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Tutting Lady

Location: Alcester (Warwickshire) - Whispering Witch shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: As well as the tutting lady, this show is reputedly haunted by something in the basement which pushes and pokes visitors.

File Flinger

Location: Banbury (Oxfordshire) - Co-op Travel Shop, White Lion Walk
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: An entity here locks the toilet door, creates the smell of toast, and knocks files of documentation from the shelves.

Helena Blunden

Location: Belfast (County Antrim) - The Irish Linen Mill (currently a print shop)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: N/A
Further Comments: A known hoax which claimed a woman named Helena fell on the basement stairs and was dead before she hit the bottom step.

Woman in Cape

Location: Betws y Coed (Clwyd) - Anna Davies countrywear store
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s-2010s
Further Comments: Poltergeist activity was said to have started by in the 1960s, with a ghostly woman wearing a cape manifesting some twenty years later. In 2011, one of the owners claimed that a shoe landed in front of him after being launched from a display stand.

Floating Lolly

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Kang's Discount Store
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: There were supposedly several witnesses who watched as a lollypop floated up and moved itself out of this shop.

Smuggler Curse

Location: Bognor Regis (Sussex) - The Old Vicarage, Sudley Road
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A curse was placed on this building after the vicar attempted to stop local smuggling activities. The building no longer stands, but the area (which now has shops built on top) is still said to be unlucky and haunted by the sounds of footsteps.

Young Girl

Location: Bramley (Surrey) - (Former?) antique shop, High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shop has a former doorway out the front which is now sealed up - a phantom girl is said to stand there.

Gliding Woman

Location: Brecon (Powys) - The Welsh Bookshop, The Struet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity dressed in eighteenth century clothing vanishes through a wall and emerges in the building next door.

Floating Monk

Location: Brentwood (Essex) - Gateway food store, Chapel High
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1987
Further Comments: A young man working here claimed to see a hooded figure in the storeroom, floating half a metre above the ground - it vanished as he touched it.


Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Ape (formally Lawleys), North Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former manager is said to have seen three phantom nuns in this property. The entities reportedly glide across the floor before vanishing through the back wall.

Grey-Haired Man

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Bears and Friends (no longer present), Meeting House Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A phantom grey-haired man wearing a knee length coat was said to have made a few appearances here during the 1990s.

Young Girl

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Eatery along Old Steine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The basement of this building is said to be haunted by the phantom of a young girl who died in a fire on the site. The ghost is also reported to haunt the building which backs onto this location.


Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Former Debenhams store, Western Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to have been spotted by staff and customers, the phantom nun wearing a white habit and black cloak would vanish up a stairwell. The east end of the building was a convent.

Floor Shadow

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Guitar, Amp and Keyboard (GAK), North Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2019
Further Comments: CCTV taken in the shop showed a ghostly shadow moving across the floor. Cameras also recorded guitars gently swaying from side to side and an item falling off the wall with nobody close by.

Naked Woman

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Junk Shop, Upper Rock Gardens (no longer exists)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: This naked, disfigured female phantom was said to have been murdered in the building's basement by her insane husband. A private house in the same area is home to the benign presence of an elderly woman.


Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Selby Jewellery (no longer operating)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa 1994
Further Comments: Several items inexplicably shattered in the shop during a short period, including plates, a sliding door, and a watch.

Fairground Organ

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Gardiner Haskins store (former soap factory)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2018
Further Comments: A few spooky events were documented in the local press, including the music from a fairground organ, a disembodied male voice, and the fleeting sighting of a Victorian woman dressed in white. A poltergeist was blamed for moving pots of paint around the site.


Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Greyhound Hotel (no longer standing - replaced by the Galleries Shopping Centre)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hotel which once stood here was said to be haunted by a ghost named Charlie. It is not known whether the spook now frequents the new building on site, the Galleries Shopping Centre.

Kettle Boiler

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Kings Chase Shopping Centre, Regent Street, Kingswood
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1976
Further Comments: Several shops in this centre were affected by a brief poltergeist outbreak. Events included small items moving by themselves, the sounds of footsteps and rustling, and a kettle turning itself on.

Smashed Bulbs

Location: Burnley (Lancashire) - Electrical store (no longer present) along Bethesda Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Reportedly built on the site of a graveyard from which some bodies were not moved, several spooky occurrences have been reported in this shop, including doors opening without human intervention, exploding light bulbs, and apports.

Man in Grey Rags

Location: Burton on Trent (Staffordshire) - Chemist shop, exact location withheld
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Summer 2006
Further Comments: A woman in this chemist 'screamed the shop down' after seeing a man in grey rags and dirty long hair who held his arms out and made guttural sounds which she did not understand. The figure vanished and the witness was given a chair and a glass of water by staff who waited for her to calm down.


Location: Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) - 38 Buttermarket, currently a bookshop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid to late twentieth century
Further Comments: Reportedly connected via underground tunnel to a long gone priory, monks have been reported creeping around the sight.


Location: Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) - Abbey and Cathedral
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1980s (monks), Cardinal in summer 1975 or 1976
Further Comments: Spectral monks have been seen gliding around the ruins of the abbey, also in the shops along Abbeygate Street. One witness encountered a Cardinal while walking around the ruins with her husband - he gave her a warning before vanishing. Despite the reported sightings, it was claimed the story was first created by a police sergeant during the 1960s and planted in the local press.

Grey Lady

Location: Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) - St Saviour's Hospital (ruins), and Tesco store, Fornham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1954 (hospital), and early to mid 2000s (Tesco)
Further Comments: This grey lady was seen within the ruined hospital several times during the mid-twentieth century. More recently, poltergeist-like activity has been reported at the adjoining Tesco store's canteen, with some people speculating that the Grey Lady may have returned.


Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - Former home on site of former Woolworth's shop
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom witch was reputedly haunting a building which was demolished and replaced with Woolworth's.

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