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Roger

Location: Castle Barnard (Durham) - Friar House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely pre nineteenth century
Further Comments: Roger, the husband of Ann who haunts the castle, also returned as a ghost and took up residence at Friar House. The occupants didn't appreciate their phantom lodger, so Roger was banished by priests.


 
Banished Spirit

Location: Aldwark (Yorkshire) - Roads close to the stone known as the Conjuring Stone, close to Chapel-garth (currently on grounds of Aldwark Manor)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghost which haunted the roads around this area would terrify the locals after dark, so a holy man was dispatched to banish the entity. After a time, the ghost was tied to a large rock which was designated the Conjuring Stone.


 
Watch the Timing

Location: Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) - St John's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Concerning the bells of the church and the cathedral, a old rhyme says 'when the church and the abbey they strike together, they'll either be a death or change in the weather'.


 
Fire

Location: Ramsey (Cambridgeshire) - Great Whyte
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An old piece of folklore warns what if a hare runs down the Great Whyte, a fire would break out in Ramsey within three days.


 
Bench End

Location: Sheringham (Norfolk) - Parish Church
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A carved wooden bench arm is in the shape of a mermaid. A notice in the church said that, in days of olde, a mermaid tried to enter but was turned away by a mortified. She later snuck in remains to this day.


 
Bjorn

Location: Styhead (aka Sty Head) Pass (Cumbria) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to be a thirteenth century outlaw, the ghost of Bjorn wanders the area. He is easily recognisable, as he has lost his head and also carries a bag of living cats.


 
Gertie

Location: Weymouth (Dorset) - Weymouth Golf Links
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 21 August 1959, evening
Further Comments: On this date a couple on the golf course witnessed a ghostly figure, who became known as Gertie the Golf Links Ghost. Three days later, some 500 people turned up to see the ghost, including several young people wearing sheets. Unsurprisingly, the ghost was not seen again.


 
Female Form

Location: Caernarfon (Gwynedd) - Private residence, Peblig Ward
Type: Other
Date / Time: August 2019
Further Comments: Town Councillor Jason Wayne Parry posted a photograph to Facebook which shows, in the background, either a ghostly looking woman standing at a window or a instance of pareidolia created by a net curtain.


 
Former Regular

Location: Pulham Market (Norfolk) - Crown public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a former regular is said to still sit in his favourite corner, the occasional whiff of tobacco indicating his presence.


 
Screaming in the Basement

Location: Ammanford (Dyfed) - Unidentified house
Type: Other
Date / Time: June 2018, ongoing as of June 2019
Further Comments: A couple who had lived eleven uneventful years in their home fled after recording screaming and voices coming from beneath their basement. The couple claimed to have recorded hundreds of hours of strange sounds which they believe to come from a secret underground criminal lair. A newspaper report stated that the police had been made aware but had not found anything suspicious.


 
Flying Knife

Location: Bramford (Suffolk) - Parker's Cottage (no longer standing)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Winter 1887 / 1888
Further Comments: The entity at work in this cottage focused on a teenager named Ellen. Tapping would occur around the girl and she would be picked up by invisible hands. Objects, including a knife, would be thrown around when she was present. Ellen and her brother would later confess to a local policeman that they had faked the incidents, although others were unconvinced that two children could fool so many witnesses and investigators.


 
Plunkett

Location: Drogheda (County Louth) - Saint Peter's Church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: March 2010
Further Comments: Author Vikki Bramshaw claimed to have video recorded the ghost of Saint Oliver Plunkett, although there is a chance the ghost is a reflection. The ghost had not been seen before nor since.


 
Stone Thrower

Location: Hull (Yorkshire) - 22 Pennington Street (no longer standing)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: December 1854
Further Comments: People living at this address called police after they were bombarded by lumps of coal and stones. Police were unable to find who was responsible, and the attacks carried on for several days.


 
Falling Pint

Location: Wolviston (Durham) - Ship Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: June 2019
Further Comments: A video shared by the media in showed a pint glass moving across a work surface and smashing after it fell off the edge. Several rational explanations were offered.


 
Cursed Wall

Location: Port Talbot (West Glamorgan) - Wall on the site of Tata Steel
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Back in the sixteenth century, as the last monks were removed from their land, one brother cursed a nearby farmhouse. The brother said that if the building ever fell, the local community would fall with it. Since then work has been carried out to ensure the last ruined wall of the farmhouse has remained upright. A ghostly monk in white is also said to lurk in the area.


