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Eastbourne Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Tall Lady

Location: Eastbourne - A22, Willington Road junction
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Killed in a large accident which occurred at the site in 1923, this phantom woman has been seen many times; she steps out in front of oncoming traffic, as if deliberately trying to cause a crash. She is most often seen late in the afternoon.

Nun in Grey

Location: Eastbourne - All Saints Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1975
Further Comments: Disappearing from one witness in a puff of smoke, this nun is believed to be one of the order which once ran the hospital.

An old postcard of Beachy Head, Eastbourne.


Location: Eastbourne - Beachy Head
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A popular spot for suicides, several spirits are reported to haunt this disturbing area. One is that of a female figure who calmly steps off the cliff edge; another woman, this time in grey, walks along the cliff path, while locals speak of a ghastly black monk who convinces people to jump.

Singing Nuns

Location: Eastbourne - Chapel Studios, Belmore Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: January 2002
Further Comments: A heavy rock group recording in this studio, built on the site of a nunnery, claimed their music provoked ghosts of nuns to sing loudly, in an attempt to drown out the contemporary noise.

Woman in her Forties

Location: Eastbourne - Chaseley house, Bolsover Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This woman has been seen several times, though her exact age cannot be guessed at as she wears a veil. Two more women were seen at the bar before they melted away, and a young girl has been seen playing in a corridor.

Albino Dwarf

Location: Eastbourne - Claremont school
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1918
Further Comments: Seen by the novelist Pamela Frankau when at school here, this little creature ran across her bedroom floor and escaped via the landing, fading from view.


Location: Eastbourne - Devonshire Park Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s and 1970s
Further Comments: This phantom player was once quite a frequent visitor to the theatre, though as of late he has become quiet.

Hanged Boy

Location: Eastbourne - Eastbourne College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Students here talk of the ghost of a lad who could not hack the pressures of academia and hanged himself in a dorm. His shade is sometimes seen down the corridors.

Labrador-Sized Cat

Location: Eastbourne - Faversham Road
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 8 January 2007, 22:30h
Further Comments: Whilst walking his two Yorkshire terriers, John Hescott encountered a large black cat. The feline walked away from a children's play area towards a service road. The sighting was reported to the police.

Heavy Breathing

Location: Eastbourne - Retirement home, Gorringe Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After the death of one of the residents here, his breathing could still be heard in the sitting room after the last meal of the day.

Grey Lady

Location: Eastbourne - Royal Hippodrome Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s, 2014 (grey man)
Further Comments: A phantom woman is said to haunt the stage area and has also been spotted sitting in the grand circle. A man was spotted on the fly floor during the 1990s who vanished without trace, while another witness spotted a heavy iron handle swinging itself for thirty seconds and felt something push past them with such force the witness was turned 45 degrees. In 2014, a grey man/figure was spotted in the wings.

Large Black Cat

Location: Eastbourne - South Downs bordering town
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 1 July 1979
Further Comments: The witness who saw this cat said it was the size of a small pony - he watched it as it passed within three meters of him.


Location: Eastbourne - Southern Water treatment plant, Prince William Parade
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 2008
Further Comments: A non-descript figure has been reported lurking in the tunnels of this treatment plant, and workers have also heard voices coming from behind the tunnel walls. A paranormal investigator was called in, though his findings were inconclusive.

Emily Kaye

Location: Eastbourne - The Crumbles, between town and Pevensey along coast.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1924
Further Comments: Murdered in the town, Emily Kaye's (or Emily Bielby in some accounts) ghost, in the form of a white figure, was soon seen near the site of her murder. A blue/white light would also be reported by people walking the area at night. Another ghost, Irene Munro, was also reported in the area - she, too, was murdered.

Three Hounds

Location: Eastbourne - Willingdon area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seeing one shuck is often thought of as an ill omen - the three which seem to haunt this area in a pack are a guaranteed bad portent.

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