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Druid

Location: Llanddaniel Fab (Gwynedd) - Bryn Celli Ddu
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa 1802
Further Comments: A farmer who thought the prehistoric monument contained treasure entered the chamber, only to come face-to-face with a pale ghostly druid. The farmer fled, but later returned and realised that the figure was just a tall white stone.


Nick's Hole

Location: Briantspuddle Heath (Dorset) - Culpepper's Dish
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend said that this deep, naturally occurring pit was dug out by the devil.


Mermaid

Location: Little Wenlock (Shropshire) - Dary Pit (pool at the foot of the Ercall), likely now known as Dairy Pit
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An inland mermaid was once said to live in this pit. Another story says the pit would be used to lay troublesome spirits.


Milk Seller

Location: Shrewsbury (Shropshire) - Raven Meadow (now Smithfield)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman who sold watered down milk was cursed to walk the area after death reciting, 'Weight and measure sold I never, milk and water sold I ever'.


Wagon Driver

Location: Edgmond (Shropshire) - Lane between Edgmond and Adeney
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1868
Further Comments: A drunk wagon driver who was killed after being run over by his own cart was said to have returned to the scene.


Murder Gap

Location: Wenlock Edge (Shropshire) - Gap in a fence along the road leading to Church Stretton (unlikely to still be visible)
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A son who murdered his father dragged the body through a hedge along this road in an attempt to hide it. The following day, the hedge opened up, revealing the body. From that day onwards, no matter what was done to close the gap, it would always be reopened by the following day.


Sometimes Headless Man

Location: Ellesmere (Shropshire) - Unidentified house at Hampton Wood, and road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After a series of murders occurred at the house, the area became haunted by a man who could apparently choose whether to have a head or not. On one occasion the ghost manifested on a horse which was being ridden through the area. A minister banished the ghost after a three-day battle, forcing it into a glass bottle which was placed inside three iron chests and buried under a barn, to remain for 99 years.


Giant Arm

Location: Bridgnorth (Shropshire) - Road from Cleobury North, around one mile from Bridgnorth
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1830s
Further Comments: A woman and her friends were travelling back to Bridgnorth in a horse-drawn carriage when the creature suddenly stopped. The woman climbed from the carriage and tried to motivate the horse but was flung on the ground by an unseen force. A giant arm and hand then manifested, wrapped around the horse's neck. The distant ringing of church bells caused the arm to vanish, with the horse able to resume the journey. The woman later discovered that her aunt had died at the same time the arm had appeared.


Headless Woman

Location: Ellesmere (Shropshire) - Crossroads along Lyneal Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A headless phantom woman was blamed for causing horses pulling a cart to panic. The cart they were pulling turned over, killing the driver. Twelve months later, the man's son was said to have been killed in an identical accident caused by the same ghost. The crossroads was said to be the burial place of an unknown man who had a stake pushed through his body to ensure he did not return.


One Man and his Dog

Location: Surlingham (Norfolk) - Ferry House inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghostly man and his dog were said to empty any half finished glasses of beer if left out overnight.


Unknown

Location: Long Stratton (Norfolk) - Swan Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This site is said to be haunted, although the exact details are not known.


Unknown

Location: Harlow (Essex) - Canons Brook Golf Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A brief mention on the Camra website says the clubhouse may have a ghost.


Lavina

Location: Mulbarton (Norfolk) - World's End public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lavina, a former barmaid, was said to have been murdered after refusing his advances. Even though the crime happened over two hundred years ago, the room where the murder occurred remains sealed.


Labrador

Location: Garboldisham (Norfolk) - Fox Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The black Labrador of a former landlord is reputed to haunt the site.


Figure

Location: Coopersale (Essex) - Theydon Oak public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An unidentified entity is said to occasionally quietly pass by the inglenook fireplace and venture down to the cellar.


Dog

Location: Chatteris (Cambridgeshire) - Cross Keys Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly dog is said to remain at the hotel.


