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Suicide

Location: Abbots Leigh (Somerset) - Old Leigh Courthouse (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: The courthouse was supposed to be haunted by a woman who cut her own throat. The bangs and crashes which her spirit created were so alarming that parts of the building were locked up at night. The courthouse was later demolished. The creative image of the ghost is from 'The Astrologer of the Nineteenth Century' (1825).


 
Healing Waters

Location: Glen Lyon (Argyll and Bute) - Mineral Wishing Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Once upon a time, people would leave gifts next to the well in return for it bestowing magical waters to the giver.


 
Footsteps

Location: Outer London: Greenford (Greater London) - Royal British Legion Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: Footsteps have been heard to cross the wooden dance floor when nobody present, breezes have been felt as they brush past and items have been moved whilst nobody in the Club.


 
Young Girl

Location: Northallerton (Yorkshire) - Northallerton Prison (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre January 2014
Further Comments: The prison was said to be haunted by the ghost of an eleven year old girl who was imprisoned for stealing bread.


 
Child

Location: Ennistymon (County Clare) - Private cottage, south side of town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: A visitor to the cottage fell ill at ease and became convinced that it was haunted, something to do with the death of a child. Another visitor to the cottage experienced nothing in the building, but felt that the town had 'the guts and heart knocked out of it.' Later research revealed that several children had been murdered close to the cottage by Crown Auxiliaries during the War of Independence.


 
Pacing Man

Location: Dover (Kent) - Castle Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010, January 2012 (or possibly 2011)
Further Comments: During renovation of the inn, two painters spotted a man walking around the upper part of the building. They investigated but could not find the man, nor any way the figure could have left the area. Around the same time, the landlady reported rustling on the staircase and keys which jangled unaided. In 2012 the only guest in the inn spotted three men in long shabby coats and hats having a meeting in the room next door, yet the room should have been empty.


 
Older Lady

Location: Scarborough (Yorkshire) - A171
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 05 November 2019
Further Comments: While travelling as a passenger on a Whitby bound bus, a witness noted an older lady on the bottom deck sitting a few seats behind. The lady cast a dim reflection in the window, and the witness could see her from the corner of the eye. The lady had no way of exiting the bus, but disappeared before the bus reached its destination, with no possible means of leaving. There are stories of the lady joining people in their cars on this stretch of road.


 
Woman

Location: Knighton (Powys) - George and Dragon Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 2005
Further Comments: Haunted by the spirit of a woman who lost her baby, the paranormal activity here decreased after a new owner took over the establishment.


 
Movement

Location: Hay-on-Wye (Powys) - Old Black Lion
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A guest staying at the inn once reported hearing someone moving around in an adjacent room, only to find they had been the only person there for the night. The site is occasionally used by ghost hunting teams.


 
Girl on Stairs

Location: Machynlleth (Powys) - Plas Machynlleth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This house is reportedly haunted by many ghosts, including the apparition of a young girl who appears on the staircase.


 
Street Urchin

Location: Llandrindod Wells (Powys) - Laughing Dog Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A previous resident claimed to have experienced furniture moved by an unseen hand, as well as seeing a young boy similar to a Dickensian street urchin. Another witness has seen a lady in Victorian dress sat knitting in a rocking chair.


 
Llywarch Hen

Location: Machynlleth (Powys) - Plas Dolguog Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The poet Llywarch Hen is rumoured to haunt the hotel. A cheerful male spirit named Charles with an injured leg has also been seen on the staircase, along with a female spirit known as Mary who frequents a rocking chair in the parlour room.


 
Unusual Figure

Location: Porton (Wiltshire) - Down, along an ancient track
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2018
Further Comments: A witness spotted a figure in unusual clothing. The figure vanished before the witness could move closer.


 
Male Voice

Location: Wadebridge (Cornwall) - Pengenna Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A relative of an owner once had her named called out by a male voice. Upon searching the house, she found it to be empty. The site has been used by ghost hunting events teams, and it is claimed shadowy figures have been seen and disembodied footsteps heard.


 
Abuser

Location: Llangattock (Powys) - Stone known as The Lonely Shepherd (aka Peaky Stone)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 June (or Midsummer Eve) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The stone is said to have once been an abusive farmer who drove his wife to commit suicide in the nearby river. A witch who witnessed the abuse turned the farmer into a stone, permitting him to move one day a year, when he wanders the area calling out his wife's name.


