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Visited Fairyland

Location: Llanllawddog (Dyfed) - Cottage in Llangwyly (woodland), unlikely to be still standing
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: James Davies (aka Iago ap Dewi) was said to have disappeared for seven years, during which he visited the fairy kingdom, although he never admitted it.


Tiny Soldiers

Location: Crymych (Dyfed) - Frenni Fawr (mountain)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young shepherd spotted small, uniformed fairies dancing to a harp on the mountainside. He joined them and was instantly transported to fairyland. He was told he could eat or drink anything, but not to touch the water in a certain well. As expected, the shepherd did so, and was instantly teleported back to the mountain.


Dancing fairies

Location: Pontypool (Gwent) - Trevethin (was known as Trefethin), exact area not known
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A schoolgirl would dance with fairies under a crab apple tree, initially believing them to be other children, but eventually accepting them as fairy folk. After the novelty wore off, she gave up dancing with the fairies, but this displeased them; they dislocated her leg.


Large Dog

Location: Norton (Nottinghamshire) - Limetree Avenue
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Circa 1995
Further Comments: A driver and his passenger spotted a large black shaggy dog with red eyes standing in the road ahead of their car. They drove slowly past the creature, which tall enough to look down at the occupants through the driver side window. The driver then looked into his mirror to see the dog vanish.


William Hirons

Location: Alveston (Warwickshire) - Hironís Hole, close to Littleham Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: After November 1820
Further Comments: William Hirons was murdered and left on the roadside, his head concealed in a hole. His murderers were found and executed, but William was still heard to call out for help at night. The hole where William was found was said to be unfillable.


Hideous Man

Location: Bishopton (Warwickshire) - Private house (likely no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A man unable to sleep turned over in bed and came face-to-face with a hideous male figure standing beside him. The man punched the figure, only for his arm pass through the apparition. The man fled the house.


Crashing Sounds

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon (Warwickshire) - Private residence
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Strange sounds at this site ranged from disembodied footsteps to what was thought to be intruders smashing up the lower part of the house. On resident fled the house after hearing the front door open and close, followed by footsteps running up the staircase.


Hand

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon (Warwickshire) - Factory along Birmingham Road (now demolished)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s/70s
Further Comments: A burnt hand was seen several times pressed against windows, but when searches were made, the hand's owner could never be found. Doors would also be slammed and one member of staff was said to have quit after hearing a voice calling for help in an empty part of the factory.


Footsteps

Location: Wiggenhall St Peter (Norfolk) - Haunted House (demolished 1954)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1930s
Further Comments: A large house which stood here had the reputation of being haunted and was actually listed on the 1901 census by that name. One witness heard footsteps and spotted a doorknob turning, but upon investigation, there was no one present. The witness moved out soon after.


Dusty Shoemaker's Son

Location: Pencader (Dyfed) - Nearby Mountain
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Taffy, a shoemaker's son, entered a fairy circle on this mountain and danced for ten minutes before leaving. As he walked back to the village, Taffy realised he did not recognise any of the buildings, and on the site of his parents' cottage, an old farmhouse now stood. Taffy told his story to the farmer and then, as time caught up with him, turned to ash.


Dancing Place of the Goblin

Location: Llanwrin (Powys) - Tree in woodland near Mathafarn (woodland may no longer exists)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Under a certain yew-tree in the centre of the woodland a fairy circle was known as 'The Dancing Place of the Goblin'. Two lads once took a nap in the circle, and upon awaking, one had vanished. The missing lad reappeared a year later - he was grabbed out of the clutches of dancing goblins and saved.


Very Old Monk

Location: Clynnog-fawr (Gwynedd) - Monastery (no longer standing)
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A devout monk once fell asleep by a river and awoke a thousand years later. He found a monastery had been constructed during his rest and asked the occupants for a bed. The following morning all that remained of the monk was a pile of ash in the sheets.


