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Woman?

Location: Perth (Perth and Kinross) - Curiositeaz Vintage Tea Room
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2012
Further Comments: Staff at this coffee shop have reported hearing voices and witnessing chairs moving on their own accord. CCTV footage released by owner Dan Clifford is said to show a misty figure, although the bright light source visible in the shot could be creating lens flare responsible for the 'figure'.

Giggling

Location: Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) - Queensgate Shopping Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sometimes heard once the shopping centre is closed to the public, the sound of a young child giggling and disembodied footsteps have been reported.

Mr Jenkins

Location: Poole (Dorset) - 71 High Street (original shop no longer stands)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1964 and 1976
Further Comments: Since the old shop was replaced by a new building, the phantom of Mr Jenkins has not been seen. He was regarded as a rude ghost, pushing past people as he descended the staircase. Witnesses who spotted him said Jenkins was a young man wearing a suit with a high white collar.

After Hours Figure

Location: Portmeirion (Gwynedd) - Seconds Pottery Shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A figure has been spotted in the shop after it has been locked up for the night.

Jumping Keyboard

Location: Portsmouth (Hampshire) - Cash Converters, London Road, Fratton
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: Two workers in Cash Converters reported seeing an analogue synthesiser fly three metres across the shop floor, hitting a CD rack. The former owner of the keyboard told the manager she had sold the item because of experiencing similar problems at home.

Cold Spots

Location: Prescot (Lancashire) - Shop along Warrington Road
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s? Mostly during winter
Further Comments: Cold spots and items which have thrown themselves off counters have been reported in this shop. Staff have also reported being shoved on the staircase.

Lady in White

Location: Rayleigh (Essex) - Unknown toy shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: This ghostly woman in white could be heard moving things around the shop and was said to have touched the back of the neck of one witness. It is thought that the woman died in a house fire.

John Ellis

Location: Rochdale (Lancashire) - April Cotton Florists, 413 Oldham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2008
Further Comments: Even though Rochdale's last public executioner John Ellis committed suicide in 1932, his former barbershop is still thought to contain his shade. An invisible entity pushed one man while he was working alone in the shop, and later slapped the same man's rear.

Sid

Location: Royal Tunbridge Wells (Kent) - Barry M Cosmetics, Calverley Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990 / 1991
Further Comments: All the staff reported paranormal activity while working in the shop during this time. Footsteps would be heard on empty floors, a sweet smelling tobacco could be detected, whispering could be heard, and finger marks would suddenly appear in dust.

Shattering Mirrors

Location: Royston (Hertfordshire) - Henrick's Hairdressing salon
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: Mirrors have been known to fly from the walls and the radio changes stations at will, in this haunted salon. A psychic blamed the former owner of the building who slit his own throat.

Man in Black Coat

Location: Ruddington (Nottinghamshire) - Horspools Bakery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This shop is haunted by a man wearing a black coat that looks completely normal, until he disappears.

Two Women

Location: Rye (Sussex) - Town Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several spectres are said to haunt this area of town. The two women have been observed walking down Mermaid Street wearing long gowns, while a lonesome girl in blue has been seen crossing the street. Watchbell Street is the haunt of a little boy dressed in a white sheet, and disembodied footsteps (thought to belong to a young girl), through these are no longer heard, and the Olde Tuck Shoppe along Market Street is home to a lady in grey.

Duke of Buckingham

Location: Salisbury (Wiltshire) - Debenhams' department store
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Executed in the fifteenth century, the headless apparition of the Duke terrified a British Telecom employee who was working on the site - he refused to re-enter the building.

Chip Shop

Location: Sheffield (Yorkshire) - Firth Park
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990
Further Comments: Walking home one evening, a mother and daughter spotted a chip shop which they had thought was new, as they had not seen it before. The shop was open, lights were on, and people were inside. A couple of nights later, they decided to visit the takeaway, but it was not there - a DIY shop stood on the spot, twice the size of the chip shop they had seen.

Floating Feet

Location: Sheffield (Yorkshire) - Schofield's department store (now Argos Extra), Angel Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The boiler room here was haunted by a pair of feet which hovered a half a metre or so from the floor.

Charlotte

Location: Sidmouth (Devon) - Kennaway House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 2012
Further Comments: A young female ghost in a long dress was named Charlotte and would sit in the corner of a room in this building. The entity was said to be non-threatening.

Gladys

Location: Sidmouth (Devon) - New Look shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 2014
Further Comments: An older Victorian lady was blamed for crashes and bangs, disembodied footsteps and whisperings which were heard around this shop. The ghost, manifesting as a woman in black, was named as Gladys. After flowers were offered to her, the ghost quietened down.

Cloud

Location: South Shields (Northumberland) - Jazz hairdressers, Frederick Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2008
Further Comments: Footsteps, whistling, knocking, and a solid, hovering cloud have all been reported by staff at the salon. Customers have reported seeing people dressed in old fashioned clothing in the upper part of the building. A barman is said to have died falling down the basement stairs when the building was a club during the 1950s.

Falling sounds

Location: Southwold (Suffolk) - Former vicarage (currently a bus office, wool shop & paint shop)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Many sounds seem to have once haunted this building - sighs, creaking of a chair, the rattling of chains, and the sound of someone falling down the stairs.

Man in Bath Chair

Location: Southwold (Suffolk) - Private House along Child's Opening
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: First half of twentieth century, always around 01:00h, last seen 1948
Further Comments: This spooky figure, sometimes wheeling himself around in a bath chair, other times walking, was watched by occupants of a house several times. The entity would cross their yard and vanish into a bricked up doorway to a former hat shop.

Sounds of Battle

Location: St Albans (Hertfordshire) - Row of shops along Chequer Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The location of the Battle of St Albans, fought during the War of the Roses, is said to still generate the sounds of battle.

Former Resident

Location: St Ives (Cornwall) - Woolworths (no longer open)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This store was said to be haunted by a former resident of the building.

Herbert

Location: Stapleford (Nottinghamshire) - Deacon House (former carpet shop)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2019
Further Comments: The upper part of the shop was said to be haunted by Herbert; his presence accompanied by the smell of lavender. A photograph taken in 2019 was said to show Herbert's face on a wall, manifesting in a damp patch, although it's more than likely just a case of pareidolia.

Cloaked Figure

Location: Steeple Ashton (Wiltshire) - Former village courthouse, converted into a village store
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1944
Further Comments: The old village courthouse was being used as a grocery store in 1944, and the owners reported a ghostly figure wearing a black cloak who would enter the bedroom and search a cupboard. There was a local tradition that the ghost of Judge Jeffreys haunted the building, and the cupboard was where he stored his paperwork.

Music

Location: Stockton-on-Tees (Yorkshire) - Castlegate Shopping Centre, Stephenson House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Strange music and sounds are said to occasionally be heard at night in this shopping centre.

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