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Phantom Bells and Ringing Forteana

Pealing Bells

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze (Essex) - Off coast
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Before a Storm
Further Comments: The church at Walton was taken by the sea in the late 1790's, and now its bells warn of incoming storms. The church is said to have reappeared briefly in 1928.

Brown Gardener

Location: Watton (Yorkshire) - Watton Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Elfreda in 1956
Further Comments: The short, brown coloured figure seen in the abbey grounds is thought to be a former gardener. A few ghostly women (some of whom are nuns) in different colours and forms also haunt the abbey, including a headless woman known as Elfreda. During the mid-twentieth century a team of workmen camping on the grounds heard the bell pealing, even though it had been removed several years previously.

An old postcard showing the coastline of Whitby in Yorkshire.


Location: Whitby (Yorkshire) - Off coast, close to Black Nab
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 31 October (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 true love's name; the wind repeats the name, and the submerged bells can be heard to ring.

Swinging Doors

Location: Woolfardisworthy (aka Woolsery), Torridge (Devon) - Farmer's Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2007 onwards
Further Comments: Doors have been reported to open unaided, bells ring, and items fly from the walls and shelves since the extension of the bar area.

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