Sussex - Paranormal Database Records

 
Deryck Carver

Location: Brighton - Black Lion public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s onwards
Further Comments: Deryck Carver was burnt in a barrel of Tar in 1555 and is believed to have been the first brewer in Brighton and the first Protestant martyr in England to be put to death. Since the 1940s it has been claimed his ghost haunts the cellar, and in 2006 the manager of the building claimed have felt a unnerving presence in that area on several occasions. A builder in the upper part of the building spotted a shadowy figure in 1995.


 
Pale Man

Location: Brighton - Cricketers Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Bottles and glasses would fall off shelves, doors were heard to slam shut, and footsteps were heard climbing the stairs. On several occasions a pale man wearing a long black cloak was spotted by one manager. In addition, the grey nun which haunts the Lanes has been seen just outside the inn.


 
Footfalls in the Hallway

Location: Brighton - Private flat in Sussex Square
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: This flat is home to an entity which turns lights and taps on and off, and creates footfalls along the hallway and in the bedroom.


 
Screams

Location: Brighton - Clayton tunnel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Since a tragic train crash in 1862, there have been reports of screams, cries and the sound of crunching metal emanating from this tunnel.


 
Christine Holford

Location: Brighton - Blue Gardenia Club
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: April 1963
Further Comments: Club owner Harvey Holford was found guilty of manslaughter after shooting and killing his wife. Shortly after Holford's conviction, lights in the building would turn themselves on and off and kitchen utensils moved themselves around the room. The poltergeist was said to have left after a medium visited the club, although there are other reports that it may have lingered longer.


 
John Robinson

Location: Brighton - Old Steine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969
Further Comments: Robinson was an eighteenth century adventurer and soldier of fortune whose luck ran out in Persia - his eyes were burnt out with hot irons after supporting a failed rebellion. A sympathetic merchant helped Robinson return to England; the adventurer finally made it back to his home town of Brighton, only to die along Old Steine. John's phantom was seen lying in the road by a police office who was physically sick after looking at his face, and by a woman who was so shocked by the appearance of the entity she spent a night in hospital.


 
Hoard

Location: Brighton - Hollingbury Hillfort
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that treasure is (or was) concealed in this area, though the details are vague.


 
Unease

Location: Brighton - Unnamed flat in Kempton area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: A couple reported moving from their flat after a six month period, during which they experienced dread, anxiety and the presence of something evil.


 
Unseen Presence

Location: Brighton - Was a Vision Express shop, now Cheltenham & Gloucester bank
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2000
Further Comments: Several staff experienced something that brushed past them on a landing leading to the top floor of the building. Another person reported feeling something tap him on the shoulder in the same area.


 
George

Location: Brighton - Odeon Cinema, West Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: Local legend says George was killed during the construction of the cinema and now makes his presence felt. He was once seen standing on the top of a flight of stairs by a manager, and has a habit of tapping customers on their shoulder.


 
Henry Metcalf?

Location: Brighton - Sidewinder public house (was The Lion), Kemp Town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Former landlord Metcalf was involved in a murder/suicide in 1936, and he is now thought responsible for the hostile presence reported in the basement. A benevolent small boy has also been sighted darting around from room to room.


 
Small Figure

Location: Brighton - Private flat, Albert Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000
Further Comments: A small white figure was seen by one witness as it climbed into a recently emptied cupboard. Encounters with the presence continued for several months until the occupiers moved out.


 
Piano

Location: Brighton - Private flat, Tidy Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A friend of the owner was awoken to see the owner's deceased husband standing over the bed. The site was also home to phantom piano music and poltergeist activity in a bedroom.


 
Steam

Location: Brighton - Former ABC Cinema, King's Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This cinema operated from the site of an old Turkish bathhouse. Cinema staff would report the sound of running water and clouds of steam which appeared from nowhere.


 
Tim

Location: Brighton - Duke of York's Cinema, Preston Circus
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Tim was a brewery worker who was crushed to death on this site. After the cinema took over the site, staff have felt Tim's presence watching them, and the smell of brewing beer fills the air.


 
Strangeness

Location: Brighton - Preston Circle Fire Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about the ghost said to haunt this fire station, although it may be connected to the next door cinema's ghost Tim.


 
Footsteps

Location: Brighton - The Ghost Train, Palace Pier
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Disembodied footsteps are said to be heard around the ghost train site in the early hours of the morning, while torch batteries die at an alarming rate.


 
Billy

Location: Brighton - The Brighton Centre (was the Alhambra Opera House)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This building has been reputedly haunted since its time as the Alhambra. A young boy named Billy is said to have died in the lobby area having walked to the site from a nearby orphanage to see the bright lights and music up close.


 
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.


 
Victorian Woman

Location: Brighton - Private flat, Rugby Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This phantom Victorian woman is said to wear a dress with puffed shoulders and a white pinafore and bonnet. A ghostly child, around ten year old, is also said to haunt the location.


 
Hunchback

Location: Brighton - Sealife Centre, Madeira Drive
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several entities are said to haunt the Sealife Centre, including a man with a hunchback and a Victorian woman. Strange laughter has been reported close to the underwater tunnel.


 
Heavy Breathing

Location: Brighton - Moulsecoomb Rail Station
Type: Other
Date / Time: Animal in 1986, phantom train in 2013
Further Comments: Two women reported hearing animal grunts and snarls, and feeling the breath of an animal close to their faces, although nothing could be seen. A phantom steam train was also heard at the station, and older man who vanished suddenly. It is said some locals have voiced concern about using the station after dark.


 
Tall Man

Location: Brighton - Heist (club), West Street (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: It is claimed that several ghosts haunt this building, including a tall man with a handlebar moustache, a small child, and a another figure who walks behind a stained glass window at the rear of the venue.


 
Celia Holloway

Location: Brighton - Lover's Walk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Celia Holloway was murdered by her husband John, who moved her body using a wheelbarrow and buried the remains along Lover's Walk. He was caught and executed, although Celia is said to still appear along the lane.


 
Hug

Location: Brighton - Outside Sussex Stationers, East Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2009
Further Comments: While on a Halloween ghost walk, one witness was unable to remove his hands out of his pockets - he said it was as if he was being hugged very tightly.


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