Haunted Churches and other Myths & Legends


Location: Westmeston (Sussex) - St Martin's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Reputed to appear only in the afternoon
Further Comments: This lonely figure leaves the churchyard, crosses the road, and disappears through the wall of a nearby house.

Jack o'Legs

Location: Weston (Hertfordshire) - Churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: Jack o'Legs was said to be a very tall man (perhaps fourteen foot tall!) who, armed with bow and arrow, robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. It is also said that a cave somewhere near here may still contain some of his ill-gotten gains.


Location: Weymouth (Dorset) - Fleet, churchyard and general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Stories perpetuated by smugglers told of phantom drowned sailors walking the roads of Fleet.

Four Figures

Location: Whitlingham (Norfolk) - Ruined church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Figures move at midnight, but not known if still present
Further Comments: Only visible to unmarried people, the four stone figures which stood around the ruined church tower would animate at midnight, moving around and shaking each other's hands.

Man in Red

Location: Whittington (Gloucestershire) - Church of St Bartholomew
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 22 January 1985
Further Comments: A man dressed in red who vanished from the church was named by some as a former landowner Sir Lawrence (or Laurence) Tanfield.

The Not Quite Dead

Location: Whittlesford (Cambridgeshire) - Churchyard
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: 24 April (St Mark's Eve) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: All those who will be buried in the churchyard over the next twelve months appear here and lay in the correct place, before being absorbed into the ground.

Little Creature with Glowing Eyes

Location: Wichling (Kent) - Wooded area and the church
Type: Other
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: A group of four people in the church yard at night reported seeing a small entity with glowing red eyes run by them. They quickly left after hearing a strange whistling and watching a fast moving cloud cover the area. There are other stories which involve small figures seen standing by the edge of the woods.

Petrified Knight

Location: Wickhampton (Norfolk) - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: For the crime of tearing his brother's heart out bare handed, the knight was turned to stone by God - the fighter now rests in the church, still holding the heart. Another version of the story says each brother tore out the heart of the other, and both are present in the church.


Location: Widecombe-in-the-Moor (Devon) - Parish church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: October 1638
Further Comments: A terrible storm descended on the village during a church service - the sky turned black, a ball of fire entered the church, and parts of the tower broke away. Several people died, including a man by the name of Jan Reynolds who some claimed was taken away by the Devil on horseback as punishment for falling asleep (or playing cards) during the sermon.

The Devil's Mount

Location: Wievliscombe (Somerset) - Area around the church
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: 1827?
Further Comments: When the church in Wievliscombe was being rebuilt, the devil manifested riding a green dragon and began hurling rocks at the construction. Saint Andrew materialised and used a crucifix to drive both Devil and dragon away.

Sir George

Location: Wilbarston (Northamptonshire) - Old House, Church Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Old House was once believed to be haunted by Sir George and a nun, who both appeared after gravestones were removed. Nothing has been heard of these ghosts as of late.

Archdeacon Cockin

Location: Wilcot (Wiltshire) - Church
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1925
Further Comments: The Archdeacon was briefly seen by his daughter shortly after his death, standing behind another clergyman giving communion.

Drop and Run

Location: Willoughton (Lincolnshire) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An old folk tale states that by dropping a pin through the keyhole of the church and running around the building seven times, the Devil will be met.

Quarter Jack

Location: Wimborne (Dorset) - Church - West Tower
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Midnight
Further Comments: Quarter Jack sits within the West Tower and chimes the quarter hours. At midnight, he is said to climb down from the tower and wander the market town.

Hiding Highwayman

Location: Winchelsea (Sussex) - Winchelsea Church, monastery ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to have been seen hiding in the trees around the ruins, the highwayman's target can occasionally be heard galloping up the nearby road. A black soldier in a red uniform has also been reported from the churchyard, and a phantom monk has been observed moving above the ground on nearby private land.

Glowing Headstone

Location: Wingate (Durham) - Holy Trinity Churchyard
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: The headstone marking the grave of Corporal Longstaff, killed in 1918, has been seen glowing at night.


Location: Winterborne Whitechurch (aka Winterborne Whitchurch) (Dorset) - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Church still present
Further Comments: Construction on the church at this village began in Round Meadow, but the stones were all moved to another field by an unseen hand. Villagers (wisely) decided to finish the building in the new locale.

Pig the Builder

Location: Winwick (Cheshire) - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The foundations of the church were set in another location, but a squealing pig moved them all in one night to the spot where St Oswald had fallen. A carving of the pig exists in the church wall.


Location: Witchampton (Dorset) - Area around the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once the site of an abbey, this area is now haunted by a former monk who disappears into the entrance of a concealed tunnel.

Reverend Mr Marshall

Location: Woking (Surrey) - St Paul's Church
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1932
Further Comments: A friend of the recently deceased Reverend reported seeing his ghostly form standing close to the communion rail during a service.

Andrew Powlet

Location: Woodford (Northamptonshire) - St Mary's Church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1862
Further Comments: Appearing only once, Andrew's ghost pointed to an area on a wall, which proved to be a secret compartment containing a human heart and a once stolen chalice. A photograph taken by a couple of teenagers in the 1960s showed a greenish transparent figure kneeling by the altar, while in the early 2000s a female witness reported seeing a white shape approach her from the same area in broad daylight.

Tom Chalkley

Location: Woodhorn (Northumberland) - St Mary the Virgin Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Since the First World War
Further Comments: George Charlton, the assistant sexton, spotted Tom passing through the churchyard. George later spoke to Tom's cousin, who informed him the Chalkley family have just received a telegram informing them Tom had been killed in action. Tom has reportedly been seen three times since his first appearance.

Meg Shelton

Location: Woodplumpton (Lancashire) - St Anne's Churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Meg was deemed a witch by the local populace, and after she died, a rather large rock was placed on her grave to prevent her digging her way out. Some say she is busy digging the other way, and will soon emerge in Australia to seek revenge.

Lady's Well

Location: Woolpit (Suffolk) - Spring in meadow close to the church, currently a nature reserve
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A spring on this site was said to heal sore eyes.

Young Girl

Location: Worcester (Hereford & Worcester) - St Helen's church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A pale white girl, said to be young and tearful, is said to have been seen several times in this church. She would appear to be looking for something between the aisles before running off and disappearing.

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