Somerset - Paranormal Database Records

 
Naked Roman

Location: Bath - Area around Abbey Church, and other areas within the town centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The figure of a naked Roman soldier (how do you tell without a uniform to assist you?) has apparently been seen running around the centre of the town. A police officer once gave chase, only to see the figure fade into the air.


 
Dueller

Location: Bath - Duelling ground, Victoria Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This former duelling site is said to be haunted by a sword handling Dueller. The whispers of the deceased fighters and strange mist are said to emerge from a nearby holly bush.


 
Eloping Elizabeth

Location: Bath - Royal Crescent
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom coach and horses reputed to haunt this area contain Elizabeth Linley and Richard Brinsley Sheridan as they elope time after time.


 
Footsteps

Location: Bath - Festival Office, Linley House, Pierreont Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Staff and visitors to the building have heard footsteps coming from an empty room here.


 
Horses

Location: Bath - Laura Place and connecting streets
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound (never the sight) of horses and drawn carriages is said to linger here.


 
Julia

Location: Bath - Queen's Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in her wedding dress, Julia walks around this area. It is possible she searches for the man who jilted her at the altar.


 
Misty Lady

Location: Bath - Grosvenor Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The appearance of this female phantom is accompanied by a sharp drop in temperature. Footfalls are also reported.


 
Moaning

Location: Bath - High medieval wall near Theatre Royal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local myth states that the long drop on the other side of this wall is where plague-infected bodies were thrown - the upset spirits are still heard complaining about their treatment.


 
Old Servant

Location: Bath - York Villa
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This faithful servant now refuses to leave the house, suffering guilt for allowing two children to starve to death. One of the children is said to still be around, as is his mother who manifests as a Grey Lady.


 
Robinson

Location: Bath - 20 Henrietta Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The disembodied footsteps occasionally heard on site are attributed to Admiral Robinson.


 
Tiny the Dog

Location: Bath - Beckford's Tower, Lansdown Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: William Beckford's pet dog, Tiny, was once buried by the tower, though his ghost returned after the remains were moved. It is also said that William's ghost haunts the graveyard surrounding the tower.


 
Bladud

Location: Bath - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Circa 860BC
Further Comments: The city of Bath is said to have been constructed around waters that cured Prince Bladud of leprosy and his pigs of skin complaints.


 
Playing Ball

Location: Bath - Stone Lions at entrance to Royal Victoria Park
Type: Legend
Date / Time: When the clock strikes thirteen
Further Comments: Two lions stand on the gate posts here, each cat with a paw on a ball. Locals say when the clock strikes thirteen, the lions kick the balls at each other.


 
Raining Jellyfish

Location: Bath - General area
Type: Other
Date / Time: August 1894
Further Comments: Some parts of the town were covered in thousands of jellyfish that apparently fell from the sky.


 
Flying Glasses

Location: Bath - Salamander public house, John Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: As per polt normal, this spirit is said to throw glasses around, create disembodied footfalls, and generate cold spots.


 
Moving Items

Location: Bath - Curfew Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2009
Further Comments: The poltergeist at work in this pub plays around with beer casks, taps and pinches staff, and moves pool balls.


 
Old Fashioned Lady

Location: Bath - Second floor flat at Grosvenor Place
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen by a husband and wife couple, this monochromic figure silently drifted through their living room, terrifying the pet cat. More recently, she has been observed on the staircase.


 
Jean Baptiste du Barre

Location: Bathampton - The George Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century, said to be more frequent in December
Further Comments: A Frenchman killed in a duel, du Barre reportedly took his last breaths in the inn. A spirit resembling him was seen standing by the bar at the end of the twentieth century; the witness said the entity was friendly and unthreatening.


 
Battle of Mount Badon

Location: Bathampton - Bathampton Down
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The down has been suggested as the site where Arthur engaged and defeated the Saxons.


 
Purple Woman

Location: Batheaston - The Grey House (private residence)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A former owner of the house, this old lady in a purple dress would make herself known to gardeners - an occupation she preferred to handle herself.


 
Hidden Daughter

Location: Bathford - Browne's Folly (aka Brown's Folly)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that Browne built this folly after he was told his daughter would die on a given date. He placed his daughter in the room at the top of the building in an attempt to outwit fate, by she was bitten by a snake and died.


 
Mistletoe Bride

Location: Bawdrip - Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: A grey lady that walks on the grass in front of the rectory is said to be the mistletoe bride (the nearby Knowle Hall one of several places in the UK that claims the legend as its own). Poltergeist activity has also been reported in the rectory in the past.


 
Old Man

Location: Beckington - Private cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 July 2011
Further Comments: A decorator at work here felt someone watching him - turning around, he spotted an old man sitting in an armchair. When the decorator took his eyes off the man, he vanished.


 
For Sale

Location: Beckington - Beckington Castle (also formally Ravenscroft School, 1945 - 1970)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The castle is noted as possibly being the first building in the UK which used its haunting as a selling point when being sold off in the late 1910s. A location report by the Wessex Paranormal Research Organisation states that a former pupil at the site had seen a dark shadow pass through a wall.


 
Abbess

Location: Beckington - Abbey (now private housing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, pre 1970
Further Comments: The grey woman once rumoured to haunt this area was thought to be an abbess.


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