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Witch of Saratoga

Location: Watford (Northamptonshire) - Old Star and Garter (now private residences)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: late 1700s
Further Comments: Angeline Tubbs gained her reputation as a witch in American, where she is said to have been able to summon storms, but she was born in this public house.


 
Galloping Horses

Location: Tockholes (Lancashire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A ghostly herd of horses is said to haunt this area.


 
Minnie Stott

Location: Bolton (Lancashire) - Bradshawgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1987
Further Comments: A teenager who worked for a nearby garage watched a mist as it formed into a human-like shape at the top of a set of steps. The teenager was shocked when later shown a picture of Minnie Stott, a young woman murdered in the 1940s, as that was the figure she had seen manifest.


 
Old Man

Location: Fishburn (Durham) - Private residence, north of town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1956
Further Comments: When a new family purchased this property, it required a great deal of work. However, whenever renovations were performed, they were undone by an unseen hand; a newly installed fuse box was wrenched off the wall, and a new fire in the front room was damaged when soot fell from a chimney which had recently been swept. One of the occupants would occasionally spot an old man sitting on the end of their bed, while another family member would hear a man calling out 'Mary', the name of a former occupant.


 
Screaming

Location: Aberdaron (Gwynedd) - St Mary's well
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s - July 2019, evening hours
Further Comments: From this spot screaming and chanting can be heard at dusk, thought to be coming from the nearby Bardsey island.


 
Footsteps

Location: Yeovil (Somerset) - Shop along Middle Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 2000s
Further Comments: Marching footsteps could be heard in the upper part of the building in the evening. It was said that the building was used for drills during the Second World War.


 
Moaning

Location: Saltburn-by-the-Sea (Yorkshire) - Creek leading to the sea (around six miles inland)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Pre nineteenth century, windy days (reoccurring)
Further Comments: When the wind was strong, a terrible groaning could be heard coming from the creek, which the fishermen believed to be a warning that the sea would take a life.


 
A Sea Man

Location: Skinningrove (Yorkshire) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Pre nineteenth century
Further Comments: A man was caught in the sea by fishermen and kept for many weeks in a cottage where he lived on a diet of fish. After a while the 'sea man' returned to the sea, waving goodbye to people standing on the coast before diving down and never returning.


 
Kelpie

Location: Middleham (Yorkshire) - River Ure
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After the sun goes down, a water beast was said to emerge from the river and start hunting. It was said to take at least one human life per year.


 
Ringing

Location: Whitby (Yorkshire) - Off coast, close to Black Nab
Type: Legend
Date / Time: October 31 (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: A ship carrying bells stolen from the abbey was sunk at the Black Nab while trying to escape. On halloween, one can stand close to the rock and call out their love's name. In return, the wind repeats the name and the bells can be heard to ring.


 
Wellness Indicators

Location: Whitby (Yorkshire) - Ragwells (exact locations not known)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Likely pre-nineteenth century
Further Comments: Shirts or other articles of clothing belonging to seriously ill people would be cast into the waters of wells in this area. If the clothing floated, the person recover. If the item sank, death would soon follow.


 
No Running from Fate

Location: Great Ayton (Yorkshire) - Roseberry Topping (hill)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A Northumbrian princess was told on a certain day her son would drown. To prevent the death, the princess took her son and climbed to the top of this hill, which stands over three hundred metres tall, and is far away from rivers and the sea. Tired after the ascent, the princess fell asleep. Her son wandered away and discovered a small spring on the side of the hill. By the time the princess awoke and found her son, he had drowned in the spring's water.


 
Wishing Well

Location: Northallerton (Yorkshire) - St John's Well, close to the ruins of priory at Mount Grace (may no longer exist)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Wishes were said to be granted if you stuck a pin into an ivy leaf before casting it into this well.


 
Mabel

Location: WC1H (Greater London) - Mabel's Tavern
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: Mabel was a former landlady who is now said to return to the tavern. She has been heard calling out the name of the newer landlady, and also heard operating a dumb waiter, even though the equipment had previously been removed from the pub.


 
Life or Death

Location: Great Ayton (Yorkshire) - Well dedicated to Saint Oswalde (or Chapel Well - there appears to be some confusion)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was said that the well was aware whether the sick would live or die. An article of clothing belonging to the ill person could be thrown in; if it floated, the person would recover, and if it sank, then all bets were off.


 
Moved Materials

Location: Marrick (Yorkshire) - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The church was due to be constructed upon the hill by the village, but each time construction was to begin, stones and mortar were moved a half mile out of the village. After the third time, the architect gave up and built it where the materials were left.


 
Relocation

Location: Easingwold (Yorkshire) - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The church was due to be built in the middle of this small market town, but the construction materials and tools were moved overnight to the place the church now stands.