 
Eel-like Creature

Location: Carlingford (County Louth) - Carlingford Lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The lough is said to be home to a lake monster which resembles a rather large eel. The site featured in a few news outlets in 2019 after Adrian Shine, a Loch Ness Monster hunter, was invited to investigate the waters.


 
Lost Children

Location: Ferryhill (Yorkshire) - Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This manor house featured in Most Haunted, and was claimed to be haunted by a child crying for their mother. A local legend also says there is a secret tunnel on the site, which leads to a cathedral some eight miles away.


 
Ealinghearth Dobby

Location: Newby Bridge (Cumbria) - Fearing Brow (lane)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This white entity would unnerve people with its strange sounds and hitched rides upon passing carts.


 
White Lady

Location: Manchester (Lancashire) - Picnic Corner, Broadoak Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The white (or grey) lady is the ghost of a woman who escaped from a nearby castle but drowned in the pond which once stood here. Another story says the woman is actually a Victorian girl. Either way, her ghost could be heard after the sun went down. At the time of writing (August 2019), there is a planning application to build housing on the site.


 
Black Hound

Location: Leeds (Yorkshire) - Roundhay Park
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Photographed (or not) in 2019
Further Comments: This park, like many in Yorkshire, is reputedly home to a large demonic black hound. A photographed was published by the local press in 2019 which claimed to show the entity, but was more than likely to be a dog being walked by its owner.


 
Piano Cat

Location: Stoke on Trent (Staffordshire) - New Inn, Basford (no longer open)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: When the piano keys could be heard striking without human intervention, a ghost cat would be blamed. The phantom feline was said to be appeased when a small amount of beer would be left out for him.


 
Marsh Devils

Location: Iken (Suffolk) - Church of St. Botolph (original destroyed circa AD869)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Ninth century
Further Comments: St Botolph was said to have battled the strange creatures and demons of the marshes while constructing a place of worship here. The entities may have been banished, but Viking raiders laid the site to waste a few years after its construction. In 1977 a piece of stone cross was discovered nearby, thought to be from Botolph's original church.


 
Heavy Headedness

Location: Ilfracombe (Devon) - Rapparee Cove
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 18 and 21 July 2019
Further Comments: A family on holiday here had their child, who likes beaches, cry and describe the site as 'scary horrible'. Another family member stood knee deep in the sea and felt heavy headed and uncomfortable. It was speculated that feelings were related to a shipwreck in 1796 which took the lives of many people.


 
Open the Window

Location: Stockport (Lancashire) - Private flat, central Stockport
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2016-2019
Further Comments: The people who lived in tis flat had several experiences. One person heard a man whisper 'open the window' close to their ear, leaving them terrified. Another person felt down the stairs, convinced that they had been pushed by small hands. EVP picked up the voice of a teenage boy.


 
Murphy Incident

Location: Bolton (Lancashire) - Winter Hill
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: After spotting a ufo hovering over his field, a farmer reported the sighting to the Manchester Aerial Phenomena Investigation Team. The team reported by were followed by an unidentified man, while the farmer was warned to stop talking about the incident by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, although the government agency denied they had spoken to the farmer.


 
Young Man

Location: Ainsdale (Lancashire) - Road to Birkdale
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman driving home from work spotted a young man standing on the roadside. The man waved at her before vanishing.


 
Cat Woman

Location: Bacup (Lancashire) - Weir area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmer's wife was found one morning to be covered in bruises. The previous night, on a neighbouring farm, a cat had been found stealing the cream, and had stones thrown at hit. The creature escaped, but was hit several times. There could only be one explanation - the bruised woman was a witch who could transform into a cat!


 
Crying

Location: Bolton (Lancashire) - Private residence, Halliwell
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: On several consecutive nights, a couple were disturbed by the sounds of a crying infant coming from beyond their bedroom wall. After the woman placed her hand on the wall and comforted the infant, the sounds were never heard again.


 
Farmer

Location: Arreton (Isle of Wight) - White Lion Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An old farmer wearing a smock was seen in the back, but vanished without warning. A typical performing pub poltergeist is also said to live here.


 
Loud Footsteps

Location: Forres (Moray) - Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Like a few other Scottish distilleries, this old building is said to be haunted by a worker who drowned in a vat of whisky. His loud footsteps can be heard walking around the site.


