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Cries and Screams

Location: E2 (Greater London) - Bethnal Green Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1981
Further Comments: A station master working alone in the station office late at night heard the soft sounds of children crying. As time went by, the cries grew louder and were joined by the screams of women. He ran from the office. One hundred and seventy-three people died in the station in a single accident during the Second World War, the vast majority being women and children.

Anne Naylor

Location: EC1 (Greater London) - Farringdon Underground Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The odd screams that have been heard in this area are attributed to Naylor, thirteen year old girl who was murdered on this site in 1758. She is now referred to as 'the Screaming Spectre'.

Rebecca Griffiths

Location: EC2 (Greater London) - Liverpool Street Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Rebecca 1780-1812, man circa 2000
Further Comments: Once the site of the first Hospital of the Star of Bethlehem, an asylum for the insane, the area was haunted by the screams of Griffiths who was buried without a coin she compulsively held on to when locked away here. She also had the habit of exciting other inmates by peering through their cell windows. More recently there have been reports by underground staff of a man in white overalls on the platforms that can only be seen on CCTV.

Sarah Whitehead

Location: EC2 (Greater London) - Bank Station, Central Line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Sarah seen late twentieth century, knocking in 1982
Further Comments: Possibly the same figure that haunts the Bank of England; in life this poor girl could not handle news that her brother had died and returned daily to his office to meet him. Dressed in black clothing, she is affectionately called 'the Black Nun'. A worker once chased what he thought was an old lady locked in the station during the early hours of the morning, but she vanished down a corridor with no possible exit. In addition, at least one employee has reported something knocking on an empty lift door from the inside, way after normal closing time.

Old Woman

Location: EC3 (Greater London) - Aldgate Underground Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid-to-late-twentieth century
Further Comments: This old woman was seen by an engineer as it stroked his friend's hair, seconds before the co-worker touched a live wire which sent 20,000 volts through his body. Remarkably, he survived. Phantom footfalls have also been reported coming from down the tunnel, abruptly finishing.


Location: EC3 (Greater London) - King William Tunnel, Under London Bridge (disused underground tunnel)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s?
Further Comments: An image taken by a photographer shows what appears to be a silhouetted figure along this tunnel, though no one else was there at the time. A medium called to the location claimed that the ghost was that of a man who died while breaking up a fight.

Ashen-faced Girl

Location: EC4 (Greater London) - Northern Line into St Paul's tube station
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: On four consecutive days, a commuter on an early train sat opposite a girl whose long black hair covered her face, with only the tip of her nose visible. On the fourth day, as the commuter left the carriage, he realised that the ashen-faced girl was looking straight at him. The commuter never saw the girl again but was convinced that she was a ghost.

Edwardian Lady

Location: Elsecar (Yorkshire) - Steam Railway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This white woman has been seen near the railway, melting away if approached.

Murdered Girl

Location: Elsenham (Essex) - Churchill's Funeral Train
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The train which carried the body of Winston Churchill is haunted not by the man himself, but by a girl who was murdered in the vehicle.

Steam Locomotive

Location: Elsham (Lincolnshire) - Ancholme Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Foggy weather
Further Comments: Said to reappear in the same spot since an accident in the 1920s which killed four people, this large steam locomotive gently glows in its foggy environment.


Location: Exeter (Devon) - St Thomas railway station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2010, 14:10h
Further Comments: Sitting on the platform with her dog, this woman heard heels walk past her twice, although no one could be seen. The dog circled and barked before rolling over and acted as if being stroked.

Victorian Girls

Location: Falmouth (Cornwall) - Penmere Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1990s, approximately 01:00h
Further Comments: While walking home, a witness heard loud, distorted music coming from the station. He went to investigate and encountered two girls dressed in Victorian clothing (but no source of the music). One pointed down the tracks, as if she wanted the witness to follow, but he decided to turn around and leave the site.

Young Girl

Location: Felixstowe (Suffolk) - Railway track
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The track running into Felixstowe is reputedly haunted by a young girl who was struck down by a train.


Location: Garsdale Head (Cumbria) - Area around the railway station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says this area is haunted by a person killed on the track. One signalman spotted a figure pass his box but could not find anything after investigating.

Grey Lady

Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - Shields Road Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The woman who has returned to earth was killed by a train as it pulled into the station. Another story, most likely false, says that the line between this station and West Street was briefly haunted by a clattering and a ball of light during its construction/renovation prior to 1897.


Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - Track between Kelvinbridge and Hillhead stations
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Cleaning staff working late have reported hearing several women's voices softly singing along the tunnels.

The Clatter

Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - Somewhere between West Street and Shields Road station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1897
Further Comments: The tunnel connecting these stations was said to be home to a phantom clattering cloud which contained the faces of the dead.

Bear Sized Hound

Location: Great Yarmouth (Norfolk) - Yarmouth South Station (no longer standing)
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1860
Further Comments: This creature was described as white and the size of a polar bear by two witnesses as they watched it leap over engines.

Steam Train

Location: Grimoldby (Lincolnshire) - Old railway line by the level crossing
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 28 November 1961, 23:15h
Further Comments: Walking back to the nearby RAF base after visiting the chip shop, this witness watched a steam engine pulling a coal waggon and three coaches pass by the crossing. The train was silent and in total darkness, moving at speed, with the only light being a dim glow from the fire on the footplate. When the witness mentioned the train back at the base, they were told they must have been dreaming, as the track had been pulled up. When the witness visited the site the following morning, they realised that the track was indeed gone.

Old Locomotive

Location: Hallington (Lincolnshire) - Area where the station once stood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1956 onwards
Further Comments: In 1956 the last train travelled along the Louth to Bardney line before it was declared uneconomically viable and closed. Even though the track was removed, people still claimed to hear an old train passing by at night for many years afterwards.

Railway Carriages

Location: Halsall (Lancashire) - Disused railway bridge at a nature reserve
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: While videoing on the bridge, one man picked up the sounds of railway carriages running along the disused tracks, though nothing could be seen.

Waiting on the Platform

Location: Harperley (Northumberland) - Former station (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When overgrown and unloved, the station was said by some to be haunted by a figure. Some assumed the ghost was a woman who was thrown from her horse and trap into the path of an oncoming train. The area was also said to be home to a phantom carriage.


Location: Harrietsham (Kent) - Railway ticket office
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Post-Second World War
Further Comments: Removing the wartime stretcher from the wall is said to result in unseen hands vandalising the office.

Victorian Shadow

Location: Hastings (Sussex) - Warrior Square Station area, St Leonards-On-Sea
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 August 2010 (shadow seen)
Further Comments: Staff in a building in this area have reported a fast moving black shadow, a faint grey man wearing Victorian clothing, and mild poltergeist activities.

Icy to the Touch

Location: Hatfield (Hertfordshire) - Station
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1900s
Further Comments: The driver of a steam train passing through Hatfield Station reported a phantom man who stepped from the platform into the engine (even though the vehicle was travelling at 55 mph). The icy, dark-clothed entity forced the driver to stop the train, which ground to a halt at Hitchin station; the driver then noticed that the track ahead was blocked, and that the steam engine would have crashed into the obstruction if it were not for the ghost.

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