Isle of Wight - Paranormal Database Records


Location: Cowes - Various buildings along Shooters Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Taking the form of a young, blonde haired girl in Victorian attire, this ghost has been known to move items from building to building.

Marquis of Anglesey

Location: Cowes - West Cowe Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Marquis lived here until 1854, and is now blamed when locked doors are found open. A phantom soldier in old fashioned dress uniform also resides in a ground floor room.

Darting Lights

Location: Cowes - Yorkies Cafe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: One lady staying here spotted fifteen small lights which danced around outside after dark. The same witness also reported being awoken by something tucking her feet and legs into bed at night and also her handbag levitating thirty centimetres into the air before dropping back to the floor.

Michael Morey

Location: Downend - Burnt House Lane area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Michael Morey was hanged in a public gibbet opposite the Hare and Hounds inn for the murder of his grandson in 1735. His phantom is said to walk the roads in the area, carrying a large axe, his face nothing more than a grinning skull.

House Party

Location: Downend - Area near Knighton Gorges
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December knight seen (reoccurring), house reported in the twentieth century
Further Comments: A manor house has been seen in the area, a party in full flow visible through its windows. However, the house was demolished many years previous. Even when not seen, locals have reported hearing the sounds of music coming from the site. A large black knight on horseback is still occasionally seen, once a year.

HMS Eurydice

Location: Dunnose Point - Off coast
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1998
Further Comments: The training ship HMS Eurydice went down on 24 March 1878 when she was caught unawares by a violent storm. The ship is still occasionally reported, and in 1998 a film crew with Prince Edward may have caught it on video.

Headless Airman

Location: East Cowes - Skies above area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen parachuting down from the skies, this decapitated airman is thought to date from the Second World War.

Horse and Carriage

Location: Freshwater - Farrington House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1946
Further Comments: A man out cycling at night reported hearing a horse galloping along - he heard it pass him by, but nothing could be seen. It is reported that a ghostly horse pulling a carriage heads towards the house, but never departs.

Soldier Sailor

Location: Freshwater - Golden Hill Fort
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two ghosts have been seen around the area of the fort; a grinning sailor enjoys watching other people at work, and a First World War trooper who sometimes makes an appearance.


Location: Freshwater - Red Lion public house, Church Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Different owners have reported the sounds of booted feet moving across the floors in the building.

Lucy Lightfoot

Location: Gatcombe - Gatcombe Church
Type: Other
Date / Time: 13 June 1831
Further Comments: A local lass on her way to church, Lucy disappeared mysteriously when an eclipse covered the sun and the island was hit by a terrible hurricane. At the same time, an effigy of Edward Ester at the church changed. Years later, the vicar clamed to have discovered written evidence that the young lady had gone back in time and married the man subject in the effigy.

Dancing Dog

Location: Gatcombe - Gatcombe Church
Type: Other
Date / Time: Summer (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The carved wooden dog at the feet of the effigy of Edward Estur is said to come alive during summer nights and dance around the church standing on hind legs.

Moving Foundations

Location: Godshill - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Church still present
Further Comments: The church was to be built at the bottom of the hill, but after the stones moved themselves up to the top one night, the construction workers took the hint and finished the job in the new location.

Woman in Black

Location: Godshill - Griffon public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s - 2000s
Further Comments: Both staff and customers reported seeing a woman in black who would appear and disappear around the site. Items were also said to occasionally throw themselves off surfaces.

Crowd with Torches

Location: Havenstreet - Road leading to village, and area near Hare & Hounds Inn
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 4 January 1969
Further Comments: A couple out in their car found themselves surrounded by hundreds of people running across nearby fields holding burning touches. As they drove to the nearby village, one of the figures stepped out in the road and passed straight through their car.

Serving Girl

Location: Horringford - Hazeley Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 1976
Further Comments: A witness stated that she had had a feeling of overwhelming despair and fear after entering an empty room in the building (at the time it was little more than a ruin). It was also as cold as ice, even though it was warm outside. She later discovered that a maid had taken her own life in that particular room. The building has since been renovated, and all traces of that area have been removed.

Tristram Dillington

Location: Knighton Gorges - Knighton Shute
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 04 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Former owner of the demolished Knighton Manor, Tristram Dillington drives a coach and four horses on the anniversary of his death.

Dispatch Rider

Location: Locksgreen - Vittlefields crossroads
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s onwards?
Further Comments: A phantom dispatch rider on his motorcycle is thought to haunt this road - he was killed during World War Two when he drove into a military tank. Drivers have swerved in order to avoid hitting the phantom.

St Catherine's Throw

Location: Mottistone - Long Stone
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: To see who should control the island, stones were thrown by St Catherine and the Devil. St Catherine's stone travelled the furthest, with the Devil's landing a little way behind.

Not by Guilt

Location: Mottistone - Rocking Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A large rocking stone here could be moved by the wind, but never by a man possessing a guilty conscience.

Woman in White

Location: Nettlestone - Road near the old church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Exact date not known
Further Comments: Several motorists are said to have encountered the phantom woman dressed in white that haunts this road, reporting their sightings to the police after driving through her.

The Blue Lady

Location: Nettlestone - The Priory hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This young teenage girl once haunted the former priory along with her little dog, though sightings have been rare as of late. The dog outlived the girl by several years, was stuffed after its death, and is now kept in a glass case within the building. The haunting is said to grow quite intense if the hound is ever removed from the hotel.


Location: Newbridge - Dodpits Cross
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1928
Further Comments: A young girl walking home encountered a gibbet with the body of a bearded man swinging from it at this junction. She ran off, and looking over her shoulder once more, realised that gibbet and man had vanished, replaced by the normal junction signpost.

Whistling Shape

Location: Newport - Castle Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: The phantom whistling was heard several times by staff at the pub, once coming from a strange white shape that passed through the bar.

Huge Claw

Location: Newport - Clifford Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 18 April 2005
Further Comments: A white figure seen down this road was accompanied by a large claw-shaped apparition.

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