Strange Stories of Shops

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.


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.


Location: Chester (Cheshire) - Thorntons Chocolate shop (was once House of Bewlay Tobacconist), Eastgate Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Stamping and thuds emanating from an empty room have been reported from this shop, as well as strange wailing. Lights flicker on and off, and doors open and close by an unseen hand. The source of the haunting is said to be Sarah, a jilted bride who hanged herself, though her presence (and poltergeist activities) are said to be 'friendly' in nature.

Stamping and Slamming Doors

Location: Clacton-on-Sea (Essex) - Old Kinema - currently a Homecare shop?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After a 1940's suicide, this cinema gained a reputation as being haunted. The sound of stamping feet has been heard, and doors have opened and closed on their own accord. A few have reported seeing an old man dressed in a 1940's suit.

Alice Mellor

Location: Colchester (Essex) - Red Lion Hotel, Lion Walk Shopping Precinct
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1972
Further Comments: Killed in 1633, Mellor's ghost is said to have been so terrifying that her old room was sealed up and forgotten about. Now part of the hotel, no sightings have recently occurred, though the building is also home to a monk who died in a fire.

Slim Man in Evening Wear

Location: Colwyn Bay (Clwyd) - Jeff's Discount Store, Abergele Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: The manager of the building saw a tall, thin man at the top of the stairs dressed in formal evening wear. The ghost was mistaken for a customer, until he disappeared. Footsteps have also been heard in unpopulated areas, and several people have seen items from the shelves float through the air.

Three Bangs

Location: Coventry (West Midlands) - Hairdressing Salon
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: October 2009
Further Comments: A visitor to this quiet salon was using the upstairs bathroom. The door would not close properly so was left slightly ajar. Suddenly there were three loud knocks and the door was pushed open with force, but no one could be seen and nothing more was heard, even though the area was covered in creaky floorboards.

Messy Shop

Location: Crieff (Perth and Kinross) - Undisclosed general store in the town
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1980s - 2000s
Further Comments: This poltergeist has spent almost twenty years pushing items from shelving when no one is near, opening and closing doors, and flicking the light switches.


Location: Derby (Derbyshire) - Dagenham's department store
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A brief article from the Ghosts_UK Newsgroup only mentioned this shop was allegedly haunted.

Black Clad Figure

Location: Derby (Derbyshire) - Miss Selfridges clothing store
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This entity, wearing a long black raincoat appears in this store before vanishing into a wall, only to reappear in MacDonald's.


Location: Devizes (Wiltshire) - Upstairs Downstairs Antiques, Market Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: The Paranormal Site Investigating team were called to this shop after reports of phantom footsteps after hours and the inexplicable smell of smoke.


Location: Dorchester (Dorset) - Shopping arcade along Antelope Way
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Hanging Judge is said to walk in this area, following a path that he took during life.

William Mullins

Location: Dorking (Surrey) - 58 - 60 West Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mullins took his wife and child across to the Americas on the Mayflower. He and his family died soon after their arrived in the new lands, and now Mullins has come home to stay.

Rolling Apple

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Jervis shopping centre
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa November 2011
Further Comments: CCTV footage released on YouTube appears to show an apple falling from a fruit stall and rolling backwards and forwards on the floor, as if being pushed between two unseen figures.


Location: Dudley (West Midlands) - Spare Room Café (was the Crown Hotel), corner of Wolverhampton Street and Priory Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth / early twenty-first century
Further Comments: An icy cold chill and mysterious bangs and crashes from empty rooms are all blamed on an unknown entity which has found home in the café. A fish and chip shop based in the building also reported a number of strange events and a string of bad luck.


Location: Dundee (Angus) - Wellgate Shopping Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The strange sounds which echo around the shopping centre at night are said by some to be created by a female ghost who haunts the area. Sceptics argue that the sounds are the natural process of the building settling.


Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - George Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Jane once owned a shop along this street, which she sold on the recommendation of her friends. She regretted it almost immediately, though, and died soon after. She was seen several times post mortem, heading along the street to her former property.

Shadows in Monks Gowns

Location: Ely (Cambridgeshire) - Multiple Locations, including the High Street, 'Jumpers' clothing shop, Firmary Lane and the cathedral lawn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century, multiple times
Further Comments: Many parts of the town are reportedly haunted by monks, sometimes accompanied by poltergeist activity, sometimes leaving footprints in the snow, sometimes staring out of windows...


Location: Eton (Berkshire) - Thomas's Hairdressers
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a young man who committed suicide is said to haunt part of this hairdressers.


Location: Evesham (Hereford & Worcester) - Spiritus, 85 High Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Named Colin, this shop phantom is said to move furniture and throws items around.

Heavy Breathing

Location: Exeter (Devon) - Marks & Spencer store
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Said to be built on an old Roman burial ground, phantom heavy breathing has been reported from staff, as have light poltergeist-like behaviour.

Friend Peel

Location: Farsley (Yorkshire) - Box of Cards shop
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: May 2013
Further Comments: A photograph taken of the front of this card shop revealed a figure reflected in the window which shopkeeper Alison Lambert was convinced was deceased First World War soldier Friend Peel. Alison had previously seen John and Samuel Hollings, former owners of the shop during the eighteenth century.

Third Floor Ghost

Location: Galway (County Galway) - Subway sandwich shop
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: May 2017
Further Comments: This shop enjoyed a brief surge in online publicity when some news outlets showed a poster on display which stated 'Ouija boards and séances are not allowed to be performed in this shop'. It was reported that the manager believed the third floor to be haunted and didn't want anyone attracting more ghosts.

Woman in Black

Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - Silverburn shopping centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May - June 2016
Further Comments: Covered by international media, it was reported that a phantom woman in black had been reported four times over a four week period.

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