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Disappearing Passengers

Location: Halifax (Yorkshire) - A7 stand, bus station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2017, approximately 12:10h on a Tuesday afternoon
Further Comments: A passenger waiting for the bus to depart watched from the window as two woman holding shopping bags approached and began to embark. The passenger wished they would hurry up, as he was late for a meeting, but then realised both women had disappeared, and there was no where they could have gone.


 
Footsteps

Location: Margam (West Glamorgan) - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s - 1980s
Further Comments: The entity here could be heard walking across the ceiling and around one of the children's beds. There would also be sudden temperature drops and a heavy weight on one of the beds which caused the mattress to sink.


 
Vanishing Lady

Location: Margam (West Glamorgan) - Ruined Chapel, Capel Fair, Margam Country Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1980s
Further Comments: A father and daughter walking through the area entered the ruin to see a young woman sitting down in a corner. She looked startled and disturbed to see the two visitors. Because of her scared demeanour, father and daughter simultaneously backed out. Moments later, out of curiosity, they re-entered, but the woman had vanished. The daughter ran around the whole building, but could see or hear nothing. The lady had disappeared in an instant.


 
Large Cat

Location: Ipswich (Suffolk) - Birkfield Drive
Type: ABC
Date / Time: Mid 2010s
Further Comments: A man walking home late had encountered a handful of police searching the edge of a small wooded area. He asked the closest police officer if everything was okay, only to be told that they had had a report of a large black cat in this location and were searching for it.


 
Spitting

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Heart of Midlothian
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Edinburgh's Heart of Midlothian, found in the centre of the City, marks the site of Old Tolbooth, a prison demolished in 1817. Local legend says if you spit upon it, luck shall befall you (and it's still spat upon today, so don't go too close).


 
Funeral

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Thomas Lane, Knotty Ash
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1891
Further Comments: A witness was said to have watched a phantom funeral occur, complete with coffin and guests.


 
Figure in Long White Coat

Location: Denton (Lancashire) - Old Denton Police Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1974 - 1978
Further Comments: Over this four year period, three different people at the police station encountered this spook. One officer spotted the ghostly white figure walk into a disused locker room which had no other exit, while three years later another PC spotted it in an office - when the PC entered, the figure vanished. Knowing he was alone in the station, the PC summoned a dog unit to catch the intruder, but they could not detect anything. The last sighting from by a cleaner who witnessed the entity looking through a door leading to the courthouse.


 
Wine

Location: Culloden (Highland) - St Mary's Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 01 May (reoccurring), or first Sunday in May
Further Comments: This holy well would be visited to heal the sick on the first Sunday in May - a piece of cloth would be dipped in the water before being hung from the branch of a nearby tree. One myth says that on Mayday the water turned to wine.


 
Child with Hoop and Stick

Location: Norwich (Norfolk) - Business premises, Thorpe Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2019
Further Comments: One person in the building spotted a child running across the landing with hoop and a stick. Other members of staff have encountered a Victorian lady walking down the staircase and disappearing.


 
Large White Face

Location: Newbold (Derbyshire) - Highfield Park
Type: Other
Date / Time: Summer 2014
Further Comments: A dog walker in this park became aware of something the size of a beach ball growing in size a few dozen metres away. The ball continued to grow before it dashed forwards and expanded into a large white face with wide mouth and eyes which then vanished. Both walker and dog refused to return to the park for several months after the event.


 
Oppressive Mist

Location: Unstone (Derbyshire) - A61 Unstone/Dronfield Bypass, and Monk Wood
Type: Other
Date / Time: 2000s, 2010s
Further Comments: It was said that there is an oppressive misty atmosphere which affects people driving by the wood, creating the sensation of being dragged towards a steep embankment where several accidents have occurred.


 
Archer

Location: Brinklow (Warwickshire) - Brinklow Hill, aka the tump
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2019 (archer),1980s (others)
Further Comments: The occupants of a vehicle passing the tump spotted an archer who appeared to be practising archery. When they turned around, he was nowhere to seen. The site is said to be haunted by a Victorian ghost, and has also been a site of UFO activity.


