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Hereford & Worchester Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

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.

Tom Bates and Others

Location: Worcester - Royal Infirmary
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: In 2017 students from the University of Worcester used a ghost walk at this site to raise money for a local school. The Royal Infirmary was said to be haunted by Tom Bates (a former surgeon), a grey lady, and a screaming boy who haunts the lower part of the building.

Bear

Location: Worcester - Worcester Cathedral and College Green
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Ever since the Civil War there have been reports of a phantom bear that rises as if to attack. One guard is said to have taken a shot at the creature, which of course had no effect.

Polly

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.

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.

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.

Thrower

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

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.

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.

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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