The Fairy Led

Location: St Dogmaels (Dyfed) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Circa 1860s
Further Comments: The neighbourhood was the haunt of particularly pesky fairies who would lead men off the paths at night and let them wander aimlessly until dawn. One man claimed he had walked to the north pole, but of course, some people exaggerate.


Edwardian Woman

Location: Butler's Cross (Buckinghamshire) - Woodland close to Coombe Hill Monument
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 02 September 2020
Further Comments: A witness walking their dog spotted a young woman in Edwardian clothing glide left to right across a path before vanishing from view. A few weeks previous the same witness had seen a similar woman with a child, both dressed all in white, walking along a parallel path. They had vanished before the two paths intersected.


Entrance to Fairyland

Location: Vale of Neath (West Glamorgan) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Possible twelfth century
Further Comments: Elidurus visited fairyland via an entrance located somewhere in the Vale. In the other land, horses and greyhounds were the same as our world, only much smaller, the sky was always cloudy, and the fairies consumed only milk. Elidurus returned several times, but after trying to steal some gold for his mother, discovered that the doorway to fairyland was once again hidden.


Changelings

Location: Trefeglwys (Powys) - Shepherd's Cottage (likely no longer standing), nicknamed Place of Strife
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A few months after giving birth to twins, the mother noticed her children had been exchanged with fairy children as they did not grow. After consulting a wise man, the woman threw the children into the waters of Llyn Ebyr. Goblins in blue trousers suddenly appeared and snatched the changelings from the water, and returned the woman's real children.


Cold Spot

Location: King's Lynn (Norfolk) - Private residence, close to the docks
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: March - June 2002
Further Comments: Perhaps attached to a visitor who briefly stayed at this house, the site was subjected to several poltergeist-like incidents. These included a cold spot, bangs and doors opening unaided. A shadowy figure was seen in the kitchen, briefly mistaken for a real person before it faded away.


Woman with a Lamp

Location: Athenry (County Galway) - Wooded area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 July 2020, between 03:00h-04:00h
Further Comments: While playing Geocaching, two friends met an older lady with a lamp walking through the woods. Sharing the story once they arrived home, they discovered a family member had also met the older lady around 35 years previous. A legend says that a ghostly lady walks the area, looking for her son who had died.


Woman in Black

Location: Abermule (Powys) - Gate along the railway track to Montgomery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 1921
Further Comments: A woman in black spoke to a teenager along this track, expressing her disappointment that another train was not due for two hours. The witness believed that the woman was a victim of the rail crash here which took seventeen lives on 26 January 1921.


Vanishing Tools

Location: Mickleover (Derbyshire) - Beech House (no longer standing)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Pre 1994
Further Comments: While working in and around this site, workmen claimed their tools would go missing, only to reappear a few days later at different locations.


Officer

Location: Lee-on-Solent (Hampshire) - RNAS Lee-on-Solent (aka HMS Daedalus)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witness entering the control tower briefly spotted an RAF officer before the figure vanished. The site ceased being used by the RAF in 1939.


Sounds of Hunters

Location: Bedwellty (Gwent) - Mountain in the area, close to Ebbw Fawr
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Evan Thomas claimed to have scared away invisible fairy hunters by drawing his knife (it was said that fairies were afraid of knives and iron).


Gwyll

Location: Black Mountain (Powys) - Likely area north of Crickhowell
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A Gwyll which took the form of an old lady was said to haunt this mountain. She would be seen just in front of walkers and appear to slowly hobble, although no matter how fast witnesses would travel, she would always stay ahead. The entity would try to lure witnesses into marshland.


Fairy Bride

Location: Llyn y Dywarchen (Gwynedd) - Lake and a farm close by (likely no longer present)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A fairy married a mortal man with her father's blessing, on the condition that the man would never let iron touch her flesh. They lived together for many years, and had several children, but one day her knee was struck by a stirrup and she vanished back to the fairy realm. While she was not allowed to walk human lands again, she was permitted to float on the lake while balanced on a piece of turf, which she did to continue to talk to her husband.


