals have reported singing and bell ringing from this aging chapel.


 
 


Ringing

Location: Armboth Fell (Cumbria) - Thirlmere Lake
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The echo of phantom bells have been heard coming from beneath the waters here.


 
 


Stubborn Bell

Location: Barlinch (Somerset) - Barlinch priory (now ruins)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When the priory bells were removed from the site, the Great Bell did not want to leave its location. Eventually the bell was dragged away (after a single unhappy peal) by man and ox to its new home in Exeter Cathedral, where it promptly cracked once mounted.


 
 


Chime

Location: Bedford (Bedfordshire) - Willington Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The sounds of footsteps and the soft ringing of a bell haunt this old building.


 
 


Kilmigrol

Location: Blackpool (Lancashire) - Off the coast
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy nights. Last heard 21 May 2013?
Further Comments: A town lost off the coast of Blackpool many years ago, the bells can be heard ringing on stormy nights. The bells may have last been heard by a mother and daughter walking near Sandcastle Water Park.


 
 


Bell for the Dead

Location: Blaenporth (Dyfed) - General area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Before a death in the village
Further Comments: If the phantom bell is heard to ring three times at midday or midnight, someone of importance is due to die.


 
 


Murdered Monks

Location: Blanchland (Northumberland) - Abbey grounds
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed by a group of bandits, the monks of this abbey can occasionally be seen drifting across their land. The phantom pealing of the abbey bell accompanies them.


 
 


Moving Coffins

Location: Borley (Essex) - Church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Ninetieth century
Further Comments: Music, crashes, thumps, bell ringing and footsteps have all been reported emerging from the church after it has been locked up for the night. A local tale involves the coffins in the Waldegrave family crypt mysteriously moving on their own accord between the times the tomb was opened.


 
 


Tolling Bell

Location: Boscastle (Cornwall) - Smugglers Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Last heard late twentieth century?
Further Comments: The tolling of a phantom bell said to either foretell a shipwreck in the area, or the sound itself comes from an old sunken ship.


 
 


Underwater Bells

Location: Bosham (Sussex) - Bosham Creak
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When Danish raiders took the bells from the church, they pushed the Lord too far - he sunk their boat, and now the bells can be heard ringing in celebration.


 
 


Monks

Location: Braidwood (Lanarkshire) - Wooded area between Braidwood and Crossford, near St Oswald's Chapel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A monastery once stood near these woods, and even though it has long since vanished, the bells can be occasionally heard ringing out and a ghostly monk walks between the trees.


 
 


Ringing

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Parochial Offices, Princes Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s, evenings
Further Comments: The sound of a ringing bell would be heard on the top floor of this building, normally by a caretaker who was alone on site. Another witness claimed to have seen a woman on the staircase waving a hand-bell.


 
 


Tolling Bells

Location: Broadway (Hereford & Worcester) - Middle Hill wood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Second World War
Further Comments: A set of church bells were hidden in the forest during the Reformation and forgotten about. They are said to ring at night, and were heard during World War Two, a time when bell ringing was illegal.


 
 


Monk's Chanting

Location: Bungay (Suffolk) - Greyfriars Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of plainchant has been heard coming from the ruins of the old priory, accompanied by the ringing of bells that have now been long gone.


 
 


Monk in Brown

Location: Burford (Oxfordshire) - Burford Priory & Old Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Bell at 02:00h (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The phantom monk is only one of several spooky occurrences at this site; another is an unearthly bell that makes itself heard at two every morning, and the dead gamekeeper who patrols the area with his rifle.


 
 


Heavy Bell

Location: Burton on Trent (Staffordshire) - King Edward Place, heading towards corner of Rangemore street
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2012, 23:00h
Further Comments: Two bell ringers with first hand experience of every bell in town heard an unfamiliar ringing coming from the direction of the Audi supermarket, the sound different to the nearby town hall clock and that of Saint Modwens, a church with bells that could be occasionally heard from the area. The supermarket was built on the site of the Holy Trinity church, which had a heavy bell that would have had a similar note depth to the sound the bell ringers heard.


 
 


Ringing

Location: Burton on Trent (Staffordshire) - Outside Saint Chad's church, Hunter Street
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 April 2012, between 09:15h - 09:30h
Further Comments: Two bell ringers standing outside the church waiting to ring for Sunday service heard the peeling of a set of eight bells. The next nearest church only had six bells, while the only two churches with eight bells both denied their bells were operating at the time.


 
 


Ringing Bell

Location: Carbis Bay (Cornwall) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: The gentle pealing of a small bell could be heard by many people over a period of years. It was widely believed to indicate the presence of a kindly unknown presence.


 
 


Clanging

Location: Chesterfield (Derbyshire) - Rosehill House (since demolished and replaced by the town hall)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1830s
Further Comments: This large house was subjected to the continuous ringing of any bell on site. The occupier eventually tired of the strange phenomenon, and no one would take up residence after his departure.


 
 


Bell Overboard

Location: Comber Mere (Cheshire) - Waters of the lake
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After the nearby abbey fell into ruin, the bells were taken across the lake towards Wrenbury church - one bell fell overboard and can sometimes be heard ringing.


 
 


St Patrick

Location: Croagh Patrick (County Mayo) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Most common during Lent
Further Comments: Climbers in the region sometimes hear the sound of a hand bell, which encourages them to keep climbing to the summit, though they never see the bell or bell ringer. The consensus of belief is that the bell is rung by St Patrick himself.


 
 


Shipden

Location: Cromer (Norfolk) - Off coast
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Prior to storm
Further Comments: The church of Saint Peter is reputed to exist off the coast of Cromer, where a town called Shipden once stood before being taken by the sea. The church bells could be heard ringing just prior to a storm.


 
 


Buggane

Location: Crosby (Isle of Man) - St Trinian's Church
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This monster was stirred by the ringing of the bells of this church - it tore off the roof in order to silence the peals.


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