South Mimms - Field close to the village
The area where a dead man was found quickly became known as being haunted by a headless man and the occasional glowing light.
South Mimms - Unnamed road in the area
Several motorists (and a vicar on his bike) encountered a figure who stood on the roadside flagging down travellers, only to vanish seconds later. More generally, the roads in the area where once said to be haunted by the ghost of Dick Turpin.
South Mimms - Wash Lane
Circa late nineteenth / early twentieth century
The ghost of Dick Turpin was said to haunt this lane.
St Albans - Abbey grounds
A witness working on the site watched a short line of monks walk through a stone wall. It is also said that music can sometimes be heard in the early hours of the morning.
St Albans - Batchwood Hall (currently a nightclub)
Killed while running into the burning building to save his wife during a fire in 1895, John's shade still searches for his wife's missing body. During a fire in 1995, witnesses escaping the fire claimed to have seen a phantom woman with a shovel, scattering burning coals over the floor.
St Albans - Exact location unknown, said to have been a cave within a gorge in a nearby hill
Abbot Ealdred of St Albans rebuilt his abbey using the ruins of Verulamium, a Roman city located nearby. During the course of the work the Abbot destroyed the lair of the dragon of Wormenhert.
An old woodcut of two armies engaging in hand-to-hand combat.
St Albans - Row of shops along Chequer Street
The location of the Battle of St Albans, fought during the War of the Roses, is said to still generate the sounds of battle.
St Albans - Salisbury Hall
Late ninetieth century
Witnessed by Winston Churchill's stepfather, the ghost of Nell was seen in the dining room, wearing blue clothing. A cavalier is also reported to haunt the upper parts of the building, where he took his own life rather than fall into the hands of his Roundhead opponents.
An old woodcut of a large sailing ship.
St Albans - Skies over town
01 January 1254
A brightly coloured ship passed overhead, on an otherwise clear night.
St Albans - White Hart public house
Unknown, prior to 2008
The entity here was blamed when heavy barrels in the cellar were found moved, even though no (living) person had been down there. Another story had a guest complain that the guests in the neighbouring room had been particularly noisy, even though no one else was staying in any other room on that night.
A phantom woman on horseback dashes through trees.
St Albans - Wicked Lady public house
The sound of a lady's gentle sobs has been heard diffusing through the fabric of the pub. The common outside the pub is home to a highway woman on horseback, after whom the building is named.
St Paul's Walden - Area around The Valley (street)
Pre-First World War
Betty Deacon drowned herself on 16 August 1860 in the village pond. For years afterwards, her ghost was said to scare choir boys returning from practice after dusk had fallen. Another version of the story says Betty's ghost would be seen standing at the site which would have been just outside her cottage.
Stevenage - Area behind The Fisherman
03 September 2006 and October 2011
Two witnesses encountered an old fashioned figure wearing a wide brimmed hat as they cut across this area. They ran off after the figure took a step towards them. They heard from a friend on the same night who also said he had been chased by a shadow wearing the same kind of hat. Several years later one of the witnesses was told that the figure had been seen again, this time by a friend of their brother.
Stevenage - National Westminster Bank, High Street (once Old Castle Inn)
Trigg lived in the building in the early eighteenth century, and requested that after he died, his body to be concealed in the loft. This happened, but over the next 250 years, dozens of morbid souvenir hunters removed the bones from the coffin, leaving only a lonely shade that now looks for his remains.
Stevenage - Saint Nick's church
Upset by the continued yapping of the gravedigger's dog, the bell ringer poisoned the pet pooch. The animal died an agonised death, and some people now claim the dog runs around the church, floating slightly above the ground.
Stevenage - Six Hills (collection of barrows)
This ancient site is patrolled by a pack of large black shucks. The barrows are said to have been constructed by the devil.
Tewin - St Peter's Church
1780 to present
Not believing in an afterlife, during her earthly days Lady Anne Grimston scoffed that trees would ruin her tomb if she were wrong. Sure enough, her tomb is now ruined by a large tree that has split the stone open. One legend has the Devil appear near her grave every New Year's Eve, on the stroke of midnight.
Tewin - Tewin House
The ghostly form of Lady Sabine is reported to walk around Tewin House.
Tewin - Tewin Water
Antony Coxe reports that a room at Tewin Water is haunted by Lady Catherine.
Thundridge - Area around Cold Christmas Church
1940s (soldiers), 2009 (growling)
Phantom Roman soldiers were spotted near the church by a female witness during the 1940s. More recently, there are local stories about phantom children, though no witnesses appear to exist. Another myth perpetuates the belief that the church is so called as most of the children buried here died around Christmas - it is more likely that the church is named after a cold Christmas that delayed its construction by several weeks. A local legend says the church brought ill-fortune to the area, as it was constructed facing the wrong direction. More recently, strange growling has been recorded in the empty church, though the sounds are most likely from a feral cat.
Tring - Area where gibbet once stood
A black, lean dog with fiery red eyes would stand in the middle of the road in his village, sinking into the ground if approached. It was thought to be the spirit of a chimneysweep executed for murder.
Tyttenhanger Green - Tyttenhanger House
Sir Henry is still thought to walk around his former house, even though he died in 1682.
Walkern - Area around church
Driven from the village by a mob that believed her to be a witch, Jane never returned during her lifetime. Post-mortem appears to be a different story.
Ware - Amwellbury House
Weather Dependent: Prior to snow
These phantom monks were said to materialise and chant on the property, the evening before snow would lie.
Ware - Bates Walk
Late twentieth / early twenty-first century
A ghostly monk is said to move along this walk. A FOAF story says the monk chases anyone it encounters...