Paranormal Activities in Educational Establishments

Mr Round

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - Christ's College, Mulberry Tree in Garden
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Midnight on nights of the full moon
Further Comments: A tall, elderly gentleman wearing a beaver hat, Round is said to have murdered the only doctor who had the skill to save his dying girlfriend - thus his ghost walks the grounds in the area around the mulberry tree in regret.

Pale Yellow Head without Ears

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - Sidney Sussex College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: The spectral floating head is alleged to be that of Cromwell - this part of his body was finally laid to rest in the building in 1960. Nothing has been seen of this strange sight recently, though there are other reports of an elderly University Don dressed in grey who moves from this campus towards Christ's College.

College Cat

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - St. Johns College
Type: ABC
Date / Time: November 1996
Further Comments: Both a caretaker and the groundsman saw a massive black cat on the grounds.

Dr Butts, Dark Mark on Throat

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - Corpus Christi College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Easter 1904, onwards (Butts), lover unknown
Further Comments: Doctor Butts took his life on Easter Sunday 1632 (found hanging by his garters in his room), after suffering from what now would be called depression. The Doctor has appeared several times during the early 20th century; described as being dressed in white, having long hair and a gash around his neck. The story goes that an exorcism was attempted, but it failed. The kitchen of the building is reputedly haunted by the lover of Dr Spencer's daughter - he suffocated in a cupboard while hiding from the Doctor.

Grey Lady on Staircase

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - Girton College, Taylor Knob Staircase
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1800s
Further Comments: The Grey Lady was seen in the late 19th century, and hasn't been seen since. She is rumoured to be Miss Taylor, a young girl who died before starting Girton. The college was also briefly home to a Roman Centurion when first built, though little has been heard from this soldier since.

Heavy Stamping Footsteps

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - Emmanuel College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Rumoured to have been a suicide victim, the stamping footsteps of the deceased plagued several families that lived there over a period of years. The original building no longer stands, and the replacement has yet to yield any phantom footsteps.


Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - King's College, The Gibbs Building
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One story says that Barrett was a strange fellow who stored a coffin in his room. After a night filled with screaming, Barrett's friends found him dead the following day, his body laid out in the coffin. On the anniversary of Barrett's death, his screams are said to echo around this building. Peter Haining claimed the cries likely belonged to a Mr Pote, who cursed the building after being forced to move away.

Wat Perkins

Location: Cattistock (Dorset) - Chantmarle mansion, former police training college
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century
Further Comments: Once a year for several years, a phantom voice would cry out 'search for Wat Perkins!'. The voice stopped when a skeleton minus the head was discovered in a ditch and a local woman was arrested for murder.

Woman in Grey

Location: Charlton Marshall (Dorset) - Old Manor House, former prep school (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: Several students at the boarding school encountered a woman dressed in grey wearing a cap. The figure would always walk down the same corridor and disappear into the end wall.

Mrs Hutchinson

Location: Checkley (Staffordshire) - Checkley Rectory (New building), and the Hutchinson school
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1966 onwards
Further Comments: Mrs Hutchinson, former wife of a Vicar who she outlived by twenty years, has been seen walking the building where she once lived accompanied by her dog. Dressed in an old black dress, the ghost has also been heard to call people's names, and knock on the front door. The school that was named after her husband also reportedly harbours the entity.


Location: Cheltenham (Gloucestershire) - Former private school in the town, now flats
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940
Further Comments: A teacher and headmaster at the school, working late, both saw a phantom nun crossing the playground - they approached the figure to speak to it, but when their torch ran out of batteries, they ran away.


Location: Cheltenham (Gloucestershire) - Hotel de la Bere (former girl's school)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A nanny who worked for the school hanged herself in her bedroom, and now walks along the corridors checking rooms to ensure her charges are asleep.

Little Old Men with Long Beards and Pointy Hats

Location: Clacton-on-Sea (Essex) - Jaywick's Frobisher Primary School, school field
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: Two girls watched a couple of fairy folk, described as looking like the average garden gnome, dig a hole in the school's playing field.

Big Eyed Dog

Location: Clane (County Kildare) - Clongowes Wood College
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom hound with glowing eyes which walked the corridors at night was said by students to be the manifestation of a hanged murderer. The building was also once witness to a Crisis Manifestation, when the ghost of a Marshall appeared to two sisters - they identified him as their brother, who, it was later discovered, was killed in action at the time of the visitation.

Airman or Farmer

Location: Crewe (Cheshire) - South Cheshire College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This ghost, who appears all over the student's campus, is thought to be either a farmer or an airman who died on the site. Though seen on CCTV, the entity appears to have the ability not to show up on the video footage.

Elizabethan Handmaiden

Location: Croydon (Surrey) - The Old Palace (currently a school)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghost is said to date back at least two hundred years, and is followed by an aura of sadness whenever seen or felt.


Location: Didsbury (Lancashire) - Capitol Cinema, School Lane (no longer standing, now replaced by a block of flats)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1958 - 1998
Further Comments: The death of an actor (during a live broadcast of a show called 'Underground') inside this building resulted in a haunting that spanned five decades.


Location: E15 (Greater London) - West Ham Polytechnic
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: The sounds of someone being choked to death have been reported coming from the science laboratories here, followed by a woman's scream.

Evil Nun

Location: East Grinstead (Sussex) - St Michael's School, Moat Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1965
Further Comments: This ghost, alleged to be a corrupt nun, was described by onlookers to have flowing ashen hair and a face of intense evil. The entity has also been felt as it brushes past people in the corridors.

Albino Dwarf

Location: Eastbourne (Sussex) - Claremont school
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1918
Further Comments: Seen by the novelist Pamela Frankau when at school here, this little creature ran across her bedroom floor and escaped via the landing, fading from view.

Hanged Boy

Location: Eastbourne (Sussex) - Eastbourne College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Students here talk of the ghost of a lad who couldn't hack the pressures of academia, and hanged himself in a dorm. His shade is sometimes seen down the corridors.

Thomas Holloway

Location: Egham (Surrey) - Royal Holloway University
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Founded by Thomas Holloway, the man himself is said to haunt the Founder's Building, though he manifests in the form of a black cat. Jane Holloway, Thomas's wife, is said to haunt the forth floor of the same building.

Jane Shore

Location: Eton (Berkshire) - Eton College - Lupton's Tower and the Cloisters
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Shore, who manifests as a grey lady, is said to haunt the tower where she died in 1526.


Location: Exeter (Devon) - Exeter University
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1967
Further Comments: A phantom man dressed in painter's overalls has been seen walking down the corridors.

Dutch Doll

Location: Finedon (Northamptonshire) - Charity Girls School, church, and now local area?
Type: Other
Date / Time: Early twentieth century onwards
Further Comments: In the early 1900s the then-headmistress of the Girls School Mary Ozier had a wooden doll made to represent a schoolgirl of the time the school was built (1717). It was about 90 centimetres tall, painted and possessed a frighteningly realistic piercing stare. Nicknamed 'The Dutch Doll' and placed above the door on the inside of the school, the girls in the school became petrified of it. They were terrified of its unemotional yet evil looking face, and started circulating accounts of seeing and hearing it walking around at night. After the school's closure it was mounted on a wall in the Church, though by this time someone had taken a saw to its feet in an attempt to stop it walking around. On the night of the 18th of January 1981 it was stolen from the Church and has never been heard of or seen since - some people believe it walked out on its own accord.

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