 
Relocated

Location: Hinderwell (Yorkshire) - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The church was due to be built in a nearby field, but all the building materials would be moved overnight to the location where it now stands.


 
Monk

Location: Southend (Essex) - Priory Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly monk is reputed to walk through this piece of parkland.


 
Lost Bell

Location: Danbury (Essex) - Bell Common
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Having stole the church bell, the Devil dropped it on the common, where it sunk into the earth. The bell is said to still be buried there today.


 
Sister Lucy

Location: Runwell (Essex) - Our Lady's Well
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sister Lucy ran away from her chapel, but realising she had made a mistake, tried to return. She slipped as she passed the well and drowned in its waters. Her ghost is now said to haunt the area. The same location is also said to be home to a phantom horse.


 
Polly

Location: Great Maplestead (Essex) - Crossroads
Type: Other
Date / Time: 31 October Halloween (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Polly Mills' body was discovered in the castle lake and, as she was believed to be a witch, was buried at a crossroads in the village. It is said every Halloween, a posse of fresh flowers appears by her grave.


 
Moving Stone

Location: Beauchamp Roding (Essex) - Church on top of hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: When the church was being constructed in the village, building materials were in short supply, so a large stone from the top of the hill was dragged down ready to be used. The following day, the stone had moved itself back to the top of the hill. The stone was brought down, only to relocate itself again the following day. The villages took this as a sign the church should be built at the top of the hill, and that is why the church is not in the village itself.


 
Healer

Location: Newport (Essex) - Leper Stone (aka Newport Stone)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: Likely to have once been a megalithic menhir, the Leper Stone was once used by people to leave offerings to a nearly lepers' hospital, although one local myth claims the stone was named after its own healing powers.


 
Jumping Stone

Location: Great Dunmow (Essex) - Stone close to Beaumont Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: Said to be able to jump over walls, the stone also has the power to make any woman who touches it pregnant.


 
Stone Witch

Location: Long Compton (Warwickshire) - Church
Type: Other
Date / Time: Tomb still present
Further Comments: A tombstone in the church is said to be either a petrified witch, or someone a witch turned to stone. Visitors are supposed to be able to feel the stone staring at them as they circumambulate the church.


 
Point of No Return

Location: Wharram Percy (Yorkshire) - Field in the deserted medieval village
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa 1300s
Further Comments: A number of bodies discovered in a pit had unusual damage to the bones which implied mutilation had occurred post mortem. It is thought that this damage was done to prevent the bodies from returning after death, although no one knows why these individuals would have been identified as being potential revenants.


 
The Forgotten

Location: Baildon (Yorkshire) - Holden Lane (was known as Boggart Loin or Lane)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says this lane was haunted, although the details are no longer remembered.


 
Tom Faggus

Location: Barnstaple (Devon) - Ashleigh Road area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2005
Further Comments: Two people witnessed the ghost of a man riding a large horse in this area. The witnesses carried out some research and believe they had encountered the ghost of Tom Faggus, a Robin Hood-like figure who operated in the area.


 
Golfer

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne (Northumberland) - Maisonette built over an old coal mine, near Battle Hill
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: Reported on BBC Northeast, the occupants of several maisonettes were haunted by strange sounds, unexplained footsteps and moving objects. One family took to leaving at night and sleeping elsewhere. Another man reported his golf clubs and balls were scattered across a room - he fled from his home. A BBC sound engineer speculated that the building's construction could be responsible for creating and amplifying the sounds.


 
Nun

Location: Rocester (Staffordshire) - Mill Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This country lane is reputed to be haunted by a nun who was hanged in a nearby field, thought have occurred in the 1100s when Rocester Abbey was operational. The ghostly nun is sometimes seen as a scarecrow looking figure, and locals claim to have developed goosebumps when driving through the area, too afraid to look in their rear-view mirrors as they feel something is sitting just behind them.


 
Coins

Location: Thoresby (Yorkshire) - Farmer's field
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa early nineteenth century
Further Comments: A serving girl had a dream that treasure was buried in a field on the farm where she worked. She dug on the area and found a large number of coins, which she distributed to her friends and neighbours. When the lord of the manor heard about the discovery he made a claim for the treasure - the girl fled the neighbourhood, terrified of the lord's reaction once he discovered that she had given most of the coins away.


 
Gold

Location: Thimbleby (Yorkshire) - Farmstead in the area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Folklore says a bull's skin filled with gold was buried in this area.


 
No Chest

Location: Pickhill (Yorkshire) - Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mother Shipton was said to have prophesied that when the hill was cut open, a black chest filled with money would be found. Alas, when the hill was cut into by railway workers in 1851, no treasure was found.


 
Treasure

Location: Harmby (Yorkshire) - Around the area of All Saint's Chapel
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A piece of folklore likely to go back to at least the eighteenth century says that treasure is buried somewhere around this area, although its source and value is unstated.


