Somerset - Paranormal Database Records

 
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.


 
Cursing Well

Location: Bishops Lydeard - The Devil's Whispering Well (close to Bell Inn)
Type: Other
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: This perverted wishing well is traditionally used to harm others.


 
Fairy Fair

Location: Black Down Hills - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Seventeenth century?
Further Comments: Fairies were once believed to hold annual fairs on the hills, singing and dancing throughout the night.


 
Phantom Fair

Location: Blackdown Hills - Blagdon Hill
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 1600s
Further Comments: A man riding through the hills saw a fair from the distance, though it faded from view as he approached. As he passed through the area, it is reported he 'felt' the event happening around him.


 
Defrocked Charlie

Location: Blagdon - Holman Clavel Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This spook is thought to be a monk who fell from grace. He has been spotted in one of the bedrooms, and is blamed whenever items go missing, only to return a few days or weeks later.


 
Headless Coachman

Location: Bossington - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: A witness is said to have encountered a phantom coach and horses, driven by a headless coachman. The entity vanished just after passing the viewer.


 
Screaming Woman

Location: Box Hill - The Box Tunnel, eastern end
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 2011
Further Comments: Four men working in an ultrasonics gang all heard a female moaning at the mouth of the east exit. As the noise grew louder, they though it a joke, until one man shone his torch up the hill and the party spotted a woman in a nightdress looking down at them - she vanished before their eyes. When they reported the sighting, they were told that the figure had been seen previously by a group of six men.


 
Jack White

Location: Bratton Seymour - Jack White's Gibbet (junction along the A371, Bratton Seymour and Holton)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Jack was a murdered who was left in a gibbet to starve to death. His ghost is said to wander the site of his crime and punishment.


 
The Naked Boy

Location: Brendon - Brendon Hills
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This large boulder, an alcoholic turned to stone, sometimes animates on nights of the full moon, and travels to the nearby river to drink.


 
Footfalls

Location: Bridgwater - Rose and Crown public house (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: Unexplained footsteps are often heard all over the pub, even after closing hours when all occupiers are accounted for.


 
Life Taker

Location: Bridgwater - River Parrett
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This water spirit, thought to be the ghost of a suicide, is reported to take a life each year.


 
Pocock

Location: Bridgwater - A39 between Street and Bridgwater
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pocock was a highwayman who was badly injured in a fight but managed to escape, only to die of his wounds in a secret cave which has never been discovered. His ghost has been seen on horseback, curiously galloping on the spot, and has been blamed for several accidents in the area.


 
Hymns

Location: Bridgwater - Road from Bridgwater to Weston Zoyland
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 06 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: As the Duke of Monmouth retreated after their defeat, his troops sang hymns to try to boost their morale. Their song can still be heard.


 
Tall Soldier

Location: Bridgwater - Road from Bridgwater to Stogursey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wearing a red jacket, this tall soldier still stands around the area where he is thought to have been hanged.


 
Judge Jeffreys

Location: Bridgwater - Marycourt, St Mary Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Jeffreys is still said to walk around his former lodgings, rapping on doors as he passes.


 
Duke of Monmouth

Location: Bridgwater - Castle ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The Duke of Monmouth is said to have stayed at the castle just prior to the battle of Sedgemoor, his phantom possibly remaining in regret of defeat.


 
Lost Labourer

Location: Bristol - The Severn Tunnel, between Bristol and Newport
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed during the construction of the tunnel, the worker's body was accidentally buried underneath tons of brick and concrete, and never found. The ghost is said to seek assistance in recovering his body.


 
Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Location: Bristol - Leigh Woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Brunel Unknown, teenager's experience in 2014
Further Comments: Brunel's shade has been reported near the site of the suspension bridge - he designed the object, but died before it became operational. In 2014 it was reported that two teenagers who spent the night in the woods had heard a child's voice, and had photographed a ghostly figure (although the photographic image could have been pareidolia).


 
Old Lady

Location: Bristol - Highworth Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1950s
Further Comments: The ghost of an elderly woman who frequented a house down this road was exorcised by a local priest.


 
Bearded Man

Location: Bristol - Former Vicarage next to All Saint's Church, Corn Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1840s
Further Comments: This figure dressed in ancient clothing was seen stalking the building at night, scaring the occupants. It is unclear whether this is the same entity as the black monk that also haunts the area.


 
Injured Sailor

Location: Bristol - Llandoger Trow public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This old inn is the home to a ghostly sailor with a severally injured leg. Another version of the story says that the ghostly presence was a young crippled boy. More recently, a visiting TV production team and their psychics claimed more than fourteen entities haunted the pub.


 
Beaten Children

Location: Bristol - Lamb Inn, Lawford Street and West Street (no longer standing)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 5 November 1761 - November 1762
Further Comments: This polt remained on the site for a year. It became infamous for throwing glasses, disturbing the occupants through constant tapping and rapping, and beating the children.


 
Modern Man

Location: Bristol - Rummer public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: The shade of a man dressed in contemporary clothing was seen in the cellar before quickly vanishing, while the ghost of a woman with long dark hair and dressed in white has been reported in the bar.


 
Morphing Shuck

Location: Bristol - Dead end lane in Hallen Bristol, next to the M49 bridge
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1908 and December 2004
Further Comments: The large black dog seen here in 1908 was seen to climb out from a hedge, before transforming into a donkey and standing on its hind legs. A very similar creature was seen in 2004, as it passed through a car, shaking the occupant.


 
Shadowy Figures

Location: Bristol - Odeon cinema, Broadmead
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Several members of staff have reported seeing people milling about the auditorium, disappearing if approached. A seat in the third row of screen three is said to be home to a shadowy apparition.


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