Lord Lyttleton encountering a ghost, from the book The Astrologer of the Nineteenth Century
W1 (Greater London) - Hill Street, Mayfair
24 November 1779
In his home along this street, Lord Lyttleton woke and saw a woman in white standing by his bed (named by some as being a Mrs Amphlett) who warned him he would be dead within three days. At 11pm on the third day, he dropped dead into his butler's arms at Pitt Place, in Epsom. The illustration is Lyttleton's encounter from the publication 'The Astrologer of the Nineteenth Century'.
W4 (Greater London) - Private residence, Blenheim Road
A woman in a white nightdress vanished when a child asked 'mummy?'.
Wadsley (Yorkshire) - Common land
The hours leading up to midnight
This white woman has been observed darting around, with body language suggesting she is in blind panic.
Wargrave (Berkshire) - Gaunt cottage
An owner of the cottage claimed it was haunted by this lady in white.
Warrington (Cheshire) - Bewsey Old Hall
His life snuffed out at some point in the 1930s, this shade has remained earthbound since. The hall may also be haunted by a white Lady, thought to be Lady Isabella le Botelor.
Watford (Hertfordshire) - Church Street
A phantom white woman is said to occasionally cross the road here.
Wellow (Somerset) - St Julien's Well
Before a death of the Lord of Hungerford
This phantom white woman would materialise to give warning of encroaching death.
West Harptree (Somerset) - Gournay Court
This pallid female would travel the building, ending her journey on the balcony where she would disappear.
Westcliff on Sea (Essex) - Palace Theatre, currently an arts centre
George has been reported sitting next to patrons during performances - they claim to have felt someone take up position next to them, though the entity remains invisible while seated. George is said to be the theatre manager who hanged himself from the fly floor due to financial difficulties just after the building opened in 1912. A white woman has been seen in the building, but it is generally agreed that these are two different forces, rather than the same ghost.
Weston (Hertfordshire) - Road near Lannock Hill
November 1972, around 23:30h
The phantom figure of a woman in white was seen by a husband and wife as they drove out of Weston. It is thought that the phantom is a girl who drowned on her wedding day.
Westonzoyland (Somerset) - Sedgemoor Battlefield
06 July (reoccurring)
The spirits here reportedly include voices that call out to witnesses over the nearby River Carey, and horsemen who gallop silently along. People have also reported pockets of cold air, and watching a white woman glide over the marsh, near where her lover was murdered by Royalists. On the anniversary of the battle, sounds of fighting have been heard.
Widnes (Cheshire) - The Clinc pond, off Alder? Lane
A local story states that the Clinc is haunted by a white lady who tries to pull people into the water.
Wimborne St Giles (Dorset) - St Giles Estate
Unknown - nineteenth century
A phantom woman in white, with a hood covering her face, was seen to rush into a hedge. Following this, the sounds of a horse and cart could be heard travelling through woodland, though nothing could be seen.
Winchester (Hampshire) - Private house along Quarry Road
A tall man wearing a black cloak, a woman dressed in white, and a figure resembling a nun are all said to have haunted this property. Two exorcisms failed to remove the entities.
Woburn (Bedfordshire) - The Inn (was the Bedford Arms Inn)
The misty white lady is not alone in her haunting of this building. A ghostly figure is also reported to sit by the fireplace smoking a pipe, a little phantom dog by his side.
Wolterton (Norfolk) - Wolterton Hall, 3 miles northwest from Blickling
Unknown - possibly 1894?
Appearing to warn of trouble or a death in the family, the white lady is said to be a member of the Scamler family who once owned the hall.
Wolverhampton (West Midlands) - Stag's Head public house
Seen walking around the cellar, this phantom also enjoyed turning the beer pump taps off, sometimes up to twenty times a month. The entity disappeared after structural alterations were made to the building.
Wombwell (Yorkshire) - Low Valley Arms public house
Roger Froggatt, the landlord of this pub, was left terrified after encountering a phantom lady dressed in white in the ladies' toilet after investigating what he believed was a break in during the early hours of the morning. He described the figure as an elderly woman with her cheek and jaw structure missing.
Woodhall Spa (Lincolnshire) - Pine Woods
A man wearing a cloak and a tricorn hat is said to drift through this wooded area. A phantom woman in white and the sound of wailing have also been reported.
An old woodcut of Thomas a Becket being murdered.
Woolacombe (Devon) - Beach
Weather Dependent: Stormy weather (de Tracey), early twentieth century (woman)
This woman dressed in white has been observed drifting along the beach, passing effortlessly over hazardous areas of sand. Sir William de Tracey also spends time on the beach, sorting sand as penance for the murder of Thomas a Becket. When a storm rolls in and blows his work away, he can be heard screaming.
Worcester (Hereford & Worcester) - Astwood Road Cemetery
Unknown Ghost Type
This witness was out with a group of friends, messing around in the cemetery. She turned away from the group and spotted a young girl dressed in white, holding out her hands and mouthing words that could not be heard. The witness held out her own hands, and for a fleeting moment perceived that they were covered in blood.
Worstead (Norfolk) - Church
24 December (reoccurring), photographed 1975
Legend says this lady has scared to death at least one young bell ringer, although she is now said to have a healing effect. Poltergeist activity has also been reported, around the 1950's. A photograph taken in 1975 by Peter Berthelot appears to show a misty white lady sitting behind his wife on a pew.
Wylfa (Gwynedd) - Area near the power station
This phantom white woman was seen moving slowly along, humming a tune to herself. The ghost would vanish near to the edge of a cliff.
Black Swan Inn, York
York (Yorkshire) - Black Swan Inn
Seen descending a staircase in the building, only the lower part of this male body appears. Two other spirits can be found in the bar area; that of a workman wearing a bowler hat (dressed in Victorian clothing) and a lady in a white dress who watches the fireplace.