Leicestershire - Paranormal Database Records

House Cat

Location: Kegworth - 42 High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom cat is reputed to haunt this building, though tends to be felt rather than seen.

Headless Person

Location: Kegworth - Churchyard and Market Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1960
Further Comments: A lorry driver was left slightly unnerved after watching a headless person leave the churchyard, cross the Market Place and vanish through the closed door of a house (that no longer stands).


Location: Kegworth - Cottage Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A female ghost (or at least a presence) is said to haunt the ladies' toilets.

Woman in Tweeds

Location: Kegworth - Great House, London Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Observed in the garden, walking through a wall where a gate once stood, this old lady wearing grey tweeds once lived here. The house is also haunted by elderly man who sits by a fireplace, the smell of tobacco smoke, and phantom voices engaged in conversation that one cannot quite hear properly.

White Lady

Location: Kegworth - Red Lion public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The temperature is said to drop sharply as the phantom white lady materialises. One workman fled the site after encountering her.

White Lady

Location: Kegworth - The Hermitage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom white lady, quite possibly a nun, was said to live in harmony with a former owner (a Doctor Bedford). She was seen a number of times on the landing and near the staircase. It may be fair to speculate that the white lady that haunts several other local buildings may actually be the same entity.


Location: Kegworth - Thomas Moore's House (aka The Cedars)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1812 onwards
Further Comments: This phantom butler was said to have been murdered in the house; at one time his bloodstain was reputedly impossible to wash away. Thomas Moore (Irish Poet, songwriter and entertainer) complained about the ghost in a letter to a friend in 1812. A grey lady has also been reported as haunting the building.

Spirits at Play

Location: Kibworth - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Church still present
Further Comments: The site where the church now stands is around two miles from the original build site. It was said that spirits moved the stones night after night, so in the end, construction occurred on top of the hill.

Dead of the Future

Location: Kilncote - Village Church
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: St Mark's Eve, 23:00 - 01:00h, other sighting 1790
Further Comments: A particular ritual had to be carried out here. For three consecutive years, one could spend St Mark's Eve sitting in the church porch, from 11pm until 1am. At the end of the third year's period, the ghosts of all those who were doomed to die during the following year made themselves visible in the churchyard. A more general ghost, if such a thing exists, was said to periodically appear in the church porch and was said to have been observed by the rector's wife.

Hooded Woman

Location: Knipton - Belvoir Castle garden
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2013
Further Comments: Two people walking dogs in the grounds were alerted to another figure when the dogs began to bark. Around twenty-five metres away they could see a woman in a dark gown and a hood looking in their direction. After a few seconds she moved behind a tree and did not reappear on the other side. The two witnesses walked towards the area where they had seen the woman, occasionally calling out 'hello', but there was no trace of the figure once they reached where she had stood.

Highwayman in Grey Coat

Location: Knipton - Belvoir Castle rally track
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1967, & 1994
Further Comments: Mounted on horseback, this figure stands in the way of oncoming traffic, though by all accounts only the driver can see him. The last known witness to see the entity only saw the man and not the horse.

Floating Hitchhiker

Location: Knipton - Road from Belvoir castle towards village, at T-junction
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1994
Further Comments: Witnesses in a car saw a floating figure with no legs thumbing a lift at the junction. The ghostly man appeared to be wearing a long coat. The driver intended to pass him by rather than stop, but the mysterious figure stepped out in front of the car causing them to brake hard - the apparition vanished as they came to a screeching halt.

Disconcerting Monk

Location: Leicester - Guildhall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: There are mixed opinions to whether the library here is haunted by a grey monk or a white lady. A tormented Cavalier has been seen in the Great Hall, a phantom policeman haunts other parts of the building, a ghostly dog has been reported in the courtyard, a black cat in the Great Hall, and at least one witness claims to have been shocked to see a pair of legs manifest from the portrait of Henry Earl of Huntington hanging in the Major's Parlour. Ghost Scene Investigations and Leicester City Museums released video footage in 2006 of what appears to be a ghostly figure crawling across the floor in one room.

Edwardian Child

Location: Leicester - Haymarket Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This small boy has been seen several times dressed in a sailor's suit, normally during a rehearsal. Before the theatre was built, a child once drowned in a well on the land and the shade has been named as his.

Shag Dog

Location: Leicester - Kilby Road (was once Black Lane)
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Black lane was patrolled by a large black dog with bright eyes and a large fanged mouth which glowed like burning coals. It once saved a local girl from being attacked by a robber.


Location: Leicester - Little Theatre, Dover Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The theatre is reputedly haunted by a former manageress dressed in Second World War garb.

Factory Worker

Location: Leicester - New Pingle Street, Britella factory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: The workers at this factory threatened to go on strike unless the management attempted to exorcise the ghost which took up residence here. The author does not know the outcome of their demands.

Water Games

Location: Leicester - Private house (no longer present) along Bell Lane
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: August 1933 - December 1933
Further Comments: The haunting presence at Bell Lane made the occupier's lives hell. It flooded rooms, squirted water from walls and ceilings, drenching the family every time they sat down to eat. When the family moved next door, the water followed them. After a few months, the water activities lessened and finally ceased by Christmas.

Post Man

Location: Leicester - Rail Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: More often felt than seen, the phantom which haunts the station is reputedly a postman. The ghost is said to be non-threatening and has been nicknamed Henry.

Balls of Fire

Location: Leicester - Skies over town
Type: UFO
Date / Time: November & December 1388
Further Comments: These balls of flame where seen many times during the winter months, spinning like wheels.

Spit Fire

Location: Leicester - Skies over town
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: April 1389
Further Comments: Seen flying and spitting fire, the dragon passed over the town many times during the month.

Seated Child

Location: Leicester - The Talbot public house, Thurcaston Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Several shades have taken up residence here. A young child sits on a bar stool, a phantom woman vanishes into the wall, an old man in a large raincoat walks towards the bar before disappearing, and shadowy figures lurk in the car park.

Mrs Smalley

Location: Leicester - Unidentified house near East Gates (likely to be no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After Mrs Smalley died in 1727, her ghost took up residence in her former home. The entity was banished by the vicar of St Martin's.


Location: Leicester - Unidentified house, Friar Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1820
Further Comments: An invisible person with heavy boots was said to have taken up residence in a home along this road.

Not Known

Location: Leicester - Unidentified house, Sanvy Gate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1860
Further Comments: It was reported that a house here became haunted, although the finer points are not known.

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