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Two Walkers

Location: Beddingham (Sussex) - Asheham House (aka Asham House) (demolished 1994)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1912 - 1919
Further Comments: The former home of Virginia and Leonard Woolf was reputedly haunted. The sound of two people wandering and whispering around the house at night was said to have inspired Virginia Woolf to write her short story 'The Haunted House'.


Footsteps

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Private residence, Kemptown
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Early 1990s
Further Comments: While living at this property, the family experienced doors which opened and closed unaided, the sound of footsteps after dark, and pictures which inexplicably fell from walls.


Crusader

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Port Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hall was once thought to be haunted by a crusader.


Grey-Haired Man

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Bears and Friends (no longer present), Meeting House Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A phantom grey-haired man wearing a knee length coat was said to have made a few appearances here during the 1990s.


Sulphur

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Private house, Woodingdean
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977
Further Comments: The smell of sulphur would follow one of the occupants and the disembodied sounds of heavy breathing could periodically be heard. The house was exorcised after the family moved away.


Invisible Presence

Location: Lampeter (Dyfed) - Bridge over a small stream near Falcondale Drive
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: One person spotted a translucent figure move across their line of vision, while another person heard loud, fast moving footsteps in the woodland as they passed.


Something

Location: Rathronshin (County Laois) - The Dullow Bush
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A vague entry in the Laois Burial Grounds Survey 2011 says that the word Dullow is used to describe a phantom, although details of the haunting are not given.


No Ploughing

Location: Ballylusk (County Laois) - Old burial ground
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmer who tried to plough this sacred land died after falling and banging his head. The two horses drawing the plough died the following day.


Hearse

Location: Ballylusk (County Laois) - Roads around an old burial ground
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man returning home after visiting the local public house was said to have encountered a phantom horse and cart containing a hearse.


Large Shadow

Location: Aylesbury (Buckinghamshire) - Surgery (name withheld)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A GP returned home as white as a sheet, claiming that he had encountered a large shadow which followed him along a brightly lit wall at his surgery. He had been the only person working there at the time. A receptionist also encountered a large ghostly figure which tapped her shoulder, causing her to turn around and see the entity close behind.


2003/2004

Location: Halewood (Lancashire) - General area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Red Lights
Further Comments: Seven red lights were seen bobbing up and down as they slowly moved across the sky before fading away. The witness was told the lights were actually 'light reflecting off of migrating birds', although they had not seen this effect prior to the sighting or since. The village was considered a hotspot for UFO sightings during the early 2000s.


Wall Banging

Location: Little Abington (Cambridgeshire) - Private house along Hogh Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1956
Further Comments: A poltergeist outbreak here resulted in doors opening and closing unaided, books being thrown across rooms, and loud banging on the walls.


Lantern Carrier

Location: Dorchester (Dorset) - A352 roundabout (towards Bournemouth)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 1992
Further Comments: While returning from a gig with a friend, one man drove past a figure holding a lantern. The figure resembled the old man featured on the cover of Led Zeppelin IV. The driver asked his friend whether he could see the figure, to which the friend replied 'Yes, don't stop'.


Young Woman

Location: Outer London: Harefield, Hillingdon (Greater London) - Private house off Church Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 2006
Further Comments: A witness spotted a faint, translucent young woman, between 20-24 years old, stood by the front of a bed. The blonde haired ghost appeared to be wearing a pleated lilac skirt and a pink tank top, and held a pink handbag and a lipstick. The woman turned and looked at the witness before disappearing.


Man with Children

Location: Holcot (Cambridgeshire) - A43, Holcot / Sywell junction
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2003, 18:00h
Further Comments: A driver spotted a man with two children, wearing 1970s clothing, standing in the brambles at this roundabout. The driver circled around for another look, but the figures had vanished.


Soldier

Location: Sallins (County Kildare) - Soldier's Island (small island at conjunction of the Grand Canal and the Naas)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The island is said to take its name from a solider who hanged himself from a tree - his ghost is said to have remained.


Wellington

Location: Aberdare (South Glamorgan) - Sky over Cwmbach estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1979
Further Comments: A witness outside their home heard the sound of engines but could see anything. They stepped inside their doorway but as the sound of the engines grew louder the witness stepped outside again. Looking up, the witness spotted a twin engine, dark coloured Wellington bomber fly over and past, as 'real looking and sounding as any solid aircraft'. At the time, the witness thought nothing was strange about the encounter as they were unaware that there were no flying airworthy examples of a Wellington that existed.


Woman in Blue

Location: Canewdon (Essex) - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring), blue woman seen 1987
Further Comments: A woman in a blue dress was briefly glimpsed in 1987, though quickly vanished when the witness jumped up from her seat. Legend also says if you round run the church three times anti clockwise on 31 October, you travel through time.


John Jenkins

Location: Abertillery (Gwent) - Barn near Abertillery House (no longer standing?)
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: John Jenkins hanged himself in the barn and was discovered by his sister. The woman's screams attracted the attention of a resident of Abertillery House, who looked in the direction of the barn and watched a 'resemblance of a man' violently rotating towards the river.


