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Hereford & Worchester Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Hanging Boy

Location: Worcester - Guildhall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The former prison cells in this building are now home to the ghosts of a young boy who committed suicide and an unknown woman.


Location: Worcester - King's Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: Sid, a phantom, French speaking Cavalier, would be seen walking through walls and heard ringing a bell in the early hours of the morning. The ghost vanished after warning a tourist about some future danger.

Bandaged Man

Location: Worcester - Private residence along Northfield Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late summer, 1983, around 16:00h
Further Comments: While in the dining room, a child in this property heard footsteps descending the staircase and watched as a latched door to the room opened. In stepped a figure, blue grey in colour, covered head to toe in bandages. Both the figure and child froze, staring at each other, until the bandaged entity took a step forward and the child ran to his mother, who was in the living room. The figure had gone when the mother went to investigate, and years later the witness still felt sick thinking about the incident.

Hanged Man

Location: Worchester - BBC Hereford and Worcester building
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: This BBC building is reported to be haunted by a depressed worker who hanged himself back when the place was a Tannery. An exorcism was conducted live on air.

Thin Armed Creature

Location: Worchester - Brickfields Park, Rainbow Hill
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: Six friends walking across the park one evening spotted an extra dark shadow ahead of them. They thought it resembled a horse, although after a few moments realised it had a human torso and long skinny arms. The creature then headed towards the group - they fled. In the same year, another man was startled when a pair of long slender arms reached through a kitchen window and felt around the sink before withdrawing.


Location: Worchester - Five Ways Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This misbehaving spirit reportedly threw several heavy items at one witness.

An old woodcut of a strange-looking cat.

Grey Cat

Location: Worchester - Old Talbot public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Perceived by both man and animal, this ghostly cat has been known to brush up against people, only to vanish once their attention has been attracted.

An old postcard of the River Severn at Worchester


Location: Worchester - River Severn (North Parade area?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, early twentieth century or prior
Further Comments: Polly was an older woman who made her money selling matches. For several weeks following her drowning in the river, she was spotted waving at witnesses from the bank.

Little Girl

Location: Worchester - St Helen's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young girl searches the floor of the church, as if looking for a small item she has dropped. If spoken to, the child runs off and vanishes into the shadows.

Amr's Resting Place

Location: Wormelow Tump - Tump (no longer present - destroyed in 1896)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Bowl Barrow or burial mound which once stood in the village was said to belong to Amr, King Arthur's son.

Woman in Silk

Location: Wormsley - Wormsley Grange
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Exact date unknown, but reputed to be around midnight
Further Comments: Two ghosts are said to haunt this building; a woman dressed in silk and a man in black.

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