Somerset - Paranormal Database Records

Purple Woman

Location: Batheaston - The Grey House (private residence)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A former owner of the house, this old lady in a purple dress would make herself known to gardeners - an occupation she preferred to handle herself.


Hidden Daughter

Location: Bathford - Browne's Folly (aka Brown's Folly)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that Browne built this folly after he was told his daughter would die on a given date. He placed his daughter in the room at the top of the building in an attempt to outwit fate, by she was bitten by a snake and died.


Possibly not Sally

Location: Bathford - Sally in the Wood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When Sally was widowed, she moved into a little hut in the woodland which later took her name. She is not likely to be the young woman seen running across local roads, only to vanish without warning, nor responsible for the local story that no bird will ever be heard singing in amongst the trees.


Mistletoe Bride

Location: Bawdrip - Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: A grey lady that walks on the grass in front of the rectory is said to be the mistletoe bride (the nearby Knowle Hall one of several places in the UK that claims the legend as its own). Poltergeist activity has also been reported in the rectory in the past.


Abbess

Location: Beckington - Abbey (now private housing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, pre 1970
Further Comments: The grey woman once rumoured to haunt this area was thought to be an abbess.


For Sale

Location: Beckington - Beckington Castle (also formally Ravenscroft School, 1945 - 1970)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The castle is noted as possibly being the first building in the UK which used its haunting as a selling point when being sold off in the late 1910s. A location report by the Wessex Paranormal Research Organisation states that a former pupil at the site had seen a dark shadow pass through a wall.


Old Man

Location: Beckington - Private cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 July 2011
Further Comments: A decorator at work here felt someone watching him - turning around, he spotted an old man sitting in an armchair. When the decorator took his eyes off the man, he vanished.


Cursing Well

Location: Bishops Lydeard - The Devil's Whispering Well (close to Bell Inn)
Type: Other
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: This perverted wishing well is traditionally used to harm others.


Fairy Fair

Location: Black Down Hills - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Seventeenth century?
Further Comments: Fairies were once believed to hold annual fairs on the hills, singing and dancing throughout the night.


Phantom Fair

Location: Blackdown Hills - Blagdon Hill
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 1600s
Further Comments: A man riding through the hills saw a fair from the distance, though it faded from view as he approached. As he passed through the area, it is reported he 'felt' the event happening around him.


Defrocked Charlie

Location: Blagdon - Holman Clavel Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This spook is thought to be a monk who fell from grace. He has been spotted in one of the bedrooms, and is blamed whenever items go missing, only to return a few days or weeks later.


Headless Coachman

Location: Bossington - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: A witness is said to have encountered a phantom coach and horses, driven by a headless coachman. The entity vanished just after passing the viewer.


Screaming Woman

Location: Box Hill - The Box Tunnel, eastern end
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 2011
Further Comments: Four men working in an ultrasonics gang all heard a female moaning at the mouth of the east exit. As the noise grew louder, they though it a joke, until one man shone his torch up the hill and the party spotted a woman in a nightdress looking down at them - she vanished before their eyes. When they reported the sighting, they were told that the figure had been seen previously by a group of six men.


Jack White

Location: Bratton Seymour - Jack White's Gibbet (junction along the A371, Bratton Seymour and Holton)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Jack was a murdered who was left in a gibbet to starve to death. His ghost is said to wander the site of his crime and punishment.


The Naked Boy

Location: Brendon - Brendon Hills
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This large boulder, an alcoholic turned to stone, sometimes animates on nights of the full moon, and travels to the nearby river to drink.


Pocock

Location: Bridgwater - A39 between Street and Bridgwater
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1980s
Further Comments: Pocock was a highwayman who was badly injured in a fight but managed to escape, only to die of his wounds in a secret cave which has never been discovered. His ghost has been seen on horseback, curiously galloping on the spot, and has been blamed for several accidents in the area.


Duke of Monmouth

Location: Bridgwater - Castle ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The Duke of Monmouth is said to have stayed at the castle just prior to the battle of Sedgemoor, his phantom possibly remaining in regret of defeat.


Judge Jeffreys

Location: Bridgwater - Marycourt, St Mary Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Jeffreys is still said to walk around his former lodgings, rapping on doors as he passes.


Life Taker

Location: Bridgwater - River Parrett
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This water spirit, thought to be the ghost of a suicide, is reported to take a life each year.


Tall Soldier

Location: Bridgwater - Road from Bridgwater to Stogursey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wearing a red jacket, this tall soldier still stands around the area where he is thought to have been hanged.


Hymns

Location: Bridgwater - Road from Bridgwater to Weston Zoyland
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 06 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: As the Duke of Monmouth retreated after their defeat, his troops sang hymns to try to boost their morale. Their song can still be heard.


Footfalls

Location: Bridgwater - Rose and Crown public house (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: Unexplained footsteps are often heard all over the pub, even after closing hours when all occupiers are accounted for.


Duchess

Location: Bristol - Area around Duchess Lake (now filled in) and Dower House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December (reoccurring) - exact date not known
Further Comments: Duchess Elizabeth Somerset fell from her horse and broke her neck - her ghost is said to ride around the area. A local legend says that if you wait near her monument, three knocks will signify her presence.


Crying Girl

Location: Bristol - Arnos Court - graveyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman in black has been seen here, crying over the death of her husband who was taken during World War One. Another woman has been observed staggering around screaming; it is believed she was accidentally buried alive, and the mistake not realised until the body was exhumed many years later.


Pregnant Nun

Location: Bristol - Arno's Manor Hotel, Room 160 and other areas
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977
Further Comments: This nun took her own life and, for varying reasons, her sisters bricked her body up in an alcove. The haunting is said to have started during WWII, when workmen came across her skeleton and to avoid any delay to their work, just hid the bones elsewhere. Since then, a figure in brown has periodically been reported, and some people have heard a soft female voice calling them by name.


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