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Hospital Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Abbots Langley (Hertfordshire) - Private home built on site of Leavesden Hospital, Leavesden High Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: Certain newspapers in the national press reported that Manuel Almunia, goalkeeper for Arsenal, lived in a house haunted by a monk-like figure holding a candle. The building was constructed on the site of a former asylum.

A ghostly miner walks along a hospital corridor.


Location: Aberbargoed (Gwent) - Aberbargoed hospital (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2010
Further Comments: Some believed this phantom, said to have been observed by staff and patients, to be a miner who died in a colliery accident, while others thought it to be a former patient.

Grey Lady

Location: Aldershot (Hampshire) - Cambridge Military Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1990s
Further Comments: A legend says that the phantom woman here was a Boer War nurse who committed suicide after accidently giving her lover an overdose of Laudanum. A nurse and two other members of staff spotted her around 1995; a solid silhouette which vanished into thin air.

Elderly Man

Location: Bangor (Gwynedd) - Ysbyty Gwynedd (hospital)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wearing a brown dressing gown, this elderly man was seen stepping into lift 3. The lift doors had just closed as the witness reached the lift, but they pressed the call button anyway and the doors reopened - the old man had vanished. A phantom ward sister has also been reported on site.


Location: Barnsley (Yorkshire) - Barnsley District Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to be built on the site of a poorhouse, the sounds of children wailing can be heard on the Infectious Diseases ward. A ghost nicknamed Sally haunts another area of the hospital and reportedly touches the side of anyone who enters the side room in which she died, while an area of offices is home to a friendly phantom old lady who sits in a rocking chair.

Royal Mineral Water Hospital, Bath.


Location: Bath (Somerset) - Bath Royal Mineral Water Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid-twentieth century
Further Comments: Said to have committed suicide on the site, this grey phantom nurse has vanished as of late.

Gliding Girl

Location: Bedford (Bedfordshire) - Bedford Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972, 2010
Further Comments: In 1972 two nurses watched an attractive girl in a long dress and coat glide into a toilet on the south wing of the hospital. They followed, only to find the room empty. The same entity may have been observed 28 years later when three members of staff reported seeing a lady in a long dress walk through the wall of a storeroom. The Shand Ward is said to be haunted by shuffling footsteps.

Grey Figure

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre, City Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: During the building's construction, CCTV picked up the image of a strange grey figure - dispatched security sent to the scene found no one. A ward sister was encountered along a top floor corridor, only visible from the knees upwards. Around the same time, a crew of workers found themselves locked in a room after investigating cries heard from within; as before, nothing could be found. Someone finally summoned a priest to bless the area.


Location: Blackpool (Lancashire) - Victoria Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Tugging in 2004, white coated man in 2018
Further Comments: While walking a particular ward, a worker felt a tug at her tunic, as if a small child were trying to attract her attention. She turned around but no-one was there. Several staff have shared the same experience at the hospital, including a cleaner who was so unnerved they ran off, leaving their floor polisher running. In a basement storage area, two staff independently witnessed a man in a white coat who vanished shortly after being briefly spotted.

Friendly Spirits

Location: Bodelwyddan (Clwyd) - Glan Clwyd Hospital
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: The hospital was criticised by a watchdog after a patient recovering from an operation complained that a nurse had run down the corridor claiming to have seen a ghost. The nurse had then explained that she was psychic, and only saw 'friendly spirits'.


Location: Bracebridge (Lincolnshire) - St John's Hospital (no longer operational)
Type: Other
Date / Time: September 2010
Further Comments: A photograph which was published in the Lincolnshire Echo purported to show a ghostly figure at the window of a discussed hospital, although the image looked suspiciously like a technical fault...

Cedar of Lebanon

Location: Bretby (Derbyshire) - Tree on the grounds of Bretby Hospital (no longer standing)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Tree felled during 1950s
Further Comments: A local legend said that Lady Margaret had thrown herself off a tower here, her blood spilling on the tree which resulted in it being cursed. If a branch fell from the tree, a member of the family residing at the hall was said to die soon after.

