Haunted Churches and other Myths & Legends

 
 


Smugglers in the Tunnels

Location: Bournemouth (Dorset) - St Andrews Church, Millhams Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The graveyard here is said to contain blocked off tunnels once used by the smuggling community to move their contraband away from the coast. The ghosts of these men are still reported to flit around the area.


 
 


Needless Bloodshed

Location: Bovingdon (Hertfordshire) - Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Some say that part of the churchyard has been desecrated by a great deal of blood, and the dead are now restless.


 
 


Monks

Location: Bowerchalke (Wiltshire) - Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - most likely to be seen in the early hours
Further Comments: A phantom procession of monks reportedly haunt the churchyard.


 
 


Phantom Organ Music

Location: Bowers Gifford (Essex) - St Margaret's Church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A witness reported hearing the organ playing, though they were alone in the church at the time.


 
 


Crusader

Location: Bracebridge (Lincolnshire) - Bracebridge Hall & Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Buried at the nearby church, this knight materialises at the hall (by a portrait) and rides a spectral mare to the graveyard to ensure his body hasn't been disturbed. He also sometimes appears in the church itself.


 
 


Animated Figures

Location: Brackley (Northamptonshire) - St Peter's Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The stone figures standing over the west door climb down when the clock strikes twelve, crossing the churchyard to drink from a nearby well.


 
 


Monks

Location: Bradfield (Berkshire) - St Andrew's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century / 2000s
Further Comments: It has been reported that a previous vicar spotted a ghostly monk in the church, while a local woman hear monks' singing while sitting at home.


 
 


Georgian Red Brick Dwelling, Surrounded by a Beautiful Garden

Location: Bradfield St George (Suffolk) - North of the church
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 1860, 1900 and October 1926
Further Comments: First seen in 1860, the Georgian house was said to look quite normal, until it dissolved into mist. It was also seen around 1900, though no recent sightings exist.


 
 


Wall and Gates of a Grand Building

Location: Bradfield St George (Suffolk) - The lane from Little Welnetham which turns right at the church
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 1926
Further Comments: Observed in 1926, the witnesses were new to the area and didn't think much about the building until they returned later in the day and realised it had disappeared.


 
 


Shadowy Figures

Location: Bradford on Avon (Wiltshire) - St Lawrence's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1992
Further Comments: In the early twentieth century a priest watched a group of people in medieval clothing moving around the church, though normally only one figure is spotted at any one time. In 1992, a group of tourists photographed and videoed a glowing white shape in the church, though they were unaware of its presence at the time.


 
 


The 'Galloping Ghost'

Location: Bradwell on Sea (Essex) - St Peter's on the Wall church area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 1967
Further Comments: Several people have heard horse's hooves pass close by to them in this area, but have seen nothing. This could be the same entity as a roman soldier seen riding a horse near the site of a long gone roman castle.


 
 


Malevolent Presence

Location: Bradwell on Sea (Essex) - St Peter's on the Wall Church, near Bradwell on Sea
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: One of the oldest churches in the UK, the place is regarded as haunted, but by whom or what no one knows.


 
 


The Black Colonel's Coffin

Location: Braemar (Aberdeenshire) - St Andrews Churchyard
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: John Farquharson, AKA the Black Colonel was buried here against his dying wishes. His coffin removed itself from the ground three times before the local clergy took the hint and had John buried closer to his former home.


 
 


Monk

Location: Bramcote (Nottinghamshire) - Sunken Church (church tower)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1978
Further Comments: This church is reported to be haunted by a dark monk-like figure. It may have last been seen by a policeman, though his sighting in 1978 was of a figure wearing a tricorn hat.


 
 


Young Girl

Location: Bramshot (Hampshire) - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A little girl wearing a bonnet is said to walk away from the church before disappearing through a churchyard wall.


 
 


Scythe Carrier

Location: Breedon on the Hill (Leicestershire) - Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Strange mists and a figure carrying a scythe are said to have been reported at this site, investigated by the Spirit Team UK.


 
 


Music

Location: Breedon on the Hill (Leicestershire) - Near the church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 02 October 2012, approximately 19:00h
Further Comments: A couple sitting close to the church heard loud music, sounding like an ice cream van tune, although nothing was in sight. When the music started a second time, they left the area.


 
 


Moving Stones

Location: Brentor (Devon) - Church
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil came to the church's construction site night after night and moved the foundation stones to the top of the tor - the builders finally gave up moving them back so built the church there instead.


 
 


Shot Dog

Location: Brentwood (Essex) - Churchyard near Kelvedon Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This hound haunts the churchyard after being shot on the church altar by an angry landowner.


 
 


Headless Lady

Location: Bretforton (Hereford & Worcester) - Church, and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom funeral procession arrives at the church, though for whom it represents is a mystery. Fields on either side of the church are said to be haunted by a decapitated woman, carrying her head under arm.


 
 


Sitting Shuck

Location: Bridport (Dorset) - St Mary's Church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shuck is said to sit inside the church, and to see it will quickly bring ill-fortune.


 
 


Joseph Wilson

Location: Brigham (Cumbria) - Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid Eighteenth century to mid Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Wilson was a hangman who finally killed himself out of depression. A stone rope was engraved on his headstone as a tribute to his career choice, but after it was stolen, Wilson started to haunt the area. The ghost disappeared after his grave was desecrated.


 
 


Mad Jack

Location: Brightling (Sussex) - Churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Jack is buried in the large pyramid that dominates the churchyard - he can be raised from the dead by running around his new home seven times. The inside of the pyramid is said to be covered in glass, to prevent the Devil coming to take Jack's body away.


 
 


Pale Woman in Grey

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - All Saints church, Patcham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ill looking woman appeared along a pew during a Christmas service, disappearing after a kind gentleman placed his coat around her shoulders, trying to keep her warm.


 
 


Black Belly

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Area surrounding Churchill Square Shopping Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1911 onwards
Further Comments: The area surrounding this shopping centre is reputedly home to Black Belly, an apparition which is normally observed from the corner of the eye. The figure is said to resemble a large bald man, wearing a shirt which doesn't quite cover his stomach, revealing a bloated and bruised stomach. The figure is also said to hover a few centimetres from the ground. One of the last witnesses to see Black Belly is reported to be a telecoms engineer who reported the sighting to the police.


Records 76 - 100, of 614

view reports page or view front page

 

 

 

For more paranormal tales online and in the media
follow us:
 
The Paranormal Database's Haunted Cork is now available on Amazon, featuring dozens of tales from supernatural Ireland.
The Paranormal Field Guide is now out - free for Android and only £1 for Nokia
breathing voids
Abject Ghost's new Breathing Voids is now available on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon