New and Recent Additions

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Shatterer

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Selby Jewellery (no longer operating)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa 1994
Further Comments: A number of items inexplicably shattered in the shop during a short period, including plates, a sliding door, and a watch.


 
Older Man

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Montague House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1980s (or mid 1990s)
Further Comments: A older man was seen by several witnesses as he materialised in a chair.


 
William Coulson

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne (Northumberland) - Victoria Tunnel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2018
Further Comments: William was killed in an accident on 16 June 1852 after being hit by a coal wagon. His ghost is reputed to haunt the area, and may have been seen by a tour guide in 2018. Other reported manifestations include footsteps, booms and voices.


 
Doom Park

Location: Earlsferry (Fife) - Unidentified park
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: A circular piece of ground, surrounded by a low wall, was said to have been left untouched by human hands as it belonged to the Devil. It was officially known as the Dome Park, but as it was believed that only evil people were buried there, it acquired the name Doom Park.


 
Ignis Fatuus

Location: Buckhaven (Fife) - Around the coastline
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The will-o'-the-wisp here would both lead people off paths into the marshes and act as a beacon to boats, causing misery to both.


 
Sea Folk

Location: Inchkeith (Fife) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area around the island was said to be home to many mermaids and kelpies.


 
Future Events

Location: Kirkcaldy (Fife) - Bell Craig (or crag?) (no longer present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Weather dependent: stormy nights (piper), cave activity unknown
Further Comments: The crag was said to be haunted by a phantom bagpiper, who would be heard when weather conditions were right. In addition, a cave, since destroyed by mining, was believed to be perfectly located between heaven and hell, and as such, visitors within could see the future.


 
Giant's Stone

Location: St Andrews (Fife) - Large stone in the area of Mount Melville
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown if still present
Further Comments: Outraged at having the steeple of a church at St Andrews ruining his view, a giant living at Drumcarrow Craig tried to throw a rock at the structure. He missed and the rock fell short, and was said to have remained on the mount.


 
Cheese Press

Location: Dunfermline (Fife) - Witch's Stone, Crossford
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone destroyed 1972
Further Comments: A witch transporting a cheese press to a family accidently dropped it. The 200 tonne rock landed on a field where it was left for a few hundred years until blown up.


 
Satan's Stone

Location: Walton Hill (Fife) - Stone on a roadside close to a farmhouse
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: Satan and Samson had a stone throwing contest. The Devil's stone landed on the roadside, while Samson's travelled further, shattered on impact and the rubble used to make a barn.


 
Witch's Footprint

Location: Culross (Fife) - Stone on common land
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This stone was used as a launch pad by a flying witch - her push off point is marked by her footprint.


 
Thrown Missile

Location: Crail (Fife) - Blue Stone (outside the parish church)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The Devil, who may have been secretly involved in constructing the church, was angered by a local man. The Devil fled to the Isle of May and threw a stone at the church. The projectile fell short, and remains in place to this day.


 
Devil's Apron String

Location: Ballingry (Fife) - Rocks in the area
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: While on a mission to fill the loch with stones, the Devil, carrying the boulders in his apron, had a mishap; the apron string broke, the rocks scattering themselves over the landscape, the Devil gave up and returned home.


 
Meeting Place

Location: St Monans (aka St Monance) (Fife) - Calliard Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Witches, wizards, kelpies and other creatures that go bump in the night would congregate on this hilltop at midnight. They would victimise travellers in the area, ensuring they became lost (or dead, if feeling particularly vindictive).


 
There's Gold in Them There Hills

Location: Tayport (Fife) - Tower Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A chest of gold was said to have been buried somewhere around the summit of the hill.


 
Ghostly Presences

Location: Derby (Derbyshire) - Eagle Centre (no longer operating under that name)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards (peaked late 1970s)
Further Comments: Members of the council and local clergy were called in the help after a number of paranormal occurrences occurred in the centre. It was said that three exorcisms / blessings were carried out in various shops - one in December 1983, another during the Summer of 1984 and finally during August 1992. Other people who did not experience any paranormal phenomena directly reported the site, prior to renovation, had a strange and uncomfortable atmosphere.


 
Gun Shots

Location: Feniscowles (Lancashire) - Sheep Brook Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 June 2018, 15:30h
Further Comments: A former forensic scientist out shooting in woodland heard male voices shouting and single gunshots close by, but on investigation, nobody was present. He then had an item he was carrying pushed by an unseen force.


 
Older Man

Location: Clapham (Bedfordshire) - Glenn Miller Museum (was RAF Twinwood Farm)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 2012
Further Comments: Luton Paranormal Society wrote that a number of spooky occurrences are reputed to have occurred here, including a sighting of a phantom older man in RAF uniform, and the sound of disembodied footsteps. During their own vigil, the group reported a number of strange feelings and perceptions.


 
Horseman

Location: Chicksands (Bedfordshire) - Woods and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: A driver passing through the woodlands encountered a horseman who passed through their car. When the Luton Paranormal Society investigated the area in 2015 they reported no evidence of a haunting, though noted the site had an 'odd feeling'.


 
Thrown Objects

Location: Brogborough (Bedfordshire) - Roundhouse
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa 2012
Further Comments: The site has picked up a spooky reputation, most likely influenced by its ruined state. The Luton Paranormal Society claimed to detect spirits on the site, while other groups have experienced poltergeist-like activity.


 
White Hare

Location: Airdrie (Lanarkshire) - Area which was once known as Lover's Leap, on the road towards Faskine
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Eighteenth century?
Further Comments: The manifestation of a white hare would warn the Kerr family of impending doom. The site known as Lover's Leap marked the spot where a Kerr woman was found dead (along with her lover) shortly after this magic white hare was spotted.


 
Mowing Devil

Location: Airdrie (Lanarkshire) - Unidentified farmer's field, North Burn
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witch by the name of Maggie Ramsey was said to have summoned the devil to assist her in a mowing contest, although he remained invisible to anyone without second sight.


 
Mowing Devil

Location: Airdrie (Lanarkshire) - Unidentified farmer's field, North Burn
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witch by the name of Maggie Ramsey was said to have summoned the devil to assist her in a mowing contest, although he remained invisible to anyone without second sight.


 
The Clatter

Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - Somewhere between West Street and Shields Road station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1897
Further Comments:


 
Miners

Location: Chapelhall (Lanarkshire) - Area around former coal mine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story says that if you stand in the same place where miners loitered, you could see their ghosts.


 
The Gurning Man

Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - Crosshill area
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1976 - 1979
Further Comments: A story popular on the internet says that over a four year period a number of women were said to have encountered a strange looking man who made animalistic sounds. The figure appeared in both homes and along streets, and would vanish without trace.


 
Whispering

Location: Bedford (Bedfordshire) - Union Workhouse (demolished 2007)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: After site security reported strange happenings, the Luton Paranormal Society investigated the site. They reported the sounds of whispering, a scream, and smells with unidentifiable sources.


 
Tom

Location: Riseley (Bedfordshire) - Tom Knocker's Pond
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: This pond is reputedly haunted by Tom who drowned in its waters. The Luton Paranormal Society carried out a number of vigils on the site and experienced strange sounds and smells.


 
Footsteps

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Northern Lights (no longer open)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Disembodied footsteps were once heard in the bar by the former owners.


 
Elderly Man

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - NHS site (exact location withheld)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A ghostly older man was said to occasionally manifest sitting n a chair at this site.


 
Former Worker

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Royal Mail Delivery Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: One pre 1988, other unknown
Further Comments: Two ghosts were said to haunt this site. One was said to be a postal worker and would appear in the basement, but he has not been seen since the site was renovated in 1988. The second was another worker which was said to manifest in the main building.


 
Escaping Extinguishers

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Belgrave Hotel (now renamed)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: One story says that certain fire extinguishers in this hotel would be moved around unaided at night, although it is possible that they were moved by a more earthly joker.


 
Teleporting Items

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Fortune of War public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Items reputedly teleport around the site (or are moved by invisible hands), with lights also being turned off and on.


 
Newly Married

Location: Peebles (Borders) - Forest
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: One witness watched a man and woman in wedding attire run the forest and then vanish into thin air.


 
Elizabeth

Location: Sweattenham (Cheshire) - Sweattenham Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 2013
Further Comments: A visitor sitting with their back to an alcove spotted something black behind them. Expecting to see someone standing there, the visitor turned around, but there was nothing there. A member of staff told the visitor that the site was once a nunnery and that the pub was haunted by a nun by the name of Elizabeth.