Chef

Location: Wisbech (Cambridgeshire) - Angel Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is claimed that the pub is haunted by a former chef.


Mama!

Location: Wolverhampton (West Midlands) - Little Civic
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: The bar manager claimed to have heard the word 'Mama!' being called out while alone in the cellar. It was claimed that the cellar was home to three ghosts - a little girl, a young woman, and an angry man.


Woman

Location: Thorney (Cambridgeshire) - Dog in a Doublet public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom woman is said to walk past just outside the pub. The building is also home to the traditional poltergeist which moves small items around.


Barrel Mover

Location: St Albans (Hertfordshire) - White Hart public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown, prior to 2008
Further Comments: The entity here was blamed when heavy barrels in the cellar were found moved, even though no (living) person had been down there. Another story had a guest complain that the guests in the neighbouring room had been particularly noisy, even though no one else was staying in any other room on that particular night.


Spinning Balls

Location: Caldbeck (Cumbria) - Crossroads at Goose Green
Type: UFO
Date / Time: March 1998, approx 20:00h
Further Comments: Two witnesses watched three large white spinning balls holding equal distance from each other for around twelve minutes. The balls eventually moved at speed; one flew left, one right, and the third straight up, all vanishing from sight within a couple of seconds.


Fred

Location: Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) - Cock Inn, Werrington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Not much is known about this ghost, other than being nicknamed Fred.


Headless Dog

Location: Yeaton (Shropshire) - Road between village and Baschurch
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The site of a murder which took place many years ago was said to have become home to a headless black dog.


Large Dog

Location: Montford (Shropshire) - Road running by church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: The large hound which was reputed to haunt the area may have been mistaken for a ghostly donkey which quickly dissipated into mist when kicked by a passerby.


Chamber Maid

Location: March (Cambridgeshire) - Ye Olde Griffin Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former employee of the hotel was said to have found it hard to let of her job.


Harry Kirk

Location: Elton (Cambridgeshire) - Black House public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Harry Kirk, former full-time landlord and part-time hangman, was reputed to haunt this pub.


Headless Horse

Location: Welwyn (Hertfordshire) - White Horse Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The headless horse which runs along this road was said to have been a casualty during the civil war.


Unknown

Location: Aveley (Essex) - Old Ship Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Campaign for Real Ale website mentions this site is haunted, although the finer points are not stated.


Brodie

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Deacon Brodie's Tavern and Brodie's Close
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Deacon William Brodie, respected upstanding citizen by day, sly robber at night, was caught and hanged for his crimes in 1788. The novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was based (loosely) on his life. Brodie's ghost is now said to leave the tavern and quickly cross the road to the close which has also taken his name.


Footsteps

Location: Pontypool (Gwent) - Unidentified house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1905
Further Comments: Padded footsteps and the sound of someone dragging a heavy box could be detected late at night.


Two Ladies

Location: SE15 (Greater London) - Unnamed residence, Queen's Road, Peckham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1905
Further Comments: After a rumour started that two ghostly white women had been seen in an empty house, people started to gather here after dark in the hope of spotting a spook. The police came to disperse the crowd.


Fire Starters

Location: Paisley (Renfrewshire) - Hillhead House (likely no longer standing)
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1905
Further Comments: A band of boys claiming to be ghost hunting managed to set fire to the property causing substantial damage. They were birched as punishment.


Coughing

Location: EC3 (Greater London) - Alley linking St Mary At Hill and Lovat Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 03 November 2003
Further Comments: A person walking through the alley heard footsteps following behind and a loud cough - they spun around, but no one could be seen. They retraced their steps and looked up and down St Mary At Hill but still no one could be seen.


Large Cat

Location: Bullgill (Cumbria) - General area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: Circa 2009
Further Comments: Sighted in fields around this area, this large cat was said to be too big to be a normal cat, and too small to be anything else.


White Lady

Location: Crosby (Cumbria) - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009
Further Comments: A white woman was said to appear looking out the window of a house, while wo men and a phantom crying girl were also reported.


