Strange Stories of Shops

 
 


File Flinger

Location: Banbury (Oxfordshire) - Co-op Travel Shop, White Lion Walk
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: An entity here locks the toilet door, creates the smell of toast, and knocks files of documentation from the shelves.


 
 


Helena Blunden

Location: Belfast (County Antrim) - The Irish Linen Mill (currently a print shop)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1912 onwards?
Further Comments: A known hoax. Regardless, the story goes that Helena fell on the basement stairs, and was dead before she hit the bottom step. Since then, footsteps have been reported in her former workplace, as have electrical disturbances (such as lights and radios being turned on).


 
 


Floating Lolly

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Kang's Discount Store
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: There were supposedly several witnesses who watched as a lollypop floated up and moved itself out of this shop.


 
 


Smuggler Curse

Location: Bognor Regis (Sussex) - The Old Vicarage, Sudley Road
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A curse was placed on this building after the vicar attempted to stop local smuggling activities. The building no longer stands, but the area (which now has shops built on top) is still said to be unlucky, and haunted by the sounds of footsteps.


 
 


Young Girl

Location: Bramley (Surrey) - (Former?) antique shop, High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shop has a former doorway out the front which is now sealed up - a phantom girl is said to stand there.


 
 


Gliding Woman

Location: Brecon (Powys) - The Welsh Bookshop, The Struet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity dressed in eighteenth century clothing vanishes through a wall and emerges in the building next door.


 
 


Floating Monk

Location: Brentwood (Essex) - Gateway food store, Chapel High
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1987
Further Comments: A young man working here claimed to see a hooded figure in the store room, floating half a metre above the ground - it vanished as he touched it.


 
 


Young Girl

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Eatery along Old Steine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The basement of this building is said to be haunted by the phantom of a young girl who died in a fire on the site. The ghost is also reported to haunt the building which backs onto this location.


 
 


Nun

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Former Debenhams store, Western Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to have been spotted by staff and customers, the phantom nun wearing a white habit and black cloak would vanish up a stairwell. The east end of the building was a convent.


 
 


Nuns

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Ape (formally Lawleys), North Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former manager is said to have seen three phantom nuns in this property. The entities reportedly glide across the floor before vanishing through the back wall.


 
 


Naked Woman

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Junk Shop, Upper Rock Gardens (no longer exists)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: This naked, disfigured female phantom was said to have been murdered in the building's basement by her insane husband. A private house in the same area is home to the benign presence of an elderly woman.


 
 


Charlie

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Greyhound Hotel (no longer standing - replaced by the Galleries Shopping Centre)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hotel which once stood here was said to be haunted by a ghost named Charlie. It is not known whether the spook now frequents the new building on site, the Galleries Shopping Centre.


 
 


Kettle Boiler

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Kings Chase Shopping Centre, Regent Street, Kingswood
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1976
Further Comments: Several shops in this centre were affected by a brief poltergeist outbreak. Events included small items moving by themselves, the sounds of footsteps and rustling, and a kettle turning itself on.


 
 


Smashed Bulbs

Location: Burnley (Lancashire) - Electrical store (no longer present) along Bethesda Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Reportedly built on the site of a graveyard from which some bodies were not moved, a number of spooky occurrences have been reported in this shop, including doors opening without human intervention, exploding light bulbs, and aports.


 
 


Man in Grey Rags

Location: Burton on Trent (Staffordshire) - Chemist shop, exact location withheld
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Summer 2006
Further Comments: A woman in this chemists 'screamed the shop down' after seeing a man in grey rags and dirty long hair who held his arms out and made guttural sounds which she did not understand. The figure vanished and the witness was given a chair and a glass of water by staff who waited for her to calm down.


 
 


Monk

Location: Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) - 38 Buttermarket, currently a bookshop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid - Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Reportedly connected via underground tunnel to a long gone priory, monks have been reported creeping around the sight.


 
 


Monks

Location: Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) - Abbey and Cathedral
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1980s (monks), Cardinal in summer 1975 or 1976
Further Comments: Spectral monks have been seen gliding around the ruins of the abbey, also in the shops along Abbeygate Street. One witness encountered a Cardinal while walking around the ruins with her husband - he gave her a warning before vanishing.


 
 


Grey Lady

Location: Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) - St Saviour's Hospital (ruins), and Tesco store, Fornham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1954 (hospital), and early - mid 2000s (Tesco)
Further Comments: This grey lady was seen within the ruined hospital several times during the mid twentieth century. More recently, poltergeist-like activity has been reported at the adjoining Tesco store's canteen, with some people speculating that the Grey Lady may have returned.


 
 


White Lady

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - Sherratt & Hughes, Trinity Street (closed in 1991)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once said to be the oldest bookshop in the UK, the building claims to have a white lady who walks silently down the aisles. Her history is unknown. There are also reports of a man in Victorian evening dress.


 
 


Black Figure

Location: Canterbury (Kent) - Undisclosed shop along The Parade
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 2011
Further Comments: An employee reported that a customer had seen a black figure walk into and through a wall in the upper part of this shop.


 
 


White Blob

Location: Carlisle (Cumbria) - Simply Food & Drinks, Durranhill Road, Botcherby
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 02 March 2010
Further Comments: Reported in local news, staff at this shop reported a white entity which could be seen on CCTV camera. The white shape entered and left the front door of the shop several times over an hour, unnerving the staff, although the 'entity' is more likely to have been an insect close to the lens or light flare.


 
 


Bakery Disturbance

Location: Carlton (Nottinghamshire) - Tesco
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An old graveyard was moved when this store was built - the bakery was said to have been erected on the former hallowed land, and was the subject of a poltergeist outbreak until the Rector of St Paul's church carried out an exorcism.


 
 


Girl in Old Fashioned Clothing

Location: Chatham (Kent) - 122 High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: While watching the CCTV camera here, a member of staff watched the girl brushing her hair by a row of dresses, though when she went to serve her she had vanished. The same girl was later seen looking through a window in the upper part of the shop - upon investigation, the room was empty, though it was impossible for a trespasser to leave without passing someone.


 
 


Tapping Behind Sealed Door

Location: Chelmsford (Essex) - Spotted Dog Inn, Tindal Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: No longer standing (replaced by a shopping centre) the Spotted Dog Inn had an infamous sealed room, haunted by the ghost of a guest who was murdered in his sleep. His tapping would wake any who tried to sleep there, hence the sealing. Some reports exist of the entity in the shopping centre itself, where it earned the nickname of 'Box Monster', due to its habit of throwing cardboard boxes around.


 
 


Footsteps

Location: Chester (Cheshire) - Daisy and Tom Toy Shop (no longer open), Watergate Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2003 - 2006
Further Comments: Former staff from this store reported footsteps, the smell of pipe tobacco, something which rattled the heavy fire door, and a stock room which was blocked by a heavy table from the inside.


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