West Midlands - Paranormal Database Records

 
Burning

Location: Baginton - Manor House (no longer standing)
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 1900s onwards?
Further Comments: This manor house was consumed by fire around the start of the twentieth century. Ten years after the fire, a witness reported seeing a house burning where the manor had stood, and again another witness reported the same occurrence a few years later.


 
Grey Lady

Location: Baginton - Old Mill House hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom is said to be more likely heard than seen; her voice has been heard in the restaurant.


 
Small Pickup Truck

Location: Birmingham - M6 near Birmingham
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Author Paul Devereux reported overtaking a phantom pickup truck along this stretch of motorway, apparently with no driver. The truck disappeared once Mr Devereux had finished overtaking.


 
Hit and Vanish

Location: Birmingham - Witton Cemetery, Moor Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: A driver was convinced that he had run over a figure outside the cemetery (he felt and heard the 'bump' of the body on the car's bonnet), but the 'victim' vanished without trace. A police search of the area also failed to find any evidence of the accident.


 
Baby Killer

Location: Birmingham - 32 Coxwell Road, Ladywell
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1955
Further Comments: This entity was blamed for killing a month old infant who was found suffocated. The family's four year old son clamed he saw a 'white dog' sitting on the child's face prior to the body being discovered. Soon after the death, the building was plagued by whisperings and unexplained tapings.


 
Raining Stones

Location: Birmingham - General area
Type: Other
Date / Time: 12 June 1858
Further Comments: Hundreds of thousands of little stones rained down on the city, smashing greenhouses and littering the streets.


 
Young Girl

Location: Birmingham - Sheldon Hall public house, Gressel Lane, Tile Cross
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Caught on film by a group of party goers, this shade is one of the two ghosts that haunt the property, the other taking the form of an old woman. In 1993, when the pub was known as 'Baldie's Mansion', a masked white apparition was spotted, accompanied by nearby trees and bushes violently shaking.


 
Leon Salberg

Location: Birmingham - Alexandra Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Having managed the theatre for over twenty five years, Leon died within the building, and is thought to still walk here. The ghost of an unknown woman has also been spotted.


 
Workman

Location: Birmingham - Pebble Mill Studios
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This man was killed during construction of the studios, and was seen and heard around the sets once they were up and running.


 
Frilly Woman

Location: Birmingham - Victoria Road, Aston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This shade dressed in green is reported to just 'appear' in the middle of the road or on the kerb before drifting across the street before vanishing again.


 
White Lady

Location: Birmingham - Warstones Lane Cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Though seen wearing several different sets of clothing over the past fifty years, this young girl with blonde hair is thought to be Victorian, and has a habit of passing through parked cars.


 
Mary Littleton

Location: Birmingham - Maxstone Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mary was pushed down the staircase here after a furious argument with her husband - her shade lingers on.


 
Melting Woman

Location: Birmingham - Telephone Box, Station Road, Erdington (box no longer standing, replaced by a sculpture)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: September 1975
Further Comments: One of the more unusual haunted places in the database - a priest wanting to use the phone box was kept waiting by a woman chatting away on the line. When he opened the door to see how much longer she would be, the figure melted away. The figure is reported to have continued haunting the phone box until the mid 1990s; the ghost was said to be a distressed woman who had lost her children in a house fire and had used this phone to call the emergency services. She later killed herself.


 
Pale Woman

Location: Birmingham - Witton Lakes Park, Erdington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s / 1970s
Further Comments: This female phantom who lurks at the edge of the lakes is said to dress in modern clothing, though her skin is frightening pale in colour.


 
Henrietta's Maid

Location: Birmingham - Saracen's Head Inn, Kings Norton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When Queen Henrietta Maria visited Kings Norton, an influenza outbreak ravaged her troops. For her safety, the troops set up camp by the stream while the Queen stayed at the Saracens Head. Queen Henrietta had her maid run messages to and from the camp, but the young girl caught the illness. When Henrietta set off, the maid stayed behind and died shortly after. She still walks the upstairs corridor looking to serve her mistress.


 
Wilfred Barwick

Location: Birmingham - Coleshill Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 1975
Further Comments: The ghost of Barwick, a local butcher murdered in 1780, is said to haunt the road where he was killed. He was last seen stepping out in front of a Securicor van, vanishing as the driver tried to talk to him.


 
John Wentworth

Location: Birmingham - White Swan public house, Harborne
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: John went mad with grief when he sound out his secret love had died in a coach accident - he shot his dog before turning the gun on himself. He has been heard moving around the building, and has been known to tap people on their shoulder.


 
Vampire Attacks

Location: Birmingham - Glen Park Road (Ward End) and Saltley, Small Heath and Alum Rock areas
Type: Vampire
Date / Time: January 2005
Further Comments: A gentleman, described as black and in his twenties, bit another man walking along the street before pouncing on neighbours who came to the victim's aid. One woman who was present was said to have had a chunk bitten out of her hand. Police, however, stated that they had received no reports of such an incident and dismissed the story as an urban myth.


 
Sandwell Vallygator

Location: Birmingham - Sandwell Valley
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: An American snapper which had either escaped or been set free was first spotted in a lake here, though it was two years before the creature was actually caught.


 
Grey Figure

Location: Birmingham - Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre, City Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: During the building's construction, CCTV picked up the image of a strange grey figure - security was sent to the scene, but no one could be found. A ward sister was encountered along a top floor corridor, only visible from the knees upwards. Around the same time, a crew of workers found themselves locked in a room after investigating cries heard from within; once again nothing could be found. A priest was finally summoned to the area.


 
Floating Lolly

Location: Birmingham - Kang's Discount Store
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: There were supposedly several witnesses who watched as a lollypop floated up and moved itself out of this shop.


 
Screaming

Location: Birmingham - Brightstone Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 03:00h (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Screams can be heard coming from an unknown point along this road in the early hours of the morning. Some people have also claimed to have seen a pale young boy in tears.


 
Family

Location: Birmingham - Fountain Close
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A family of five is said to haunt this area - two boys aged 9 and 12, a 7 year old girl, and their parents. The mother is said to have died during childbirth, and the rest of the family died mysteriously soon after.


 
Old Paper Man

Location: Birmingham - Sherburne Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to occur around 03:00h
Further Comments: Wearing a top hat and old fashioned clothing, this phantom man is said to walk along picking up papers.


 
Overturned Cars

Location: Birmingham - Drews Lane (between 175 and the corner shop), Ward End
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Quoted in the Tarmac report on haunted roads, former Drews Lane resident Jackie said 'I used to hear cars that used to roll over while driving. Hundreds of cars have been heard and seen upside down with no reason or rhyme. There were a couple a week sometimes, nothing to explain it. There were never any other cars involved, just that when they came down our road, they would turn over.'


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