Fast Moving Light

Location: Marlow (Buckinghamshire) - Skies over the town
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Circa 1999, summer, 02:00h
Further Comments: Two people in a garden watched a light in the sky as it moved fast, suddenly stop, and move back on itself before disappearing.


Knocker

Location: WC1 (Greater London) - Private residence
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2010
Further Comments: An entity hear would start knocking when a person entered the bathroom. The knocking would stop once the entity was acknowledged.


Black Mist

Location: SW1 (Greater London) - Buckingham Gate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2020
Further Comments: A black smoke was seen to manifest and cross the road before abruptly vanishing while apparently moving towards the palace.


Cleaner

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: The ghost which is said to haunt this cinema is said to clear dirty areas and tweak the volume on films.


Shadowy Figure

Location: Solihull (West Midlands) - Private residence, Chelmsley Wood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2018/9
Further Comments: A shadowy figure wearing a Fedora and coat was spotted by several occupants of a flat. Electronic toys would also turn themselves on for no apparent reason.


Saucer

Location: Coventry (West Midlands) - Wyken Croft
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Summer 1972
Further Comments: While staying with relatives, a witness watched a saucer shaped object with blue lights. The saucer was bright metal, and the object hovered for a while before moving off at high speed. The witness ran downstairs to tell someone but was so shocked that they were unable to speak, and realised that even although the sighting only appeared to last a few minutes, three hours had gone by.


Man on Horse

Location: Camerton (Somerset) - Skinner's Hill towards A367
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa May/June 1984, just after sunset
Further Comments: While travelling up the hill, a cyclist spotted what looked like a man on horseback just ahead, illuminated by a passing car. The figure wore a cape or long coat with a hat, and just faded away. Despite making the same journey hundreds of times, the witness never spotted the horseman again.


Black Dog

Location: Garndiffaith (Gwent) - Varteg Road, Coombs Cross
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century, 00:30h
Further Comments: One witness claimed to have encountered a black dog while walking along the road. The witness tried to stroke it, but his hand passed through the creature. The dog then walked alongside the man until he reached Coombs Cross, when it jumped eight foot (2.4 metres) into the air and disappeared into the cemetery.


Lady in a Hat

Location: EC1A (Greater London) - Private residence on Hanover Square (likely no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1902
Further Comments: A wife and husband both spotted a face manifest at the foot of their bed, both describing it as a woman wearing a large hat.


A Ghost Returns

Location: EC1A (Greater London) - Unknown house on Snow Hill (likely no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1905
Further Comments: An old newspaper article mentions the return of a 'Cock Lane Ghost' along this road, although the exact details are not specified.


Older Lady

Location: Birkenhead (Cheshire) - Woodchurch Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1905
Further Comments: Dressed in black and wearing a bonnet, an older lady would be briefly seen along this road before suddenly vanishing. A newspaper reported cyclists had to break sharply to avoid hitting her. Other witnesses spotted a small ball of fire which quickly disappeared.


White Figure

Location: Solihull (West Midlands) - Road between town and Elmdon Heath
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1907
Further Comments: Tales of a phantom dressed in white were put to bed after a worker was found walking along the road by police at night. It was said he wore white to ensure he was seen by motorcyclists.


Robert Adams

Location: Nelson (Lancashire) - Engineers' Arms public house (no longer open)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa April 1905
Further Comments: After landlord Robert Adams died, his phantom returned. He would be seen drinking behind the bar through a window, although when the new landlord turned up to investigate, the ghost disappeared upstairs and created a great deal of noise.


Yellow Woman

Location: Rhymney (Gwent) - Salvation Army Barracks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1905
Further Comments: A tall ghostly woman dressed in yellow and with a malignant face was observed by an officer in the hall. Six others stayed up on night to see if they could encounter the entity, which they did.


Old Shuck

Location: Blakeney (Norfolk) - Long Lane
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lane is another site where the black shuck was said to wander after dark.


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