Hampshire - Paranormal Database Records

Straw Fall

Location: South Wonston - General area
Type: Other
Date / Time: 28 July 1992
Further Comments: Locals reported seeing clouds of straw that then fell over the village. This is possibly connected to the straw that fell on Basildon (Essex) on the same day.

Mary the Maidservant

Location: Southampton - Berkeley Homes Imperial Apartments, Canute Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1900 onwards
Further Comments: Dying of a broken heart after discovering her boyfriend was seeing other women, Mary has haunted this area ever since. She is credited by the Ghost Club as being one of the first cases investigated where the spirit created electrical interference.


Location: Southampton - Bevis Mound and general area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Ascapart the giant was beaten in a fight by Bevis of Hampton, after his club (actually a tree) became stuck in the mud. Instead of slaying the giant, Bevis appointed Ascapart his squire. When the giant finally died, he was buried under Bevis Mound.


Location: Southampton - Bitterne Manor and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Various Roman troops and Legionnaires walk around this part of the town.

Flower Stealer

Location: Southampton - Delbridge's Florists, Bedford Place
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: Over a six month period, hundreds of carnation blooms were removed from the plants. Security was updated several times, and the floor lightly dusted to detect footprints, though none were ever found. The local police, probably speaking off the cuff, blamed a poltergeist.


Location: Southampton - Detached private residence, Portswood area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: Owners of one house in this area where reported to have experienced disembodied footsteps which walked around, windows which would fling themselves open unaided, and tapping.


Location: Southampton - Dolphin Hotel, High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former cleaner at the hotel, the shade of Molly is said to always materialise at two in the morning, drifting a couple of feet above ground level.

Pagan Help Required

Location: Southampton - St Mary's Stadium
Type: Curse
Date / Time: November 2001
Further Comments: Cerridwen Dragonoak Connelly was called in to cleanse this stadium after it was believed the location was cursed or jinxed. After the blessing, the football team went on to their first win at their new home.

Frightened Dogs

Location: Southampton - Tudor House Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Staff say that there is a room where dogs refuse to enter and another room in which many people have had paranormal experiences.

Free Top Ups

Location: Southsea - Apsley House public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2009
Further Comments: The resident ghost was nicknamed 'Reedy', and was reported to add an 'extra inch of beer' to half empty glasses.

Strange Shadows

Location: Southsea - Kings Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2006
Further Comments: Staff and visitors to the theatre have reported seeing weird shadows and hearing strange noises. Wessex Ghost Hunters investigated the site and the team's medium declared the theatre to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who committed suicide.

Blonde Figure

Location: Southsea - Royal Marines Museum, Eastney
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2008
Further Comments: A worker at the site reported briefly seeing a blonde haired figure in a dark blue uniform, similar to one worn by marines during the First World War. Other staff are said to have unusual experiences on site.

Slim Woman Crossing

Location: Southsea - Zebra Crossing, Elm Grove
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010
Further Comments: A driver stopped at the crossing to allow a woman to cross the road. She was in her 30s or 40s, wearing a short skirt and knee high boots. As she started to cross, the driver heard the car behind sound its horn. The driver glanced in their rear view mirror for a second, before looking back to the road - the woman had vanished.

More Monks

Location: Stubbington - Church of the Holy Rood, Crofton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom monk is said to walk around this area. He may be connected to the sighting at the nearby Manor Hotel - an underground passageway is said to connect the two buildings.

Crying Lady

Location: Swanick - Station
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: Waiting for the last train on a Sunday night, a man sat by a distressed woman who, between sobs, repeated 'I can't go back'. The train pulled up; the man reluctantly left the crying lady and leapt aboard. Arriving at his station, and feeling guilty about leaving her, the witness phoned the police, gave her description and asked if someone could check she was okay. The following morning, the man read a story in the local paper about a woman who had died after being hit by a train near Swanick station on Saturday night - the accompanying photograph was of the upset lady he had encountered twenty-four hours after she had died.

Priest on Horseback

Location: Tangley - Tangley House (destroyed by fire in 2000, since rebuilt)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Disputed by the owners of the site in 2014, local myths say that the site was haunted by a priest on a black horse and a grey lady on a white horse.


Location: Titchfield - Abbey and A27
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: As well as being observed drifting around the abbey grounds, this phantom monk is said to appear in the backseat of cars driving along the nearby A27, though he quickly vanishes once seen.

Tall, Dark Stranger

Location: Totton - Testwood House (aka Rumasa House)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 Oct (reoccurring) by one account, though not always the case, last seen 1972
Further Comments: This enigmatic figure stands at the entrance to the driveway, and though it is thought he murdered a young lady in the property. Those who have seen the man say he is dressed like an old coach driver, which would explain the occasional sounds of a phantom coach passing through the area.

Cursed Motorway

Location: Twyford - Twyford Down (now area of the M3)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1992
Further Comments: A week after a motorway construction team disturbed the graves of eighteen men, some two metres tall, two of the men suffered fatal heart attacks and a night watchmen dropped dead at his post. People protesting against the construction of the motorway pronounced the incidents 'the curse of the giants'.

Mr Chicket

Location: Upham - Brushmakers Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Chicket was murdered for his money while staying at the pub. Even though this event occurred a couple of hundred years ago, his shadowy form still flits around the site.


Location: Upham - Brushmaker's Arms public house, Shoe Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Murdered for his vast wealth, Mr Chickett can sometimes be heard counting his former fortune. Phantom footfalls have also been reported in the building.


Location: Upton Grey - Road from the north
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: June 1993, around 10:00h
Further Comments: The apparition of a shepherd with two dogs was spotted walking along this road, witnesses recognising him as a relative. They later found out the relative was seriously ill in hospital, and a few days later he passed away.

Guilty Rector

Location: Vernham Dean - Chute Causeway & Fosbury Camp
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Rector convinced all villagers suffering from plague to leave and set up a camp on a nearby hill, telling them he would soon bring supplies up to them. However, once they had gone he 'forgot' about them, and the camp starved to death. His ghost now walks towards the top of the hill, always fading from view just before he arrives at the former campsite.

Countess of Salisbury

Location: Warblington - Castle and Churchyard ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Margaret Pole, the Countess of Salisbury, walks around this area without her head. The shade of a smuggler is also reported to frequent the castle.

Sebastian Pitfield

Location: Warblington - Vicarage along Pook Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: Having taken the lives of his children by strangulation in 1677, this man of the cloth was hanged for his crime. His shade was still being seen in his former abode a hundred years later.

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