Whirling Figure

Location: Bedwellty (Gwent) - Unidentified field
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: While passing a field here, Lewis Thomas witnessed a terrible, ghostly man whirling along on its hands and feet.


Man with Long Tongue

Location: Pontypool (Gwent) - Trevethin (was known as Trefethin), woods in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Walking with her dog through a wooded area, Anne Jenkins encountered a horrible looking dark man by a holly tree. Anne's dog approached the figure but ran back to her side when after a long black tongue emerged from the man. She quickly walked away and avoided the area on her return journey, although spotted him in the distance, looking 'big in the middle and thin at the ends'. The creature vanished, but not before letting out a whistle so loud it echoed around the area.


Very Tall Man

Location: Llanfihangel Llantarnam (Gwent) - Unidentified lane close to a field
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Edward Frank was said to have encountered a tall, thin ghostly man here. The ghost stood so high that Edward almost fell backwards trying to look up to the figure's face. The ghost vanished after Edward called out the Lord's name and threatened to hit the entity.


Haunted Margaret

Location: Panteg (Gwent) - Church (plus a footbridge and other locations in the area)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Marget yr Yspryd gained her nickname 'Haunted Margaret' after being jilted at the alter - she fell to her knees in the church and prayed that the man who betrayed her would never find rest. The man died shortly after, and his ghost took to following Margaret. One of Margaret's friends suggested talking to the ghost and forgiving him. Soon after, Margaret met the ghost at a footbridge - she forgave him and the ghost disappeared forever.


Invisible Hands

Location: Llangattock (Powys) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The local landlord, Richard the Tailor, was said to keep the company of fairies. A hunter who upset Richard found himself whisked away from the village by unseen hands which pushed and pulled the man until he reached Newport. Although exhausted, the invisible force then motivated him to walk the twenty miles back to the village.


The Well-Dressed Woman

Location: Ystradgynlais (Powys) - Lanes in the area
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An innkeeper's son would frequently spot a ghostly, well-dressed woman along the lanes of this town. The man eventually spoke to her, and she requested that he travel to 'Philadelphia in Pennsylvania' and removed a box of money from a house. After telling the woman he could not make the journey, she whisked him into the air and took him to the Philadelphian house. After recovering the box, the man was then taken to the Dead Sea where he cast the box into the water, before finally being returned home.


Glowing Pike

Location: Crumlin (Gwent) - Large stone in the area (exact location not known)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost which took to haunting a man convinced him to travel one night to a large stone. The ghost gave the man the strength to lift the stone, under which a glowing weapon, a pike, was discovered. The man was given instruction to take the pike to a nearby river, stand with his back to the water and throw the weapon over his head. After performing the ritual, the ghost was seen no more.


Ghostly Mission

Location: Clifford (Hereford & Worcester) - Clifford Castle
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A Welsh gentleman was approached by the ghost of a clergyman. The phantom asked the man to travel to Clifford Castle, and also revealed the location where some money was hidden. This money was to be thrown into a nearby river. The gentleman completed the task, and never encountered the ghost again.


Anne Dowy

Location: Llywel (Powys) - Unknown house in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young man from this village found himself haunted by the ghost of Anne Dowy, who had committed suicide. The ghost would follow him on the roads and stand by his bed. A friend convinced the man to speak to Anne, and the next time the ghost manifested, the man engaged her in conversation. Anne showed the man a hidden bag of gold and instructed him to toss it into the nearby river. The man carried out the request, after which the ghost never returned.


Haunted Woman

Location: St Donats (South Glamorgan) - Unnamed cottage close to the castle
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A housekeeper who lived in this cottage after the death of her employer became haunted by his ghost. A prayer meeting was held in the cottage during which the ghost manifested to the housekeeper and revealed a hidden bag of coins, instructing the lady to take them and discard the loot into the nearby River Ogmore.


Ghost's Treasure

Location: River Ogmore (South Glamorgan) - Exact location not known
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A tailor's wife was asked by a ghost to cast some treasure, gained during its lifetime by nefarious means, into the river so it could rest easy. The woman did so, but tossed the treasure upstream rather than downstream, condemning the ghost to remain earthbound. The ghost created a strong wind which whisked the woman high into the air and she was later found unconscious along a lane.


Thomas Cadogan

Location: Llanfihangel Llantarnam (Gwent) - Unknown Lane in the village
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Landowner Thomas Cadogan died shortly after adjusting his property's borders to absorb some of his neighbours' lands. A local woman walking home after dark came across his ghost standing by a stile. She engaged the entity in conversation (forgetting the man had recently died), during which he confessed the theft of the land and asked the woman to restore the borders. Once the land had been to the rightful owners, Cadogan's ghost never returned.


White Boy

Location: Carmarthen (Dyfed) - Unidentified road passing an old paper mill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: A man walking into the town spotted a white clad figure, the size of a twelve year old boy, standing by the roadside. As he approached the figure, it moved across a field before promptly vanishing. The man was able to walk home before collapsing through shock.


