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Ghosts & Folklore from Rivers & Waterways

Vaiegh

Location: River Oykel (aka Oikel) (Highland) - Waters of the river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Vaiegh was the name given to the female spirit which haunted this river, which was said to scream when people were nearby. One horse driver was said to have protected himself by throwing stones into the river as he crossed.

Drowning Entity

Location: River Skerne (Yorkshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This river, like several in the northern part of England, was said to contain an entity which would drag the unwary under the water.

Pack of Hounds

Location: River Tamar (Devon) - Riverbank
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Sunday mornings (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This vicious pack of dogs belonged to a rogue priest, who let them free to hunt and kill whatever they found. Another legend says the Devil did not dare cross this river into Cornwall, as he feared the Cornish would turn him into a pie. Finally, a myth states that the river was a nymph named Tamara who was turned into a spring by her father, angered by her flirting with a couple of local giants.

Singing Lady

Location: River Tees (Durham) - Cauldron Snout waterfall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farm girl who killed herself once a relationship with a local miner ended, her pitiful shade can now be heard singing.

Peg Powler

Location: River Tees (Durham) - Waters of the river
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This water entity would pull under anyone who swam too close to her home - witnesses would only see her green hair seconds before their friends who would be pulled under the water.

Human Sacrifice

Location: River Tweed (Borders) - Waters of the river
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Once a year
Further Comments: It is said that once a year the water monster hiding here demanded a single human sacrifice to prevent it from terrorising the local neighbourhood.

White Horse

Location: River Wharfe (Yorkshire) - Wharfedale's Strid
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 01 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Together with a fairy, this pale horse rises from the dangerous waters once a year. It has been known to drown people who come too close.

Woman Rower

Location: River Wye (Hereford & Worcester) - General Area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to tragedy
Further Comments: This lowly figure, heard screaming and crying in pain, appears to those who will shortly undergo grief and loss.

Old Woman

Location: Ross on Wye (Hereford & Worcester) - River Wye
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This gaunt old lady sails a small boat up and down the river at dusk, sobbing hysterically.

Water-Kelpie

Location: Rumbling Bridge (Perth and Kinross) - River
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This water spirit is said to create noise and generate light to lure people into the river. As per a kelpie's normal behaviour, once someone took a step into the water, they were drowned.

Pair of Lovers

Location: Samlesbury Bottoms (Lancashire) - River Darwen
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The relationship between a male Protestant and a female Catholic ended in tragedy when the Catholic woman's brother murdered the Protestant to prevent their relationship enduring. The girl went mad and died soon after - the lovers were reunited in death, their ghosts haunting the banks of the river.

Gourlay

Location: Sanquhar (Dumfries and Galloway) - River Nith
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Gourlay was murdered by his lover and her two sons after he witnessed the trio murder a peddler. He was drowned in the waters of the Nith, and it is here that his cries of help are heard.

Jinny On Boggard

Location: Scunthorpe (Lincolnshire) - River Trent on Humberside/Lincolnshire border, area known as Jenny Hurn bend
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This little creature was like a small man or woman, though it had a face of a seal with long hair. It travelled on the water in a large pie dish. Another creature here, or possibly another form of the same one, had large tusks and swam in the water; it would only leave to feed.

Anne Boleyn

Location: SE1 (Greater London) - Lambeth Palace, & River Thames near the building
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Carried in a Thames barge crewed by faded grey figures, the shade of Boleyn is taken to the Tower of London where she met her maker. The palace itself sometimes echoes with Anne's voice, pleading and crying for her life to be saved.

Angel of the Thames

Location: SE1 (Greater London) - River Thames, close to the London Eye
Type: Other
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: At least four people have reported seeing an angel hovering over the River Thames in 2006. Some people say the sightings date back to 1666, the Great Fire of London, while other recent sightings have occurred around war time. Others have called the sightings a hoax, naming people behind a charity event as being responsible for the 'sightings'.

Princess Alice

Location: SE2 (Greater London) - Thames River, Thamesmead
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September (reoccurring)
Further Comments: When a collier rammed a pleasure boat (the Princess Alice) here in 1878, over 600 people died - many of them being poisoned by the outflow of London's sewage which emerged from a pipe by the accident site. Their pitiful cries for help can sometimes be heard around the time of the accident.

Slipping Woman

Location: Sennen Cove (Cornwall) - The Irish Lady rock, Cowloe Rock
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This rock is named after the woman who held on to it after her ship ran aground nearby and all hands were lost - she slipped off after a couple of hours and was drowned before rescuers could save her. Her shade has been seen struggling to remain on the outcropping.

White Lady

Location: Shinnel (aka Shinnell) Water (Dumfries and Galloway) - Paul's Pool
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1890
Further Comments: A white lady was said to haunt this little waterfall along the river, hovering while bathed in moonlight.

Rattling Chains

Location: Sion Mills (County Tyrone) - Mourne River
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sounds of chains and phantom footfalls have been heard along the bank.

White Figure

Location: Sion Mills (County Tyrone) - Old Railway Bridge, and river underneath
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: No longer in service, this bridge is thought to be haunted by the phantom of a suicide, which has been seen emerging from the waters below. The sounds of a train have also been reported coming along the track.

Drowning Elopers

Location: Skinburness (Cumbria) - Waters of the Solway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy nights
Further Comments: Skinburness was one of the places that couples travelling to Gretna Green would pass through, hoping to find a ferryman to take them across the Solway. Such a couple and their boatman were drowned when a sudden storm sprang up as they crossed the water, and now their screams and cries can be heard when the weather is right.

Jack the Hammer

Location: South Shields (Northumberland) - Riverside, and general area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure is said to appear by the river when someone is lost at sea, and sometimes knocks on the door of a family that is due a tragedy.

Woman

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon (Warwickshire) - River Avon
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that the river is haunted by a woman who stands waist-deep in the water.

Water Dragon

Location: Sudbury (Suffolk) - River Stour
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Early 1400s
Further Comments: This crested monster came from out of the local river and terrorised Sudbury and the neighbouring villages. Eventually, all the townsfolk gathered and chased the beast back into the river.

Water Spirit

Location: Swarkestone (Derbyshire) - River Trent, near Swarkestone Bridge
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The water elemental which frequents these waters is said to require three lives annually to remain pacified. The bridge was built, they say, by two young ladies who saw their lovers taken by the spirit and acted to ensure no one suffered the same loss.

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