Footsteps

Location: Diss (Norfolk) - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 2000s
Further Comments: An occupant was terrified one night by heavy footsteps walking the upper part of the property while they were downstairs. The footsteps were heard descending the staircase before stopping, only to restart walking in another room upstairs. Once the sun came up the occupant dared to go upstairs and found nothing disturbed.


Appearing Ring

Location: Leysdown-on-Sea (Kent) - Private residence
Type: Other
Date / Time: July 2020
Further Comments: A ring thought to have been thrown out several years previous was found in the middle of a floor of this property. The ring had a personalised message and had been a gift to an occupant from a life-long friend who had recently died.


Black Cat

Location: Totnes (Devon) - Area around Dartington Hall Estate
Type: ABC
Date / Time: Late 1990s
Further Comments: A farm worker watched a large black cat, the size of a dog, leap over a high boundary fence in a single bound.


Ashen-faced Girl

Location: EC4 (Greater London) - Northern Line into St Paul's tube station
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: On four consecutive days, a commuter on an early train sat opposite a girl whose long black hair covered her face, with only the tip of her nose visible. On the fourth day, as the commuter left the carriage, he realised that the ashen-faced girl was looking straight at him. The commuter never saw the girl again but was convinced that she was a ghost.


Gamekeeper

Location: Old Costessey (Norfolk) - Wooded area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A dog walker encountered a middle-aged man dressed in green and brown, wearing a cap and knee length boots, and carrying a rifle, on a folk along a wooded path. The dog walker said 'hello' and the man smiled back. The dog walker turned away for a moment, and when they looked back, the man had vanished. Sharing the encounter with neighbours, the dog walker was told that it was a gamekeeper from the 1920s, and that many people had seen him.


Rapturous Applause

Location: Totnes (Devon) - White Hart, Dartington Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1990s, after midnight
Further Comments: Staff closing up for the night have heard clapping and murmuring emerge from the empty great hall. When the site was checked, it was empty and locked.


Older Lady

Location: Outer London: Wallington (Greater London) - Private residence
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1961, late summer
Further Comments: A new mother was hanging out washing in the garden, with her baby in a pram nearby. The older lady next door popped her head over the fence and asked how the baby was doing. The mother chatted with the lady, but after taking the empty washing basket back indoors, suddenly realised the old lady had died before the baby was born.


Young Girl

Location: Scawsby (Yorkshire) - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2010
Further Comments: A woman in a bedroom became aware of a girl sitting on the bed. Believing the girl to be her sister's daughter, who was staying in an adjoining room, she reached out to touch her, but her hand passed through the figure.


Icy Hand

Location: Nether Padley (Derbyshire) - Private residence near Grindleford Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1985
Further Comments: A visitor to this property felt an icy hand grab their arm. The family dog would not go near the room where it occurred.


Child

Location: Poole (Dorset) - Baiter Park (former site of an isolation hospital)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Possible late 1990s
Further Comments: A ghostly figure of a small thin child standing by a bench was spotted by one witness. The entity and entity locked eyes before the ghost faded away.


Old Murphy

Location: Dundalk (County Louth) - Castletown Road leading to bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murphy originally hailed from the area and took to haunting this stretch of road. The sounds of ghostly rattling chains and clattering feet would be heard moving along the road, only ceasing when they reached the Castletown bridge.


Sarah

Location: Kingscourt (County Cavan) - Cabra Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sarah was a 1780s servant girl engaged in a secret love affair with the son of the owners. She fell pregnant, and once this was discovered she was taken into the forest and hanged from the bridge. A horse and carriage is also reputed to haunt the site, as is an early twentieth century soldier.


Inspector

Location: Billericay (Essex) - Police Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1976 onwards
Further Comments: The phantom Inspector was blamed for minor haunting occurrences, including a stapler which was thrown as an officer worked alone one night. The haunting ceased after a memorial was collated and displayed.