 
Trumpets

Location: Cork (County Cork) - St Fin Barre's Cathedral
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Trumpets still present
Further Comments: Two golden trumpets are held by a figure affectingly known as 'Goldie Angel' on top of the cathedral. Local folklore says when the trumpets are heard being blown the end of the world is nigh, alerting the people of Cork that they shall be the first to enter heaven.


 
John Ives

Location: Lyndhurst (Hampshire) - Fox and Hounds Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former landlord, John Ives celebrated New Year's Eve by drinking too much and falling into the fire, dying of his injuries. Now John is said to haunt the inn, especially spooking staff in the cellar.


 
Tall Figure in Habit

Location: Drayton Parslow (Buckinghamshire) - Road running by church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 26 September 2019, around 23.15h
Further Comments: As a driver came around the bend into the village they spotted a person, around six foot tall and dressed in a full habit with a cowl covering the head. The habit was a sandy brown colour. The driver was moving quite slowly, and as they watched the figure walked away from their car on the path outside of the church, it literally disappeared. Up until that point, the figure had appeared quite solid and was walking with intention.


 
Roar of Anger

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Private residence, Frenchay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006 - 2008
Further Comments: Witnesses here heard walking and thumping throughout particular rooms and corridors. Loud guttural groaning was also heard, and a roar of anger, from someone in the room. Two of the witnesses were able to stand either side of the sound without being able to detect the source of the sound.


 
Footfalls

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Private residence in Totterdown area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1994 - 1999
Further Comments: The residents and their friends witnessed a number of strange events which occurred, including hearing disembodied footsteps up and down the staircase, doors to the pantry opening and closing, extremely loud banging all over the walls late at night, and objects which disappeared for days before reappearing either in strange places or balanced in strange places.


 
Thrower

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Private residence, Conleach Road
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: July 1985
Further Comments: It was claimed that a poltergeist which started throwing items around in this property was witnessed by both occupants and police.


 
Vanishing Person

Location: EC1 (Greater London) - Holborn Library
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: An archivist using a mirror in the third floor bathroom glimpsed a person walk behind her and turned to find nobody there. An art curator visiting the then-unused fourth floor was violently pushed in the shoulder by an unseen presence, and a cleaner working in the basement ran from it in terror, refusing to say what she had seen or return to the library. Strange lights have also been witnessed in the reserve stock room and doors open and slam by themselves.


 
Man in Old Uniform

Location: Rockcliffe (Cumbria) - Road with railway crossing
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2017
Further Comments: A driver with passengers was waiting at the railway crossing for a train to cross. The driver watched a man in an old style army uniform emerge from a field and walk around his car. The driver wondered how the man had left the field as there was no entry point in the hedge. As the man continued to walk away from the car, the driver asked the passengers if they had seen him, but they had not.


 
Lady Vanishes

Location: Abington (Northamptonshire) - Abington Park Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1986
Further Comments: A woman walked over to a horse drawn carriage on display and leaned in to inspect the interior of the carriage. Inside, a sitting lady suddenly appeared. The apparition stared at the woman then vanished. The witness made a quick exit, without even telling her friend why she was leaving.


 
Pit Master's Wife

Location: Tamworth (Staffordshire) - Kettlebrook Linear Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1988
Further Comments: Three friends witnessed a short figure in a black cloak with a screwed up old face. As they approached, they could see transparent silhouettes close by which caused the friends to run off. Years later, one of the witnesses spoke to another friend who had also spotted the entity a few years previous. Local folklore says the ghost is a former pit master's wife.


 
Egyptian Princess

Location: WC2B (Greater London) - Holborn tube station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, late twentieth century?
Further Comments: An Egyptian Princess was said to haunt the British Museum underground station, but when it closed in 1933, her ghostly screams could still be heard emerging from the tunnels at Holborn.


 
Butter Makers

Location: Baysdale (Yorkshire) - Unidentified spring or well in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little folk would use water in this area in the creation of their butter.


 
Butter Flingers

Location: Egton Bridge (Yorkshire) - Egton Grange
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century
Further Comments: The local elves were said to create mischief by throwing their freshly made butter at doors and gates.