 
Julia Margaret Cameron

Location: Freshwater (Isle of Wight) - Dimbola Lodge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of the most important photographers of the Nineteenth Century, Julia Margaret Cameron is said to still wander around her former home.


 
Footsteps

Location: Peel (Isle of Man) - Marine Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Footsteps are said to walk up a staircase which no longer exists.


 
Man with a Hat

Location: Peel (Isle of Man) - Site of Old Marine Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This location was said to be haunted by a male ghost who wore a tall black hat. The entity may have been exorcised.


 
Famine Victims

Location: Carrickmacross (County Monaghan) - Workhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This former workhouse is reportedly haunted by ghosts dating back from the Great Famine.


 
Man in Grey Coat

Location: Hullbridge (Essex) - Outside Smugglers Den Public House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 2019
Further Comments: A visitor to the pub encountered the figure of a man in a grey coat. The man was clearly visible, but suddenly vanished, leaving the witness shaken.


 
Crying

Location: Youghal (County Cork) - The Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: This building was said to be home to several spooky events, including a baby crying, matching footsteps passing through an empty part of the building, and a vanishing monk.


 
Cloaked Figure

Location: E11 (Greater London) - Wanstead Golf Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977, morning
Further Comments: A cloaked figure was observed crossing the golf course close to the lake, heading in the direction of St Mary's Church. The figure disappeared shortly after being seen.


 
Black Fog

Location: North Walsham (Norfolk) - Cromer road
Type: Other
Date / Time: November 2001
Further Comments: Two people heading towards Cromer drove in to a pitch black fog. The driver said he had no control over his car and the vehicle seemed to move forwards and slide left by itself. After a few seconds the driver managed to stop; the fog had vanished and the car was on a different road, parallel to the one it was on. No time had passed, both people and their car were fine, and the rest of the journey proceeded without incident.


 
Maggie

Location: Brighstone (Isle of Wight) - Three Bishops public house (was New Inn)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former owner of the inn, Maggie is said to wander the site muttering under her breath and unlocking doors. Another story says she also stands by beds and slowly fades away.


 
After Hours Figure

Location: Portmeirion (Gwynedd) - Seconds Pottery Shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A figure has been spotted in the shop after it has been locked up for the night.


 
Billy

Location: Porthmadog (Gwynedd) - Coliseum Cinema (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 2016
Further Comments: When the cinema was operational it was said to be haunted by 'Billy', a stage manager who worked at the site during the 1930s. A strange presence would be sensed by staff, while footfalls and other sounds heard in empty areas. A strange face was also reported as appearing in the projection booth.


 
Light Flicker

Location: Llanrug (Gwynedd) - Seiont Manor Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to be friendly, the entity in this hotel limits itself to causing lights to flicker.


 
Mill Worker

Location: Shalfleet (Isle of Wight) - New Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: As well as the normal pub polt activity, the inn is haunted by a worker who died in an accident at the nearby mill.


 
Girl in Blue

Location: Shanklin (Isle of Wight) - Chine Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two ghosts are reputed to haunt this site - an older man and a young girl in blue. The inn is also said to have a secret tunnel leading to the nearby Vernon Cottage, once used by smugglers.


 
Kyffin's Grandmother

Location: Llansadwrn (Dyfed) - Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During an interview, artist Kyffin Williams claimed the rectory was haunted by his grandmother, who spent the later years of her life in a darkened room suffering from migraines.


 
White Nun

Location: Kirkwall (Orkney) - St Magnus Cathedral and Bishop's Palace
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Walking around the cathedral three times at midnight shall summon a ghostly white nun. Somewhere underneath the site a phantom piper walking around ancient tunnels which connect to the Bishop's Palace.


 
Woman in the Window

Location: Barmouth (Gwynedd) - St Anne House (was the Lion Inn)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The face of a woman is said to appear in a round window in this former inn.


 
Ubby

Location: Orkney (Orkney) - Skaill House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Ubby is said to be a former owner of the house who was responsible for constructing the artificial island in the nearby loch. His ghost is one of several friendly entities which haunt the house, which also include a tall man with dark hair and the smell of cigarette smoke.


 
Lighting

Location: Castletown (Isle of Man) - Compton House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An unseen hand is said to flick lights on and off in a room here.


 
Piano

Location: Garwick (Isle of Man) - Glen Hotel (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A certain room which faces the river is said to be home to very faint phantom piano music.


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