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Lady in White

Location: Calstock (Cornwall) - Cotehele House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980
Further Comments: A young lady dressed completely in white is said to haunt this building. The ghost would descend the main staircase. Phantom music has also been reported in the house.


Location: Castle Green (Somerset) - Castle Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century?
Further Comments: Wearing an evening dress, sightings of this female violinist have slowly petered out as time has gone by, and the only recent reports of her say she can only be heard playing the instrument she carried.

Fairies dance to the fiddle.

Dancing Folk

Location: Cauldon Low (Staffordshire) - Ribden Lowe (round barrow on top of a hill)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: The round barrow on this site was home to a hundred or so dancing fairies (according to Mary Howitt), with nine harp players to provide music.


Location: Chagford (Devon) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Peaceful nights (reoccurring)
Further Comments: On quiet nights, nineteenth century villagers said that fairy music and the patter of little feet could be heard from the surrounding area.


Location: Chalfont St Peter (Buckinghamshire) - White Hart public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1989
Further Comments: A former landlord can sometimes be heard playing the violin, deep within the heart of the building. Phantom footfalls have also been reported.

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.

Man in 1940s Suit

Location: Cheltenham (Gloucestershire) - Everyman Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2011
Further Comments: Walter Charnock, a builder working on the renovation of the theatre, encountered a figure wearing a 1940s suit leaning on a banister. Within thirty seconds, the figure vanished. Music is also said to be heard within the building when none should be playing.

Elfin Music

Location: Chillingham (Northumberland) - Area around the Hurle Stane (aka Hurl Stone)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This site was said to often be filled with the sound of fairy music and singing.

A phantom piper and his hound wander the cave.


Location: Clanyard Bay (Dumfries and Galloway) - Cave along the coastline
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of the phantom pipe music is said to be heard by fishermen off the coast. One story says that, pre-ghostly form, the piper ventured into the cave with his dog not realising that it was home to fairies - the little people retained the piper but let his dog escape, but not before removing every one of the creature's hairs.

The stones at Clava Cairns, Scotland.

Fairy Music

Location: Clava Cairns (Highland) - Stone Cairns
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A Bronze Age cemetery, the haunting sound of fiddling heard in this area has led some to say that the music is produced by fairies. A few people who have removed stones from the site are reported have returned them after suffering streaks of bad luck.

Miss Holland Playing on the Piano

Location: Clavering (Essex) - Moat Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Site of a murder in 1899, the victim, Camille Holland, occasionally returns home and plays on the piano. She has also been blamed for poltergeist activity in the area.

Black Dog

Location: Clee Hill (Shropshire) - Kremlin Inn
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The outside of this public house is said to be haunted by a ghostly black dog. The inn took the name 'Kremlin' after people reported hearing Russian voices and music emerge from the jukebox during the Cold War.

Dancing Trolls

Location: Cleveland (Yorkshire) - New Marske Woods
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Around midnight
Further Comments: Small troll-like creatures are said to party and play jovial music in this wooded area. They welcome anyone who shows no fear of them.


Location: Congleton (Cheshire) - Lion and Bell public house (was renamed Bar Twelve, as of 2011 closed)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 2000s
Further Comments: A piano was said to play itself, even though most of the keys were broken. The site was also said to be home to an old woman with her hair tied up in a bun.

Headless Piper

Location: Corsock (Dumfries and Galloway) - Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: How this phantom headless piper can pipe without a head has yet to be answered.

Laughter and Music

Location: Coventry (West Midlands) - Prince William Henry public house, Foleshill Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 2004
Further Comments: The basement of this pub has recently been subjected to phantom music, laughter and a dark shadowy stranger.


Location: Coventry (West Midlands) - Private Victorian House, Humber Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: An occupier of a house along this road reported hearing the twangs of a piano, as if an unseen hand plucked the strings rather than hit keys.

Music and Chanting

Location: Cressing (Essex) - Church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Winter 1949 / 1950
Further Comments: Several locals reported hearing the church organ playing during the winter months, while the church was locked and dark.

A postcard of Criccieth in Wales.

Soft Music

Location: Criccieth (Gwynedd) - Unknown cave near town
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two musicians were tricked into entering the cave by fairies, who promptly took them to their realm. Occasionally the men's music escapes from the mouth of the cave to deter others from making the same mistake.


Location: Culrain (Highland) - Carbisdale Castle (aka Castle of Spite)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though only a hundred years old, the castle is said to be haunted by a traditional piper and a lady in white, the latter named as Duchess Blair (or Betty, for short).

Piano Playing

Location: Denston (Suffolk) - Plumber's Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1982-2003
Further Comments: Poltergeist activities were experienced over a 21 year period, which including pictures being removed or thrown from walls, a self-playing piano, and footsteps heard along the landing. An older man also manifested in one of the bedrooms.

Smashed Glass

Location: Devizes (Wiltshire) - Castle Hotel
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 15 March 2011
Further Comments: It was reported that a glass flew from a shelf and landed in pieces on the ground. Staff have had objects vanish only to reappear in different locations and have heard music coming from the old ballroom.


Location: Ditton Priors (Shropshire) - Between village and Clee Hills
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: While camping in a small piece of woodland, a couple of women clearly heard fiddles being played. The following morning, they asked the rest of the camp whether anyone else had listened. No one else had heard the music, although one man said he had previously heard the music, and that fairies were responsible.

Music Box

Location: Doncaster (Yorkshire) - Burghwallis Hall, aka St Anne's Convent
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: The sounds of a music box were heard around the hall 'before the days of radio', and a small woman dressed in dark clothing was observed walking down a corridor. Two more witnesses saw a man dressed in grey which they mistook as their father as he dashed down the staircase. This could be the same figure that one woman woke up to; he stood over her bed watching her with a look of hatred and madness, vanishing as she hit the lamp.

House Party

Location: Downend (Isle of Wight) - Area near Knighton Gorges
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December knight seen (reoccurring), house reported in the twentieth century
Further Comments: A manor house has been seen in the area, a party in full flow visible through its windows. However, the house was demolished many years previous. Even when not seen, locals have reported hearing music coming from the site. A large black knight on horseback is still occasionally seen, once a year.

Black Aggie

Location: Dunbar (Lothian) - Dunbar Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Clear nights
Further Comments: The flitting ghost of the Patrick, ninth Earl of Dunbar, has been spotted around the ruins of Dunbar castle. Bagpipes have also been heard coming from the empty ramparts.

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