 
Dancers

Location: Scalby (Yorkshire) - Moors in the area, heading north
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young man heading towards Whitby spotted a group of fairies dancing in a circle. The man joined them. At one point during the dance the fairies called out 'whip, whip!', and they pulled out and cracked small hunting whips. The man then called out the same words, which resulted in the fairies whipping him and giving chase as he fled towards Whitby.


 
Coach and Six

Location: Whitby (Yorkshire) - Green Lane
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Following the burial of a fisherman
Further Comments: It was once believed that a phantom coach, pulled by six black horses and escorted by two dark outriders would manifest the night after a fisherman was buried. The coach and escorts would travel to the church where it would stop. Along the route, additional phantom mourners join the cortege, and once at the church they would circle the grave three times. Once this part of the ritual was complete, all the mourners would enter the coach which would then depart at speed, travelling roads until reaching the edge of a cliff, where it would fall and vanish.


 
The Good Musician

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Passageway once known as Beedham's Court, off Skeldergate
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small band of musicians were performing around the city when they found themselves joined by another unannounced member. He played the violin particularly well, and as the band completed a song standing by Beedham's Court, their new-found violinist vanished, leaving only the strong smell of brimstone.


 
John's Armour and a Tree

Location: Upsall (Yorkshire) - Road between village and Thirsk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to occur at midnight when an east wind blows (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Baron John de Mowbray tried to escape his pursuers along this road, running from the Battle of Boroughbridge. Not fast enough however, as he was caught and had his head chopped off. John's armour was removed and placed in the branches of a tall oak. Although tree and armour have been gone for many years, when midnight comes, the armour can be heard rattling in the non-existent branches.


 
Vanishing Husband

Location: Thoralby (Yorkshire) - Road where a small body of water, known as the Devil's Hole, could be found two miles out of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: The entity which caused people to avoid this spot after dark was said to change form depending on the witness. One woman thought her husband was standing by the roadside, but the male figure vanished as she approached. When the entity appeared to a servant, it had terrifying eyes, although it did dive into the nearby pool when the servant crossed himself.


 
Headless Woman

Location: Stokesley (Yorkshire) - Lady Cross (road where a junction leading to Broughton / Ayton forms)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: This junction was once thought to be a place which drew evil from all around. One witness was followed by a headless woman who burnt bright with fire, while another man came across a pale woman upon a white horse; she rode alongside him for a while before vanishing.


 
Grey Lady

Location: Crewe (Cheshire) - Crewe Arms Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly grey lady is said to be seen (and heard) as she moves along a corridor in the hotel.


 
Flaming Carriage

Location: Stokesley (Yorkshire) - Tweddell's Stripe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre nineteenth century
Further Comments: Surrounded by fields, this narrow path would have been quite spooky, especially if one encountered the entity which was said to haunt it. A phantom flaming carriage contained a headless woman would move at breakneck speeds, drawn by a team of six greyhounds. Why? No one knows.


 
Horseman

Location: Stokesley (Yorkshire) - Broughton Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A horseman with his caparisoned horse was said to travel over this bridge, the sound of his jangling armour causing unease to anyone unfortunate enough to be nearby.


 
Skipping Figure

Location: Little Wishford (Wiltshire) - A36, near some trees, heading towards Knock
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2019?
Further Comments: Driving to Somerset, a witness spotted what looked like a person, caught in headlights ahead, crossing the road. It moved like a woman and it half skipped towards the side of the road. As a vehicle in the opposite lane passed through it, the figure disappeared, and as the witness's own car reached the spot, nothing could be seen.


 
Hand on Shoulder

Location: Blandford Forum (Dorset) - Unnamed shop in the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2017
Further Comments: While browsing a shelf, a shopper felt a large hand on her shoulder. She assumed it was her husband who was in the same shop, but as she turned, no one was near her.


 
Small Child

Location: Pikehall (Derbyshire) - Private residence, The Green Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1999
Further Comments: A visitor to this house, together with two others, witnessed a phantom small child on a landing. Their visit was also disturbed by banging emerging from doors and floors.


