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Grey Lady

Location: Wednesbury (West Midlands) - Ye Olde Leathern Bottle public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 30 January 2022
Further Comments: This pub is reputedly home to a phantom grey lady. It is not clear whether this is the same entity which tugged at a customer's clothing in 2022.

Bleeding Ears Murph

Location: Weeton (Lancashire) - Eagle & Child public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Only heard, never seen, Murph is reputed to chatter away to himself.

Miss Clements

Location: Wellow (Nottinghamshire) - Durham Ox public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom woman, named as Miss Clements, was said to have been killed in 1857 by a cart driven by the son of the landlord.

Young Lad

Location: Wellow (Nottinghamshire) - Red Lion public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Red Lion is reputed to be home of two ghosts. One is of a young boy who drowned in a well in the cellar, while the other presence is said to be a former customer who had nowhere else to go!

Cavalier

Location: Wells (Somerset) - King Charles Parlour public house, High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977 / 1978
Further Comments: A phantom Cavalier has been spotted on the staircase several times by owners or members of their family, while footsteps and the sound of a harpsichord have also been reported. It is reported that when a BBC TV crew tried to film inside the building all their lighting equipment blew up.

Footsteps

Location: Welton (Lincolnshire) - Black Bull public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heard ascending the staircase and moving down corridors at the dead of night, the cause of these footsteps has yet to be seen.

Quick Jab

Location: Welwyn Garden City (Hertfordshire) - Cottage public house (now known as Doctors Tonic)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: A former worker said that as he was leaving one night, he felt someone jab him in the ribs. He swung round to see if it was another member of staff, but there was no one there.

Jessica Ann Hargreaves

Location: West Boldon (Tyne and Wear) - Wheatsheaf public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Mid 2004
Further Comments: A visiting medium spoke to Jessica's spirit, claiming that the young girl had been raped and murdered in 1908 and her remains hidden in the building. Prior to the visit, members of staff at the pub had experienced classic poltergeist activity, and in one incident found a child's handprint in some jelly though there were no children on the site at the time.

Cloaked Figure

Location: West Bridgeford (Nottinghamshire) - Lady Bay public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s / 1980s
Further Comments: This cloaked gentleman would be quite commonly seen in the car park, though he has not been seen now for many years. One witness said the figure looked like a monk but had no face.

Old Lady Looking In

Location: West Bromwich (West Midlands) - Manor House (currently a public house?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A small ghostly face has been observed looking into the building after the lights are put out - the same figure has also been observed inside. Another shade, a bearded man, also haunts the property, while guests have reported hearing strange whisperings and singing coming from empty rooms.

Thin Girl

Location: West Lulworth (Dorset) - Red Lion public house (no longer open)
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1920s
Further Comments: A sickly man staying at the pub encountered a ghostly thin girl who beckoned the man to follow him. The man refused and believed the encounter to be a warning about his own poor health. He died soon after.

Susan

Location: West Wycombe (Buckinghamshire) - George and Dragon public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Susan was killed when a prank went wrong - she was so upset she attacked the people responsible and was mortally wounded as they defended themselves. She died in a guest room at the public house. Since then, the pale white form of Sukie (as she is affectionately known) has been observed in bedrooms and by the fireplace.

Left Over Shadow

Location: Westhoughton (Greater Manchester) - Wheatsheaf public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost that haunts this pub would vanish suddenly, leaving only a shadow which persisted for several seconds after the disappearance. A former landlord of the pub stated his dog would sit and bark at one room but would not dare enter.

Portuguese Sailor

Location: Weymouth (Dorset) - Spice Ship public house, Preston
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: This ghostly sailor would take the form of a poltergeist and create general mischief. It was blamed for phantom footsteps, setting off alarms and even pulling one landlord from his bed.

Grey Lady

Location: Whaddon (Buckinghamshire) - Lowndes Arms public house and motel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A grey lady and other shadowy figures and said to have made their home in this pub. Poltergeist activity has also been reported - items move around, doors open, and objects are moved around in locked rooms.

Cleaner

Location: Whitburn (Tyne and Wear) - Grey Horse public house (ceased trading, now a Co-Op shop)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 2021
Further Comments: A former cleaner was named as the phantom which haunted the Grey Horse, although the haunting appears to have been limited to creaks and knocks.

Charlie Presence

Location: Whittlesey (Cambridgeshire) - The Black Bull public house, Market Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about the ghost affectionately known as Charlie Presence.

Beer Puller

Location: Wigan (Greater Manchester) - Minorca public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: This alcoholic phantom would pull pints of beer, though was never seen to drink it.

Shapeless Mass

Location: Wimborne (Dorset) - Barley Mow public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The pub is haunted by an unearthly dark shape which hovers in the bar area. No one is too sure what exactly is it or what is represents.

Patter of Feet

Location: Winchcombe (Gloucestershire) - Ye Old Corner Cupboard Public House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The sound of a child's feet running around the building has been reported several times, even though no children have been present.

Starving Woman

Location: Winchester (Hampshire) - Hyde Tavern
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghost, when flesh and bone, was turned away from the Tavern during a cold winter's night. She died soon after, and to take revenge, her ghost took up residence in the building. The spirit now pulls bedding off sleeping guests.

Running Blood?

Location: Winchester (Hampshire) - Rising Sun public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2015
Further Comments: As the pub closed for installation of a mini-cinema, landlord Rob Plunton said that the site was rumoured to be haunted but did not elaborate further. One story says that blood is said to run down the walls of the cellar.

Lady Lisle

Location: Winchester (Hampshire) - The Eclipse public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1685 onwards
Further Comments: Beheaded opposite the pub for assisting local rebels, the tall grey shade of Alice Lisle now haunts the area where she spent her last night on earth. This is one of three locations reportedly haunt by Lady Lisle.

Bottom Pincher

Location: Windsor (Berkshire) - Black Horse public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977
Further Comments: This phantom, known only as George, is blamed for pinching barmaids' bottoms when there is no one else around.

Suicide

Location: Wingham (Kent) - The Red Lion public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost which once haunted this building has not been seen for many years - it was thought to be the phantom of a man who committed suicide, who looked like any other person until he vanished suddenly.

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