Somerset - Paranormal Database Records

Two Figures on Steps

Location: Wells - Wells Cathedral, Chapter House
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Photograph taken 19 April 1954, sighting 16 June 2005, hitting in January 2007
Further Comments: A photograph taken here shows two people in white, possibly a child with its mother, standing on the steps. The photographer reports that no one else stood in front of the camera at the time of the long exposure. In 2005 two people spotted a young boy on the steps to the Chapter House - concerned that he was not with parents or guardians, they followed the child and as he turned into the nave, he disappeared. A visitor in 2007 felt something hitting her back while leaving the cathedral, having earlier felt a presence in the nave.

Shawled Woman

Location: Wembdon - Highest part of the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Standing on top of a hill, this young lady with wild eyes looks down at the nearby houses. She is thought to have murdered her husband, hiding his body in their house.

White Lady

Location: West Harptree - Gournay Court
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pallid female would travel the building, ending her journey on the balcony where she would disappear.


Location: West Harptree - Richmont Castle ruins, and general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure, a former owner of the building, still longs for better times and fortune - until it arrives, he remains earthbound.

Stick Carrier

Location: West Quantoxhead - Hills north of area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An old woman holding a large bundle of sticks has been seen here.

Hunchbacked Woman

Location: Westbury-sub-Mendip - Stonleigh Cottages
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1966
Further Comments: Almost every night for a six month period, a lady living here would hear footsteps or see an old lady with a hunched back standing by the window of her bedroom. The witness described the figure as if in film negative form - her face and hands was dark, while shadows on her features were light - but said the ghost was not threatening.

Chain Rattler

Location: Weston-super-Mare - Farmhouse, formal site of Woodspring Priory (now a guesthouse), three miles NE of town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When the farmhouse was operational, the occupier would charge people to view the 'ghost room', a place where rattling chains would be heard at two o'clock in the morning.

Many Accidents

Location: Weston-super-Mere - Kewstoke Toll Road
Type: Other
Date / Time: No exact date
Further Comments: Though only a mile long, there have been a high number of accidents along this coast road, leading some to speculate that a paranormal source may be at work.

Long Necked Creature

Location: Weston-super-Mere - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 02 December 1988
Further Comments: Three witnesses watched for several minutes a strange creature possessing a long neck swimming around in the mist covered sea.

Giant Meteorite

Location: Weston-super-Mere - Skies over the town
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 10 January 1869
Further Comments: Seen passing overhead, this large fireball disappeared from view. Several hours later there were a series of shockwaves that were attributed to an earth tremor.

Running Girl

Location: Weston-super-Mere - The Causeway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: While walking along the causeway, two witnesses heard sloshing water and running footsteps behind them. They turned around and briefly spotted a young girl moving quickly towards them, with her hands held up. The girl moved through one witness's body and brushed against the other before spinning round and vanishing.

Man in Black

Location: Weston-super-Mere - Weston General Hospital
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1998
Further Comments: The top two floors of this hospital contain wards that are exact copies of each other. One night in 1998, nurses attending a sick patient followed by an elderly man in a black suit. He disappeared, and it was found that the female patient on the ward below had died. It was believed that black-dressed gentleman was her husband come to collect her, but he arrived on the wrong floor. The figure has not been seen since.

Old Soldiers

Location: Westonzoyland - Sedgemoor Battlefield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 06 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The spirits here reportedly include voices that call out to witnesses over the nearby River Carey, and horsemen who gallop silently along. People have also reported pockets of cold air, and watching a white woman glide over the marsh, near where her lover was murdered by Royalists. On the anniversary of the battle, sounds of fighting have been heard.

The Devil's Mount

Location: Wievliscombe - Area around the church
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: 1827?
Further Comments: When the church in Wievliscombe was being rebuilt, the devil manifested riding a green dragon and began hurling rocks at the construction. Saint Andrew materialised and used a crucifix to drive both Devil and dragon away.

Thrown Stone

Location: Williton - Battlegore tumulus
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Battlegore was the landing site of a stone thrown by a giant from West Quantoxhead, competing with the Devil. Old Nick failed to throw his rock as far, and was banished from the area.

Sir John Popham

Location: Wilscombe Bottom - Area between village and Wellington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Capable of only moving a cock's stride per year, the ghost of Popham is on the move from Wilscombe Bottom where he died to the church in Wellington, where he seeks salvation.


Location: Winsford - Winsford Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The wagon that haunts this spot was supposedly crushed as its owner tried to move aside the heavy monolith located here, in order to steal the treasure beneath.

Dog with Glowing Eyes

Location: Winsford - Winsford Hill, and surrounding Exmoor area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The devil dog found in Exmoor has been known to dematerialise slowly, leaving just a pair of red glowing eyes behind.

Joan Carne

Location: Withycombe - Area which is currently Sandhill Farm
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This woman is thought to have killed her three husbands, and soon after her death in the early seventeenth century, came back and was seen in her kitchen. A nineteenth century exorcism may have laid her for good, though some believe her phantom's appearance is an ill omen.

Witch of Wookey

Location: Wookey Hole - Cavern
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Cottage haunting occurred 1947 - 1954, diver seen 1998
Further Comments: It was once believed that an old hag lived in this cave, cursing anyone who tried to visit her. She was finally turned to stone by a monk. A cottage on the site was briefly haunted by a old woman wearing black and white; the ghost vanished after the site was blessed by a vicar. A tour group in the cave in 1998 reportedly observed a figure in an old fashioned goldfish bowl helmet silently moving through the caves. When they checked with the tour guide the group was told it was the ghost of a diver who had been seen several times previous.

Giant Eel

Location: Wookey Hole - Flooded Caverns
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A huge eel, some ten metres in length was chased into this cave system by angry fishermen.

Dancing Stone

Location: Wrington - The Waterstone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Nights of the full moon
Further Comments: This stone becomes animated on nights of the full moon.

Robed Figure

Location: Yatton - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1952
Further Comments: Two witnesses reported, at separate times, seeing a female figure in a grey robe walking away from the altar. The ghost had her head bowed and hands clasped.

Hungry Jack

Location: Yeovil - Barwick Park - Jack the Treacle Eater Tower
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This monument tower has a statue of Jack perched on top of it - it is said that he will descend the building at night and eat any treacle left at the base of the tower.

Woman with Sword

Location: Yeovil - Elephant and Castle public house, Middle Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This lady is said to walk about the building holding both a lamp and sword (or possibly just a lamp). She was seen passing through a closed wardrobe.

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