Warwickshire - Paranormal Database Records



Location: Leamington - Brookhurst (demolished 1960), on site of Leamington Golf Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1960
Further Comments: Workmen demolishing this old house reported that 'something' was trying to stop them. Brookhurst had a history of hauntings, from the sounds of a large bird-like creature flying around to phantom footsteps and doors which unlocked themselves.


Woman in Black

Location: Lighthorne - Bridge in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 December 1996
Further Comments: Said to be a potent of ill omen, this semi-transparent woman wearing a flowing black dress was seen pointing at the rectory.


Long Black Cat

Location: Lighthorne Heath - Leam Road area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: May 2006
Further Comments: One man watched a long black cat walk from the basketball court, some one hundred metres away, towards him. The creature stopped its approach around fifteen metres distant and watched the witness for a few minutes before walking off towards the lower village of Lighthorne across National Trust land.



Location: Lillington - Jack and Jill Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A former owner of the inn was said to haunt the cellar.


Headless Horses

Location: Long Compton - Long Compton Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather dependent: After a storm
Further Comments: A coach pulled by six headless horses is said to travel up the hill. There are also vague reports of a shuck-like dog that runs in the same area. Another ghost, that of a scary old woman with matted black hair, was also reported here in 1973.



Location: Long Lawford - Lawford Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A guest staying at the pub was awoken by the sounds of partying in the bar - he decided to go and join the festivities, but upon opening the bar door found the area empty and once again silent.


Bottled Ghost

Location: Long Lawford - Lawford Hall (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pesky spook, thought to be a member of the Boughton family, had to be trapped in a bottle by a team of exorcists after the newer landowners found him too much to tolerate.


Murder and Witchcraft

Location: Lower Quinton - General area of village
Type: Other
Date / Time: See main text
Further Comments: Charles Walton was murdered on 14 February 1945, a cross slashed across his chest and a pitchfork through his neck that pinned him to the ground. Many believe the crime related to witchcraft - Charles has regarded as a local 'wise man' who spoke to animals. The police investigation failed to find his killer(s), and their investigation further hampered when the officer leading the case reported seeing a black dog; the locals took this to be a sign of bad luck, and said no more.


Hill Creation

Location: Lower Quinton - Meon Hill
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Seventh century?
Further Comments: Upset by the building of the Evesham Abbey, Old Nick threw a lump of dirt at it, but the missile was deflected by the prayers of Saint Egwin - the projectile ended up many miles away, becoming Meon Hill.


Cave Dwellers

Location: Lulsley - Osebury Rock
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairy folk here would hide in a cave close by. They were a helpful sort, and rewarded any mortal who assisted them in repairs or tracking down lost items.


Boadica's Last Stand

Location: Mancetter - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: First century AD
Further Comments: The village of Mancetter is one of the likely places where Boudicca fought her last battle against the Romans, a fight that cost the Iceni 80,000 men, women and children.


Grey Ladies

Location: Napton on the Hill - Church
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: While two Elizabethan ladies have been seen in the area before, the 1960s sighting was of an older lady who was thought to have died locally about twenty years previous.



Location: Nuneaton - A5 between town and Hinckley (Watling Street)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1926 (wearing jacket), February 1927 (riding horseback), 1979 (shimmering shape)
Further Comments: One version of this tale says that, wearing a jacket with sleeves of bright crimson, a phantom highwayman lurks along the roadside with a tricorn hat hiding the face. Another version names him as Dick Turpin and when last seen, he was riding his horse across common land. It may have been the same entity seen in 1979, reduced to a shimmering shape which swirled like water. The witness to this event had an accident close to the spot later in the day.



Location: Nuneaton - Railway line and bridge near the Bomb Hills
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa October 1986
Further Comments: Two people walking home spotted steam coming from under a bridge. Looking down from the bridge they could see a stationary steam locomotive and dozens of people laying across the tracks - the scene was semi-transparent. The witnesses ran off to find someone, and returned several minutes later, by which time the scene had gone.


Mrs Stubbs

Location: Nuneaton - Stubbs Pool, Camp Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: Mrs Stubbs is said to have be caught up in weeds and drowned while swimming in this pool (alternatively, according to other stories, she had her face bitten off by a horse). She now haunts the area.



Location: Preston on Stour - Alscot Park, and road by the entrance
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The phantom figure who haunts the area around the entrance of the park is believed to be a farmer who died after falling from his horse. He reputedly appears by the entrance and crosses the road before vanishing into a wall.


Plantie's Ghost

Location: Princethorpe - Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1922 - 1929
Further Comments: This phantom, curiously not named Plantie (the name came from a former owner who failed to banish the spirit), was disturbed by workers on the roof. It is not clear why the haunting ceased.


Black Dog

Location: Princethorpe - Road known as Banbury Gap, between Princethorpe and Marton
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Midnight
Further Comments: This black shuck was said only to appear at midnight.


Mr Boulton

Location: Royal Leamington Spa - Jack & Jill Inn, Newland Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: Seen sitting on the patio roof and moving around the cellar, this former pub owner has the consistency of a 'reflection in a window'.


The Shoemaker Vanishes

Location: Royal Leamington Spa - Road between Leamington Spa and Coventry
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 03 September 1873
Further Comments: Shoemaker James Worson undertook a bet, while drunk, that he could run non-stop from Leamington Spa to Coventry, a distance of approximately 9 miles. He started to run, accompanied by the unnamed receiver of the bet, a linen draper named Barham Wise and a photographer named Hamerson Burns, who followed him in a wagon. During the run, Worson stumbled and fell, 'with a terrible cry', and vanished before he hit the ground. He was never seen again. While often believed to be true, this 'myth' was a short story created by Ambrose Bierce.


Bottled Squire

Location: Rugby - Brownsover Hall Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghost of a squire driving his coach and horses raised hell in the neighbourhood until exorcised; trapped in a bottle now hidden within the walls of the hotel, he now waits until released again. A recent email received suggests that late night drivers in the area still encounter the phantom coach along Leicester Road.



Location: Rugby - Rugby Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The theatre is thought haunted by two ghosts. One man fell to his death from the balcony and now haunts the stalls, while the other phantom is of an old actor who died of natural causes at home, but his love for the theatre ensured his return.



Location: Ryton on Dunsmore - A45 near Ryton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: An RTA black spot, several accidents and near misses are said to have been caused by a lorry driving down the wrong side of the road - the HGV vanishes just before impact.



Location: Shipston on Stour - B4086, between Shipston on Stour and Atherstone
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The area of road where a farmer once met his death in an accident is now haunted; the ghost has been seen crossing the road in front of traffic before disappearing through a brick wall.


Lieutenant Sharp

Location: Shuckburgh - Shuckburgh Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sir Stewkley Shuckburgh deemed Lieutenant Sharp not worthy of courting his daughter. This pushed Sharp over the edge, and he shot Shuckburgh's daughter before turning the gun on himself. Although the hall is now reputedly haunted, it is unclear whether it is Sharp, the daughter or both.

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