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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
Young Girl

Location: Bristol - Property owned by actor Anthony Head, exact location not known
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: This young Victorian lass has reportedly been heard by the 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' actor and his family, with at least two guests also reporting sightings.


 
Watcher

Location: Bristol - Pur Down, Stapleton, passing under the M32
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007 / 2008
Further Comments: One witness felt like he was being watched when passing through this area, but never felt threatened. The same witness also spotted a figure standing on the edge of a hill which disappeared when approached.


 
Shocked Lady

Location: Bristol - Purdown area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed by a sudden bolt of lightning while out horse riding, this phantom can still be seen galloping by.


 
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.


 
Radiogram

Location: Bristol - Sea Mills Farmhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2001
Further Comments: An estate agent with a client were looking around this old, vacant property, still with many of its original fittings, when a 1950s radiogram bust into life playing classical music. Both men checked for a self timer or other explanation for the machine to start working but nothing was found. A local story reports that the farmhouse is haunted by a young woman. She died of a broken heart after her father paid the girl's lover to leave, never to return.


 
Victorian Couple

Location: Bristol - Southmead Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: A phantom man and woman in Victorian clothing have been reported walking down this road.


 
Union Ghost

Location: Bristol - Spillers Animal Feed Mill, Avonmouth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shade was said only to appear to Transport and General Workers Union members - possibly propaganda by anti-unionists?


 
Captain John Gray

Location: Bristol - SS Great Britain
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1993 onwards
Further Comments: While on a work placement in 1993, Sonny Graffo encountered a ghostly, middle aged figure who matched the description of Captain John Gray who vanished in 1872. Other people on the ship have heard disembodied footsteps close to them, though nothing is seen.


 
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


 
Roundhead

Location: Bristol - Stapleton Woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom figure approaches unsuspecting witnesses as if trying to say something - he then proceeds to walk straight through them.


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