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Hereford & Worchester Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Claines - The Mug House public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A typical pub ghost, Bert is thought to be a former drinker at the establishment who died in the 1940s. He can be heard walking around the upper parts of the building.

Ghostly Mission

Location: Clifford - Clifford Castle
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A Welsh gentleman was approached by the ghost of a clergyman. The phantom asked the man to travel to Clifford Castle, before revealing the location to where some money was hidden. This money was to be thrown into a nearby river. The gentleman completed the task, and never encountered the ghost again.

Monks with Body

Location: Colwall - Road near village green known as 'Haunted Lane'
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 February 1940, and circa 1975
Further Comments: A woman cycling along the lane during the Second World War encountered a procession of cowled monks carrying the body of a young man draped in black. Peddling away from the scene, the woman was overtaken by a ghostly horseman also galloping from the monks. Man and horse vanished as they reached the railway bridge in the village. Many years later two children walking home encountered a tall, hooded monk along a country lane. They quickly ran past.

Rotating Stone

Location: Colwall - Stone in the centre of the village
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Every night at midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Old Nick appears at midnight every night to turn the stone around.

Booted Person

Location: Cropthorne - Unknown private house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Always heard, never seen, this entity would walk through the house, climb the stairs, and end the trip once reaching the attic.

Black Rain

Location: Crowle - General area
Type: Other
Date / Time: 3 May 1884
Further Comments: This downpour of blackened water was so intense that local streams were still dark 24 hours after it had resided.

An old postcard of Arthur's Stone in Dorstone.

The Hummadruz

Location: Dorstone - Arthur's Stone
Type: Other
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: For many years people have reported hearing a strange humming sound around this area, without apparent cause.

Terrified Woman

Location: Drakes Broughton - Residence along Walcott Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to be a monthly occurrence
Further Comments: Entering the house from the rear, this phantom is said to vanish after passing the door to the living room. She appears to be running from someone (or something) and looks terrified.


Location: Droitwich - Three unnamed houses on Chawsen estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1979
Further Comments: Several residents from houses on this council estate reported seeing a ghostly Cavalier in their respective properties - one man watched the entity walk through a wall.


Location: Droitwich Spa - Friar Tuck Cafe (no longer open)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Although most of this haunting was poltergeist in nature (slamming doors, falling pans and violent bumps), on one occasion a ghostly blonde haired woman was spotted on site.


Location: Droitwich Spa - Private residence in Roman Way area
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A boy walking home from school briefly spoke to a neighbour before reaching his home. He told his mother about the conversation who then informed him the neighbour had died the night before.


Location: Elmley Castle - Bambury (aka Banbury aka Bembury) Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The stone is said to travel down to the nearby River Avon for a quick drink at midnight.


Location: Evesham - Area around Unipart site, Shinehill Lane
Type: ABC
Date / Time: Spring 2006
Further Comments: A brown, pointed eared cat was spotted on this site by a security guard, the third such sighting at this location.

Sound of Silver

Location: Evesham - River
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Hidden in the river when the local abbey was closed for business in 1539, the silver bells still ring their song around Christmas.


Location: Evesham - Spiritus, 85 High Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Named Colin, this shop phantom is said to move furniture and throws items around.

Snuff Box

Location: Garnstone - Unknown pond (may no longer exist) and Field's End
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a farmer who committed suicide would manifest in the form of a calf. During an exorcism, the entity was trapped within a snuff box - the container was thrown into a pond, where ghost and box remain.

An old postcard of Goodrich Castle.

Drowning Lovers

Location: Goodrich - Goodrich Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather dependent: Stormy weather (screaming)
Further Comments: A failed escape from Cromwellian soldiers resulted in a young officer and his lover drowning in the river Wye. Their ghosts, mounted on horseback, have been reported struggling in the river, standing in the ruins of the nearby castle, or heard screaming during storms. In addition, an imprisoned Irish chieftain who died trying to escape is said to haunt the Macbeth tower.

Unlucky Strike

Location: Graveley - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil tried to throw several lumps of earth at Stevenage - he missed the town, but one of the shots knocked down the steeple at Graveley church.

Friar's Curse

Location: Great Malvern - Ragged Stone Hill
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Falling insane after penance took its toll, a friar cursed the church and anyone who stood in its shadow. Another tale reports it is the rock summit of Raggedstone Hill that casts the cursed shadow.

Emma Vernon

Location: Hanbury - Country Girl inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1981
Further Comments: This local lass drowned herself in the village pond, now covered over. She was blamed for a brief poltergeist outbreak in the bar during the early eighties.


Location: Hereford - Churchill Gardens
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2002
Further Comments: Passing through the gardens on the way home, a witness described the phantom Quaker which he encountered as taking more form the longer he looked at it. The entity appeared to be pointing in the direction he was walking.

Flying Pictures

Location: Hereford - Private Flat, Newton Farm area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: Pictures would fly off the wall, mugs moved around the rooms, and the television set would turn itself off and on. One visitor to the site was grabbed by an unseen hand which left a red mark.


Location: Hereford - Seventeenth century house in town centre, towed into a new location in 1966, High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After accidentally killing his assistant via overdose, the herbalist who worked here then took his own life. His ghost has haunted it since.

Dark Figures

Location: Hereford - Shirehall (currently Crown Court and council chamber)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2013
Further Comments: During an organised ghost hunt/seance, dark figures were seen, and unpleasant smells detected.

An old postcard showing Hereford Cathedral.

White Monk

Location: Hereford - St Peter's Square and Hereford Cathedral
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: A phantom monk moves away from the area of the war memorial, and heads towards the cathedral. Once at the destination, the phantom vanishes through the oak door. The ghost was observed by two policemen during the 1930s. The unnatural monk has also been spotted moving around the cathedral, normally in December. It is also worth noting that while normally dressed in white, other reports state the ghost wears dark clothing.

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