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Educational Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Exeter (Devon) - Exeter University
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1967
Further Comments: A phantom man dressed in painter's overalls has been seen walking down the corridors.


Location: Finedon (Northamptonshire) - Charity Girl's School (currently a private residence)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1823
Further Comments: The school was briefly visited by an entity that would wake the residents after lights out, with knocks and bangs.

Dutch Doll

Location: Finedon (Northamptonshire) - Charity Girls School, church, and now local area?
Type: Other
Date / Time: Early twentieth century onwards
Further Comments: In the early 1900s the headmistress of the Girls School Mary Ozier had a wooden doll made to represent a schoolgirl of the time the school was built (1717). It was about 90 centimetres tall, painted and possessed a frighteningly realistic piercing stare. Nicknamed 'The Dutch Doll' and placed above the door on the inside of the school, the girls in the school became petrified of it. The children were terrified of the doll's unemotional yet evil looking face, and started circulating accounts of seeing and hearing it walking around at night. After the school's closure the doll was mounted on a wall in the Church, though by this time someone had taken a saw to its feet in an attempt to stop it walking around. On the night of 18 January 1981, the doll was stolen from the Church and has never been heard of or seen since - some people believe it walked out on its own accord.

Lady Fleetwood

Location: Fleetwood (Lancashire) - Rossall School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This pallid woman is reported to traverse the school grounds once a year.


Location: Gloucester (Gloucestershire) - Former school along Archdeacon Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The building is home to a former teacher who died after falling down a set of steps - he is seen dressed in a black gown and wearing a mortar cap.

Pony and Trap

Location: Gorleston (Norfolk) - A143 - Gorleston/Beccles road; the Lily Pit - once a deep pond, now filled over and a school stands there
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though there does not appear to have been any reports of this pony since the pond was filled, it was reported that this creature would travel at breakneck speed before vanishing into the water.


Location: Gormanston (County Meath) - Area around Gormanston Castle (currently part of a college)
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to a death of a Viscount Gormanston
Further Comments: Whenever all the local foxes gather at the front door of the castle, a death will occur soon after.

Self-Playing Piano

Location: Great Burstead (Essex) - Hope House, aka Tower House School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: As well as the piano, phantom footsteps have been heard outside the building.

Monks in Grey

Location: Great Missenden (Buckinghamshire) - Missenden Abbey (now absorbed into a college)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972
Further Comments: These figures have been observed around the site of the former abbey, while others believe that the ghost of a woman, dressed in Victorian clothing, who committed suicide also haunts the site.

Hostile Presence

Location: Hadleigh (Essex) - The Old Schools
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: The 'presence' would appear to be responsible for turning lights on and off, loud bangs, and phantom footfalls along the corridors.

Mr Horsley

Location: Harrogate (Yorkshire) - Ashville College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Horsley is said to be a former teacher who now allegedly haunts this college.


Location: Hockley (Essex) - The Old School House, currently a private residence.
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1957 onwards?
Further Comments: The opening of doors and ringing of bells resulted in the owners of this house calling the 'ghost' Matilda, suspecting the spirit to be that of a child.

Mr Yates

Location: Hull (Yorkshire) - Old Grammar School, Trinity Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Most likely to be seen at 20:40h
Further Comments: A former vicar at St Mary's Lowgate, Mr Yates is considered an unlucky ghost, and those who have seen him drifting along the first floor corridor have suffered misfortune.

Grey Man

Location: Hullavington (Wiltshire) - Road near Burton Hill House School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1967, 06:00h
Further Comments: A driver reported narrowly missing a man in grey clothing who stood in the middle of the road - the figure raised its arm and vanished.

Hooded Figure

Location: Inverurie (Aberdeenshire) - Pathway running parallel with the school playing fields
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: March 1993
Further Comments: Two people walking down this lane on a misty night watched a hooded figure drift through a seven foot high metal wire fence.

Tramp Carrying a Sack

Location: Johns Cross (Sussex) - A21 near Vinehall School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1983
Further Comments: Disappearing halfway across the road, this scruffy man has concerned several drivers who thought they may have hit him.

Leaping Teacher

Location: Keyworth (Nottinghamshire) - South Wolds school
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: There is a myth that a teacher working at the school during the 1960s killed herself by leaping from a third floor window. At least one former student based at the school has reportedly heard the re-enactment.

Young Child

Location: Kildare (County Kildare) - Road outside Clongowes Wood College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several motorists have had to brake sharply to avoid hitting a child who runs out in front of them. The infant always quickly vanishes after the driver stops. The area is also home to a phantom coach which halts at the front gates at midnight.

Bedtime for Children

Location: Kincardine (Angus) - Tulliallan Castle; Tulliallan Police College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 1978
Further Comments: A witness staying at the police college recalled hearing children laughing along the corridor outside her dorm, before the sounds moved into the room. Although alone in the dorm, the witness heard all the beds squeak as if people where climbing into them, including her own. A chair also in the room moved slightly across the floor.


Location: King's Lynn (Norfolk) - Thoresby College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: At least one cleaner has reported that small items vanish, only to reappear in different places around the building.

Suicidal Servant

Location: Leeds (Yorkshire) - Beckett University, Headingley campus
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former hospital, this campus was named by local press as being haunted by several ghosts, including a servant who threw themselves down a stairwell and something which would open and close doors.

Unhappy Butler

Location: Leeds (Yorkshire) - Carnegie College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This fellow took his own life when he realised that his mistress would never love him. His body was found at the bottom of the large spiral staircase, and it is the same area that he still haunts.

Man in Jeans

Location: Leeds (Yorkshire) - Copperfields College School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997 onwards
Further Comments: Students and a dinner lady watched a man in a checked shirt and jeans sitting in the main hall wave and vanish without warning. Minor poltergeist-like activity has also been reported.

Lift Travellers

Location: Leeds (Yorkshire) - St James's University Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A member of staff would often use a lift in the building, sharing with occupants who would travel upwards only to vanish just before the doors opened.


Location: Leigh (Lancashire) - Leigh College, gym
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shade, which moves the climbing rope when in use, has been heard laughing and telling people to 'get off my foot'.

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