Giggling

Location: Sevenhampton (Wiltshire) - Road outside Elipses Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2014, 23:00h
Further Comments: In order to make a telephone call, a driver pulled off the A420 and stopped outside a farm. The driver then heard a girl giggle in the darkness and spotted a white shape in the driver's wing mirror and the rear-view mirror, although the shape vanished when they turned their head.


Stockroom Prankster

Location: Ipswich (Suffolk) - Woolworths (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 2008
Further Comments: Staff would feel as if they were not alone in the stockroom and the door would occasionally slam shut and jam.


Maiden

Location: Swansea (West Glamorgan) - Crumlyn Lake (aka Llyn Crymlyn), now Crymlyn Bog
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A fairy maiden was said to live in the waters of this lake. It was also said a large town once stood here but it was swallowed by the lake (after the locals insulted Saint Patrick) and then used by the fairies to contract their kingdom. A slight variation says the fairies were once the townsfolk before they were submerged. Bells could occasionally be heard coming from the water.


Fairy Mine

Location: Brecon Beacons (Powys) - Exact area unknown, but possibly mountain closest to Aberbeeg
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man crossing the mountain watched a fairy coal mine at work. The operation was taking place in complete silence, and the witness knew that no mortal mine existed in the area.


Fairy Assault

Location: Cwmcarn (was known as Abergwyddon up to 1817) (Gwent) - Trwyn Farm
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre 1817
Further Comments: The farm owners would leave milk and bread out for the local fairy to ensure it did not create mischief. On one occasional, a servant drank the milk and eat the bread, after left water and crusts for the entity. A short time later the servant was grabbed by unseen hands and flung around, and a voice warned never to commit the offense again.


Fairy Islands

Location: Milford Haven (Dyfed) - Off coast
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Green fairy islands could be seen off the coast here, thought to be heavily populated and connected to the mainland via a secret undersea network.


Wattie

Location: Loch Watten (Highland) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 21 April 1923
Further Comments: Peter Haining wrote that Colonel Arthur Trimble had spotted a creature with a long neck and large head was seen in this loch. Karl Shuker has written a rather detailed article on his website which dismisses the encounter as highly likely to be fiction.


Hugh Ripley

Location: Ripon (Yorkshire) - Wakeman's House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Ongoing (so it is said)
Further Comments: The town has a famous ritual which involves blowing the Charter Horn, traditionally used to warn against Viking raiders before its use became ritual. Hugh was the first mayor of Ripon and was obsessed with ensuring that the horn was blown correctly, watching over its use every day. If the horn is not blown correctly, Hugh will appear and gaze out of the attic window disapprovingly. Some say the town will be hit by disaster if the horn is not respected.


Coloured Stones

Location: Snowdonia (Gwynedd) - Smaller circle of stones close to the Druid Stones, Sychnant Pass
Type: Legend
Date / Time: May no longer be standing
Further Comments: The three coloured stones which once stood here - red, white, and blue - were said to be three women who worked on the Sabbath. Petrified for the sin, the stones retained the colours of the clothing they wore.


Giant Rib

Location: Llangynog (Powys) - St Melangell's Church, Pennant Melangell
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A rather large rib, thought to belong to a mammoth, was once said to belong to a giant or Saint Melangell. The saint was famous for saving a hare from a hunt, and local superstition prevented anyone from hare hunting near the church.


Poetry or Madness

Location: Snowdonia (Gwynedd) - Maen du'r Arddu
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One legend says that anyone sleeping here will awake either a poet or mad.


Arthur's Horse

Location: Pennal (Gwynedd) - Carn March Arthur (close to Afon Dyffryn Gwyn)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A rock along this river is said to feature hoof prints where King Arthur's horse landed after leaping across the (now drained and removed) estuary.


Sir John Wynn of Gwydir

Location: Betws y Coed (Clwyd) - Rhaeadr Ewynnol (aka Swallow Falls) Waterfall
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sir John was said to have oppressed anyone who stood in his way. After he died, his spirit was said to have been sent to stand under the waterfall to be punished and purified.


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