Sussex - Paranormal Database Records

Tall, Thin Woman

Location: Brighton - Regency Tavern, Russell Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure, possibly a former landlady and seemingly made of misty material, was seen as it drifted through a startled barman. It may have been responsible for the brief outbreak of poltergeist activity that occurred earlier in the twentieth century, or that could be attributed to the ghost of a young disabled girl who jumped from a window.

Coach Driver

Location: Brighton - Brighton Rocks public house (formerly Battle of Waterloo), Rock Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996, 2000s
Further Comments: This figure, complete with cloak, was seen in the 1990s drifting around the front door and the gentlemen's toilets. He was said to be the driver of a local mayor who was murdered by a highwayman shortly after leaving the pub. More recently, cupboards held shut by bricks have flung themselves open, heavy filing cabinets have fallen over, and a dog is either terrified of nothing or plays with something invisible.

Sarah Bernhardt

Location: Brighton - Theatre Royal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 1982
Further Comments: This nineteenth century French actress has a habit of walking down corridors, pushing people out of the way if they step in front of her. The wall into which she disappears is reportedly a bricked up doorway where her dressing room once stood. The site is also reputed to be haunted by a doorman and the former owner Ellen Nye, who manifests as a grey lady.

Grey Nun

Location: Brighton - The Lanes of Brighton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Captured by her Order after running off with a soldier, this nun was bricked up alive in one of the buildings in The Lanes - her ghost now makes the odd appearance throughout the area.

Lady Ellen Stamford

Location: Brighton - Preston Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mostly unknown, ledger in December 2015
Further Comments: This white figure, believed to be a former owner of the building, was seen by a group of witnesses as she walked through a wall on the outside of the building. Other supernatural visitors to the building include disembodied hands seen on bedposts and a doorknob, strange noises emerging from a cupboard, and a grey lady who would descend the main staircase before vanishing. In December 2015, a 1915 shop ledger was donated to the manor, after the book's former owners declared it to be haunted.

Dark Cowled Figure

Location: Brighton - John Beal's, East Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950
Further Comments: This figure, most likely to be a monk, has been described appearing after dark, and having no face.

The Good Ship Nicholas

Location: Brighton - Off coast
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Returning from Constantinople in the 1100's, the Nicholas sunk with all hands on board. She is still occasionally seen on the horizon.

Flashing Lights

Location: Brighton - Bugel Inn, St Martins Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1965
Further Comments: This public house was once plunged into chaos by a poltergeist - it played with door locks, moved furniture around, and would flick the lights on and off at speed.

Naked Woman

Location: Brighton - Junk Shop, Upper Rock Gardens (no longer exists)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: This naked, disfigured female phantom was said to have been murdered in the building's basement by her insane husband. A private house in the same area is home to the benign presence of an elderly woman.

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.

Cary Grant

Location: Brighton - Rottingdean Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1987 onwards
Further Comments: In life, Cary was said to have made several bids on this club, as he fell head over heels in love with it. However it has been claimed that Grant's haunting of the site is little more than a publicity stunt.

Female Jailor

Location: Brighton - George Beard public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This woman has been seen on the steps leading down to the cellar, though locals say she hasn't put in an appearance recently.

Glass Smashing

Location: Brighton - Ha! Ha! Bar, Pavilion Buildings
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Early 2001
Further Comments: Noises and the breaking of glasses resulted in the owners calling in the ghost hunters in early 2001.

Man in Long Cloak

Location: Brighton - Queens Road, former location of Clocktower Antiques
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 2002
Further Comments: This ghostly figure appeared quite frequently as the time came closer to the demolition of Clocktower Antiques building. Neighbouring buildings also reported hearing noises coming from rooms that were empty.

Black Skull

Location: Brighton - Toronto Terrace
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A resident here reported waking at 3am to find a small skull levitating in front of her - it was so black that it stood out from the darkness of the unlit bedroom.

Blind Beggar

Location: Brighton - Victoria Gardens
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: The figure of a man in rags with empty eye sockets has been seen shuffling around this neighbourhood.

Henry Solomon

Location: Brighton - Brighton Town Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century?
Further Comments: Solomon (the first Chief Constable of Brighton) was killed around the middle of the eighteenth century, after being hit around the head with a red hot poker during the attempted escape of a prisoner in the cells. The former officer's ghost reportedly haunts the basement, while the upper parts of the building are haunted by a monk; a remnant from when a monastery stood on the site.

Knight in Armour

Location: Brighton - St Nicholas' Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Moonlit Nights (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Appearing on horseback, this knight clad head to toe in armour appears in the area of the church.


Location: Brighton - Meeting House Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed for having a love affair with a local lass, this medieval monk has been observed vanishing though a brick wall.

Large White Dog

Location: Brighton - Beach
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Last dog sighting unknown, tall man seen in Spring 1977
Further Comments: Reportedly the size of a small horse, this phantom dog will follow lonely walkers on the beach for short distances before vanishing. A witness reported seeing a tall man in old fashioned clothing and a tall hat walking along the sidewalk during the night in 1977 - the figure vanished into the mist.


Location: Brighton - Bugle Inn, St Martins Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1965
Further Comments: Locals christened this entity 'Charlie', and blamed him for moving furnishings, flicking lights on and off, locking and unlocking doors, and generating other minor mischief.

Box Mover

Location: Brighton - Prestonville Arms public house, Hamilton Road
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This presence has been known to move heavy boxes and crates around in the cellar without ever making a sound.

Young Girl

Location: Brighton - Eatery along Old Steine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The basement of this building is said to be haunted by the phantom of a young girl who died in a fire on the site. The ghost is also reported to haunt the building which backs onto this location.

Maid in Brighton

Location: Brighton - Private Residence in Regency Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: A ghostly servant or maid was seen running into the kitchen of this residence during the early hours of the morning. One of the current occupants is awoken during the night by constant nudging.


Location: Brighton - Junction of Mill Road and Dyke Road
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 23 December 1982, 22:00h
Further Comments: Driving home, Douglas Owen encountered a large cat resembling a cheetah lying on a grassy bank. After watching it for a short while, the cat ran off towards nearby houses.

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