West Midlands - Paranormal Database Records

 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
Lady Bagot

Location: Birmingham - Pype Hayes Hall, Erdington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story says that Lady Bagot committed suicide after being caught having an affair with a member of the household staff. It is unclear whether Bagot is the ghost in a yellow dress reported here. A caped man has been spotted and mild poltergeist behaviour is also said to have occurred.


 
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.


 
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.


 
Orange Man

Location: Birmingham - Gunter Road, Erdington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 1970, 07:30h
Further Comments: A young lad on his way to school spotted a glowing orange man. The entity's features were not clear, and it remained for around twenty seconds before vanishing. The figure is also said to have appeared along other streets in the area.


 
Burial Site

Location: Birmingham - Metchley Camp, field next to McDonald's, Kings Norton
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: When Roman remains were discovered in this field, a few declared the area to be Boudica's final resting ground. Unfortunately there is nothing to actually indicate that this is the case.


 
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.


 
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.'


 
Jumping Grey Thing

Location: Birmingham - Icknield street, Hockley
Type: Other
Date / Time: April 2014
Further Comments: A couple in their car watched as a grey humanoid creature jump across the road, kangaroo-like, although seemingly gaining momentum by swinging its arms. The entity stopped in the road and looked at the car before turning and moving back into the grounds of a cemetery.


 
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.


 
Stone Throwing

Location: Birmingham - Thornton Road, Ward End
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1981 - 1982
Further Comments: The jury is still out to whether the dozens of stones which rained down and smashed windows of numbers 32, 34 and 36 along this road were thrown by human or paranormal hands. Despite hundreds of police hours spent investigating and observing the area, no arrests were ever made.


 
Grasper

Location: Birmingham - Queen's Arms public house, Charlotte Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: Staff at this public house named their resident spook Grasper after a series of incidents where their bums were pinched by an unseen hand. Other activity is said to include chairs moving and footsteps heard in empty parts of the building.


 
Henry Skinner

Location: Birmingham - Trocadero public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: Murdered in the late nineteenth century, former landlord Henry Skinner is held accountable for throwing around small change and beer mats. A former landlord claimed to have encountered Henry. Two other phantoms, girls who fell to their deaths on a staircase are also reputed to haunt the site.


 
Flying Dog

Location: Birmingham - Private residence, Barrows Lane, Yardley
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late twentieth / early twenty-first century
Further Comments: Footsteps walking up a hallway were heard by a witness and her dog in a room. The footsteps stopped outside the room and the door handle started to turn. The dog ran to the door barking, and the witness grabbed a poker. Opened the door, the witness was surprised to find no one there, although the dog continued to bark at empty space. A short time later the family watched the dog barking at the air in the garden, when the hound was picked up and thrown into the door of a coal house by something unseen. There were also reports of loud crashes within the house, but nothing was ever found tipped over.


 
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.


 
Maroon Woman

Location: Birmingham - Aston Park
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: A woman with her hair tied in a bun and wearing a maroon dress was seen sitting by the tennis court. When approached, the lady vanished.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
Shuffling Feet

Location: Bloxwich - Hills House Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Most often on Sundays
Further Comments: This place was haunted by the sound of slippered feet walking across the carpet and sudden loud cracking noises. A shadow would pass by the living room window, and the sound of a car could be heard pulling up on the driveway, though nothing could ever be seen.


 
Marion Gorman

Location: Brooke End - Railway passing through Brooke End, near signal box
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Marion was decapitated by a train on the tracks, slipping over in front of it as she headed to the signal box to meet her lover in the early 1900's. She has been seen several times since, always stepping in front of an incoming train before fading from view. One driver reported seeing her ghostly form wearing a bloody dress without a head.


 
Lost Monk

Location: Coombe - Coombe Abbey (currently a hotel)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Twentieth century?
Further Comments: Seen by witnesses as he floats around the grounds of the abbey, this monk is thought to have been murdered in 1345. Phantom footsteps have also been reported on the stable yard cobbles, and are thought to belong to a young gypsy girl who cursed the family after they mistreated her. Finally, a phantom cyclist, thought to be a Victorian woman, has been observed on the road just by the former abbey.


 
Piano

Location: Coventry - Private Victorian House, Humber Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: An occupier of a house along this road reported hearing the twangs of a piano, as if someone was plucking the strings rather than hitting the keys.


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