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Shropshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Whiston Lady

Location: Shifnal - Pool close to Kilsall Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom woman in white, named as a member of the Whiston family, was said to haunt the Dark Walk which ran by a pool here.

Bedded Woman

Location: Shrewsbury - Rowley's House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost of an unknown woman has been seen lying on the bed displayed in this museum, wearing old period dress. Another ghost, that of a man wearing similar period clothing has also been reported.

Grey Lady

Location: Shrewsbury - The Lion Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: A lady in grey reputedly haunts the Adam Ballroom, and is seen standing on the balcony. The Tudor bar is said to be the home of an old soldier in uniform.

Milk Seller

Location: Shrewsbury - Raven Meadow (now Smithfield)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman who sold watered down milk was cursed to walk the area after death reciting, 'Weight and measure sold I never, milk and water sold I ever'.


Location: Shrewsbury - Railway station, entrance from Castle Street and platform three
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This local Councillor was killed when part of the roof collapsed and landed on him. He has been seen waiting around, either sitting or standing, in the area.

Hanging Woman

Location: Shrewsbury - Prince Rupert Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Room Six is said to be home to a phantom woman who has been spotted hanging from the ceiling. Other rooms have much less grisly mild poltergeist activity which result in small objects being moved around.

Eerie Sounds

Location: Shrewsbury - Nag's Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While the haunting entities have yet to be seen, the combined sounds of crying, moaning and footsteps are said to be enough to unnerve the bravest of souls.

Lady Sarah

Location: Shrewsbury - Hole in the Wall public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Appearing during the dead of night, this female phantom walks through the bar area before vanishing.

Black Panther

Location: Shrewsbury - Field behind Travelodge at Bayston Hill
Type: ABC
Date / Time: August 2003
Further Comments: Police land and air units were called out to investigate the reports of a long black cat seen sitting in the field, though a search failed to find the creature.

Sleeping Dragon

Location: Shrewsbury - Earl's Hill and Pontesford Hill
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Some locals say that the two hills are a sleeping dragon. Another legend connected with the area says that either the king of Mercia or the king of Wessex lost a gold arrow here in the seventh century, and it can only be found by a seventh daughter of a seventh son.


Location: Shrewsbury - Dun Cow public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980
Further Comments: Seen in the pub by the wife of the landlord, this phantom monk was said to have bright colours speckled over his habit. A Dutch officer is also rumoured to haunt the building.

Lost Bell

Location: Shrewsbury - Bomere Pool
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Several stories surround this pool. In one, a village once stood here, but the villagers mocked God, He sent forth a storm that flooded the area. The church bell can now be heard peeling once a year. Another story says the pool is home to a massive fish - it was caught only once, but escaped, taking the sword of the fisherman (or knight) with him. He now uses the sword to cut any net which falls near him. The final story says the pool is bottomless, and that when any attempt to drain the pool is made, the waters always return overnight.


Location: Shrewsbury - Shrewsbury Library
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June and September 2009
Further Comments: The West Midlands Ghost Club carried out an investigation that recorded the sound of female vocals in June. Returning in September, they recorded a clanging noise which ended in a loud bang.

Bottled Brown

Location: Stanton upon Hine Heath - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1777
Further Comments: Elizabeth Brown died aged 92 in 1777 and was buried in a wooded area close to her home. After she was spotted wandering the area, it was decided that Elizabeth should be buried in the churchyard. She returned once more, this time sitting on a large stone, frightening passersby. A team of parsons gathered and together banished Elizabeth's ghost into a bottle which was then buried inside the church.

Misty Figure

Location: Stoke on Tern - Road, near the bridge over River Tern
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 2019, mid afternoon
Further Comments: A witness spotted a human-shaped misty apparition along this road. They originally thought the mist was water vapour rising from the road as it was warm, but the weather was also dry and very windy. The witness used the road almost every day, but only once observed the phenomenon.


Location: Stoke upon Tern - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The church was supposed to be built on top of a hill, but every night the stones were moved to the bottom by an unknown force. The church was constructed at that place instead.

Giant's Gold

Location: Stokesay - Stokesay Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two giants stored their gold in a large, locked chest under the castle. One giant managed to drop the key in the castle moat, where it is said to remain to this day. The chest must be approached with the key in hand, to do so otherwise invites an attack from a huge raven.


Location: Telford - Lilleshall Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Cries unknown, monk seen in May 2004
Further Comments: The tortured cries of persons unknown can often be heard coming from under this building, sometimes drowned out by the singing of hymns. The photographer Lawson Clout spotted a ghostly monk here in 2004, though the figure vanished before he had a chance to take any images. The apparition was described as dressed in a black robe and was holding a book. (Image copyright 2006 Lawson Clout)

Box Pusher

Location: Telford - Wellington Indoor Market
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: May 2013
Further Comments: CCTV footage caught a pile of boxes falling unaided, some declaring that the supernatural was at work (and others declaring they were just poorly stacked).

Yellow Eyed Cat

Location: Telford - Silkin Way
Type: ABC
Date / Time: Early 2011
Further Comments: After hearing rustling in nearby bushes, a walker approached closer only to hear loud cat-like screeching. As they backed away, a large black cat with yellow eyes was spotted.

Woman in White

Location: Telford - Arleston Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2008
Further Comments: Travelling along the road, a driver and his passenger spotted a white glowing figure which crossed the road ahead of their car. The figure broke apart as if made from dandelion seeds. The driver said that the figure he observed was in her mid-20s, although the passenger described her as looking old and evil.

Black Puma

Location: Telford - Areas including Blockleys Brickmaker's and Donnington Wood
Type: ABC
Date / Time: September 1999 (Blockleys), 1992 (Donnington Wood)
Further Comments: Clear CCTV footage taken at Blockleys showed a large (around two meters in length) black cat stalking the neighbourhood. The RSPCA stated the creature was indeed a puma. Another witness spotted the creature in woodland at the bottom of their garden.


Location: Titterstone Clee Hill - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several giants once met on the hill and proceeded to fight. The large stones which are scattered around the area are the leftover missiles that the giants tossed at each other (in reality they are the remains of a hillfort).

Little Girl

Location: Wem - Town Hall
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: Photographed by Tony O'Rahilly during the fire that engulfed the town hall, the girl can be seen in the flames - an impossible position for a living person. Months after the blaze, builders continued to report a ghostly figure on the site. However, an old postcard came to light in 2010 which shows a young girl identical to the ghost in the photo, proving that the original photograph was a composite image.

Crockery goes Crash

Location: Wem - The Woods farm
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1883
Further Comments: Plates would throw themselves onto the floor, loaves of bread 'attacked' people, and, most disturbingly, the baby's cradle caught fire, with the infant in it.

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