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Piano

Location: Brighton - Planet (club)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A former member of staff reported that they and other staff have heard a piano being played when the club is quiet and no one else around.

Hug

Location: Brighton - Outside Sussex Stationers, East Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2009
Further Comments: While on a Halloween ghost walk, one witness was unable to remove his hands out of his pockets - he said it was as if he was being hugged very tightly.

Footsteps

Location: Brighton - Northern Lights (no longer open)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Disembodied footsteps were once heard in the bar by the former owners.

Elderly Man

Location: Brighton - NHS site (exact location withheld)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A ghostly older man was said to occasionally manifest sitting in a chair at this site.

Older Man

Location: Brighton - Montague House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1980s (or mid 1990s)
Further Comments: An older man was seen by several witnesses as he materialised in a chair.

Scratches

Location: Brighton - Lord Nelson public house, Trafalgar Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: October 2015
Further Comments: Glasses are said to have been seen flying off shelves, while one customer developed red scratches on his arm. A previous landlord had had the pub exorcised.

Sounds

Location: Brighton - Lanes End House, Prince Albert Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s onwards
Further Comments: A maintenance man refused to work on the top floor after dark having heard strange sounds which followed him around. Footsteps would also be heard in the basement and the reception area is reputed to have a strange feeling at night.

Cheetah

Location: Brighton - Junction of Mill Road and Dyke Road
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 23 December 1982, 22:00h
Further Comments: Driving home, Douglas Owen encountered a large cat resembling a cheetah lying on a grassy bank. After watching it for a short while, the cat ran off towards nearby houses.

Hoard

Location: Brighton - Hollingbury Hillfort
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that treasure is (or was) concealed in this area, though the details are vague.

Tapper

Location: Brighton - Hanningtons department store (no longer operating), North Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom was said to have developed a habit of tapping customers on the shoulder when they visited the perfume department.

Floor Shadow

Location: Brighton - Guitar, Amp and Keyboard (GAK), North Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2019
Further Comments: CCTV taken in the shop showed a ghostly shadow moving across the floor. Cameras also recorded guitars gently swaying from side to side and an item falling off the wall with nobody close by.

Stroking

Location: Brighton - Green Yard public house, Black Lion Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late twentieth century?
Further Comments: A former nineteenth century animal pound, this pub is now said to experience items which fall from shelves without reason, lights which switch off unaided, and invisible hands which stroked the forehead of a female customer.

Teleporting Items

Location: Brighton - Fortune of War public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Items reputedly teleport around the site (or are moved by invisible hands), with lights also being turned off and on.

Crying

Location: Brighton - Commercial site, Lewes Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: Several strange events were reported in this building, including the sounds of children crying, a woman in black being spotted, items moving on their own accord, and chattering emerging from empty rooms.

Screams

Location: Brighton - Clayton tunnel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Since a tragic train crash in 1862, there have been reports of screams, cries, and the sound of crunching metal emanating from this tunnel.

Flashing Lights

Location: Brighton - Bugel Inn, St Martins Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1965
Further Comments: This public house was once plunged into chaos by a poltergeist - it played with door locks, moved furniture around, and would flick the lights on and off at speed.

Christine Holford

Location: Brighton - Blue Gardenia Club
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: April 1963
Further Comments: Club owner Harvey Holford was found guilty of manslaughter after shooting and killing his wife. Shortly after Holford's conviction, lights in the building would turn themselves on and off and kitchen utensils moved themselves around the room. The poltergeist was said to have left after a medium visited the club, although there are other reports that it may have lingered longer.

Escaping Extinguishers

Location: Brighton - Belgrave Hotel (now renamed)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: One story says that certain fire extinguishers in this hotel would be moved around unaided at night, although it is possible that they were moved by a mortal practical joker.

Mother

Location: Brighton - Bedford Tavern
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The inn is reputedly haunted by a woman who died in the cellar where she was locked up by her abusive husband, or after childbirth, or both, or neither.

Grey-Haired Man

Location: Brighton - Bears and Friends (no longer present), Meeting House Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A phantom grey-haired man wearing a knee length coat was said to have made a few appearances here during the 1990s.

Monk

Location: Brighton - Harlequin Bar, Providence Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom monk is said to have been spotted on the first floor, while a ghostly girl lurks in a passage which leads to the toilets. An exorcism is reputed to have taken place many years ago which rid the site of the entities.

Misty Figure

Location: Brighton - Prince Arthur public house (now Brighton Beer Dispensary)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A misty figure, possibly female, is said to have occasionally been seen out of the corner of the eye. Disembodied footsteps were also reported, and objects moved by unseen hands.

Crusader

Location: Brighton - Port Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hall was once thought to be haunted by a crusader.

Maria Fitzherbert

Location: Brighton - Steine House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local legend says that this house was connected to the Royal Pavilion by way of secret tunnel, to ensure Maria Fitzherbert could secretly meet George, Prince of Wales (later George IV). Maria is reputed to continue haunt the site; a female form wearing a long flowing dress is said to vanish into a wall along the basement corridor.

Blind Beggar

Location: Brighton - Victoria Gardens
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: The figure of a man in rags with empty eye sockets has been seen shuffling around this neighbourhood.

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