The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

Sister Geer

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Royal Sussex County Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A member of staff who heard and felt someone invisible walk by was later told it was Sister Geer, a former nurse whose presence had been encountered by other staff on the ward.


Location: Burnley (Lancashire) - Victoria Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Having died in the hospital after a mining accident seriously injured many of the pit workers from a nearby colliery, this solitary figure is occasionally reported by staff working the night shift.

The ruins of St Saviour's Hospital, Bury St Edmunds.

Grey Lady

Location: Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) - St Saviour's Hospital (ruins), and Tesco store, Fornham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1954 (hospital), and early to mid 2000s (Tesco)
Further Comments: This grey lady was seen within the ruined hospital several times during the mid-twentieth century. More recently, poltergeist-like activity has been reported at the adjoining Tesco store's canteen, with some people speculating that the Grey Lady may have returned.

Small Girl

Location: Caistor (Lincolnshire) - Psychiatric hospital (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: This hospital may no longer be operational, but still reports of a phantom young girl with blonde hair emerge from the site.

Drug Induced Ghost

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - Addenbrookes Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The story is that a ghost appears to those who are being administrated morphine; the psychological effects of the drug would appear to be ignored in this tale...


Location: Cardiff (South Glamorgan) - Cardiff Royal Infirmary Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Several ghost stories have been reported from this hospital. A plumber observed a matron in old fashioned clothing and bonnet who vanished without warning. A local legend says that if the woman in grey offers you a drink, do not take it, otherwise you shall die within a week.


Location: Cardiff (South Glamorgan) - Llandough Hospital
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: Manifestation of the living unknown, nurse in uniform December 2002
Further Comments: A member of the nursing staff told her friend that she had seen her own dead body lying on a bed - a week later she died of typhoid fever, her body placed in the location revealed in the vision. It is not clear whether the nurse who experienced this continued to haunt the hospital, but in 2002 a pregnant woman awoke in the hospital and found a nurse at the end of her bed. The nurse told her that everything would be okay and walked out. The woman then realised the nurse was wearing an old fashioned uniform with a Victorian nursing hat.

Turning Key

Location: Chepstow (Gwent) - Welsh Burns Unit (hospital)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A nurse at this facility reported seeing a key turn in the lock of a glass door - no one could be seen on the other side.

Ghost in a brown suit.

Moving Beds

Location: Chester (Cheshire) - Old City Hospital (closed 1991)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1991 (noises) and man in brown in 1976
Further Comments: A former member of staff at the site and a colleague heard beds being moved in the ward above them, then realised the floor above was closed and empty. Another time the worker and another person heard voices and footsteps emerging from another empty ward. A man dressed in a brown suit was seen visiting his mother in 1976, although this woman later said her son had died years earlier.

Woman in Black

Location: Chester (Cheshire) - West Cheshire Hospital campus, Liverpool Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: The ghostly stories concerning the woman in black who is said to haunt this site are said to go back many years. On one occasion, a guard was said to have seen the figure sitting at a desk, but when he looked again, the entity had vanished. Footsteps have also been heard walking down empty corridors.

Monk's Footsteps

Location: Chichester (Sussex) - Graylingwell Hospital, the well contained on the grounds
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown (footsteps), figure seen 1980s
Further Comments: The grounds around the well are reportedly haunted by the sounds of a monk walking around in his sandals. During the 1980s a builder was closing the area where he was working, ensuring no one was on site and locking all doors and windows. As he walked out of the area, he spotted a figure walking within.

Grey lady

Location: Chichester (Sussex) - Sherburne Hospital, Broyle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This spectral aging woman, dressed in grey clothing, was called a good luck charm as twenty percent of the hospital's nurses became pregnant within a few months of the sightings.


Location: Chorley (Lancashire) - Chorley Hospital
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1968
Further Comments: Phantom footsteps and the sounds of doors opening and slamming brought staff running in the maternity wing, just in time to discover and save a baby from suffocation.

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