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Location: Chesterfield (Derbyshire) - Private residence, St Augustines Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s, 2017
Further Comments: The local paper in the 1970s reported that there was a strange grey mist creeping from the corners of bedrooms, along with sudden chills and unusual burning smells. More recently, a paranormal investigator claimed to have recorded a human-like shape in a room.


Location: Holymoorside (Derbyshire) - Birkenshaw Wood, Cliff Bottoms
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 6 February 2020, 17:30h
Further Comments: Just after crossing the steppingstones here, a witness reported the hairs on the back on their neck stand up just prior to spotting dark shadows moving around ahead on the path. The experience lasted around fifteen seconds before they faded away. The witness spoke to one of the villagers who said their dog would cower if taken to the wood.


Location: Retford (Lincolnshire) - 10 Green Bottles cafe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2019
Further Comments: A local ghost hunting team investigated this cafe after reports of an invisible entity which would throw items around. The group said they found the ladies toilet and the basement to be particularly haunted.


Location: Galashiels (Borders) - Binniemyre Guest House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: Known as Lucy, the friendly ghost of a woman in a white dress who very occasionally makes an appearance has been seen throughout the house. Some claim Lucy was jilted at the altar.

Mountain Lion

Location: Thirlmere (Cumbria) - Forest
Type: ABC
Date / Time: August 2018
Further Comments: A Mountain Leader, supervising a group of teenagers on a DofE Gold expedition, cut through the forest to meet up with them. The leader reached a fifty foot (fifteen metre) clearing and on the other side stood a tan coloured Mountain Lion. Man and cat stood and stared at each other for around a minute before the lion turned and slowly walked into the trees. The lion was headed in the direction the leader wanted to go in, so he retraced his steps and walked around the forest instead.

Misty Figure

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Prince Arthur public house (now Brighton Beer Dispensary)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A misty figure, possibly female, is said to have occasionally been seen out of the corner of the eye. Disembodied footsteps were also reported and objects moved by unseen hands.


Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Private residences, Edge Hill area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1986/87
Further Comments: Footsteps which shook the bedroom were felt by two witnesses at different times, while a 'swishing' was heard as if someone was walking toward the kitchen and brushing the wall with clothing on several occasions. Large metal objects such as baking tins and colanders mysteriously disappeared and were never found. Another house on the same road reported poltergeist activity with heavy furniture being moved across the door in an empty bedroom, trousers flying around the room and people being awoken by loud clapping sounds.

Heavy Footsteps

Location: Hednesford (Staffordshire) - West Cannock Number 5 Mine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: Working alone in the offices of the converted mining engine house, a witness heard heavy footsteps coming up the metal fire escape staircase. They went to unlock the door to let the visitor in, but the staircase was empty and the bottom door to the staircase was locked. The witness was later told of the deaths of some workers in the mine in 1933.

Grey Lady

Location: Eyemouth (Borders) - Gunsgreen House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The house, at one time, was said to be haunted by the apparition of a woman in a grey dress.


Location: Christchurch (Dorset) - Nelson public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A pair of phantom sailors are said to haunt this pub.

White Lady

Location: Outer London: Greenford (Greater London) - River Brent, Costonís Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: It is said that the white lady died with her husband in the 1890s when their horse and trap slipped into the swollen river during bad weather. They were swept away; the lady was found a half mile downstream and her husband and his horse were recovered from under the old wooden bridge. It is believed she continues to look for her husband.


Location: Beaminster (Dorset) - Rose Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Phantom footsteps attributed to a Monmouth rebel were once said to haunt this site.


Location: Harrogate (Yorkshire) - Commercial site along Cold Bath Road (was a hotel)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: Although the site has not been an hotel for many years, on one occasion an employee spotted someone in a bed. Another witness has been shoved twice, in a room which is now used for storage, while others have seen a coffee cup move across a desk and an office chair shoot across the floor unaided.

Floor Shadow

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Guitar, Amp and Keyboard (GAK), North Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2019
Further Comments: CCTV taken in the shop showed a ghostly shadow moving across the floor. Cameras also recorded guitars gently swaying from side to side and an item falling off the wall with nobody close by.

Man Wearing Hessian

Location: Caistor (Lincolnshire) - Corner of Riby Road and A1173
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 February 2020, 22:00h
Further Comments: As a driver slowed down to take the sharp corner, he spotted an old man, stooped over wearing dark trousers, old hobnail boots and a jacket. The jacket was made from hessian, not dissimilar to an old grain sack. The man had string holding his trousers up. The driver looked again and there was nothing.


Location: Whaley Bridge (Derbyshire) - Co-op Store, Buxton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: A story in the national press claimed that CCTV footage showed shadowy shapes moving around the store, a door violently shaking, and objects being moved around when the store was closed. Store manager Leanne Williamson reported that staff members would often report an eerie atmosphere and the sensation of being watched or followed. The shop closed early on Halloween 2015 to avoid distressing staff members.


