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Bath Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Curious Old Man

Location: Bath - Private residence, Oldfield Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1978
Further Comments: While living in a bedsit with a shared kitchen, one witness spotted an older man standing on the landing of the staircase. The witness jumped and the old man vanished, although the witness was left with a very vivid impression of the ghostly figure - grey hair, blue eyes, baggy trousers, olive green waistcoat, and shirt sleeves held up by expanding metal bands. The witness said the figure's head was slightly cocked to one side, as if curious.

Queen's Square, Bath.


Location: Bath - Queen's Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in her wedding dress, Julia walks around this area. It is possible she searches for the man who jilted her at the altar.

Royal Crescent, Bath.

Eloping Elizabeth

Location: Bath - Royal Crescent
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom coach and horses reputed to haunt this area contain Elizabeth Linley and Richard Brinsley Sheridan as they elope time after time.

The Salamander pub, Bath.

Flying Glasses

Location: Bath - Salamander public house, John Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: As per polt normal, this spirit is said to throw glasses around, create disembodied footfalls, and generate cold spots.

Old Fashioned Lady

Location: Bath - Second floor flat at Grosvenor Place
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen by a husband and wife couple, this monochromic figure silently drifted through their living room, terrifying the pet cat. More recently, she has been observed on the staircase.

Stone Lions at entrance to Royal Victoria Park, Bath.

Playing Ball

Location: Bath - Stone Lions at entrance to Royal Victoria Park
Type: Legend
Date / Time: When the clock strikes thirteen
Further Comments: Two lions stand on the gate posts here, each cat with a paw on a ball. Locals say when the clock strikes thirteen, the lions kick the balls at each other.


Location: Bath - The Raven public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: George is said to take a female form and haunt the cellar, close to a well which was once thought to be bottomless.

Theatre Royal, Bath.

Grey Lady

Location: Bath - Theatre Royal & Garrick's Head Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 December (butterfly) (reoccurring), Grey Lady last seen 1975
Further Comments: An actress killed herself in the hotel in the 1880s after discovering her husband had murdered her secret lover. The actress's last performance at the theatre occurred a few hours before her death, a role which required her to wear a grey feather dress - the same clothing her ghost still wears as it patrols the theatre and hotel. Her phantom may have last been seen in 1975. A dainty butterfly is also reported to haunt the theatre, manifesting briefly once a year on Christmas Day.

Old Servant

Location: Bath - York Villa
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This faithful servant now refuses to leave the house, suffering guilt for allowing two children to starve to death. One of the children is said to still be around, as is his mother who manifests as a Grey Lady.

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