 
Singers

Location: Llangattock (Powys) - Caves in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 June (or Midsummer Eve) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A ghostly choir was said to sing once a year within the cave network.


 
Dancing Devil

Location: Llangattock (Powys) - Field north of Llangattock Park
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 23 June (or Midsummer Eve) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: On the eve of Midsummer, the Devil would emerge and spend time dancing with the local fairies around a clump of trees.


 
Noah

Location: Tintagel (Cornwall) - Old Post Office
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: According to the custodian, a room in the former post office is haunted by a spirit known as Mrs Noah, a name which was spelled out in Morse code by a flickering light. A visitor once fled the building after seeing a ghostly old woman lying in an upstairs bed.


 
Smuggler

Location: Verwood (Dorset) - Eastworth Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former inn, the house was supposed to be haunted by a smuggler hanged from a nearby tree. A resident claimed to have heard the spirit walking up the staircase and opening doors on several occasions.


 
Human Torch

Location: Bloxworth (Dorset) - Bloxworth House (prior to restoration)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1970s
Further Comments: Prior to restoration, the grounds of the manor house were reportedly haunted by the tall, glowing apparition of a man.


 
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted

Location: Askerswell (Dorset) - Spyway Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman who died of a scientifically implausible broken heart was said to haunt the inn.


 
Man in Cloak

Location: Bishops Caundle (Dorset) - White Hart Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A shadowy figure in a cloak has been observed in the inn.


 
Sickness Indicator

Location: Bridport (Dorset) - Boot Inn (no longer open)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One story says that the inn was haunted by a phantom which would only manifest when a guest was unwell. A soldier and a man in old fashioned clothing were also said to haunt the site.


 
Sobbing Woman

Location: Bridport (Dorset) - Hope and Anchor public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom woman is said to sob in this public house.


 
Harmonium Player

Location: Broadmayne (Dorset) - Conygar
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century?
Further Comments: The house was said to be supposedly haunted by several spirits, including a ghostly figure once seen crouching beside a bedroom door of a former resident, and an entity that has been heard playing a harmonium kept in the empty games room.


 
Child

Location: Charmouth (Dorset) - Old building (no longer standing) on site of current post office
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1890s
Further Comments: The occupants of this property were terrified by loud noises, the source of which could not be discovered. When the house was destroyed by fire in 1885, the old skeleton of a child was discovered in the garden.


 
Sitting Figure

Location: Charmouth (Dorset) - George public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom said to haunt this site sits on a chair, although the furniture is no longer present.


 
Two Men

Location: Brecon (Powys) - Guildhall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A popular place for event-based ghost hunts, the site is said to be haunted by a young girl, and two men who sit in the upper gallery.


 
Maid

Location: Conwy (Clwyd) - Pensychnant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The first floor of this property was home to a phantom maid, close to the site where she was murdered by the gardener.


 
Small Man

Location: Menai Bridge (Powys) - Anglesey Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The pub is reputed to be haunted by a short older man.


 
Friendly Thing

Location: Builth Wells (Powys) - Llanelwedd Arms Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost which was said to haunt this site was described as friendly.


 
A Husband Away

Location: Brecon Beacons (Dyfed) - Llwynywormwood, also known as Llwynywermod
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: Circa 1870
Further Comments: In an estate now owned by the Prince of Wales, one former occupant claimed to have seen her husband in a bedroom, even though he was four hundred miles from the property at the time.


 
Once Upon a Time

Location: Brecon (Powys) - Abercamlais House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The main bedroom was once said to be haunted although the finer points of the phantom are not known.


 
Rocking Figure

Location: Eddleston (Borders) - Barony Castle Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former owner has been seen in a rocking chair, accompanied by the scent of brandy and cigars. A faceless woman in a blue dress has also been seen rushing through the corridors, while one room is said to be haunted by a lady who stands at the bottom of the bed.


 
Stable Boy

Location: Carlops (Borders) - Allan Ramsay Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s?
Further Comments: Paranormal investigators who visited the hotel reported seeing the apparition of a stable boy, whilst another claimed to have had his bed shaken by a pair of unseen hands.


 
Arthur Bryant Haig

Location: Melrose (Borders) - Bemersyde House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Post 1918
Further Comments: Former owner of the house, Arthur Bryant Haig, is still said to mount his (now phantom) chestnut horse and ride through his lands towards a nearby river.


