Phantoms of the Rivers

 
 


Parcel Carrier

Location: Dixton (Gwent) - Lanes between Rectory and river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A homeless man drowned in the river, and now walks around his final route, tightly clutching an unknown package. The village is also haunted by a white dog, often seen alongside a strange man.


 
 


Footsteps

Location: Dundee (Angus) - HMS Unicorn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Even though the ship never witnessed battle, there are stories of phantom footsteps being on board. The Paranormal Discovery team also report small objects have been thrown at investigators by unseen hands.


 
 


Charles Bonner

Location: Dundee (Angus) - The Discovery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Bonner fell to his death from the crow's nest when the ship was sailing on the other side of the world, though his presence is still felt on the deck where his body landed.


 
 


The Cries of Jews

Location: EC3 (Greater London) - Old London Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area of the river under the bridge is thought to be the location where dozens of Jews drowned in 1210, when a ship removing them from the country sank. Their screams and cries have been reported in the area.


 
 


Splash

Location: Edale (Derbyshire) - River Noe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The endlessly repeating sounds of a boy's scream, followed by dragging and ending in a splash, are all that remain as evidence of a murder which occurred by the river many years ago.


 
 


Spectral Group of Monks Crewing a Barge

Location: Ely (Cambridgeshire) - River Ouse towards Ely
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Misty evenings
Further Comments: Chanting hymns, these ghosts are said to escort an open coffin containing a body of a woman as they head towards Ely. The body is that of Saint Withburga, taken from her grave at East Dereham by monks acting on the orders of the Abbot of Ely.


 
 


Shellycoat

Location: Ettrick Waters (Borders) - River
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Shellycoat was the name given to a playful water spirit which dressed in a shell covered jacket. He normally carried out his antics while hiding in the river, trying to lure the gullible forever closer to the cold waters.


 
 


Sound of Silver

Location: Evesham (Hereford & Worcester) - River
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Hidden in the river when the local abbey was closed for business in 1539, the silver bells still sing their song around Christmas.


 
 


The Vikings are Coming

Location: Exeter (Devon) - River Exe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend has it that a ghostly Viking long ship complete with an angry fighter passes up the river.


 
 


Kitty Garthwaite

Location: Gillamoor (Yorkshire) - River Dove
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Kitty drowned herself after being jilted by her lover, having told him that she was pregnant. She now hates men to such a degree, that she has been seen naked, luring men into the water to kill them.


 
 


Poisoned Horses

Location: Great Ayton (Yorkshire) - Area near the river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sounds of poisoned horses neighing has been reported here - a story tells how thirty men and over a dozen horses died after drinking poisoned water from this river. The river itself is said to reflect those dead soldiers, if one examines it for long enough.


 
 


Maid of Rokeby

Location: Greta Bridge (Durham) - Waters where the two rivers meet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity, dressed in white flowing clothes, patrols the banks of the river after dusk. A monk is also reported to do the same, having taken in own life in the river many years previous.


 
 


Old Bailey

Location: Hesketh Bank (Lancashire) - Newearth Lane and the nearby riverbank
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1900s? Riverbank haunting said to be on a Friday night (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Old Man Bailey was reported to be frequently heard cackling late at night, still looking for his son, Andrew Bailey, who locked him in a loft and left him there. In turn, Andrew is said to haunt the riverbank, scaring any young couples courting in the area.


 
 


Frail Shadowy Form of a Girl

Location: Horning (Norfolk) - Ferry Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1500s onwards, seen once every 20 years?
Further Comments: Raped and murdered by a group of monks, the twenty five year old girl in the green dress has been observed gliding through the bar of the inn, disappearing into the river outside. She has also been seen along the riverbank close to the abbey.


 
 


Hoggett

Location: Langton (Yorkshire) - Hoggett's Hole, River Swale
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A highwayman during his life, Hoggett drowned in this pool while running from the law. It is now said that his ghost ensures no one ever swims in it without drowning.


 
 


Lantern Man

Location: Lasswade (Lothian) - River Esk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure reportedly walks alongside the river, his storm lamp swinging in the wind. One author named the figure as Thomas de Quincey


 
 


Water Sprite

Location: Linlithgow (Lothian) - River running through area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This malicious little entity is reported to lure the unwary into the water to drown.


 
 


Ancient Galley

Location: Loch Fyne (Argyll and Bute) - Waters near Inveraray
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Appears to mark the death of a senior Campbell clan member, last seen 1913
Further Comments: This large phantom ship appears in the Loch, though its route takes the vessel over land. Three crewmen are visible on the deck.


 
 


Witches Death Cries

Location: Manningtree (Essex) - River Stour
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1700s onwards
Further Comments: The tortured screams of an alleged witch are said to be heard on the opposite shore; Matthew Hopkins being named as the interrogator.


 
 


Thieving Mermaid

Location: Marden (Hereford & Worcester) - River Lugg
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An accident sent a church bell into the waters of the local river - a passing mermaid took the opportunity to steal the bell and can sometimes be heard ringing it.


 
 


White Woman

Location: Outer London: Brentford (Greater London) - Banks of the Grand Union Canal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1935
Further Comments: A torso of a female murder victim was discovered here, with her legs found in a train carriage at Waterloo. Her ghost remained in the area for a while, manifesting as a tall woman wearing a white dress.


 
 


Skater of Hickling Broad

Location: Potter Heigham (Norfolk) - River Thurne
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February (reoccurring)
Further Comments: In love with a rich man's daughter, a drummer boy would skate across the frozen river to secretly rendezvous with his forbidden girlfriend. However, one winter night the ice cracked and the boy drowned - leaving his ghost to continue the drumming. A phantom female rower has also been seen on the river.


 
 


Singing Lady

Location: River Tees (Durham) - Cauldron Snout waterfall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farm girl who killed herself once a relationship with a local miner ended, her pitiful shade can now be heard singing.


 
 


Peg Powler

Location: River Tees (Durham) - Waters of the river
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This water entity would pull under anyone who swam too close to her home - witnesses would only see her green hair seconds before their friends who would be pulled under the water.


 
 


White Horse

Location: River Wharfe (Yorkshire) - Wharfedale's Strid
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 01 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Together with a fairy, this pale horse rises from the dangerous waters once a year. It has been known to drown people who come too close.


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