 
Victorian Girl

Location: Frome (Somerset) - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 2010s
Further Comments: This home was reported haunted by the occupant who had spotted a girl aged around eight years old dressed in Victorian era clothing. The ghost had a passing resemblance to the witness's daughter, and was mistaken on one occasion for her, until the witness realised the figure had vanished from the room it had been seen to enter.


 
Jacobean Carriage

Location: Leek (Staffordshire) - Moors near to Blakemere Pond, on a road known as the roaches
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa November 2013
Further Comments: Three friends on a vigil on the moors reported seeing a Jacobean style carriage with no horses travelling at speed across the moor. The experience lasted for five minutes and at its closest point, the coach passed about two hundred metres from the witnesses.


 
Older Woman

Location: Poole (Dorset) - Lighthouse Arts Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s?
Further Comments: A number of ghostly figures are said to haunt this arts venue, including an older woman sitting in the cinema, a man in t-shirt and jeans standing close to Sherling Studio, a Victorian Lady who haunts the aforementioned studio, and a woman who hums a tune in a dressing room.


 
Dark Shape

Location: Poole (Dorset) - Bowling Green Alley
Type: Other
Date / Time: 23 February 2019
Further Comments: After saying to his girlfriend 'I wonder if we'll see any ghosts', Mark Goddard photographed a black shape along an alley. He believed it showed a cloaked old lady, although others believe it is likely to be pareidolia created by photographic compression.


 
Hearse

Location: Spixworth (Norfolk) - Unidentified house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: One of the residents in this old country house claimed to have looked out the window and watched a horse-drawn hearse swerving down the driveway. The resident and her husband were later told about the ghost by a local. It was said they moved away soon after, driven out by phantom knocking which plagued their house at night.


 
James Harrison

Location: Staithes (Yorkshire) - Unknown cliff
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Fisherman James Harrison lost his footing and fell from the cliffs, dying from his injuries. His ghost returned, seen both day and night, unnerving locals to such an extent that a priest had to perform an exorcism. Harrison was not seen again.


 
White Figures

Location: Bainbridge (Yorkshire) - Semmerdale Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre nineteenth century
Further Comments: It was written that if this building was passed while travelling along an old dirt track from Bainbridge, white ghostly figures could be seen wandering around.


 
Auld 'Opper

Location: Leyburn (Yorkshire) - Raydale House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre nineteenth century
Further Comments: This male entity was said to normally knock on the furnishings within the property, upsetting at least one of the residents.


 
Fletcher

Location: Raskelf (Yorkshire) - Exact location not known
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: July 1683 (or 1684)
Further Comments: The village fletcher was murdered by his wife, her lover and another recruited solely for the act. The group would have gotten away with the crime, if it wasn't for the fletcher appearing to the lover, warning him to confess. The lover disclosed the crime to his sister, who told a friend, who told a Justice of the Peace, who ensured the criminals were caught, tried and executed.


 
Triangle

Location: Kirkheaton (Yorkshire) - Skies above the village
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Circa 2012
Further Comments: A witness looked out the window at night and spotted a large triangular object, at least the size of a bus, hovering over the house and street. It had numerous lights around the edge, but the lights did not appear to cast any shadows. The object silently flew off in the direction of Holme Moss.


 
Rustling

Location: Nunnington (Yorkshire) - Nunnington Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The property was once said to be haunted by the sound of a rustling dress. The sound was said to come from a woman whose only son died after falling from an upper floor window. She spent the reminder of her life sitting quietly, occasionally rushing to the window from where he fell, before once again returning to her seat.


 
Floating Coffin

Location: Acaster Malbis (Yorkshire) - Hauling Lane?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - pre nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Two men driving sheep and returning home to York spotted a coffin floating in the air ahead of them, dipped as if carried on the shoulders of invisible men. A Bishop walked behind the coffin, his mouth moving but with no sound being heard. The apparitions vanished close to a field. Both men were said to have spent several days in bed after their encounter.


 
Lord Stafford

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Middlethorpe area (was a field, which may longer exist)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: After 1385, last encounter not known
Further Comments: Upon a field in this area, Lord Stafford lost his life in a duel. His form continued to haunt the area for many years after his death, clad in his old military uniform.


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