For Whom the Bell Tolls - Phantom Ringing and Ghostly Pealing

 
 


A Knock and a Ring

Location: Seaton (Cumbria) - Camerton Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: HT Graham was dared to knock on the door of this empty church late one night - the moment he did so, the bells began to toll.


 
 


Caretaker wearing Green Overalls

Location: Shoreham (Sussex) - Adur Civic Centre, Ham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The haunting here is reportedly caused by a former caretaker who was electrocuted onsite. He has been seen on the upper floor of the building, and is also held accountable for the pealing of a bell that is heard around dinner time.


 
 


Lost Bell

Location: Shrewsbury (Shropshire) - Bomere Pool
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A village once stood here, but as the villagers mocked God, He sent forth a storm that flooded the area. The church bell can now be heard pealing once a year. So the story goes.


 
 


Runner

Location: Sible Hedingham (Essex) - The White Horse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: An invisible being has brushed past several staff and customers of this public house, and has also disturbed people by running down corridors and ringing the front bell.


 
 


Former Occupants?

Location: Southport (Lancashire) - Unnamed nursing home
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: There are many spooky stories told by past and present staff; the empty lift moves between floors at night, many reports of phantom figures exist, and sounds of footsteps are heard along deserted corridors. The bells for the call system have also gone off in empty rooms.


 
 


Raleigh

Location: Southwell (Nottinghamshire) - Road between Southwell and Oxton
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 25 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Beneath a small valley located between these two places is the town of Raleigh, swallowed up by an earthquake. A local legend says the church bells can sometimes still be heard on Christmas Day.


 
 


The Toll

Location: St Annes on Sea (Lancashire) - Off Coast
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ringing of church bells from a church taken by the sea many years ago can be heard prior to a storm.


 
 


Chef

Location: St Blazey (Cornwall) - Cornish Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: The poltergeist found in this establishment enjoys ringing a bell in the kitchen which then sounds a different tone, and pinching the bottoms of female staff. Voices have also been heard in an empty bar. A clairvoyant identified the entity as a former chef.


 
 


Stolen Bell

Location: St David's (Dyfed) - Cathedral and Whitesand Bay
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Before stormy weather
Further Comments: The largest bell was stolen from the building by imps disguised as men, and transported out to sea where it was dropped into the Whitesand Bay. The bell still rings just before a storm, as a warning to nearby fishermen to return home.


 
 


Ringing Rock

Location: St Govan's Head (Dyfed) - Rocks around St Govan's Chapel
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When the church bell was stolen and dropped into the sea, it was recovered by supernatural means and concealed within solid rock. When the rock is tapped, the ringing of the bell can be heard. Some have speculated St Govan was in fact Sir Gawain, who became a hermit after Arthur's death.


 
 


Bells

Location: St Helier (Jersey) - Off the Coast, heading towards Minquiers
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that in 1551 all the church bells in Jersey were removed and shipped to France. Unfortunately they did not make it - the vessel carrying the bells sank shortly after departing. It is now said that anyone who hears the bells while out at sea will not make it back to land.


 
 


Neptune

Location: St Ives (Cornwall) - St Ives Head
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This old ship has been reported off the coast many times. It is also believed that before the Neptune sunk here, the area was haunted by another unnamed ghost ship. Phantom bells have also been reported coming from the deep waters.


 
 


End of the World

Location: St Levan (Cornwall) - St Levan's Stone, in village churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: St Levan hit the rock with his bare hands, and broke it in two large pieces. He declared that when the gap grew big enough to let a horse through, the world would come to an end. In another part of the graveyard, one can find the tombstone of Captain Wetherel, who can be heard ringing his ship's bell from within his coffin.


 
 


Cat Lover

Location: Stanbury (Yorkshire) - The Old Silent Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The rear of this public house is reportedly frequented by a spectral old lady who fed all the local stray cats. The ringing of phantom bells has been heard coming from nearby moorland.


 
 


Ringing Bells

Location: SW1 (Greater London) - 9 Earl Street, Westminster
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1820s
Further Comments: Over a two and a half hour period, every bell in the house constantly rang out. The strange activity ended as suddenly as it had begun.


 
 


Witch

Location: Toddington (Bedfordshire) - Conger Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Shrove Tuesday (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The church bell is rung between 11:00h and 11:15h every Shrove Tuesday. During this time, if one places their ear to the ground on Conger Hill, a witch can be heard boiling her cauldron and preparing her pancakes.


 
 


Marshy Bells

Location: Tunstall (Norfolk) - Church, and marsh known as Bell Hole
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil once appeared in the village, stealing the church bells and sinking them into the nearby marsh. Bubbles in the marsh were said to be the result of the bells continuing to sink into the bottomless pit.


 
 


Chimes

Location: Walsingham (Norfolk) - Egmere church ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heading towards a shrine, the invisible procession of pilgrims can be heard ringing small hand bells as they move.


 
 


Pealing Bells

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze (Essex) - Off coast
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Before a Storm
Further Comments: The church at Walton was taken by the sea in the late 1790's, and now its bells warn of incoming storms. The church is said to have reappeared briefly in 1928.


 
 


Brown Gardener

Location: Watton (Yorkshire) - Watton Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Elfreda in 1956
Further Comments: This short, brown coloured figure has been seen in the abbey gardens, as have a number of females (some of whom are nuns) in different shapes and forms including a headless one that goes by the name Elfreda. During the mid twentieth century a team of workmen camping on the grounds heard the bell pealing, even though it had been removed several years previously.


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