 
Wonder-Working Occupant

Location: Selkirk (Borders) - Aikwood Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One old book describes the phantom occupant of the Jingler's Room in Aikwood Tower as 'Wonder-Working', although the exact details are not given. The tower also has links to the wizard Michael Scott.


 
Maid

Location: Walworth (Durham) - Walworth Castle Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The castle is reputed to be haunted by a maid who was bricked up behind a wall after an affair with lord of the manor resulted in pregnancy. She is reputedly seen emerging from the wall or heard climbing a spiral staircase.


 
Laughing and Crying

Location: Leigh (Lancashire) - Leigh Spinners Mill, Park Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: A former cotton spinning mill, the site is now home to mysterious whistles which have been caught on EVP in the Engine House and the Heritage Room. Disembodied footsteps, children laughing, and crying have also been heard and icy cold blasts of air experienced.


 
Murder Suicide

Location: Bolton (Lancashire) - Former Tax Office and ABC Capitol Cinema, Churchgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1800s onwards
Further Comments: The Tax office and Cinema were built upon former slums Antelope Court. In one of the slums a murder suicide occurred in the 1800s. Ever since, workers of both building reported equipment activating by unseen hands, lights flickering on and off and the spectre of an old man, thought to be the murderer, and his wife, the victim, have been seen.


 
Woman in Old Fashioned Dress

Location: Christchurch (Dorset) - Area around Mill Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area around the mill and nearby quay is haunted by the apparition of a lady wearing a long old-fashioned dress with a bonnet.


 
Woman in the Water

Location: Hafod Uchtryd, aka Hafod Estate (Dyfed) - Waterfall on the estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 October 2018
Further Comments: Dave Newnham, the estate manager, spotted a woman standing in the waterfall. He realised that the figure wasn't a physical being and managed to take a photograph before the figure merged with the water. The photograph does show what appears to be the legs and torso of a blurred figure standing in the water.


 
Demon Child

Location: New Tredegar (Gwent) - Private house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: Several tabloids carried the story of a family which was subjected to poltergeist-like behaviour (called demonic by some outlets) which started after a game was played with a Ouija board. It was claimed that a photograph was taken on the property which showed a blue-faced child with a tail.


 
Nuns

Location: Newport (Gwent) - Tredegar House, Coedkernew
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mostly unknown, bloody carpet on Friday 13 (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Phantom nuns were seen walking through the courtyard, while in other areas, disembodied footfalls have occurred. One local legend says that whenever Friday falls on the thirteenth of a month, one carpet on the site develops a bloodstain which vanishes as the day ends.


 
The Damned

Location: Monmouth (Gwent) - Cemetery
Type: Vampire
Date / Time: 1980
Further Comments: A sighting of a cloaked, vampire-like entity seen standing next to the cemetery in 1980 was explained 38 years later when Dave Vanian of The Damned admitted he went for a late night walk after recording at Rockfield Studios. As he walked through the cemetery dressed in a black cloak, he was spotted by the driver of a mini who almost crashed. The story of the cloaked figure appeared in the press a few days later, and Vanian decided not to say anything.


 
Fire

Location: Christchurch (Dorset) - Candlemas Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fire has been seen being reflected in the upper rear windows, although the source has not been found.


 
Nursemaid

Location: Talsarnau (Gwynedd) - Maes-y-Neuadd
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Morfa Suite was said to be home to a ghostly nursemaid who has the effect of mollifying witnesses and helping them have a peaceful night's sleep.


 
Hanging Woman

Location: Shrewsbury (Shropshire) - Prince Rupert Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Room Six is said to be home to a phantom woman who has been spotted hanging from the ceiling. Other rooms have much less grisly mild poltergeist activity which result in small objects being moved around.


 
Fisherman

Location: Forfar (Angus) - Stag Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2018 (poltergeist)
Further Comments: It was reported that there is a ghostly figure of an old fisherman who sits in corner of restaurant with his back to the kitchen wall. Poltergeist activity has also been observed - in 2018 CCTV caught a cup and milk jug as they flew off a kitchen shelf (on the wall which backs on to the phantom fisherman's favourite corner). At other times, objects which have been left on shelfing has been found relocated to the floor.


 
The Press-Ganged

Location: Morecambe (Lancashire) - Golden Ball public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This site is said to have been a popular place to press-gang sailors and is still home to phantoms who object to being forced to sea.


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