Paranormal Activities in Educational Establishments

Strange Figure

Location: Lowestoft (Suffolk) - Roman Hill Middle School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During a particularly misty day, a pupil at the school reported seeing a figure which walked through the wall of the school.

Evil Face

Location: Malahide (County Dublin) - Old school hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A cleric who would occasionally sleep her instead of travelling home to Dublin awoke one night to see two hands open the curtains and an evil looking face appear between them, before the drapes were closed again. The cleric leapt out of bed and searched the room, but could find no one.

John Dee

Location: Manchester (Lancashire) - Chetham School, Audit Room
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa 1595
Further Comments: Doctor Dee worked from this room, and a scorch mark on a piece of wood is reputed to have been left after Dee was visited by the Devil.


Location: Manchester (Lancashire) - Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008 - 2012
Further Comments: The ghost of Australian-born, British philosopher Samuel Alexander was said to have been spotted by teaching staff in the hall which bears his name.

Merlin's Grave

Location: Marlborough (Wiltshire) - Merlin's Mound, Marlborough College
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: Merlin the Wizard is said to be buried under the hill which bears his name.

Suicidal Student

Location: Maynooth (County Kildare) - Maynooth College, Rhetoric House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After two students committed suicide in room 2 of the building, and a third leapt from the window after believing an evil spirit was trying to take over his body, a priest was called in to spend the night. In the morning he was found a gibbering wreck, his hair turned white through fear.


Location: Mirfield (Yorkshire) - Hollybank (was Roe Head School)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom is said to be at home behind an attic door, close to the spot where a servant may have fallen to their death.

Leering Woman

Location: Mosborough (Yorkshire) - Former school grounds (no longer present)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: July 1974, evening
Further Comments: Two people out walking spotted a woman running in the opposite direction. She wore a long flowing dress, had long hair, and took massive strides, as if her legs were too long for her body. As she ran, the woman looked in the direction of the witnesses, revealing a leering expression and no eyes...

Big Bertha

Location: Newport (Gwent) - University of Wales College, Caerleon Campus
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Bertha Ramsey, a 6 foot tall matron at the campus, was found dead at the base of a set of stairs in 1962 - it was unsure whether she tripped or if she was pushed. Her ghost has been seen since, and is blamed for playing with the elevators after dark. Another ghost seen on site is that of a Roman centurion, as the building was constructed on the site of an ancient burial site.


Location: Northampton (Northamptonshire) - Notre Dame Convent School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former teacher at the school, this shade now walks knee deep across a hall that was raised after her death.


Location: Northwich (Cheshire) - Primary School in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A local myth tells of a young girl named Stephanie died in a fire (or a car crash, or run over by a steamroller, depending on the story); her ghost returned to the school and could be heard screaming 'Mummy, mummy, nooo..!'

Grey Figure

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - Queens Medical Centre - University Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: A figure wearing a grey robe has been spotted wandering around at night, though vanishes when people start to look for the figure. Nurses who sleep in one of the rest rooms have been woken up by a black nurse - no nurse matching her description actually works at the centre.

Lady in Black

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - The Adam's Building, now part of New College Nottingham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: This former factory is said to be home to a phantom elderly woman in black clothing who walks the upper floors.


Location: Ogmore Vale (Mid Glamorgan) - Forest near the former Abba school
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1990 onwards
Further Comments: A local has claimed that several people in the area have spotted wolves stalking the forest. There is an unsubstantiated report that a boy disappeared in the woodland and was eventually found torn apart.

Working Children

Location: Outer London: Hanwell (Greater London) - Hanwell Community Centre (previously the Old London Work House School)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom sounds of youngsters laughing and crying can be heard from time to time, but only by other children.

Man in Bowler Hat

Location: Over Alderley (Cheshire) - School Lane, close to abandoned school
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 2015
Further Comments: After feeling uneasy and experiencing a sensation of being watched, a witness turned to find that she was being followed by a man wearing a bowler hat which cast a shadow over his face. The only sound the witness could hear was her own footsteps in the snow. Terrified, she fled.

White Figure

Location: Oxford (Oxfordshire) - All Souls College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This robed figure drifts from the rear of the chapel to the library, where it vanishes without trace.

Charles I

Location: Oxford (Oxfordshire) - Christ Church College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The former king has been observed around the college grounds both with and without his head. A shade belonging to a former royalist commander also lurks here - he was shot for treason on the site.

John Crocker

Location: Oxford (Oxfordshire) - Exeter College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Standing in a yellow jacket and brown breeches, the ghost of John haunts the area of the chapel where his tomb is located.

Mr Jenner

Location: Oxford (Oxfordshire) - Jesus College
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: 1910
Further Comments: Two students claimed to have seen one of their teachers walking around at one night, between the chapel and dining hall, before vanishing through a brick wall - it later turned out he was visiting friends many miles away at the time.

Figure in Black

Location: Oxford (Oxfordshire) - Magdalen College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1987
Further Comments: This dark, stealthy figure was observed a number of times, but never heard, as it ran about the college. When cornered by staff, the figure would suddenly vanish.


Location: Oxford (Oxfordshire) - Merton College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1920s?
Further Comments: Now part of the library, a bedroom that once stood on campus was reportedly so haunted that no one could sleep soundly while staying in it. The library here is also thought to be haunted by Colonel Francis Winderbank, shot after surrendering to Cromwell in 1645.

Pale Faced Man

Location: Oxford (Oxfordshire) - New College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1962
Further Comments: The chapel is haunted by a figure, possibly a priest, with an unnaturally pallid white face.

Mr Bonnell

Location: Oxford (Oxfordshire) - Queen's College
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 18 November 1750
Further Comments: Bonnell's ghost appeared in the college a couple of hours prior to his death, his face bloated and red. He had been bed ridden for several days, and it was impossible for him to move. The upper library is said to be haunted by a clergyman known as Cuthbert Shields - he believed himself to be the reincarnation of Saint Cuthbert.

Bowling Archbishop

Location: Oxford (Oxfordshire) - St John's College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Beheaded in London in 1645 and his body returned to St John's in 1663, Archbishop William Laud now haunts the building - his ghost is renowned for pulling his head from his neck and rolling it at any witnesses..! He is also said to drift 20mm from the ground, where the pavement has worn down since his death.

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