Dread Feeling

Location: Yscarhir (aka Yscanhir) (note - does not appear on maps, so likely a pseudonym) (Dyfed) - Small bridge close to Pont Cwnca Bach
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: People crossing the bridge were said to become so frightened that they would leap into the stream below or become dazed and find that they had somehow wandered into nearby marshland.


Sir Thomas Button

Location: Dyffryn (South Glamorgan) - Dyffryn House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Windy nights (possibly last seen during nineteenth century)
Further Comments: Former owner Button was said to walk through the garden and occasionally pop up in the cellar.


Older Woman and Child

Location: Ebbw Vale (Gwent) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1877
Further Comments: Two ghosts, one of an older woman and the other a younger girl, were said to have been seen around the streets after dark. While some people believed the figures were flesh and blood, all attempts to catch the night-time wanderers failed.


Red Fairies

Location: Cwm Dugoed (Gwynedd) - Woodland near the valley
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Sixteenth century
Further Comments: The red-haired fairies in this area lived underground and would steal cattle from neighbouring farms. It has been speculated that these fairies were actually bandits who have since gained mythical status.


Banging

Location: Willaston (Cheshire) - Private residence
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2007/8
Further Comments: Two brothers living in this house were subjecting to banging which emerged from the walls, loft, and doors. On one occasion, one resident was thrown out of bed after asking 'is that all the energy you have?' after feeling a small but constant vibration. The resident fled the room and told his brother of the event; the brother was overjoyed that he was not alone in experiencing the phenomenon.


Man with Penny Farthing

Location: Ripon (Yorkshire) - Workhouse Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: A ghostly man standing alongside a penny farthing bicycle has been spotted standing outside the museum. Children's voices can reportedly be heard coming from within the workhouse after it has been closed and locked up for the night.


Young Girl

Location: Berkhamsted (Hertfordshire) - Railway bridge
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 13 September 2020, 04:45h
Further Comments: A railway worker working on the tracks heard a girl's voice say 'hello' and what sounded like 'can you...'. He peered into the trees next to the track, believing the voice could have come from nearby houses, but when looking back to the tracks spotted a young girl with her back turned a couple of metres ahead. The startled worker stumbled, and when he looked back up, the girl had vanished.


Bright Dress

Location: Nailsea (Somerset) - Nowhere Wood (aka Trendlewood)
Type: Other
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: Two people passing through the woods at night witnessed a bright light in the shape of a bell-shaped dress approaching them. The shape appeared to increase in size as it moved. After a brief conversation on whether they could both see the strange sight, the witnesses ran from the woods.


Older Woman

Location: Ipswich (Suffolk) - Street corner along Norwich Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Early 2010s
Further Comments: An upset child ran home and told his father that there was a ghostly, scary woman standing on a nearby street corner. The slightly sceptical father walked to the corner and was horrified to see the ghostly woman who looked at him before vanishing.


Former Resident

Location: St Ives (Cornwall) - Woolworths (no longer open)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This store was said to be haunted by a former resident of the building.


Giant's Grave

Location: Ravensdale (County Louth) - Proleek Dolmen and tomb
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The Scottish giant Parrah Boug MacShagean built the dolmen at this site and challenged Fionn mac Cumhaill to combat. Fionn poisoned the nearby river and Parrah died from drinking the water. Parrah's body is said to lay in the nearby tomb. A legend says that if a visitor can manage to land three stones on to the dolmen, their wish shall be granted.


Floating Figure

Location: Outer London: Enfield (Greater London) - Golf course
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: Jason Hollis in Haunted Enfield wrote that this location was haunted by a floating figure dressed in black. One witness who encountered the entity was left traumatised by its maggot eaten face.


Piper

Location: Larne (County Antrim) - Devil's Churn (cave) and unidentified cottage in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Date unknown, although said to occur at midnight
Further Comments: A pier ventured into this cave and never emerged. It is said that at midnight his pipes can be heard being played deep under a cottage in Larne.


One Good Turn

Location: Llyn Glas (Gwynedd) - Cabin by the lake
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: A shepherd who would spend the summer months in this cabin gave his shirt to a woman so she had something to wrap around her baby. The following morning, and every morning from that day on, he found a piece of silver left in an old clog in the cabin.


Dancing Fairies

Location: Llanhiddel (Gwent) - Barn named Ysgubor y Llan (likely no longer standing)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: While laying in this barn, John Rosser heard music and watched a company of fairies enter and dance around. The fairies danced until morning and then vanished.


Gathering

Location: Berriew (Powys) - Field between Hafodafel and Pen-y-Llwyn
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A child walking this path with his aunt watched many people moving around a sheep pen, including a pale woman wearing a red jacket and a crown. When the child mentioned it to his aunt a little later, she said he must have been dreaming, as only ruins stood in that particular field.


Flying Pigs

Location: Bedwellty (Gwent) - Field known as Y Weirglodd Fawr Dafolog
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Six people watched a flock of fairies flying in the sky - two people said they resembled sheep, two people said greyhounds, and the other two said pigs.


Footsteps

Location: Chippenham (Cambridgeshire) - Tharp Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2016
Further Comments: A friendly ghost was blamed after reports of disembodied footsteps and objects which seemingly moved themselves in the bar area and cellar.


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