 
Mabel

Location: Roxton (Bedfordshire) - Chequers Inn (no longer open)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1980s
Further Comments: A former maid on the site, Mabel was blamed when a member of the bar staff felt a hand on their shoulder when they were alone. Footsteps would also be heard in the cellar, and a white shape was spotted disappearing through a wall. Another entity was described as a man who held his cap in his hand.


 
Romans

Location: Chester (Cheshire) - Golden Eagle public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is reported that the pub was built on a former Roman camp, which is why twenty Roman soldiers and an officer have been seen marching through a wall in the cellar.


 
Girl

Location: Great Abington (Cambridgeshire) - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young girl who drowned in a well reputedly still haunts the area. The well has since been covered over.


 
Secret Tunnel

Location: Little Abington (Cambridgeshire) - Jeremiah's Cottage and Old House
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Visible during snow
Further Comments: A secret tunnel used by highwaymen is said to connect these two properties. When it snows, the snow is said to melt above the tunnel, revealing its location.


 
Victorian Boy

Location: Lambourn (Berkshire) - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: A Victorian boy, often wearing clothing relating to chimney sweeping, has been spotted a number of times at a home in the village. A nearby property is said to be home to a ghostly man in black who wears a hat.


 
Man with Curly Hair

Location: Hoxne (Suffolk) - Road close to the bridge
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Circa 1982, summer, around 19:00h - 20:00h
Further Comments: Driving through the village, a witness watched a figure walking along the middle of the road, wearing a long curly wig similar to that of a barrister. The figure waved at the witness, who drove away after feeling uncomfortable.


 
Ringing Bell

Location: Isle of Skye (Scotland - unspecified) - Northeast coast, place once known as Ashig
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Pre nineteenth century
Further Comments: A bell on a tree, hung by Saint Maree, would remain silent all week until dawn on Sunday mornings, when it spontaneously bust into life until sunset. The bell was removed and taken to another church, but failed to ring by itself again.


 
Gold

Location: Southwick (Perth and Kinross) - Ruins of a round tower
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Buried somewhere in this area is enough gold, wrapped in a bull hide, to provide wealth to the whole of Scotland.


 
Silver Bell

Location: Tintagel (Cornwall) - Nathan's Keeve (pool of water and waterfall two miles south of Tintagel, name may have changed since report)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Story circa mid nineteenth century
Further Comments: A silver bell was briefly found in this pool, but as one man blasphemed, the bell fell back in and could not be recovered.


 
Protected Box

Location: Bromley (Northumberland) - Bromley Lake
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A chest of treasure concealed in the waters of the lake was protected by a spell which ensured it could only be removed by twin boys with twin oxen using a specially crafted chain.


 
Healing Waters

Location: Newminster (Northumberland) - Newminster Abbey (private site)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A stone coffin was nicknamed 'The Trough of the Maid of Meldon' and its water said to be good at healing warts and backpain (although it was also used by cattle). Some also believed it was haunted by Meg of Meldon, although you required 'the sight' to perceive her.


 
Meg

Location: Meldon (Northumberland) - Between Meldon and Hartington Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: After dark, seven years on, seven years off
Further Comments: Meg of Meldon had a reputation for being a ruthless miser, a canny businesswoman, and a witch. Her ghost was said to travel from the village to her former home, resting for seven years every seven years. Her spirit was once seen in the form of a little dog close to a bridge, but was more likely to take the form of a pretty woman or flickering lights of many colours. Another part of her legend says that Meg hid her treasure around the area, within wells, in ceilings, and close to Meldon tower.


 
Gliding Man

Location: Enniskillen (County Fermanagh) - Properties near the A4 road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1976
Further Comments: Just after climbing into their car, a witness watched a figure dressed in old fashioned clothing glide past the passenger side door. The entity was also seen by a neighbour, standing at the foot of the bed.


 
Nurse

Location: Lisburn (County Antrim) - M1, heading towards Belfast
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1969
Further Comments: A young woman with long dark hair, wearing a tartan coat and carrying a suitcase, was spotted walking in the centre of the motorway by a passenger in a car. As the car drove past, the passenger turned to look at the figure from out the back window, but she had vanished. The witness later learned that the woman had been seen by others, and was thought to be a nurse who was knocked over and killed along the road.


 
Lost Village

Location: Burrator Reservoir (Devon) - Under water
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An old village was submerged when the reservoir was constructed in 1898. The church bells are supposed to occasionally still ring.


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