Location: Torrington (Devon) - Black Horse Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2019, and April 1998
Further Comments: According to a TripAdvisor review, a couple staying at this hotel in 2019 heard someone trying their door handle. When they opened the door, no one was present, but footsteps could be heard entering their room, walking towards the bathroom, and then back towards the bed. Another witness encountered a figure wearing what resembled Civil War era clothing in their room in 1998.


Location: Wirksworth (Derbyshire) - Private residence near Carsington Water
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: While exploring a derelict building, an urban explorer encountered a very strong feeling of dread, which caused them to turn around and leave.


Location: Canvey Island (Essex) - Area around former Canvey Anglican Convent
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2019
Further Comments: A cyclist returning home after a nightshift reported seeing an apparition of a nun before it vanished at the site of a former convent.

Short Lady

Location: EC4N (Greater London) - Unnamed house (no longer standing), St Swithin's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1850s
Further Comments: On several occasions a short older lady wearing a scruffy black dress was seen walking through the building by two children and their father living at the site. The children's mother never spotted this ghost but encountered the white face of a man looking down from the top of the staircase who was thought to be an intruder; a search found no living person.

Tall Woman in Black

Location: SE1 (Greater London) - Blackfriars Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely early twentieth century
Further Comments: A postman watched as a tall woman wearing black stood on the edge of the bridge and leapt into the river. The postman ran to the edge of the bridge and would have followed the woman in to save her if a policeman had not rushed over and stopped him. The postman told the officer what had happened, only to be told it was a ghost who performed the same action every day. The policeman told the postman to return at the same time the following day to see the woman make the suicidal jump again. The postman returned as requested and did indeed see the same woman in black repeat her suicide.

Bad Atmosphere

Location: EC3R (Greater London) - The Monument
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1750s - 1842
Further Comments: Elliott. O'Donnell wrote that something lurked at the top of the monument which compelled certain people to jump. The suicides ceased after a cage was placed around the top of the monument.


Location: SE1 (Greater London) - Three unidentified houses on Stamford Street (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1872
Further Comments: After the death of the landlord of these three, long term empty, properties, lights would be seen flitting around, and the occasional ghostly face seen at the windows.


Location: W1 (Greater London) - The Serpentine, Hyde Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Post 1816
Further Comments: Harriet Westbrook Shelley drowned herself in this lake. Her ghost, as well as others who had also taken their lives in the waters, were said to still occasionally walk the edge of the lake. One story has it that a ghostly hand once rose from the lake and was spotted by two women who continued to watch the apparition until it sank back into the water.

Human Foot

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Christ's Hospital (no longer standing)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Pre 1902
Further Comments: A human footprint was once visible in the stonework of this hospital. It was said to have been created when a ghostly beadle's wife stamped her foot in response to a disrespectful human.


Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Temple (exact location not given)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A certain room in Temple was haunted after a duel left one man dead, the manifestation a repeat of the fight.


Location: SW1 (Greater London) - Unnamed flat, Buckingham Palace Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, likely early twentieth century
Further Comments: The occupant of this flat would hear sounds in the kitchen when it should have been empty. On one occasion the occupant entered the kitchen early in the morning to find a maid kneeling on the floor, facing away. Not recognising the maid, the occupant challenged the maid, who turned around, revealing a pale white face and wide eyes, a sight so unnerving, the occupant fled the room calling for help. When help arrived moments later, the room was searched, but nothing could be found.

Naked Body

Location: W1 (Greater London) - Argyll Rooms (no longer standing), Argyll Street
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1828
Further Comments: A visitor to the playhouse was mortified to see a phantom body on the floor close to her seat. The body was mostly naked, partly covered by a cloak, and the visitor recognised the body as a friend. The following day news arrived that the friend had drowned in Southampton, around the time of the encounter.

Unearthly Sounds

Location: WC1N (Greater London) - Private flat, Great Coram Street (now known as Coram Street)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1872
Further Comments: Harriet Buswell was found dead on Christmas morning, her throat slit. Her killer was never found. The room in which her body was found became so haunted that it was kept permanently locked, although unearthly sounds would be heard emerging at night.

Anne Yeats

Location: WC1H (Greater London) - Unnamed residence, Cartwright Gardens (was known as Burton Crescent)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1884
Further Comments: Anne's body was discovered in the back room of one of the flats. Her murderer was never found. The flat became haunted, although the haunting seemed to fade when the Crescent was renamed.

Mrs Samuels

Location: WC1H (Greater London) - Unnamed residence, Cartwright Gardens (was known as Burton Crescent)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1878/79
Further Comments: Whoever killed Mrs Samuels was never found, but the flat where the crime was committed became so haunted and notorious that the number was changed in an attempt to lose the reputation.


Location: WC1N (Greater London) - Unidentified residence, Great James Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely early twentieth century
Further Comments: A flat along this road was said to be haunted by the sounds of footsteps, with the occasional manifestation of a male figure dressed in evening wear with a white handkerchief covering his face.

