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Surrey Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Dark Figure

Location: Mitcham - Private residence along Morden Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1988-1998
Further Comments: A former resident stated that he and other previous owners of the property had spotted a dark shadowy figure in the hallway and on the landing. The figure appeared to be wearing a cloak.

Monk

Location: Newark - Newark Vicarage and priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: A vicar who once lived here reported seeing the figure of a monk standing by his fireplace - it disappeared when approached. Monks have also been reported at the ruins of the priory, where it is thought many died by drowning.

Hunter

Location: Ockley - Red Lion public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A bedroom in this pub is haunted by a young woman who was injured while hunting - she was brought here to rest, but later died in the room from her wounds.

Floating Female

Location: Ockley - Kings Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1975
Further Comments: Several members of staff witnessed a phantom woman wearing a long dress float across the bar into a wall. The witness said the room was permanently cold, but the site has now been renovated.

Black Coach

Location: Old Woking - Bridge between Old Woking and Send
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The bridge is said to be haunted by a black coach pulled by a black horse.

Highwayman

Location: Outer London: Hounslow - Hussars public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure, complete with dark clothing and cape, has been observed loitering around the cellar doors.

Dick

Location: Outer London: Hounslow - Hounslow Heath
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The highwayman Dick Turpin, who is just as busy in death as he was in life, is reported to haunt this area of urban heathland.

Girl in Nightdress

Location: Oxted - Crown Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This figure was reported several times along an upstairs corridor and was thought to be a former landlady. She can be heard walking around late at night. A phantom man has also been reported, standing by the fireplace.

Johnny Upfold

Location: Peaslake - Hound House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This friendly little ghost was often seen sitting around the kitchen and former servant's quarters.

Dark Man

Location: Pirbright - White Hart public house
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1963
Further Comments: This figure, seen briefly in a bedroom before it vanished, was described as dark and hairy, with a black hat.

Old Man with a Stick

Location: Purley - Royal Oak public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Believed to be the ghost of a timber yard owner, this friendly old man moves across the lounge with the aid of a walking stick before vanishing through a wall.

Turning Stone

Location: Pyrford - Pyrford Court
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Sunrise (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A large rock near the gateway of the court rotates when the cock crows and dawn breaks.

Man in Boots

Location: Reigate - Wray Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: Three ghosts cohabit this building - a man wearing riding boots, an older woman who sits by the fireplace, and a little girl with blonde hair.

Priest

Location: Reigate - Reigate Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to have been here since the twelfth century, this phantom priest is not believed to have been seen for a good number of years.

Woman on Path

Location: Reigate - St Mary's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1975
Further Comments: A ghostly girl has been seen on the pathway leading up to the church. Singing has also been reported when the church has been locked up.

Coach

Location: Riddlesdown - Exact area unknown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This coach pulled by a team of four horses is driven over a piece of private land, where a county lane once ran.

Former Customer

Location: Rosehill - Mecca Bingo
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2011
Further Comments: A team of ghost hunters investigating reports of a grey man in this bingo hall encountered strange noises and a bright light during their investigation. During a previous visit they claimed to have contacted the ghost of a former customer who had committed suicide in 1965.

Middle Aged Woman

Location: Sandhurst - Camberley Royal Military Academy
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2010
Further Comments: Wearing either Victorian or Edwardian clothing, this phantom woman was spotted in an office. She vanished around a corner which led to a locked door.

Smoker

Location: Send - Boughton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom old man walks the upper parts of the building while smoking a pipe. It is more likely that the smell of smoke be perceived than the apparition.

Headless Monk

Location: Shepperton - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: In life, this monk eloped to the village and began living with a local lass. His brothers were less than happy with the breaking of vows, so tracked him down and decapitated him. The headless ghost is said to run through the village, trying to escape ecclesiastic law.

Downed Vickers

Location: Shepperton on Thames - Field near Ferry Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1932
Further Comments: In 1929 an old Vickers aircraft crashed in this field, killing its two crew members. The crash was heard several times over the next few years by locals and was even reportedly seen, glowing blue in the pale moonlight.

Emma

Location: Shere - Silent Pool
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Bathing naked at the pool, Emma swam further out when she saw that Prince (or King) John was approaching. Alas, she could not tread water and drowned. She sometimes returns to the area.

Jack?

Location: Stoneleigh - Road by Nescot College on the Ewell bypass
Type: Other
Date / Time: 14 February 2012
Further Comments: A taxi driver and his three passengers watched a dark figure with no features dart across the road in front of them before leaping four and a half metres into the air to clear an embankment. The passengers compared the entity to Spring Healed Jack.

Figure in the Chair

Location: Sunbury on Thames - Rossall House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Home to Sherard Osborn Cowper-Coles, electrometallurgist and inventor, Rossall House was said to be haunted by a ghost that was seen by Sherard's wife. The scientist once took a photograph of a chair that revealed a ghostly looking man sitting upon it, covered in a blanket and wearing a wig.

White Figure

Location: Sunbury on Thames - Castle Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small figure in white has been witnessed moving between the kitchen and living room of this building.

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