Phantoms of the Rivers

 
 


Anne Mort

Location: Astley (Lancashire) - Area near the canal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen walking by the canal waters, this grey lady may be Anne who died of a broken heart.


 
 


Spinning Jenny

Location: Ballater (Aberdeenshire) - Riverside
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Maybe related to the 'washer woman' legends popular in Scotland, this old lady sits on the bank of the stream, spinning her little wheel.


 
 


Lady Isabel

Location: Barton Seagrave (Northamptonshire) - River Ise
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Floating high enough so that her feet remain dry, the shade of Lady Isabel passes quietly over the river.


 
 


Beautiful Face in the Lake

Location: Barton Turf (Norfolk) - Barton Broad
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Accidentally killed by her father (or so the story goes), the woman in question intended to run away with a knight. Her spirit haunts the water, and is said to be a blessing to any who see her face.


 
 


Richard Slater

Location: Belaugh (Norfolk) - River
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Legend says entity appears nightly, but date of last sighting unknown
Further Comments: Slater worked at the rectory; he stole money, gems and other valuables from the church and buried them in the garden, waiting for a convenient time to recover the items to safely fence. Slater chose the time to do so badly, as he was caught by the rector as he dug the items up. In his haste to escape, Slater then drowned in the nearby river, weighed down by the stolen goods.


 
 


Waiting Woman

Location: Belaugh (Norfolk) - Riverside
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 24 August (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A woman in a white dress is said to wait for her Viking lover by the riverside.


 
 


Housekeeper

Location: Beningbrough (Yorkshire) - River near the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered in a house that no longer stands, this lost shade has migrated to the nearby river where she stands by the bank.


 
 


Haulier

Location: Bestfield (County Carlow) - Canal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This canal was reputed to be haunted by a nineteenth century haulier who drowned at the lock.


 
 


Suffocation

Location: Blisworth (Northamptonshire) - Canal tunnel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: Even though the tunnel is 2,813 metres in length, when first constructed there was only one ventilation shaft. This poor design resulted in two people dying in 1861; one suffocated while the other fell conscious into the canal and drowned. It is said as travellers pass over the site of this accident they can heard coughing and the loud splash of someone hitting the water. One witness reported seeing the lights of long dead construction workers in the tunnel, on the bicentenary of its opening, and then again about a year later.


 
 


Cursed Stone

Location: Boat of Garten (Highland) - River Spey
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: When the waters are low, an inscribed stone can be seen in the river - it is believed cursed, and anyone who meddles with it is doomed. Adding to the treachery of the waters, a white horse is said to patrol the river, looking for people to drown.


 
 


Elizabeth Butler

Location: Bramshot (Hampshire) - Stream running through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Elizabeth Butler drowned in the stream in 1745 and has been known to return to walk alongside the waterway.


 
 


William de Tracy

Location: Braunton Burrows (Devon) - Banks of river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity has been condemned to try to make ropes out of the sand - if he almost reaches his goal, a dog appears and burns the attempt.


 
 


Old White Hat

Location: Braunton Burrows (Devon) - Banks of river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom nicknamed 'Old White Hat' paces along the banks of the river, calling out for a ferryboat which never arrives.


 
 


Life Taker

Location: Bridgwater (Somerset) - River Parrett
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This water spirit, thought to be the ghost of a suicide, is reported to take a life each year.


 
 


Bishop of Brundall on Barge

Location: Brundall (Norfolk) - River
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Varies: 24 June & 18 September (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: Sailing up the river, the Bishop's barge is covered with fine cloth and silk, and contains 28 rowers. He is said to bless any ill people that he sails by.


 
 


Peg O'Nell

Location: Bungerley (Lancashire) - River Ribble
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of Peg O'Nell is said to haunt the River Ribble, wanting an animal sacrificed to it once every seven years. It was in this village that a man once tried to cross the river before the sacrifice was made - and promptly drowned.


 
 


Getaway Boat

Location: Burgh St Peter (Norfolk) - River Waveney
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Once a year (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Captained by a thief, this boat is said to be rich in stolen gold. It appears once a year, though sources do not appear to know the exact date.


 
 


Yearly Sacrifice

Location: Combwich (Somerset) - River Parrett
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: To prevent the river from taking human life throughout the year, it is said that human sacrifices were once offered here. A phantom coach has also been seen, on the other side of the river to the village.


 
 


Drowning Entity

Location: Conon Bridge (Highland) - River Conon
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The river is home to some kind of entity that has been known to grab people and hold them underwater until drowning occurs. Only then will the presence let the body float to the surface. Unrelated to this, the river is also home to the King Otter - this large water mammal is said to be much larger than its more common siblings, and if caught will grant a single wish in return for its freedom.


 
 


Thomas Wildey

Location: Coventry (West Midlands) - Ryton Bridge, River Avon
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wildey murdered a mother and her daughter, for which he was hanged. His body was then placed in a gibbet by the bridge where it slowly rotted for many years. The strange patchy mist that hangs over the area is blamed on the ghost of the man, as are the lights seen to flitter nearby.


 
 


Slipping Woman

Location: Cowloe Rock (Cornwall) - The Irish Lady rock
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This rock is named after the woman who held on to it after her ship ran aground nearby and all hands were lost - she slipped off after a couple of hours and was drowned before rescuers could save her. Her shade has been seen struggling to remain on the outcropping.


 
 


Fish Stone

Location: Crickhowell (Powys) - Stone by the River Usk
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 23 June (or Midsummer Eve) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Once a year this strangely shaped stone dives into the local river and goes for a swim.


 
 


Ship

Location: Croft Pasco Pool (Cornwall) - Body of Water
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area is said to be haunted by a large white ship, with its sails bellowing, even if there is no wind.


 
 


Lost Souls

Location: Darlington (Durham) - Hell's Kettles, along the River Tees
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Kettles still present
Further Comments: Deep pools of water located along the river, the Hell's Kettles are said to contain the souls of sinners. Some report that these people (and animals in some cases) can be seen floating in the pools when they are clear.


 
 


Calling Stones

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Rowbrook, Broad Stones, River Dart
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that the Dart takes one life a year, by gently calling the victim's name until they fall into the waters and drown.


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