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Pam the Fiddler

Location: Burnsall (Yorkshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pam, the local schoolmaster, was killed by the village vicar after refusing to stop fiddling around the area after dark. The vicar covered up the crime by secretly burying Pam's body; within a few weeks villagers began to report hearing Pam playing the fiddle, and some claimed to have seen him, though his head had changed into that of a goat.


Location: Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) - British Gas Showroom (was next door to Cupola House)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Phantom music could be heard coming from the basement where a pharmacist had taken his own life in 1913. A broom had also been spotted moving unaided. The showroom briefly opened the basement to the public in 1993 to raise money for Comic Relief.


Location: Cahir (County Tipperary) - Knockgraffon Motte
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies could once be heard making music under this artificial hill.


Location: Cairngorn Mountain Range (Highland) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This author is not sure if this is a joke, but... the Famh is said to be a strange dog/mole hybrid (Dole? Mog?), which possesses a vicious set of teeth and a disproportionately sized mouth. It lurks in the mountain range, shying away from human contact. The area is also haunted by a piper, who is seen standing on the tallest peaks, and is heard playing at night.

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: Campbeltown (Argyll and Bute) - Piper's Cave
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Something strange lured a piper into this cave from which he never returned. Hundreds of years later, the piper could still be heard playing his instrument deep below the earth.


Location: Castle Combe (Wiltshire) - Salutation Inn (was The Gibb Inn)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early - mid twentieth century
Further Comments: The rustling of a woman's skirt could occasionally be heard behind the walls, as could ghostly music.


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.


Location: Christchurch (Dorset) - Town Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sounds of singing, pipes and drums are said to be occasionally heard from the bridge.

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.

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