Madame de Beauclair

Location: SW1 (Greater London) - St James's Palace
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Madame de Beauclair was a good friend of the Duchess of Mazarine, and both lived in the palace grounds. They made a pact in which the first to die would appear to the other. The Duchess was first to die, and months passed without her ghost appearing. Then, without warning, one day the ghost appeared to Madame de Beauclair with the warning that the Madame would be dead by the following morning. Sure enough, at one in the morning, Madame de Beauclair died. Both women are said to have been seen since.

Ruggers Ball

Location: Taverham (Norfolk) - Skies south of Red Woods
Type: UFO
Date / Time: May 1972, 18:45h
Further Comments: A group of school children reported seeing a flat-bottomed UFO shaped like a ruggers ball hovering above woodland. The object had three bands of lights, hummed, and appears to disturb the tree line.

Rugby Ball

Location: Caistor St Edmund (Norfolk) - Caistor Hall Country Club
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 1965, around 16:00h
Further Comments: While stopping at the club to pick up a coat, Stanley Taylor watched an object hovering in the sky. He said it was the shape of a rugby ball and around the size of two double-decker buses. The dull silver object gave off a hum and, with a sudden 'whoosh' flew off, quickly becoming a dot in the clouds. Another person nearby was said to have heard the sound but did not witness the object.

Glowing Saucer

Location: Docking (Norfolk) - Outskirts of the village
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 1969, around midnight
Further Comments: Driving home from his shop, as Robin Peck approached the village his van's engine cut out. He climbed out of the vehicle and as he lifted the car's bonnet, Robin realised that this hair was standing up. It was then Robin realised that a glowing, saucer shaped object was hovering around ninety metres away. After a short while, the object darted away and the van started working again.

Possibly Piers

Location: Brent Pelham (Hertfordshire) - St Mary church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Piers Shonks, the fabled dragon slayer, may haunt the church where he was buried. A tall figure is said to haunt the churchyard, appearing to those who are in the area to cause mischief. When Piers' tomb was opened in 1835, the bones which were contained within were so large that witnesses said the person must have stood at least nine foot (2.74 metres) tall.

Cat Dog

Location: Swannington (Norfolk) - Woodland
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Circa 1975, after dark
Further Comments: A large black dog was seen by two witnesses as it ran across the road ahead of them. It moved more like a cat than dog, but did not look cat-like. One of the witnesses, a vet, was not able to identify it.

Spontaneous Fire

Location: Chatteris (Cambridgeshire) - Private residence, east of town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1983
Further Comments: While one family lived in this property, a number of strange events occurred. A semi-transparent woman, possibly a nun, was spotted gliding through the wall of the attic before disappearing through another wall. When one occupant was alone, they witnessed two children run up the staircase. A window would open itself, and in one instance, a fire started in an unused fireplace.


Location: Dudley (West Midlands) - Road alongside Woodside Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: A woman and her son walking along this road could hear shuffling footsteps behind them, although when they turned around, nothing could be seen. The sounds, and the feeling of being followed, lasted until the pair turned off the road.


Location: Stoney Stanton (Leicestershire) - 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.


Location: Sapcote (Leicestershire) - Bridge between village and Stoney Stanton, was known as Scholar's Bridge (may no longer stand)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A supernatural agency which lurked at this bridge at night was said to be a reoccurring terror for local villagers.

Banished Ghosts

Location: Hinckley (Leicestershire) - Between Lash Hill and Burbage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: A certain point between these two places was said to be home to a banished ghost which could still be heard calling out after dark. At least one person who walked the route after dark would play the fiddle as he walked, in order to appease the entity.

Crying Child

Location: Hinckley (Leicestershire) - Old Hall, no longer standing, was on site of the Vicarage, also no longer standing, now a leisure centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: A child was said to have been flogged to death in the old hall and took to haunting the site. Several ministers banished the spirit into a bottle which was cast into a pond on the grounds. It was said that humming could be heard coming from the pond after dark.

Not Known

Location: Leicester (Leicestershire) - Unidentified house, Sanvy Gate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1860
Further Comments: It was reported that a house here became haunted, although the finer points are not known.


Location: Leicester (Leicestershire) - Unidentified house, Friar Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1820
Further Comments: An invisible person with heavy boots was said to have taken up residence in a home along this road.

Mrs Smalley

Location: Leicester (Leicestershire) - Unidentified house near East Gates (likely to be no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After Mrs Smalley died in 1727, her ghost took up residence in her former home. The entity was banished by the vicar of St Martin's.

Headless Men

Location: Leicester (Leicestershire) - Between Leicester and 'Bambury, upon Dunmothe' (ed note - latter place cannot be located on modern maps)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Possibly fifteenth century?
Further Comments: An old account states that several men encountered a headless phantom crying out 'Bowes! Bowes!'.

Cellar Dweller

Location: Cotes (Leicestershire) - Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Even when spoken about in the nineteenth century, the haunted cellar was referred to as tradition, so if something strange was seen there, the details may have been lost to time.

Lost Tops

Location: Charnwood Forest (Leicestershire) - Trees in the area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 12 February 1554
Further Comments: There was a folk belief that when Lady Jane Grey, who once lived nearby, was beheaded, all the old oak tress lost their tops.

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