Sussex - Paranormal Database Records

 
 


Curate

Location: Battle - St Mary's church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: After a Sunday service, several members of the congregation asked the Reverend who the new curate who they had seen standing in the sanctuary. In fact, the old curate had left, but had yet to be replaced, leading several to speculate they had seen a ghost.


 
 


Edwardian Gentleman

Location: Bexhill - Police Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The police station is said to be haunted by this figure, though his motives for returning here are unknown.


 
 


Imprints

Location: Bignor - Bignor hill
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large snake-like creature wrapped itself around Bignor hill and squeezed so tightly that it left imprints of its coils.


 
 


Gliding Old Man

Location: Billingshurst - Crossroads known as Buck Barn, between Billingshurst & Hayward's Heath, and Horsham & Worthing. Now a dual carriageway.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1947, onwards
Further Comments: Said to look like a traditional tramp or hobo, the old man sits on a milestone by crossroads, before gliding in front of incoming traffic. When the vehicle stops, there is no evidence of the figure existing. The reports have trailed off since the road updates.


 
 


Anne Starr

Location: Blackboys - Blackboys Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: This ghost which has never made a sound is believed to belong to Anne Starr, a woman who died in childbirth within the building.


 
 


Lady in Red

Location: Bodiam - Bodiam Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, singing heard on Easter Sunday (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This spectre stands on the top of a tower, illuminated by bright moonlight, as if waiting for someone. A child haunts the bridge - the young boy disappears when he reaches the half way point. More stories tell of phantom singing, music, and words spoken in an unknown tongue.


 
 


Dark Lady

Location: Bognor - Unnamed house, constructed in 1860
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1882 - 1889
Further Comments: A family of eight who moved into this house were subjected to seven years of haunting from a woman in a black dress who carried a white handkerchief. As time went on, sightings of the ghostly figure became rarer, and she was more likely to be heard than spotted. At the end of the haunting period, the ghost had simply vanished.


 
 


Elmer

Location: Bognor Regis - Area around Elmer Woods
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 1950s onwards?
Further Comments: A local story points to Elmer being a farmer who was evicted from his home, and now walks around the area. The same locale is said to be haunted by a large black dog.


 
 


Smuggler Curse

Location: Bognor Regis - The Old Vicarage, Sudley Road
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A curse was placed on this building after the vicar attempted to stop local smuggling activities. The building no longer stands, but the area (which now has shops built on top) is still said to be unlucky, and haunted by the sounds of footsteps.


 
 


Woman in RTA

Location: Bolney - A23 near the Queens Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1990s
Further Comments: A woman in a grey dress stepped out in front of a car and was hit - the car then crashed off the road. However, the woman in grey had disappeared once the three people in the car climbed out. Two other witnesses reported that they too had seen the woman in front of the car.


 
 


Underwater Bells

Location: Bosham - Bosham Creak
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When Danish raiders took the bells from the church, they pushed the Lord too far - he sunk their boat, and now the bells can be heard ringing in celebration.


 
 


Blue Spheres

Location: Bournemouth - Exact location not known
Type: Other
Date / Time: 26 January 2012
Further Comments: Steve Hornsby found a dozen jelly-like, small blue balls in his garden following a hail storm during which the sky briefly turned dark yellow. While the balls have not formally bee identified, it was suggested that they could be marine invertebrate eggs, discharge from an airliner toilet, or a kind of plant feed gel.


 
 


Ogre

Location: Brede - Brede Park
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A child eating ogre that lived in the park was impervious to iron weapons. Growing tired of living with the threat of being eaten, all the children in the area united. They made a large keg of beer and left it outside the ogre's home. The ogre consumed the beverage, and after falling asleep drunk, the children cut him in half with a wooden saw.


 
 


Father John

Location: Brede - Brede Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of several spectres alleged to haunt (or have haunted) this location, this figure is said to be benevolent in nature. A former maid has also been seen onsite (she was hanged for theft), a headless man wanders around, and a woman who looks like she originates from the Elizabethan days. Finally, Sir Goddard has been seen walking around - he was sawn in half by angry villagers when it was discovered he ate babies!


 
 


Servant Girl

Location: Brede - Small hill next to Brede Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This young lady was hanged from a tree which has since been cropped down, though her presence remains.


 
 


Mad Jack

Location: Brightling - Churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Jack is buried in the large pyramid that dominates the churchyard - he can be raised from the dead by running around his new home seven times. The inside of the pyramid is said to be covered in glass, to prevent the Devil coming to take Jack's body away.


 
 


Tall Man in Black

Location: Brightling - Wooded area north of Darvell reservoir
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: This spooky figure is reportedly the ghost of a local drug dealer who was murdered in the middle of the twentieth century.


 
 


Flying Knife

Location: Brighton - 7 New Road (was Leadbelly's, currently El Mexicano)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1980s onwards
Further Comments: A knife was thrown through the air by an unseen hand and a set of keys vanished only to reappear in plain view an hour later, when this restaurant was Leadbelly's. Since that time, banging has been heard coming from the restaurant when empty, and a member of staff reportedly spotted a phantom old man in the basement.


 
 


Groaning

Location: Brighton - Ali Cats public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: During refurbishment work in this pub, workmen were said to have heard strange human groans and encountered unexplained cold spots.


 
 


Pale Woman in Grey

Location: Brighton - All Saints church, Patcham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ill looking woman appeared along a pew during a Christmas service, disappearing after a kind gentleman placed his coat around her shoulders, trying to keep her warm.


 
 


Nuns

Location: Brighton - Ape (formally Lawleys), North Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former manager is said to have seen three phantom nuns in this property. The entities reportedly glide across the floor before vanishing through the back wall.


 
 


Known by Name

Location: Brighton - Aquarium Public House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An unknown voice is said to call out to staff and customers using their first names.


 
 


Child in Pyjamas

Location: Brighton - Area around the library
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to early 1990s
Further Comments: Thought to have been killed during a Second World War bombing raid, this small ghostly child dressed in pyjama is said to carry a wooden toy. It is not clear whether the ghost has been observed since the 1990s, when the last of the bomb damaged buildings were fully demolished.


 
 


Black Belly

Location: Brighton - Area surrounding Churchill Square Shopping Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1911 onwards
Further Comments: The area surrounding this shopping centre is reputedly home to Black Belly, an apparition which is normally observed from the corner of the eye. The figure is said to resemble a large bald man, wearing a shirt which doesn't quite cover his stomach, revealing a bloated and bruised stomach. The figure is also said to hover a few centimetres from the ground. One of the last witnesses to see Black Belly is reported to be a telecoms engineer who reported the sighting to the police.


 
 


Gaunt Girl

Location: Brighton - Bandstand along Kings Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: One person reportedly spotted this phantom, thought to be the ghost of a homeless girl who died of an overdose, as they stopped behind the bandstand to urinate. The ghost is said to be wearing ragged clothing and be very pale with sunken skin.


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