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Man in Basement

Location: Leeds (Yorkshire) - Retail premises along Hunslet Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 2007
Further Comments: An employee at this shop spotted an old man in the basement. When they described the man to their manager, they were told the description matched the manager's grandfather who had also worked on the site.


Location: Leigh-on-Sea (Essex) - Old Camping & General Store, A127
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 21 March 2012
Further Comments: A witness reported hearing footsteps and other sounds in this building after it had closed, before seeing items moved unaided.

Noisy Workshop

Location: Leighton Buzzard (Bedfordshire) - Motorbike shop along Lake Street, and surrounding buildings
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: When Sid, the owner of the bike shop, extended his workshop in the early 1960s, he woke this entity from its sleep. Neighbours complained about the noises coming from his building, even though it was devoid of life, and the one night Sid did work late, he witnessed items throw themselves around the room.


Location: Leyland (Lancashire) - LG Kitchens
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: While viewing CCTV footage, Manager Leo Tommony came across the image of a silhouetted man standing in a ring of light. Footsteps have been heard in the upper part of the building after everyone has left, and lights have turned themselves on.

Victorian Children

Location: Lincoln (Lincolnshire) - Jesters fancy dress shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Owners of the shop, Hazel Smith and her son James, and another employee reported that the building is haunted by Victorian children.

Time Slip

Location: Liverpool (Merseyside) - Bold Street
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: On various dates, several people (including an off duty policeman) have reported slipping back in time along this road, finding them surrounded by people dressed in clothing of the 1940s, with a cobbled street and old style shops.

The Baby Seat

Location: Llandudno (Clwyd) - Asda Store
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Till number thirteen was christened the 'Baby Seat' after several staff became pregnant after sitting and working there.

Bicarbonate of Soda

Location: Long Wittenham (Berkshire) - Co-Op Store
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: November 1962
Further Comments: This mischievous spirit moved food about in front of the staff, floating the bicarb in front of their startled faces. The outbreak lasted for eight days.

Jacobite armed with Dagger

Location: Manchester (Greater Manchester) - Rover's Return trinket shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This former soldier has been seen loitering at the foot of a bed on the property, weapon in hand.

Bra Remover

Location: Margate (Kent) - Pillow Talk sex shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: A playful spirit here has been blamed for moving stock around overnight. The ghost is rumoured to be a girl who once worked in a brothel on this site.

Martlesham Heath Police HQ, Suffolk.

Long Dead Airman

Location: Martlesham Heath (Suffolk) - Police HQ, heathland, and shopping area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1978, 1981 (police station), 2004 (shopping area)
Further Comments: The site of a major airfield during the Second World War, the Police Headquarters and the surrounding heathland has a reputation of being haunted by long dead pilots. Several police officers have seen such shades, while more recently, owners of a shop reported seeing a detached human shadow outside their establishment.

Dark Figures

Location: Measham (Leicestershire) - Michael's Plaice fish & chip shop (no longer open)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: After the owner encountered ghostly dark figures and experienced poltergeist activity, Spirit Team UK were called in to investigate. They reported an old man hanging around in the upper part of the building, while a small child was encountered downstairs.

Little Girl

Location: Mold (Clwyd) - Party Shop, High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: This shop is said to be haunted by a little lass who leapt from the attic window after being locked in the room. The entity is blamed for the malfunctioning till and the occasional apport.

Organ Music

Location: Morecambe (Lancashire) - Royalty Theatre (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During the demolition of this building some workers reported the ghostly sounds of an organ being played. The shopping centre that has replaced the theatre may have inherited the ghost, though no one can say for certain.

Heavy Breathing

Location: Much Wenlock (Shropshire) - Spar shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: After digging on the site disturbed ancient bones and pottery, strange things occurred in the shop, including misty figures appearing, the sounds of heavy breathing, and trolleys moving themselves across the floor.

Knitting Woman

Location: New Lanark (Lanarkshire) - Flat above unnamed shop in the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghost, dressed in a tartan cape, was seen walking about the premises whilst knitting. She passed through a closed bedroom door.

Possessed Cabinet

Location: Northampton (Northamptonshire) - Birchfield Road East (private house), and 330 Wellingborough Road (Trends furniture shop)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2003
Further Comments: This cabinet, sold to a house along Birchfield Road East, was quickly returned to the shop after the owner said that the figure of a woman dressed in 1930s clothing materialised several times by it. Similar occurrences happened at the shop after the cabinet came back.

Grosvenor Centre, Northampton.

Floating Monk

Location: Northampton (Northamptonshire) - Grosvenor Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Built on the site of an old monastery, it was perhaps inevitable that the building would become haunted by the figure that has been seen by cleaning staff after shopping hours.

19 Magdalen Street, Norwich.

Victorian Female Murder Victim

Location: Norwich (Norfolk) - 19 Magdalen Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: When this location was home to a charity shop, staff were subjected to the sounds of footsteps in empty parts of the building, cold spots, and drafts. A shadowy figure was also reported to lurk on the staircase. The psychical research team BSIG spent a night on the site; they documented EVP and witnessed a previously locked door swing open. It was speculated that the haunting was caused by a Victorian woman murdered near the site. More recently, the EDP's Weird Norfolk team reported an exorcism had been performed in the shop in the 1980 and that, perhaps other than one recent fleeting encounter, the haunting has all but ceased.

Voices from the Past

Location: Norwich (Norfolk) - Farnworths (was at 35 London Street)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: Local press reported at the time that the manager would hear men's voices in the building although no other people were present. On another occasion wet drag marks were seen on the floor, with no rational explanation for their presence.

Young Girl

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - Former antiques shop, Mansfield Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1975/6
Further Comments: This young girl, said to be around ten years of age, had a pale face and large eyes. She wore dark clothing, a white pinafore, and her boots had holes in the toes. A medium was called to the shop, after which the phantom disappeared.

Sobbing Boy

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - Lee Rosys tea shop (17 Broad Street)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: A local newspaper reported that staff and one customer had heard phantom sobbing from behind a wall. Puddles of water appeared without cause and cups would fall from tables without reason.

Vanishing Man

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - Victoria Shopping Centre
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1970s and Spring 2005
Further Comments: During the 1970s, two workers at the bus station spotted a man who they thought looked a little strange. He walked away and one worker followed, only to realise that he had vanished - there had not been enough time for the figure to have run away, and nowhere for him to hide. In spring 2005 a mother and daughter entered an empty lift; during their brief journey, they both spotted a man standing just behind the daughter.

Grey Man

Location: Ormskirk (Lancashire) - Old Ship Inn, aka Abblets shoe shop, Moor street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: This tall male ghost appears quite solid, yet greyish in colour. He stands by the front upstairs window, overlooking the main road. A strong smell of tobacco could also be detected within the building.


Location: Otley (Yorkshire) - Shop at the corner of Kirkgate and Market Place (currently British Heart Foundation)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Tailor's dummies have moved by themselves, pictures have fallen from their hooks, the smell of pipe tobacco fills the air, and strange noises can be heard at night at this haunted charity shop.

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