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Hooded Woman

Location: Knipton (Leicestershire) - 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.

Strange Environment

Location: Filey (Yorkshire) - Martins Ravine
Type: Other
Date / Time: August 1996, August 2018
Further Comments: A couple out walking here in 1996 reported that the 'air became heavy and deathly still with no sounds at all. No birds, leaves stirring in the breeze, no waves hitting the shore, not even our shoes striking the tarmac as we walked. The temperature dropped markedly so that we saw our breath.' The witnesses had walked the area hundreds of times previous, but had never felt those sensations before, although felt something similar but not as intense in 2018.

Marching Legion

Location: North Marston (Buckinghamshire) - Carters Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to be an old Roman road, stories are still told that a legion still march through the area.

White Lady

Location: Pawlett (Somerset) - A370 road towards Weston Super Mere
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1988, between 23:00h - 02:00h
Further Comments: A driver had to bring his vehicle to a stop after hitting a white female figure on the road - the figure had disappeared without trace.


Location: Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) - Private residence, Abbeygate Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972 - 1976
Further Comments: While living at this site, a family reported encountering chanting monks at night, as well as witnessing taps turning on and off unaided, chairs being thrown, and balls of light which past through walls.


Location: Great Livermere (Suffolk) - Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Author M R James was said, as a child, to have looked out his window and seen a ghostly face staring back at him from the outside wall.


Location: Knottingley (Yorkshire) - Parkbaulk Quarry (Niners)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 1983, around 20:00h
Further Comments: Two brothers out shooting in the quarry realised there was a complete absence of bird song and no sign of any wildlife. Both brothers then heard heavy footsteps, reminiscent of hobnailed boots; faintly at first, but growing progressively louder. From their vantage point the brothers had a clear line of sight around them, but the source of the sound could not be seen. They fled.

Tapping Crucifix

Location: Syston (Leicestershire) - Newly built private residence
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2016
Further Comments: A couple laying 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.

Misty Figure

Location: Branston (Derbyshire) - Clays Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 10 March 2019
Further Comments: A local news outlet reported that a couple had encountered a misty figure which ran out in front of their car before vanishing.

Apologise to the Tree

Location: Belfast (County Dublin) - Ormeau Golf Club
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Tree still present
Further Comments: In the event that the fairy tree here is hit by an errant golf ball, the player is advised to apologise to avoid the wrath of the little people. Even if not struck, it is said that golfers nod at the tree as they pass. Just in case.

Fairy Tree

Location: Navan (County Meath) - Two hawthorn trees on the Hill of Tara
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Trees still present
Further Comments: The two trees here belong to the fairies - damaging them, or even just taking a clipping, would result in bad luck befalling the perpetrator.


Location: Calverleigh (Devon) - Rose and Crown public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2019
Further Comments: Cedric is the nickname of the ghost which is blamed for hiding objects and creating out of place gusts of wind.


Location: Blackpool (Lancashire) - Residence in the FY2 0 area
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa 2016
Further Comments: Local press reported on a case in which a tenant requested the council rehouse him after he encountered his neighbour's dead sister in the property. The tenant provided photographs of the entity, although it was reported the council were able to reproduce the images using a 'ghost app'.

Horse and Half A Rider

Location: Wendover (Buckinghamshire) - Steep road off the M40, though Wendover Woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: Recorded by the local press, a man reported that his wife had seen a horse pass in front of the car in which she was travelling, and upon the creature was the bottom half of a rider - the figure was not visible above legs. The driver of the car did not spot anything.

Rocking Horse

Location: Braintree (Essex) - Spains Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local press reported that Jamie Oliver moved into this mansion, adding a throwaway line that the property contained a haunted rocking horse which would move unaided during the night.


Location: Bath (Somerset) - The Raven public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: George is said to take a female form and haunt the cellar, close to a well which was once thought to be bottomless.

White Lady

Location: Killucan (County Westmeath) - Knock Shee Ban hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hill was once thought to be haunted by either a woman in white or a fairy.

Hidden Cave

Location: Delvin (County Westmeath) - Unknown hill in the area, (off the road to Ballinlough?)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A secret entrance on the hill leads to a hidden cave which contains treasure, so the story goes.

Small Man in Red

Location: Delvin (County Westmeath) - Area around Killough
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1908
Further Comments: A little man dressed in red was spotted by children around the area, mysteriously vanishing from the sight of some of the witnesses while remaining visible to others. The local press at the time claimed the entity could have been an escaped monkey, although other people suspected a leprechaun.


