Haunted Churches and other Myths & Legends

 
 


Curate

Location: Battle (Sussex) - St Mary's church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: After a Sunday service, several members of the congregation asked the Reverend who the new curate who they had seen standing in the sanctuary. In fact, the old curate had left, but had yet to be replaced, leading several to speculate they had seen a ghost.


 
 


Blue Lights Dance

Location: Bawberg (Norfolk) - Bawberg Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 30 May (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: Blue lights are said to appear and dance over the church well.


 
 


John Daniel

Location: Beaminster (Dorset) - Beaminster School, now part of St Mary's Church
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1728
Further Comments: Thought to have died from a fit, John Daniel was buried after being found dead in a field near his home. Soon after, his ghost was seen in the school, a coffin by his side as he sat at his former desk. A new examination of the body revealed John had been strangled, though his killer was never found.


 
 


Grey Monks

Location: Bebington (Lancashire) - Church and graveyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These robed figures float above the ground, 'walking' where the path was once much higher.


 
 


Creeping Man

Location: Bedford (Bedfordshire) - Methodist Church, along Newnham Avenue
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A witness reported seeing a well dressed man creeping along the back of the church. This figure walked through a wall, leaving a thin veil of smoke in his wake. A few years prior to this, another entity had been seen around the same place, though the witness said the ghost had worn tweed clothing.


 
 


Nun

Location: Bedford (Bedfordshire) - Sister's House (former nunnery adjacent to St Luke's church), owned by Pilgrimís Housing Association
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: A male member of staff was woken as someone sat on the end of their bed. Raising their head to see who had entered the room, the man saw a nun sitting at the end of his bedcovers. The nun then stood up and walked through the bedroom wall.


 
 


Footsteps

Location: Bicknor (Kent) - Bicknor Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Echoing footfalls have been reported around the church and a large strange animal seen that vanished when approached.


 
 


Hooded Figures

Location: Bidborough (Kent) - St Lawrence Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 1998
Further Comments: Two visitors to the churchyard were alarmed by the appearance of three hooded figures floating down the path reasonably quickly. The figures possessed a faint glow, and there was also a pale hue under the hoods where their faces should have been. The witnesses ran out of the churchyard, but stayed outside the grounds for several minutes to see whether the figures would reappear. They did not.


 
 


Hanged

Location: Biddestone (Wiltshire) - Church graveyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The graveyard was once said to be haunted by a person hanged on the site.


 
 


Headless Hound

Location: Bishops Cannings (Wiltshire) - Churchyard
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dragging a chain, this decapitated dog crosses the churchyard.


 
 


Fast Moving Man

Location: Bishops Cannings (Wiltshire) - Lane behind churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century? Said to appear at dusk.
Further Comments: This phantom figure moves at speed, and is said to have a bag thrown over one shoulder.


 
 


Moved Church

Location: Bisley (Gloucestershire) - Church Piece
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Church still present
Further Comments: The church once stood at Church Piece until someone (Devil or angel) moved the building to where it now stands. As a side note, a Roman structure was found at Church Piece, and parts of a Roman altar found in the church walls.


 
 


Financial Conversation

Location: Bitton (Gloucestershire) - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950
Further Comments: A witness recalled how he stood outside the vestry door, listening to two men talking about money. When he knocked and walked in, the conversation stopped and the room was empty.


 
 


White Mary

Location: Blaenporth (Dyfed) - Church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Known as White Mary, this ghost once manifested to a local man and instructed him to find the thief who had stolen the church's communion cup. She gave her champion exact details on where to find the item and the criminal, so it was not long before the missing goblet was returned.


 
 


Female Figure

Location: Bletchington (Surrey) - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman wearing in seventeenth century dress is said to haunt this churchyard.


 
 


Will Scarlet

Location: Blidworth (Nottinghamshire) - Churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: Will is said to be buried in the churchyard in a grave the shape of an arrow.


 
 


Duelling Knights with Fiery Swords

Location: Blofield (Norfolk) - Path leading from Blofield church to St Michael's at Braydeston
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Returning to this realm once a year, the knights are said to be Sir Thomas Boleyn (father of Anne) and Sir Thomas Paston. Their shades battle with burning swords, and Lady Anne watches from a nearby carriage, pulled by headless horses.


 
 


The Devil Helps Thrice

Location: Bloxham (Oxfordshire) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Fourteenth century
Further Comments: This church is one of three in the area (King's Sutton and Adderbury being the other two) that were paid for by three brothers. One of their workers who helped construct this tower never took any pay, never slept and never ate - he vanished as soon as the tower was built. The brothers were convinced that they were helped by Old Nick.


 
 


Shuck

Location: Blythburgh (Suffolk) - Church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 04 August 1577, and 1973
Further Comments: During a church service in 1577, a large black dog burst in and created havoc. Blackened scorch marks said to be caused by the creature still exist today on the church door. Many years later, in 1973, a man working in the marshes near the church reporting hearing a panting dog standing besides him, though nothing could be seen.


 
 


Sheet

Location: Borden (Kent) - St Peter and St Paul Church
Type: Other
Date / Time: February 2014
Further Comments: A photograph which made it into the local press which was said to show a 'faceless monk in a habit' was unconvincing and resembled a sheet behind a window at the church.


 
 


Tall Man in Old Fashioned Clothes

Location: Borley (Essex) - Church
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A group of ghost hunters from London reported seeing a man smoking an old fashioned pipe standing under a tree in the churchyard - one of them later on discovering that the figure resembled Harry Bull - one time owner of the rectory. A phantom nun also walks the area, likely to be the same entity seen along Nun's Walk.


 
 


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.


 
 


Devil's Breath

Location: Boston (Lincolnshire) - Boston Stump (tower of St Botolph's parish church)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present!
Further Comments: The winds which whip and whistle around the Stump are said to be caused by the Devil. He was once cornered by St Botolph; the saint preached so intensely, the only thing the Devil could do was huff and puff, and the gasps have not yet subsided.


 
 


Sarah Preston

Location: Boston (Lincolnshire) - Boston Stump (tower of St Botolph's parish church)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Autumn (reoccurring)
Further Comments: In one version of the ghost story, Sarah is seen to leap from the tower of the church holding a young child, vanishing just before hitting the ground. Another variation has Sarah dying of the plague - she was blamed for bringing the black death in the town by her adulterous ways, and her cries of 'pestilence!' can still be heard as she running towards the church.


 
 


Death by Witchcraft

Location: Bottesford (Leicestershire) - Church
Type: Other
Date / Time: Tomb still present
Further Comments: Likely to be the only inscription on a tomb that blames death by 'wicked practice and sorcerye', the two children buried here were sons of the local Lord of Rutland.


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