Gloucestershire - Paranormal Events and Places

Grey Lady

Location: Dyrham - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom woman is said to haunt this churchyard.


Location: Evesham - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: AD 701
Further Comments: Evesham is said to have taken its name from a swineherd named Eoves. He had a vision of the Madonna and reported it to the Bishop of Worchester. The Bishop instructed a cathedral be constructed on the site, naming it 'Eoves Ham'.

Town Witches

Location: Fairford - Poulton Crossroads
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small group of evil witches are said to have once plagued the town. After they died, they were buried at this crossroads, and their shades now haunt the area.


Location: Fairford - Private cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century?
Further Comments: The whispering voices of females were heard in the main bedroom, while the presence of a woman or girl would be felt around the stairs and the lower part of the building.


Location: Forest of Dean - Area around Ruardean Hill
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1890
Further Comments: A family living in the area reported hearing hammering and drilling sounds for several months from a disused pit close to their property. When finally investigated, the body of a man was discovered; a local stonemason nicknamed 'Get-it-to-Go' had disappeared around the time the hammering started, and although the body was in a bad state, it was identified as the missing man. The sounds stopped after the body was removed.


Location: Forest of Dean - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1802
Further Comments: A massive wild boar was said to live in the forest, large enough to knock down trees. A group of farmers hunted the creature, but were unable to find the beast.

The Black Boy

Location: Forest of Dean - Littledean Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1984
Further Comments: The Black Boy was a servant of Charles Pyke - they were always considered to be as close as brothers, until the servant killed Pyke in 1744. Now the boy haunts the building, along with a ghostly cavalier, the sounds of screaming and heavy footfalls.

Knight in Shining Armour

Location: Forest of Dean - Saint Briavel's castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Woman seen 1998
Further Comments: Seen in the grounds and along corridors of this former castle (now a hostel) a figure in armour has been known to appear. It is not known if he is responsible for the disembodied footsteps along the walkways. A young child has been heard to cry in the King's Hall (where the bones of a baby were once found walled up), and finally a ghostly woman in white was spotted on the staircase in 1998.

Motorbike & Sidecar

Location: Fossebridge - Roads around the area
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: August 1997
Further Comments: Three men in a car reported being followed by this aging vehicle, ridden by a man with no crash helmet. It suddenly vanished while close behind them.


Location: Gatcombe - Gatcombe Park
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The large phantom dog reputed to haunt this royal household is named the 'Hound of Odin'.

Pot of Gold

Location: Gatcombe - Gatcombe Tump (long barrow)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman named Molly is said to have had a dream about finding gold at this location. The story ends either with Molly being struck by lightning as she lifts the stone, a ghost scaring her away, a ghost asking her husband to name five local churches (which he fails to do), or Molly recovering the gold.

Hooded Figure

Location: Gloucester - 120 Westgate Street (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghost was said to stand in the back room of the building, scaring pets and other animals.

Robed Figure

Location: Gloucester - Anglian Windows, Westgate Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1988
Further Comments: A robed man and poltergeist activity have been reported in this showroom - in one instance, a roll of carpet was seen to levitate.

Helping Hand

Location: Gloucester - Bishop's House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Guests donning their coats as they prepare to leave have felt someone give them a hand - but no one is there as they turn to give thanks.

Bleeding Friar

Location: Gloucester - Blackfriars Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen running down a corridor with a serious head injury, it is not known if the friar died as a result of his wound. Another more common apparition is that of a monk, and he is also blamed for locking doors which are normally left open.


Location: Gloucester - Blenheim Road
Type: Other
Date / Time: August 1905
Further Comments: Police were called to maintain the peace after hundreds of people arrived at this road to see a ghost, thought the 'entity' was first spotted by an intoxicated man and was later identified as a shadow.

Pale Little Girl

Location: Gloucester - Coach and Horses public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: A new landlord to the pub reported that he and his family had heard strange sounds, while his son had spotted a phantom little girl wearing white. The family were said to be too afraid to sleep upstairs.

Hunched Figure

Location: Gloucester - Dick Whittington's public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: A hunched figure seen walking around the cellar was just one of the ghosts which caused the owners of this public house to call in paranormal investigators. Lights have also been seen floating over the bar, while furniture moves itself around the building. Previously, a ghostly man wearing a flat cap caused workmen to flee the building.

Sewing Fairies

Location: Gloucester - Exact location unknown, old tailor's shop
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The tailor who owned this shop left the mayor's clothing unfinished on Saturday and found it completed on the Monday morning. He used this event to advertise the shop, claiming that the little folk had done the work, though it soon transpired that an assistant had worked on the Sunday to avoid going to church.

Nun holding Child

Location: Gloucester - Former hospital along Tewkesbury Road (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The hospital was haunted by both the nun carrying a baby, and the sounds of the child crying. It is said that the woman committed suicide after blaming herself for the death of the infant.


Location: Gloucester - Former school along Archdeacon Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The building is home to a former teacher who died after falling down a set of steps - he is seen dressed in a black gown and wearing a mortar cap.

Blue Lady

Location: Gloucester - Juniper Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2016?
Further Comments: The road is said to be haunted by a lady with a blue glow. A local newspaper reported two people walking a dog encountered the ghost in 2016.

Blurred Figure

Location: Gloucester - National Waterways Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 July 2008
Further Comments: A photograph taken by a thirteen year old girl in this building apparently shows a ghostly figure partly obscured by a wooden barrel. Other visitors have reported seeing a man in black or have heard footsteps or voices in parts of the museum that should have been empty.

Flying Beer

Location: Gloucester - New Inn public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: May 2010
Further Comments: CCTV in this pub recorded a pint of beer as it was 'pushed' off the table by an unseen hand, although it has been suggested that it slipped off on its own accord. The building is said to be haunted by an unknown number of children who died in a fire on site.


Location: Gloucester - Old Crown Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Little is known about the shade which reputedly haunts this building.

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