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Leicestershire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Flashing Lights

Location: Stanton - Exact area not known
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Early 2000s
Further Comments: A low flying circular object was spotted by two friends as it moved across the sky towards them. As it approached, they noticed two small flashing lights on the side of the craft that grew in intensity until the glare became blinding. The witnesses shielded their eyes to avoid the light; as they did so the object made a strange sound and disappeared - no trace could be seen in the sky.


Location: Stoke Golding - Three Horseshoes public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: In the early twentieth century, Esmeralda fell into the well at this pub and drowned. Nothing supernatural occurred until renovations took place in the 1970s, after which poltergeist activity was experienced in the kitchen, footsteps were heard around the site, and occasionally a young woman in a long skirt was seen walking through a wall.


Location: Stoney Stanton - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This village was once said to be well known for its fairy rings and fairy dances.

Large Saucer

Location: Stoney Stanton - Skies over the village
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 01 October 2011, 19:00h
Further Comments: With lights on either side and a flashing one on top, this large saucer shaped object was reported moving slowly across the sky.

Mary McDonnagh

Location: Sutton Cheney - Hercules Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Mary McDonnagh had her hands cut off for stealing brandy. She has been reported to be seen wearing a white cap, wandering through the restaurant area. Staff to this day report sightings, and objects have been seen to move from place to place.

Tapping Crucifix

Location: Syston - Newly built private residence
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2016
Further Comments: A couple in bed heard a nearby rapping. In the dim light they could see a crucifix, hanging on a wall, moving. The motion was described as if an invisible hand was lifting the bottom of the cross and tapping it against the wall. As soon as the light was turned on, the tapping ceased.

Who Woke the Vicar's Wife?

Location: Thornton - St Peter's Church, and vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A vicar here was once forced to exorcise his own home after his wife complained she was being woken during the night by a ghost.

Lady in White

Location: Thringstone - A512, near Grace Dieu Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1961
Further Comments: The pale spectral form of a woman has been reported on the roadside near the ruins of the priory. She was last seen by a police officer in 1961.

Grey Lady

Location: Wigston - Oadby and Wigston Borough Council's offices
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 21 Century
Further Comments: Workers in the building are said to have seen a grey lady and heard a child crying. The building featured in the Channel 4 programme 'Man vs Weird' broadcast June 2014, although nothing paranormal was recorded.

Hairy Earth

Location: Wistow - Wistow's Grave
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 01 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Concealing the heir to the kingdom of Mercia's body, this grave is reported to sprout hair throughout the month of June, starting on the first of the month.

Monk walking his Dog

Location: Woodhouse Eaves - Beacon Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Escorted by his phantom pooch as he drifts along the hillside, this monk has the grinning face of a skull.

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