Location: Carlingford (County Louth) - Mountain
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Coins found 1989 - 2002, hunt in second Sunday of May
Further Comments: There was a flurry of Leprechaun activity on this mountain after a green suit and several gold coins discovered in 1989. Two years later, 'Leprechaun Whisperer' Kevin Woods claimed to make contact with Carraig, elder for the 236 remaining leprechauns in the area. The little people are now protected in the area, and while there is an annual Leprechaun Hunt, the only things found are tiny cauldrons which have been left by the fairy folk themselves.


Location: Mourne Mountains (County Down) - Slieve Binnian
Type: Other
Date / Time: 06 January 2019
Further Comments: A couple out walking on top of this mountain photographed a strange looking entity in the mist, which resembled Gollum (or a sitting hiker temporarily hunched over). Other ghostly entities are said to haunt the area, although little more is known about them.

Hanged Man

Location: Newark (Nottinghamshire) - White Hart public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pub was said to be home to the ghost of a man hanged for a forgotten crime close by.


Location: Marown (Isle of Man) - Highlander public house (closed 2012), Douglas to Peel
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Pre 2012
Further Comments: The scissors which were used by Timothy Clucas, the tailor who defeated the buggane at St Trinianís Church, were said to be on display at this pub before it closed. The scissors current whereabouts are unknown.

Not Haunted

Location: Clacton (Essex) - Westleigh House, Carnarvon Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2019
Further Comments: The former council property featured in the local press after the council reported the site definitely not to be haunted, after a former worker declared it to be haunted.


Location: Borley (Essex) - Private Residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A ghost of a female form which was observed by two residents at this property was said to be attached to a chair - when the piece of furniture was removed, the ghost was never seen again. On one occasion the figure smiled at a witness before walking through the wall.

Older Woman

Location: Sunderland (Durham) - Greggs, Sea Road
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Staff would hear banging coming from empty parts of the shop, detect the whiff of lavender, and would find electrical items which were switched off turned back on. The activity was blamed on the spirit of a woman who once lived above the shop.

Figures and Footsteps

Location: Swadlincote (Derbyshire) - Regent Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2000s
Further Comments: The street featured in a local newspaper, which declared a number of properties were haunted by various strangeness. These included disembodied footsteps, a washing machine door which slammed itself shut, a woman in white, a strange man, and laughter.

White Lady

Location: Portsmouth (Hampshire) - Royal Hospital Haslar
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: A phantom white lady is said to haunt the building. A employee sitting in an office spotted a head pass the window in the door. Knowing he was alone in that part of the hospital, the man tried to follow the person - all possible exits were locked, but no one could be found.

Woman in Grey

Location: Salisbury (Wiltshire) - St Michael's Church, Car Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2018, 22:30h
Further Comments: A man walking his dog through the area spotted a female figure wearing a long grey dress slowly heading towards the church hall, with her back to him. Passing back the same way a short time later, the man spotted the woman now standing at the top of the car back. As he approached, the woman walked through the fence and vanished.


Location: Otterbourne (Hampshire) - Road outside the Old Forge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: twentieth century
Further Comments: A woman killed on the road by a horse and cart, and said at one point to haunt the Old Forge, was also reputed to haunt the spot where she died, having been spotted by motorists.


Location: Otterbourne (Hampshire) - Old Forge (now a public house)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1978 - 1979
Further Comments: Prior to becoming a pub, the building was said to be haunted by a woman killed on the road outside. A witness recalled hearing raised voices in a empty part of the building, and when a baby came into the home, crying would be heard in other parts of the site.


Location: Tillicoultry (Clackmannanshire) - Old Churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A evil laird died a few days after punching a monk. The laird was buried but a day later the fist which he raised against the monk was protruding from the ground. The limb was reburied, but the following day it was raised again. The cycle of burial and emergence occurred for seven days until the locals could take no more and placed a massive stone on top of the grave, preventing the hand from returning.


Location: Pitfairen (village is, or was, on the south bank of the River Devon) (Clackmannanshire) - Area where an elm tree stood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom man would be seen moving around the elm, citing a prophecy that a nearby tree would be cut down and made into a cradle, which in turn would be used by a child who would grow up and talk to the phantom. The prophecy came to pass, with the ghost revealing that he was a murderer. The phantom also gave up the location of the body which he had hidden. Once the remains were laid to rest, the ghost never returned.


Location: Rumbling Bridge (Perth and Kinross) - River
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This water spirit is said to create noise and generate light in an attempt to lure people into the river. As per a kelpie's normal behaviour, once someone took a step into the water, they were drowned.