 
Giant's Treasure

Location: Addleborough (Yorkshire) - Barrow in the area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The giant's treasure slipped from his grasp as he crossed the area, the hoard sinking into the ground and becoming covered in rocks. The giant had to leave the treasure behind, but it was written that a mortal man could recover the wealth if a fairy in the form of a chicken or an ape appeared; the man would have to reach out and grab the treasure without making a sound, and if he failed to do so, the fairy would never appear to him again.


 
Wade

Location: Whitby (Yorkshire) - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wade, his unnamed wife, and their son, were giants who possessed fantastic size and strength and are credited with creating the surrounding landscape by throwing and dropping boulders


 
Robin Hood's Peniston

Location: Lunedale (Durham) - Stone along the road between Nettlepot and Wenmer Gill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown if still present
Further Comments: This large stone was thrown into position by a bored Robin Hood while entertaining his men on top of Shacklesborough, a nearby hill.


 
Devil's Stone

Location: Gatherley Moor (Yorkshire) - Northern area
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown is stone is still present
Further Comments: The Devil became vexed with the occupants of Gilling village and lobbed a stone at them. As is tradition, he missed, and the stone, complete with his finger marks, landed and remained on the moor.


 
Dropped Hot Rock

Location: Hambleton (Yorkshire) - Hood Hill
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown - stone still present?
Further Comments: Fleeing across the area with a stone lodged in his foot, the Devil shook his leg while passing over the hill. The stone fell upon the hill, with the Devil's footprint remaining visible.


 
Waiting Arthur

Location: Gerrick (Yorkshire) - Freebrough Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of the many places scattered across the UK which may be where Arthur and his knights await the day they are needed to come to Britain's aid.


 
Lamenting Witch

Location: Slieau Whallian (Isle of Man) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Windy nights
Further Comments: Accused of witchcraft, this woman was placed in an internally spiked barrel and rolled down the hill. Her ghost is never seen, but can be heard screaming on the winds at night.


 
Banished Island

Location: Port Soderick (Isle of Man) - Off the coast
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Reappears every seven years, last seen late September, year unknown.
Further Comments: The occupants of a island insulted the wizard Fin MacCool. As punishment he turned the people into granite and sunk the island, permitting it to return once every seven years. The curse could be broken if a bible was placed on the island during a period of its return. The last time the island was spotted, the witness ran home, grabbed her bible and returned to the site, but was too slow - the island had already sunk back to the depths. The woman who tried to save the island died soon after; superstitious locals blamed her death on MacCool's curse and this supposedly has prevented anyone from trying to save the island and its occupants again.


 
Undying Prince

Location: South Barrule (Isle of Man) - Devil's Den (was a hole in the ground, current status not known)
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An immortal prince was bound by magicians and remains trapped in the hole. No one knows what he looks like, but animals which were led to the mouth of the hole would become terrified and become covered in sweat. One man was said to have seen a dragon with burning eyes enter the hole, followed by terrible groans emerging from below the ground.


 
Parts of the Island

Location: King William Banks (aka King William's Sands) (Isle of Man) - General area of the sea
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Isle of Man was said to have once been much larger, but an upset magician created a wind so strong that it tore up large chunks of land and deposited them into the sea, creating the shipping hazard northeast of the island.


 
Floating Firelighters

Location: Bearley (Warwickshire) - Private residence close to Snitterfield Road
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: While sitting in front of the fire, a couple watched as a pack of firelighters lifted into the air and silently passed in front of them, setting itself down nearby. No other activity was reported after this event.


 
Six Rowers

Location: Black Head (Isle of Man) - Cave
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A cave, once said to contain pirate treasure, only had one entrance which could be accessed by the sea. One local man watched six figures in a small boat row into the cave. Curious to know what they were up to, the man followed the figures, but they, and their boat, had vanished without trace.


 
Woman with Spinning Wheel

Location: Carraghan (Isle of Man) - Side of the mountain
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a woman carrying a spinning wheel and appearing to be in distress would be seen sitting on the side of the mountain. She was considered an ill omen, although after four people tried to capture her, she vanished into a stream and was never seen again.


 
Tarroo Ushtey

Location: Onchan (Isle of Man) - Exact Location not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: The entity known as Tarroo Ushtey, or water bull, was a bovine version of the water horse - the creature looked like a normal bull, although had fairy traits and would live under the water. In Onchan, one was seen crossing the road, and was recognised as a Tarroo Ushtey due to the fire burning in its eyes.


 
Brownie

Location: Isle of Insh (Argyll and Bute) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A brownie took a liking to the MacDougalls and, in return for a small amount of warm milk which is left for him in a hollow in a cave, would keep an eye on the cattle which grazed on the island. If his gift was neglected, a cow would be found stranded (or dead) on one of the rocky outcrops.


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