Strange Stories of Shops

Child with Blonde Hair

Location: Glossop (Derbyshire) - Co-Op food store, town centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: After this young girl was seen by staff in the building, she quickly faded away. The figure may be the same entity spotted in the Norfolk Arms public house. Another ghost, a more shadowy figure, is also reported to haunt the food store.

Robed Figure

Location: Gloucester (Gloucestershire) - Anglian Windows, Westgate Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1988
Further Comments: A robed man and poltergeist activity have been reported in this showroom - in one instance, a roll of carpet was seen to levitate.

Sewing Fairies

Location: Gloucester (Gloucestershire) - Exact location unknown, old tailor's shop
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The tailor who owned this shop left the mayor's clothing unfinished on Saturday and found it completed on the Monday morning. He used this event to advertise the shop, claiming that the little folk had done the work, though it soon transpired that an assistant had worked on the Sunday to avoid going to church.

Disappearing Shop

Location: Great Yarmouth (Norfolk) - Exact location not known
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: A coin collector in Yarmouth reported visiting a shop to buy envelopes for his collection. He thought the shop looked old fashioned, as did the lady who served him, but thought no more of it until he returned a week later - and found the place had gone.

Victorian Woman

Location: Greenfield (Clwyd) - Sun Dawn Interiors, Coast Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: A picture taken just after Dawn Thompson took the building lease is said to contain the image of a woman in Victorian attire. The shop is also reported to be haunted by a young child who died on the site. Both entities are reported to be friendly.

Rupert Trousers

Location: Grimsby (Lincolnshire) - Shoe Factory Shop, Wellowgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Mary Frost, the manager of the shoe shop, watched a white haired old man wearing yellow tweed 'Rupert the Bear' trousers walk through a wall. Other staff reported doors that opened and closed on their own accord and rows of shoes that fell down with no explanation.

Shop Keeper

Location: Hadleigh (Essex) - The Village Stores along the High Street, and the route between the shop and the churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The little old lady who once ran this shop around a hundred years ago has been seen both in the shop after hours, and walking from the churchyard where she is buried to the building.

Purple Cloaked Woman

Location: Herstmonceux (Sussex) - Windmill Hill Stores
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1995
Further Comments: The owners of this shop were convinced they had seen this mysterious apparition walking about the first floor.


Location: Ilford (Essex) - Aldborough Hall Farm Shop (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Last seen 2002
Further Comments: Seen wearing a dark fleece, and about 1.65 metres in height, this phantom was mistaken for the shop worker's mother, until he realised there was no one else in the shop. The ghost was seen several times, and thought to be a totally benevolent entity of a previous customer.

Foundry Worker

Location: Inverness (Highland) - Eastgate Mall, Laura Ashley shop and Pizza Express restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: Blown light bulbs and fuses are all blamed on the shade of a former worker on the site, as are the movements of the doors when they open and close unaided.


Location: Ipswich (Suffolk) - Lakeland Plastics
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: Believed to be the ghost of Mother Lakeland, a wise woman / witch who once lived in the area, this entity has been blamed for moving displays around the shop. As a side note, contained within the shop is a fifteenth century chapel that remained undiscovered for many years. It is now open to the public.

Little Girl

Location: Ipswich (Suffolk) - Shop in Tower Ramparts
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: A member of staff reported several spooky occurrences in this shop, including spotting a little girl peering through the bars of a staircase, the image of a man in grey who would walk around (being mistaken for a customer), and boxes which fall off shelves without reason.,

Smokey Figure

Location: Leeds (Yorkshire) - Old Lewis's building, The Headrow
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 2008
Further Comments: A labourer working in the building with a colleague photographed a misty 'figure' with his camera phone. Another worker on site claimed to have seen something from the corner of his eye, though when he quickly turned, it had vanished.

Man in Basement

Location: Leeds (Yorkshire) - Retail premises along Hunslet Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 2007
Further Comments: An employee at this shop spotted a old man in the basement. When they described the man to their manager, they were told the description matched the manager's grandfather who had also worked on the site.


Location: Leigh-on-Sea (Essex) - Old Camping & General Store, A127
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 21 March 2012
Further Comments: A witness reported hearing footsteps and other sounds in this building after it had closed, before seeing items moved unaided.

Noisy Workshop

Location: Leighton Buzzard (Bedfordshire) - Motorbike shop along Lake Street, and surrounding buildings
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: When Sid, the owner of the bike shop, extended his workshop in the early 1960s, it would appear that he woke this entity from its sleep. Neighbours complained about the noises coming from his building, even though it was devoid of life, and the one night Sid did work late, he witnessed items throw themselves around the room.


Location: Leyland (Lancashire) - LG Kitchens
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: While viewing CCTV footage, Manager Leo Tommony came across the image of a silhouetted man standing in a ring of light. Footsteps have been heard in the upper part of the building after everyone has left, and lights have turned themselves on.

Victorian Children

Location: Lincoln (Lincolnshire) - Jesters fancy dress shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Owners of the shop, Hazel Smith and her son James, and another employee reported that the building is haunted by Victorian children.

Time Slip

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Bold Street
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: On various dates, several people (including an off duty policeman) have reported slipping back in time along this road, finding them surrounded by people dressed in clothing of the 1940s, with a cobbled street and old style shops.

The Baby Seat

Location: Llandudno (Clwyd) - Asda Store
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Till number thirteen was christened the 'Baby Seat' after a number of staff became pregnant after sitting and working there.

Bicarbonate of Soda

Location: Long Wittenham (Berkshire) - Co-Op Store
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: November 1962
Further Comments: This mischievous spirit moved food about in front of the staff, floating the bicarb in front of their startled faces. The outbreak lasted for eight days.

Jacobite armed with Dagger

Location: Manchester (Lancashire) - Rover's Return trinket shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This former soldier has been seen loitering at the foot of a bed on the property, weapon in hand.

Bra Remover

Location: Margate (Kent) - Pillow Talk sex shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: A playful spirit here has been blamed for moving stock around overnight. The ghost is rumoured to be a girl who once worked in a brothel on this site.

Long Dead Airman

Location: Martlesham Heath (Suffolk) - Police HQ, heathland, and shopping area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1978, 1981 (police station), 2004 (shopping area)
Further Comments: A major airfield during World War 2, the Police Headquarters and the surrounding heathland has a reputation of being haunted by long dead pilots. Several police officers have seen such shades, while more recently, owners of a shop reported seeing a detached human shadow outside their establishment.

Dark Figures

Location: Measham (Leicestershire) - Michael's Plaice fish & chip shop (no longer open)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: After the owner encountered ghostly dark figures and experienced poltergeist activity, Spirit Team UK were called in to investigate. They reported an old man hanging around in the upper part of the building, while a small child was encountered downstairs.

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