Location: Dollar (Clackmannanshire) - Boghall Farm
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Resembling a hairy man, the brownie who worked at the farm was happy with a small bundle of hay on which he slept during the day. Unfortunately, during a harsh winter, the famer's wife grew concerned about the brownie's wellbeing and offered him a blanket, unaware that it would be considered an insult. The brownie left.

Lamenting Woman

Location: Menstrie (Clackmannanshire) - Farmland in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: On dark and still nights
Further Comments: Driven from her land by the onset of farming, a fairy maiden would return on some nights, crying over the land which once belonged to her and her people.

Helpful Folk

Location: Muckhart (Clackmannanshire) - Hole Burn Stream
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once upon a time, the stream dried up and the lack of water caused hardship to local farmers. Those who had been respectful to the fairies were helped by them - the farmer's crops grew and their animals flourished.

Farming Fairies

Location: Dollar (Clackmannanshire) - Craiginnan farm (no longer standing)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little people would visit the farm and assist in the gathering of crops. In return, farmer David Wright would leave the best fleeces for them during the sheering season. The helpfulness of the fairies ended when David died - his son took over the running of the farm, but mistreated the fairies, who in turn ensured the farm animals sickened and died. The son died soon after, and the farm eventually becoming a ruin.

Female Spirit

Location: Dollar (Clackmannanshire) - Maiden Well, Glenqueich (north of Castle Campbell)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Taking the form of a spirit, but considered to be fairy in nature, a beautiful woman would occasionally manifest, formed from the mist of the well. One person who summoned the entity was grabbed by her and dragged to the bottom of the well.

Floating Stone

Location: Dollar (Clackmannanshire) - Deil's Cradle, found on a glen which was known as Burngrens
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The stone was said to float in the air on Halloween's night, the Devil sitting upon it, surrounded by witches, until dawn breaks the following morn.


Location: Saline (Fife) - Killernie Castle
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former home of wizard Sir Michael Scott, this site is better known as being the possible location featured in the folk song Lammikin, where a unpaid mason murders a woman and a child in the castle which he is owed money for constructing.

Dead Devil

Location: Kirkcaldy (Fife) - Under the town
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present (?!)
Further Comments: It was written that 'some say the Devil's dead and buried in Kirkcaldy', even though he complained that his toes were cold. To shut the Devil up, a large house was built at the end of the town to ensure his toes were warmed.

Goblet of Gold

Location: Carden Den (Fife) - Exact area not known
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A Goblet of gold (or it could be filled with gold) is hidden in this area. Thomas the Rhymer declared that the treasure could only be found during a full moon by two brothers, one of whom would kill the other.


Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Private residence, Huyton area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: Lights would turn themselves on and the smell of tobacco would fill the air. One visitor to the site reported seeing a black figure pass a bedroom door. The haunting was blamed on a former chain smoking occupant who had died prior to the new owners moving in.

Dark Figure

Location: Portsmouth (Hampshire) - St Ann's Church, Dockyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 2018
Further Comments: Having worked in the building before many times without incident, a member of the chaplaincy team had two fleeting glances of a dark figure standing on the balcony, looking over the edge as if watching the witness. The figure was described as curious and unthreatening.

Fake Bear

Location: Rendlesham (Suffolk) - Green in the forest
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: March 2009
Further Comments: In what was later to be revealed to be a hoax, local press carried a story that a family spotted what they first thought was a large dog moving through the trees. As they watched it they realised that the creature was larger than any dog. Experts talking to the local press said it was unlikely that a bear could survive in the forest.

Stage Coach

Location: Barham (Suffolk) - Lane close to Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Observed during daylight hours, a coach is said to travel along a lane here.


Location: Raydon (Suffolk) - Private cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s - 1990s
Further Comments: Footsteps and thumping would be heard coming from one of the bedrooms in this property, with blame being allocated to a former owner who had a wooden leg. After an exorcism during the 1990s, the sounds pretty much ceased.


Location: Bacup (Lancashire) - Lane near Burnley Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that walking this lane during a quiet day, or at night, whistling can be heard, followed by breathing which increases in heaviness until it sounds like someone is standing by your ear. The sounds are said to be created by a woman who died of a broken heart after losing her husband and child.

Orange Lights

Location: Polmont (Stirling) - Skies of village
Type: UFO
Date / Time: November 2017
Further Comments: Four orange lights were seen moving across the sky at night, their speed said to be several times quicker than other aircraft.

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