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Leicestershire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


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.

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 on the landing and near the staircase. It may be fair to speculate that a white lady that haunts several other local buildings may be the same entity.

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.

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.


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.

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).

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.

Ill Boy

Location: Kegworth - 18 High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This house was once haunted by the phantom of an ill boy, though the ghost has not been recently seen.

Elderly Lady

Location: Kegworth - 16 High Street (old building demolished)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly old woman was seen by several former occupants of the old house. Her hunched form was said to wear a dark dress with a lighter coloured shawl.

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.

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.

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.


Location: Knipton - Belvoir Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: While walking around the castle with a group, two witnesses spotted a man in Puritan-style clothing tending to a fire. Other members of the group were unable to see him.

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.

Red Globe

Location: Leicester - Wigston district
Type: Other
Date / Time: 29 July 2002, around 18:30h
Further Comments: An eleven year old girl, Jade Greenwood, was struck on the head by a red glowing ball, most likely ball lightning. A red mark was left on her forehead, and the girl experienced an electrical shock and a burning sensation in her leg.

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.

Headless Men

Location: Leicester - Between Leicester and 'Bambury, upon Dunmothe' (ed note - latter place cannot be located on modern maps)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Possibly fifteenth century?
Further Comments: An old account states that several men encountered a headless phantom crying out 'Bowes! Bowes!'.

CCTV Figures

Location: Leicester - Belgrave Hall Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 December 1998
Further Comments: Recorded by CCTV, two ghostly figures were briefly seen in the grounds. Though the image was later explained as being 'leaves caught in the light', the building is reportedly haunted by a middle aged woman in a pale dress, who gives off a friendly aura.

Bel's Grave

Location: Leicester - Belgrave
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area is said to be named after a giant who died in the area - he tried to travel between Mountsorrel to Leicester in three leaps but failed.

Woman Dressed in Black

Location: Leicester - Aylestone Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A phantom woman dressed in black with a white face was spotted by a park ranger while on night patrol.

Human Sacrifice

Location: Leicester - Area of land north-east of the Hoston Stone, Humberstone (was known as Hell-hole Furlong)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: How the area of land gained its name was unknown even to nineteenth century folklorists, so it was conjectured that it was an area of human sacrifice.

Man in Overcoat

Location: Leicester - Admiral Beatty public house, Wellington Street (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1970s
Further Comments: The ghostly figure of a man wearing a long coat would be seen looking out a window. Even when not present, the area where he stood would be colder than the rest of the pub (although it could just have been draughty).


Location: Leicester - Abbey Pumping Station Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An engineer fell to his death in the beam engine house. His spirit still lingers, playing with lights and making noises in the basement.

Headless Person

Location: Leicester - West Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1965
Further Comments: This headless shade was watched by witnesses as it drifted down the middle of the road.

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