Wiltshire - Paranormal Database Records

John St John

Location: Swindon - Lydiard House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s?
Further Comments: Baronet John St John resided in this property during the seventeenth century; his presence is now thought to be marked by a drop in temperature and a sickly sweet fragrance.


Location: Swindon - Milton Road Health Hydro & Swimming Baths
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Formerly a public bath house and medical centre for the railway workers of Swindon, this Victorian building was used as a hospital for returning soldiers in World War One. Several ghosts reportedly wander the tiled corridors, the most notable called 'Arthur' who moves papers around and is heard walking around at night.

Young Girl

Location: Swindon - Nine Elms Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 03 August 2013, 15:30h
Further Comments: During a thunderstorm, a young lad and his friends took cover amongst the trees. He spotted a dark haired girl aged around eleven, wearing a blue old fashioned dress. When he called out to his friends, the girl vanished. The witness later saw the same girl from a window at a friend's house. He described her as pale and floating.

Pellymounter Polt

Location: Swindon - Private house along Westbury Road
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: The Pellymounter family who lived here reported a number of poltergeist-like events, including personal items being moved around, doors which opened and closed by themselves, a radio which turned itself on and off, and whisperings. An exorcism was finally performed on site, and was broadcast by the BBC.

Edna Cabbe

Location: Swindon - Private house in Lambert Close, Freshbrook
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004-2006
Further Comments: The name Edna was given to the spirit which visited this house; the ghost appeared to enjoy throwing toys around and manifesting over a fire place.


Location: Swindon - Private residence, Greenmeadow area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Between 1988 - 2004
Further Comments: Banging and the sounds of dragging would be heard coming from empty parts of this property. On one occasion, a figure was spotted running up the stairs, although no one was found when the area was searched.

Electrical Issues

Location: Swindon - Private residence, Middleleaze area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: February - July 2001
Further Comments: Although only renting the property for six months, a family reported a number of events which would only occur in the living room, including a TV which would stitch itself off, a telephone answering machine which played itself, dimming lights, a smoke alarm which would sound even when the power was disconnected, and the smell of a man's aftershave.

Black Dog

Location: Swindon - Road between Moredon and Haydon Wick
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The road between these two locations was once believed to be the haunt of a shuck.


Location: Swindon - Road between Swindon and Huntingford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: There are several reports of a car crossing the road somewhere between these two towns, though at the point at which it crosses there is barbed wire fencing on each side.


Location: Swindon - Stratton Scout hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: Two scout leaders were said to have heard footsteps walking through the empty hall.

Sounds of Violence

Location: Swindon - The Planks, Old Town (former auction rooms)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sounds of crashing and smashing were heard on the return of a driver late at night - when the doors were opened, there was no visible damage. As the doors were closed, the violent noises resumed, so the police were called. Although a face was seen in an upper window, on searching the building no one could be found.


Location: Swindon - Toot Hill Farm House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The garden of this farmhouse, close to the site of an old healing well, is said to be haunted by gardener who continues to look after the grounds.

Running Figures

Location: Swindon - Wyvern Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Shadowy figures have been reported running in the building, and footsteps heard in areas that should be empty.


Location: Tedworth (now North Tidworth) - Tedworth House, now Zouch Manor
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1661
Further Comments: One of the first hauntings in the UK to be documented, the drummer of Tedworth House briefly caused havoc; banging at all hours of the day and night, bedclothes being torn off, and the children were thrown out of bed.

Funeral Possession

Location: The Wansdyke - Various places along the post Roman dyke
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A wooden wagon bearing a coffin, pulled by jet black horses, has been spotted along this old dyke. The spectacle vanishes if witnesses become too close.

Figure in a Top Hat

Location: Tilshead - St Thomas a Becket Church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 26 March 2012, morning
Further Comments: A ten year old girl became upset and left this church after she spotted a semi-transparent figure with grey hair and a top hat sitting in the box pews. When she started to return back inside the church, she saw the figure once again, sitting closer to the door.

Fair Nell

Location: Tisbury - Medieval Place Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former nun who was once based on this site, Nell was condemned to walk the earth for the rest of time after falling in love with a local man.

Molly Peart

Location: Tisbury - Pyt House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Molly's body lies in the cellar of this building. The last time the corpse was moved out of the house, loud banging could be heard at night and misfortunes befell family members until the body was replaced.


Location: Tisbury - Tisbury Bridge (aka Molly's Bridge)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: A local legend says that Molly Peart was hanged from this bridge (she was actually hanged in Oxfordshire) and that her ghost haunts the site. The legend also says a child was hanged at the site. One witness reported shadowy figures passing the window on their parked car while close by and something swinging from the bridge.

Frog Fall

Location: Trowbridge - Municipal swimming pool
Type: Other
Date / Time: 16 June 1939, approx 16:30h
Further Comments: During a heavy shower of rain, the superintendent and several children at the pool watched hundreds of small frogs falling upon the path around the pool.

Interrupted Lovers

Location: Trowbridge - The original Wyke House (not the current house built in 1864)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century?
Further Comments: While having an affair with one of his servants, John Faltham encountered a ghost which caused great concern to himself and the rest of the house. The ghost was eventually banished into a large chest by a team of twelve clergymen.

Back Stabbing

Location: Unnamed village within 10 miles of Swindon - The Beeches
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Elliot O'Donnell, in The Midnight Hearse claims this cottage as being haunted by the sounds of a woman crying 'Take it out, for God's sake take it out" before one final scream fills the air. The woman was stabbed at the front door by an unknown assailant and managed to stagger back inside the cottage before dying. O'Donnell does not name the village; the only clue he gives is that it is along the Great West Road.


Location: Upavon - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heard but not seen, a phantom coach occasionally crosses the bridge.

Lost Pilot

Location: Upavon - Perimeter around former RAF Upavon
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: This shadowy pilot was killed when his First World War aircraft crash landed in nearby fields. He was reported several times by men on guard duty.


Location: Upton Scudamore - Farm track, opposite a lane leading down to Upton Scudamore
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 09 October 1976
Further Comments: On a dense, foggy night, author Andrew Collins (pictured) and a team of four other paranormal researchers encountered a small light that moved a few feet off the ground, rather like the headlamp of a moped. The light vanished into a area blocked by low hedgerow, and when they examined the ground the following morning, there was no evidence of tread prints. (Photograph supplied by Andrew Collins)

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