Somerset - Paranormal Database Records

 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
Monk

Location: Bristol - Library adjoining the cathedral
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 16:30h (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This phantom monk dressed in grey has always been seen around the same time.


 
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.


 
Pale Lady

Location: Bristol - Stapleton Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1854
Further Comments: Wearing a nightdress and cap, this shade was seen for several nights, moving silently through bolted doors


 
Suicidal Woman

Location: Bristol - Over Court (located near Cribbs Causeway)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1937
Further Comments: This area has the reputation for being haunted by the phantom of a woman who took her own life, though one variation of the story states that her husband shot her. Though injured, she ran away, only to stumble into a fish pond where she drowned. Her ghost was last seen by several carol singers.


 
Black Monk

Location: Bristol - Private building along Broad Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940
Further Comments: The cellar of a building along this street is reputed to be haunted by one of the city's black monks.


 
Housekeeper

Location: Bristol - Oldbury House, St Michael's Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940 - 1941
Further Comments: A ghostly housekeeper was not the only phantom to haunt this former BBC building, which was used as a hostel for staff during the first part of WW2. A thin man who resembled a monk was spotted, as was a group of five girls. A child's sobs were reported, and frequent banging heard. The BBC eventually moved the residents out.


 
Old Lady

Location: Bristol - 9 St James Parade
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: The great ghost hunter Elliott O'Donnell was called on to investigate this case. The Brittons family living here reported hearing strange taps and footsteps, while Mrs Britton fainted after seeing the face of an old lady moving towards the cot of her child. The haunting is said to have stopped when the family were re-housed.


 
Murdered Girl

Location: Bristol - 14 Bellevue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: A family living here reported the strange sounds of scratching at the window. The kitchen table would also creak and groan without reason.


 
Priest

Location: Bristol - Oldbury Court Stately Home, Whiteladies Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This figure hid away from his enemies in a priest hole, but became trapped and slowly starved to death. He was last seen walking through a wall by a small group of teenagers. Several female spooks are also said to frequent the house.


 
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.


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