For Whom the Bell Tolls - Phantom Ringing and Ghostly Pealing

Beyond Last Orders

Location: Huncoat (Lancashire) - Black Bull public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: Though nothing has been seen here, the bar bells have been heard ringing when the building is empty, and pet dogs refuse to go down into the basement.

Thirsty Bells

Location: Ibberton (Dorset) - Church and village pond
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Midday
Further Comments: At midday, the church bells were said to grow thirsty and cross the lane to drink from the village pond.

Ringing Bell

Location: Isle of Skye (Scotland - unspecified) - Northeast coast, place once known as Ashig
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Pre nineteenth century
Further Comments: A bell on a tree, hung by Saint Maree, would remain silent all week until dawn on Sunday mornings, when it spontaneously bust into life until sunset. The bell was removed and taken to another church, but failed to ring by itself again.

Bell Ringing

Location: Kenfig (Mid Glamorgan) - Kenfig Pool
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Pool still present
Further Comments: Legend says that the pool covers a lost town from which one can still hear the church bells ringing on stormy nights. The truth is likely to be based on the nearby town of Kenfig being lost to shifting sands during the sixteenth century. Other local legends say that the pool is bottomless and that a whirlpool pulls unsuspecting swimmers to their deaths.

Magic Bell

Location: Kincraig (Highland) - Church of Insh
Type: Other
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: This bell possesses healing properties, and would travel (flying self-propelled!) across the country when needed.

Sunken Church

Location: Kirksanton (Cumbria) - Village Green
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The church of the village sunk beneath the ground - whether God's hand or earthquake is unknown. One is said to be able to hear the bells if an ear is placed on the earth.

King's Home

Location: Knighton (Somerset) - Knighton Farm
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The King of the pixies once lived in this area, but the ringing of the church bells drove him away.


Location: Lincoln (Lincolnshire) - Lincoln Cathedral
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 05 December 2004
Further Comments: This seventeenth century holy man has been seen climbing the steps at the front of the cathedral. The last witnesses to see him reported a chain hanging from his neck. The bells have also been pealed by an unseen hand, while legend says a procession of praying monks haunt the cloisters. A suicidal woman named Constance who jumped from the tower during the 1960s returns to re-enact her final, desperate action. Finally, an immovable bloodstain is said to remain on the floor where a stained glass window master landed after leaping from the gallery - he became depressed after his apprentice created a superior window from the master's off-cuts.

Cathedral Bells

Location: Llangorse Lake (Powys) - General area
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: Holy Days (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A cathedral once stood in this spot before it was flooded - the tower bells now ring out on select days of the year.

Auditory Warning

Location: Llantwit Major (South Glamorgan) - General area, and church
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Before a death in the neighbourhood
Further Comments: The ringing of this phantom bell can be heard over the house or building where the death shall occur. Before the funeral of the person, strange noises can be heard in the church - if anyone is brave enough to peep into the building, they can see the forms of everyone who is due to die during the year.


Location: Macclesfield (Cheshire) - Maggoty's Wood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A figure has been reported dancing about the woods, their clothing adjourned with bells. The grave of the last 'real' jester in England is housed in this wooded area, and it is believed that the shade is he.


Location: Marden (Hereford & Worcester) - Marden Pool
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Both the sounds of bells and singing can be heard coming from this small body of water.

Thieving Mermaid

Location: Marden (Hereford & Worcester) - River Lugg
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An accident sent a church bell into the waters of the local river - a passing mermaid took the opportunity to steal the bell and can sometimes be heard ringing it.

Dog Hater

Location: Meonstoke (Hampshire) - Meonstoke House
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1975 - 1976
Further Comments: The family troubled by a noisy spirit in this house first reported their dog becoming extraordinarily excited, to such an extent their pet had to be rehoused. Soon after a certain door in the building would never remain closed, and the doorbell would ring on its own accord.

Summoning Servants

Location: N6 (Greater London) - Private House along Archway House
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown - early twentieth century?
Further Comments: This presence would vigorously ring a set of disused servant bells located in the kitchen.

Former Owner

Location: Nantwich (Cheshire) - Lamb Hotel (now closed)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A former owner of the hotel killed himself with a shotgun after discovering his wife was having an affair. His ghost was blamed for ringing bells in the kitchen after it had been closed for the night.

Blind Peter

Location: Netley (Hampshire) - Netley Abbey ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring) Grey Ladies seen
Further Comments: On Halloween three misty women appear and walk along the ruin's walls. The sounds of bells can also be heard on this night. Another presence, Blind Peter, is less choosey on the date on which he appears, and wanders around the ruins of the abbey. There is a legend that a secret underground passage was sealed after the last man to enter it emerged shortly after, screaming 'block it up!' before dropping dead - the passage may be connected to the tales of treasure buried on site.

Drinking Rocks

Location: New Radnor (Powys) - Standing Stones east of village
Type: Legend
Date / Time: When the church bells ring
Further Comments: Upon hearing the ringing of the local church bells, these standing stones move to a nearby pool and start drinking.

Devil's Hoof

Location: Newington (Kent) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A hoof print is visible in a stone by the gate. The Devil was once so upset by the sound of the church bells, he climbed the steeple with the intent of stealing them; he slipped and fell, leaving the single piece of evidence behind.


Location: Nigg (Highland) - Nigg Bay
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The gentle peals of a bell are said to emerge from under the bay's waters.

Ringing Vicar

Location: Oare (Devon) - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The bells are said to be rung occasionally by the ghost of a former vicar, who has also been seen on site.

Anne West

Location: Pembury (Kent) - Great Bayhall Manor house, and churchyard (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1803
Further Comments: Anne was scared of being buried alive, so she requested a bell be placed in her crypt when her time came. When she was buried, the bell rang for several nights, and her corpse was seen walking down the road towards her former home. This she haunted for many years afterwards.

Captain Martin

Location: Penryn (Cornwall) - Church of St Gluvias
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Drowned at sea, the former bell ringer of St Gluvias who became a captain returned from his watery grave and now silently stands in the church. On occasion, he has been heard ringing the bells in the early hours of the morning.

Post Mortem Marriage

Location: Penzance (Cornwall) - Beach and sea, Mount's Bay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman murdered her husband so she could remarry a young sailor - however, she was caught and hanged for the crime, but only after she made her young lover promise to marry her even if she was killed. One night soon after her death, while out on a fishing boat, the crew watched him jump into the sea; his body was never discovered, but his voice is sometimes heard in the area, whispering 'I will...'. There are also reports of phantom bells that still peal under the sea.


Location: Penzance (Cornwall) - Castle Acton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A priest staying in the castle reported hearing the buzzing of a bell that woke him up several times during the night - he was told that a former mistress had an electric buzzer connected to her maid's room should she require assistance, though this was removed when she had died. The priest had spent the night in the former maid's room.

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