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Channel Islands Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Old Lady

Location: St Helier - Property along Beresford Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century?
Further Comments: This property was said to be haunted by an unpleasant elderly woman who perched herself on a chair at the top of the staircase.

Teacher

Location: St Helier - House along Winchester Street
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost of a teacher was briefly seen in the house where she lodged by a family member who had briefly moved back.

Smells

Location: St Helier - House along St Johns Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s and 1940s
Further Comments: This house was said to be so haunted by strange smells and sounds that no one would live in it for long. German forces took over the property in the 1940s, but once again, soldiers would move out within a few months of taking up occupancy. By the time people moved back in during the 50s, the haunting had ceased.

Man

Location: St Helier - House along St James Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A widow and her daughter were reported to have experienced some classic polt antics, including objects being thrown across rooms and a cold presence in the daughter's bedroom.

Man in Raincoat

Location: St Helier - Conway Street and New Cut
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A policeman spotted a figure wearing a raincoat walk out of New Cut who looked a little strange. The policeman followed the figure as he walked and turned into Bond Street, but as the policeman turned into the road, the figure had vanished.

Soldier

Location: St Helier - Broad Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A soldier dressed in ceremonial uniform was observed by a policeman walking into a door of an empty property and vanished.

Petrified Horse

Location: St John - Bonne Nuit
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Anne-Marie and William were lovers, but a sea sprite had also fallen in love with Anne-Marie and planned to kill William. The creature transformed itself into a white horse and waited in William's stable. William however had dreamt that the horse was dangerous, so when he mounted the creature in the morning, William ensured he had a branch of mistletoe upon himself. Sure enough, as William rode his horse close to the beach, the creature galloped into the sea to drown him. William whipped out his mistletoe and struck the sprite, turning it into a rock which remains to this day. Probably.

Blinded

Location: St John - Lavoir des Dames
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairies which were believed to live bathe here would strike anyone blind who spotted them. The area is also said to be home to spooky noises, although the source is unknown.

The Bride

Location: St Lawrence - Waterworks Valley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a year, on an unconfirmed night, a team of six horses draw a coach containing a faceless bride. During her lifetime, the bride is said to have jilted at the altar, resulting in her suicide a short time later. Now in death her ghost drives around the area looking for the man who betrayed her.

William

Location: St Martin - Mont Orgueil castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009
Further Comments: One charity ghost hunt at this castle channelled the spirit of William, who was executed in the seventeenth century for a murder that he did not commit.

Geffroy

Location: St Martin - Geoffroy's Leap (aka Geoffrey's Leap)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Geffroy was thrown off the cliff by a crowd for an unknown crime but survived the fall and swam back to land. The crowd argued whether to throw Geffroy back off or let him go. Geffroy volunteered to jump off, but the second time he died on the rocks below. His ghost is said to haunt the area regretting his error.

Woman on the Edge

Location: St Martin - Private residence in region of St Catherine's Wood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 07 November 2016
Further Comments: A man sitting on the bed noticed a woman who he assumed was his girlfriend also sitting on the edge, wearing a black dress. A few moments later, his girlfriend walked into the room... The witness was reportedly not scared by the incident, and found it calming.

Sea Sounds

Location: St Mary - Devils Hole
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A wooden devil figurehead from a ship once stood here, and although the first was stolen and burned, a modern replacement exist. Although some modern tales relate the crashing of the sea from the holes to legends, there is little to suggest people ever thought the noise was related to the Devil.

White Woman

Location: St Ouen - Rue la Pendue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1900
Further Comments: La blianche femme, or white woman, is reputed to haunt this road. She gave chase to a local man in 1900, who had to take shelter in a house close by.

Moaning Children

Location: St Ouen - Greve de Lecq, rocks known as the Paternosters
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Prior to a storm
Further Comments: A ship on route to Sark collided with another boat and sank with all on board drowning. Several of the dead were children, and it is said that these youngsters can now be heard moaning when a storm front is moving in.

Soldiers

Location: St Ouen - Vinchelez Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Phantom soldiers were said to haunt this lane.

Mr Blondel

Location: St Peter in the Wood - Church at St Pierre du Bois and rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Mr Blondel left instructions that on his deathbed the church bell should be tolled to show his passing. However, when Blondel died the bell remained silent, so his ghost took to climbing the church tower and throwing crockery around in the rectory kitchen. Thirteen members of clergy gathered and locked the ghost in a cupboard.

Katherine Cawehes

Location: St Peter Port - Tower Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A floating black figure of a woman is thought to be Katherine Cawehes, who was burnt as a witch along with her two daughters in 1556. One of the daughters is said to have given birth during her execution, although the child was thrown back into the fire.

Wailing

Location: St Peter Port - Private residence around Tour Beauregard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: One of several phantoms said to have been bound in the cupboards of the properties they haunted, this ghost could be heard groaning and wailing. Occupiers had tried to force the cupboard door open but failed.

Wailing

Location: St Peter Port - Private residence (since demolished) along Smith Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: Another phantom locked in a cupboard was released when the owner Mrs de Jersey refused to believe local superstition and forced open the doors. The noise the entity made was so frightful the servants fled, and de Jersey had to call in the local clergy to lock the ghost back up.

Helper

Location: St Peter Port - Private flat over a shop, Mansell Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century?
Further Comments: An unseen spirit at this home was said to help with the housework and help move furnishings around when required.

Headless People

Location: St Peter Port - Lane east of La Longue Rocque (aka Grande Pierre) (standing stone)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Dark winter nights
Further Comments: Several headless people are said to hurry up and down this lane during the winter months.

Cricket Bat

Location: St Peter Port - La Longue Rocque (aka Grande Pierre) (standing stone)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: Children would be told that this 350 centimetre tall stone was a giant's cricket bat, thrust into the earth after another giant refused to fetch the ball during their game. One story says the site is also haunted by an old woman manifesting on moonlit nights.

Woman

Location: St Peter Port - Havilland Vale
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa late nineteenth century
Further Comments: A man decided to follow a female phantom who was known locally for walking through the area at night, who would stop to wring her before vanishing. The man marked the spot where she disappeared and returned the following day. Digging at the spot with friends, they discovered the skeleton of a baby. When the bones were buried in a churchyard, the ghost never returned.

Headless Dog

Location: St Peter Port - Ville-au-Roi
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large black headless dog was said to patrol this road at night. Those brave enough to strike out at the hound hit nothing but air.

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