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Woman in White

Location: Bilston (Staffordshire) - Greyhound and Punchbowl public house, was once Stow Heath Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Prior to becoming a public house, the staircase of the manor house was haunted by a woman in a white gown. While it is not clear whether the ghostly woman remains, more recently a baby has been heard crying and mild poltergeist activity reported.

Petty Officer

Location: Binsey (Oxfordshire) - Perch public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: A Royal Navy petty officer is said to haunt this pub having drowned himself a short distance away.

Wine Smashing

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Court Oak public house, Harborne
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: Nicknamed Corky by visitors to the Court Oak, this phantom is said to smash bottles of cheap wine in the cellar. Corky is also said to manifest behind the counter, appearing in the form of a male in his sixties.


Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Queen's Arms public house, Charlotte Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: Staff at this public house named their resident spook Grasper after a series of incidents where their bums were pinched by an unseen hand. Other activity is said to include chairs moving and footsteps heard in empty parts of the building.

Henry Skinner

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Trocadero public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: Murdered in the late nineteenth century, former landlord Henry Skinner is held accountable for throwing around small change and beer mats. A former landlord claimed to have encountered Henry. Two other phantoms, girls who fell to their deaths on a staircase are also reputed to haunt the site.

Crawling Cordial

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - The Old Crown public house, Digbeth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 2015
Further Comments: This pub appeared in the national press after a video was released showing a bottle of blackcurrant cordial moving unaided across the bar. The ghost has also been blamed for pinching female staff's bottoms and forcing one member of staff to quit after he spotted a female entity walk through a door.

Young Girl

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Sheldon Hall public house, Gressel Lane, Tile Cross
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Caught on film by a group of party goers, this shade is one of the two ghosts that haunt the property, the other taking the form of an old woman. In 1993, when the pub was known as 'Baldie's Mansion', a masked white apparition was spotted, accompanied by nearby trees and bushes violently shaking.


Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Old Crown public house, Deritend
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 21 August 1999
Further Comments: A couple staying here reported a strange white mist in their room. One witness felt compelled to move towards the window. Two ghosts are said to haunt the inn, though who or what form the second one takes is unknown.

John Wentworth

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - White Swan public house, Harborne
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: John went mad with grief when he found out his secret love had died in a coach accident - he shot his dog before turning the gun on himself. He has been heard moving around the building and has been known to tap people on their shoulder.

Grey Lady

Location: Bishop's Stortford (Hertfordshire) - Boar's Head public house, Water Lane and St Michael's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1922
Further Comments: Locals say that this shade travels through the town, stopping at a couple of watering holes, before continuing to the church. The phantom drifted silently passed a mother and child along Water Lane in 1922, heading towards the church. Both witnesses fled.

Tina Turner Fan

Location: Blackburn (Lancashire) - Fox and Hounds public house, Ewood
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1993
Further Comments: A poltergeist at work within this pub enjoyed playing Tina Turner's Be Tender with Me Baby on the juke box, as well as throwing items around and moving ornaments.


Location: Blackpool (Lancashire) - The Lobster Pot public house, Market Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom is said to grab female members of staff so hard it leaves red blemishes on the skin.

Drowned Nun

Location: Blackpool (Lancashire) - Raikes Hall (currently a public house)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a convent, one of its former inhabitants who drowned herself nearby would once come back to visit from beyond the grave.


Location: Blackpool (Lancashire) - Foxhall public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several figures are thought to haunt this building, and although details are fleeting, they are thought to include priests and smugglers.


Location: Blackpool (Lancashire) - Eagle and Child public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former highwayman, Murph can sometimes be heard mumbling and moaning at the bar late at night.

Dorothy Forster

Location: Blanchland (Northumberland) - Old Hexham Road, and Lord Crewe Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom Dorothy is still reported to drift down the road, heading towards the pub where she also haunts.


Location: Bluntisham (Cambridgeshire) - Former public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007 onwards
Further Comments: An occupier of this property has reported the feeling of being watched and of doors closing themselves, although the presence is non-threatening.


Location: Blythburgh (Suffolk) - White Hart public house
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Mid to late twentieth century
Further Comments: Loud knocking has emanated from the stout oak door of the pub, with no one on either side.

Woman in Sweeping Black Dress

Location: Bodfari (Clwyd) - Dinorben public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Many staff and patrons have reported this spooky woman with long dark hair over the years, which is normally seen moving around the upper part of the building.

Gipsy Woman

Location: Bollington (Cheshire) - Ye Olde No. 3 public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: The ghostly woman once reported here was said to be on the run from the police, and she drowned in a flooded stream nearby. A little girl was seen by a former landlady, who said the entity was dressed in blue, wore a poke bonnet, and walked straight through a closed bedroom door.

Woman in RTA

Location: Bolney (Sussex) - A23 near the Queens Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1990s
Further Comments: A woman in a grey dress stepped out in front of a car and was hit - the car then crashed off the road. However, the woman in grey had disappeared once the three people in the car climbed out. Two other witnesses reported that they too had seen the woman in front of the car.


Location: Bolton (Greater Manchester) - Churchgate Public House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: There is a story that the pub is haunted by a woman who was thrown out of the pub one winter's evening, after becoming pregnant with her employer's child. She died in the cold, and her child's cries can now be heard in the building. During the 1950s, bones were unearthed under the site and were thought to belong to a Cavalier who haunts the bar and cellar. Finally, a dog has been seen running upstairs but when chased nothing is found.


Location: Bolton (Greater Manchester) - Old Three Crowns public house, Deansgate
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2017 onwards
Further Comments: The sound of running footsteps and breathing have been heard in this pub. An engineer working in the cellar refused to return after he felt an icy hand pass over his shoulder and turn a nearby tap. The investigative team 'Haunted History of Bolton' recorded EVP, footsteps and poltergeist activity.

Roman Soldiers

Location: Bolton (Greater Manchester) - Boar's Head public house (no longer standing, replacement building is currently Hogarth's)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pub demolished 1999
Further Comments: The Boar's Head was said to be haunted by Roman soldiers. They were only seen chest upwards and could be heard marching through the building. When the pub closed, archaeologists discovered medieval artefacts (including a cellar) before the site was concreted over.

Bloodied Hands

Location: Bolton (Greater Manchester) - Ye Olde Man and Scythe public house, Churchgate
Type: Other
Date / Time: Late twentieth century (blood story), and 2000s (Geny)
Further Comments: A woman drinking at the public house found her hands covered in blood as she started to leave, though she had no wounds of her own, and no other source for the liquid could be discovered. More recently, the spirit of Geny, an eight year old girl, has be blamed for tugging at skirts, pinching people, and moving items around, while a phantom dog runs around chairs in the museum room. A Roman soldier may also haunt the beer garden.

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