West Midlands - Paranormal Database Records

Lipsticked Lady

Location: Dudley - Jolly Collier, Holly Hall (former inn)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1953 - July 1954
Further Comments: The Westwood family had lived in the former inn for two years before their ghostly outbreak. A young blonde woman wrapped in white and wearing lipstick was seen in various parts of the house, as was a phantom bald man. Beds were moved, knocking started and footsteps were heard in empty parts of the building. Eventually, as strangely as it had started, the hauntings ceased.


Location: Dudley - Spare Room Café (was the Crown Hotel), corner of Wolverhampton Street and Priory Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth / early twenty-first century
Further Comments: An icy cold chill and mysterious bangs and crashes from empty rooms are all blamed on an unknown entity which has found home in the café. A fish and chip shop based in the building also reported a number of strange events and a string of bad luck.

Murdered Servant

Location: Dudley - Station Hotel, Trindle Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Room 217 (or 214, depending on the source), and the rooms nearby, are reportedly haunted by a maid murdered in the building. Furniture has been heard moving around the empty room.

Figure in Black

Location: Erdington - Path alongside the canal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 September 2016
Further Comments: A figure in black was observed by a cyclist on the path ahead. The cyclist slowed a little and watched the figure follow the path around the base of a bridge. As the cyclist reached the same spot they realised no one could be seen and there was nowhere the walker could have turned off.

Victorian Girl

Location: Halesowen - Oldnall Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A young Victorian girl, said to be aged around five, has been blamed for several accidents and near misses along this road.


Location: Lower Gornal - St James' Church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1881
Further Comments: A number of ghostly voices had been heard in the churchyard, finally resulting in the local vicar being assaulted by an unknown force. An exorcism finally disposed of the entities.

Pale Man Walking

Location: Lower Gornal - Straits Road, junction of Cotwall End Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Winter 1994, 07.30h
Further Comments: A postal worker was surprised to see 17 or 18 year old man wearing an orange t-shirt and jeans out with so few clothes on one early cold, frosty morning. The man carried a small bag, and his skin was incredibly pale. The figure walked past the postal worker, looking right at her but did not speak. The worker was amazed that anyone could have such pale skin and turned to take a second look, only to find that he had disappeared.

Bearded Man

Location: Oldbury - Blue Ball public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This figure, complete with an old beaten up hat, has been seen walking through a wall in the bar area.

Black haired Woman

Location: Romsley - Bromsgrove Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 02 May 2010
Further Comments: The local press carried a story that Parasearch were investigating this road after receiving a report of a phantom black haired woman in a cream coloured cloak who stood on the roadside holding a staff.

Alien Fairy

Location: Rowley Regis - Bluestone Walk
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 4 January 1979
Further Comments: Three figures, all less than four foot tall with tissue paper wings, drifted into a house in the town and interrogated a housewife for an hour. She said they looked like fairies, though they had laser beams on top of their heads, and left via a UFO eight foot long.


Location: Rowley Regis - Haden Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Eighteenth century onwards
Further Comments: Elaine (or Eleanor) and a monk were walled up alive in a secret tunnel which ran between the hall and Hales Abbey after their secret affair was discovered. She is said to now appear near the hall searching for her long dead lover, her hands clasped in regret. Another ghost which haunts the site has been named as Annie Eliza, the last Haden.

Old Woman in Red Cape

Location: Smethwick - Black Patch Park, area near the canal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970
Further Comments: This female entity vanished in front of one witness who was out pushing a pram in the park.

Emily and Friends

Location: Smethwick - Thimblemill Baths
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: Popular with ghost hunting teams, this building is reputedly home to several paranormal entities, including a horse, a figure in a green boiler suit, and a female named Emily.

Lady in Grey

Location: Smethwick - Warley Abbey (now no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though the area is now a public park, the area where the abbey once stood is still haunted by the lady in grey. It is rumoured she committed suicide after a love affair.


Location: Stechford - The Meadway
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: Driving back from work in the early hours of the morning, this witness spotted a halo shaped object hovering and darting around the sky before vanishing.


Location: Stourbridge - Badgers Sett public house (was Gypsy's Tent pub)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: Nicknamed Bella, the phantom woman said to haunt the cellar and bar area is said to be connected to the body of a female which was found in Wych Hazel nearby. A ghostly male in uniform has also been spotted on the road outside the pub.

Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?

Location: Stourbridge - Hagley Wood
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: A woman discovered inside the hollow trunk of a Wych Hazel was thought to have been murdered in an unknown ritual. Shortly after the crime, graffiti sprang up asking 'who put Bella in the Wych Elm?'. The crime remains unsolved to this day, and animals are reported to be weary of the area.

Tall Nurse

Location: Stourbridge - Old Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1927
Further Comments: Arthur Robinson Wright wrote that hundreds of people flocked to this house after a ghostly, seven foot tall nurse appeared.

Steam Train

Location: Stourbridge - Private residence, Wollescote
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 1983
Further Comments: A witness listened to the sound of an old fashioned steam train approach her bedroom before feeling something rush past her.

Shelf Disruption

Location: Stourbridge - The One Stop Shop, Norton
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: This shop was plagued by poltergeist like behaviour, the management putting the blame on 'bad electrics', while staff and visitors saying that the contents of the shelves were being pushed to the ground by 'something else'. A local psychic claimed the ghost of an old woman was to blame, and that he had moved her on.

Headless Man

Location: Sutton Coldfield - New Hall Hotel and Wylde Green Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1820s onwards
Further Comments: This headless figure is thought to have been a local man mistakenly found guilty for being a Jacobite spy. The man was executed and his head left in an oak tree where it remained until the 1820s - the tree was cut down and the skull rediscovered. Since then, the headless phantom is said to walk around the area.

Mary Ashford

Location: Sutton Coldfield - Private house along Penn's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost of a young girl has been observed here, closely matching the description of Mary who was murdered in the early nineteenth century.

Old Man with a Walking Stick

Location: Sutton Coldfield - Private residence, Wylde Green area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1967, 02:00h
Further Comments: While staying in a converted attic, paranormal writer Mike Coutts encountered a smartly dressed old man holding a walking stick in the early hours of the morning. The figure vanished when Coutts turned the light on. The author also said that the tapping of a walking stick would be heard moving up the staircase towards the room. According to the local press, Coutts only spent a couple of weeks at the property, and was looking for help to find the exact location where his encounter occurred.

Tiny Frogs

Location: Sutton Coldfield - Sutton Park
Type: Other
Date / Time: June 1954
Further Comments: Baby frogs, no bigger than a thumbnail, were said to have fallen from the sky during a heavy rain shower. The downpour lasted for around five minutes, depositing thousands of the amphibians.

Man in Red Cloak

Location: Sutton Coldfield - The Gate Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This brightly cloaked figure is one of two figures which haunt this building - the other is named as a lost cavalier.

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