Haunted Churches and other Myths & Legends

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.

Woman in a Bonnet

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - St John the Baptist church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: The church is said to be the haunt of a woman wearing a white bonnet.

Knight in Armour

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - St Nicholas' Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Moonlit Nights (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Appearing on horseback, this knight clad head to toe in armour appears in the area of the church.

Medieval Girl

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - St Peter's Church, Preston Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 2001
Further Comments: This figure was first (?) observed by two people walking through the churchyard in the 1970s - she was so lifelike they tried to talk to her, but she faded from view. The same entity was seen by a female photographer early in the twenty first century.


Location: Brindle (Lancashire) - Church of St James
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present, now wall mounted
Further Comments: The footprint in a slab of stone is now on display within the church. It is said to belong to a Catholic who, after arguing with a Protestant, declared 'if my doctrine be untrue, may my foot sink in stone' - upon which it did. Another version of the story says it was the Devil who left his footprint in the stone.

George and the Dragon

Location: Brinsop (Hereford & Worcester) - Lower Stanks and Duck's Pool Meadow near the church
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The village of Brinsop claims to be the location where St George had his famous battle with a dragon. The creature lived in Duck's Pool Meadow, but was finally slain at Lower Stanks meadow. An old stone carving in the church depicts the final battle

Black Monk

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - All Saint's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Last seen 1948?
Further Comments: Many believe that this ghostly monk in black has returned to watch over a pile of treasure which was hidden during his lifetime. The figure has been spotted several times over the last two hundred years, most recently around Christmas 1948 when he was seen walking down the church aisle.


Location: Brockley (Somerset) - Area around the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This evil parson murdered the local squire for his money, and must walk the lands for his sin. The ghost of an old woman dressed in brown has also been seen in the church.

Brown Lady

Location: Brockley (Somerset) - Brockley Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This hardworking phantom is said to clean the pews in the church.

Two Old Ladies

Location: Brodsworth (Yorkshire) - St Michael and All Angel's church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 1980
Further Comments: A young couple walking through the churchyard spotted two elderly ladies in clothing from a bygone era walking towards them along the same path. The younger pair stepped into the church porch, listening to the old women's approaching footsteps which suddenly stopped in mid-stride. They stepped out of the church pouch and looked for the women, who had just vanished.

Sir Lewis Dyve

Location: Bromham (Bedfordshire) - St Owen church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dyve is said to walk inside the church to ensure his boots and sword remain inside. The churchyard is also home to the phantom laughter of children.

Woman with a Candle

Location: Broseley (Shropshire) - Ruined churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This white figure, seen wearing a poke bonnet and carrying a candle, appeared in front of three witnesses before quickly disappearing. A photographer claims to have captured her on film, though this author has yet to see the image.


Location: Broughton (Northamptonshire) - Church of St John
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A criminal once held here has returned as an indistinct shadow, softly moaning in pain and regret, always around the Christmas period.

Squire Cabell

Location: Buckfastleigh (Devon) - Church, the Cabell Tomb
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Dark, stormy nights
Further Comments: When the weather is right, the squire emerges from his tomb and, together with a pack of hounds, sets off across the nearby moor. Many believe that it is this legend that Hound of the Baskervilles is based upon. A local legend says if one runs around the tomb thirteen times before sticking a finger in the keyhole, the ghost can be felt licking the tip.

Lightning Dog

Location: Bungay (Suffolk) - St Mary's church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 04 August 1577
Further Comments: Appearing on 4 August 1577, the same date as the Blythburgh report, a black dog entered the church during a storm and killed several people. Some believe the dog still patrols the area.

The Druid's Stone

Location: Bungay (Suffolk) - St Mary's Priory, churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Believed to be at least a couple of thousand years old, the large rounded stone is rumoured to have been used by druids. Local legend states you can summon the Devil by dancing around it twelve times.

Old Nick in Waiting

Location: Burgh St Peter (Norfolk) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 02 May reoccurring (skeleton appears)
Further Comments: The builder of this church is said to have sold his soul in order to finish its construction. The Devil is said to still wait for the soul due to him, while the old man's shade lurks protected within the church grounds. There is one report that says the builder now takes the form of a clothed skeletal figure, and appears once per year.


Location: Burnley (Lancashire) - General area, though near the church a favourite haunt
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local name for their version of the shuck, Trash was said to be very hairy, with feet that created splashing noises no matter what surface it stepped on. Death would follow a sighting.

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