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Black Skull

Location: Brighton - Toronto Terrace
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A resident here reported waking at 3am to find a small skull levitating in front of her - it was so black that it stood out from the darkness of the unlit bedroom.

Medieval Girl

Location: Brighton - St Peter's Church, Preston Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 2001
Further Comments: This figure was first (?) observed by two people walking through the churchyard in the 1970s - she was so lifelike they tried to talk to her, but she faded from view. The same entity was seen by a female photographer early in the twenty first century.

Shatterer

Location: Brighton - Selby Jewellery (no longer operating)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa 1994
Further Comments: Several items inexplicably shattered in the shop during a short period, including plates, a sliding door, and a watch.

Former Worker

Location: Brighton - Royal Mail Delivery Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: One pre 1988, other unknown
Further Comments: Two ghosts were said to haunt this site. One was said to be a postal worker and would appear in the basement, but he has not been seen since the site was renovated in 1988. The second was another worker which was said to manifest in the main building.

Man in Long Cloak

Location: Brighton - Queens Road, former location of Clocktower Antiques
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 2002
Further Comments: This ghostly figure appeared quite frequently as the time came closer to the demolition of Clocktower Antiques building. Neighbouring buildings also reported hearing noises coming from rooms that were empty.

Woman in Green

Location: Brighton - Private residence, Wykeham Terrace, Dyke Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s onwards?
Further Comments: This phantom middle aged woman wearing a green dress is said to have been observed through a window. The figure appears to be reading, and she fades away after being seen.

Face on the Wall

Location: Brighton - Private residence, Woodingdean
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid-1970s to early 1980s
Further Comments: Several happenings led the occupiers to believe their home was haunting, including the manifestation of a face on a wall, the sensation of someone sitting on a bed, items moving on a table, and a photograph which showed a strange bald head in the middle of the living room.

Footsteps

Location: Brighton - Private residence, Kemptown
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Early 1990s
Further Comments: While living at this property, the family experienced doors which opened and closed unaided, the sound of footsteps after dark, and pictures which inexplicably fell from walls.

Sulphur

Location: Brighton - Private house, Woodingdean
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977
Further Comments: The smell of sulphur would follow one of the occupants and the disembodied sounds of heavy breathing could periodically be heard. The house was exorcised after the family moved away.

Slim Lady

Location: Brighton - Private flat (exact location withheld)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2008
Further Comments: After signing a six month tenancy agreement, the occupier spent very little time in this flat. They reported feeling drained of energy every time they entered, and on one occasion, awoke and spotted a slim blonde woman in her 20s, wearing jeans and a tight top, standing by the door. The occupier screamed and the figure vanished.

Unease

Location: Brighton - Unnamed flat in Kempton area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: A couple reported moving from their flat after a six month period, during which they experienced dread, anxiety and the presence of something evil.

Faceless Nun

Location: Brighton - Preston Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s (tall man), nun unknown
Further Comments: Part of the park was said to be haunted by a nun with no face. Her story and date of last sighting are unknown. A tall spectral man with a loud ticking pocket watch was observed by a group of teenagers who were sitting in the park on a summer's evening.

Hooded Man

Location: Brighton - Nile Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to be a monk from the small chapel of St Bartholomew which stood here before being destroyed in 1514, a hooded figure is reputed to haunt the street.

The Good Ship Nicholas

Location: Brighton - Off coast
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Returning from Constantinople in the 1100's, the Nicholas sunk with all hands on board. She is still occasionally seen on the horizon.

Ringing

Location: Brighton - Parochial Offices, Princes Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s, evenings
Further Comments: The sound of a ringing bell would be heard on the top floor of this building, normally by a caretaker who was alone on site. Another witness claimed to have seen a woman on the staircase waving a handbell.

Anthony Stapley

Location: Brighton - Patcham Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: The ghost of Stapley was said to wander the hallways after dark. A malevolent sensation is said to occasionally be felt in the ground floor restaurant.

Strangeness

Location: Brighton - Preston Circle Fire Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about the ghost said to haunt this fire station, although it may be connected to the next door cinema's ghost 'Tim'.

Lady Ellen Stamford

Location: Brighton - Preston Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mostly unknown, ledger in December 2015
Further Comments: This white figure, believed to be a former owner of the building, was seen by a group of witnesses as she walked through a wall on the outside of the building. Other supernatural visitors to the building include disembodied hands seen on bedposts and a doorknob, strange noises emerging from a cupboard, and a grey lady who would descend the main staircase before vanishing. In December 2015, a 1915 shop ledger was donated to the manor, after the book's former owners declared it to be haunted.

Monk

Location: Brighton - Queens Road Rest Garden, Brighthelm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: A group of boys in the garden were left unnerved after encountering this cowled phantom.

Victorian Woman

Location: Brighton - Private flat, Rugby Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This phantom Victorian woman is said to wear a dress with puffed shoulders and a white pinafore and bonnet. A ghostly child, around ten year old, is also said to haunt the location.

Choir

Location: Brighton - St Bartholomew's Church, Ann Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Silently singing, a choir was observed within this church before fading away.

Woman in a Bonnet

Location: Brighton - St John the Baptist church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: The church is said to be the haunt of a woman wearing a white bonnet.

Knight in Armour

Location: Brighton - St Nicholas' Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Moonlit Nights (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Appearing on horseback, this knight clad in armour appears around the church neighbourhood.

Booted Footsteps

Location: Brighton - Private residence, Stone Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008-2009
Further Comments: After moving into this property, the occupiers soon encountered a door which would bust open every night without reason. Booted footsteps would be heard ascending the staircase, the smell of cigarette smoke would fill the air and men's voices heard coming from the empty living room.

Deryck Carver

Location: Brighton - Black Lion public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s onwards
Further Comments: Deryck Carver was burnt in a barrel of Tar in 1555 and is believed to have been the first brewer in Brighton and the first Protestant martyr in England to be put to death. Since the 1940s it has been claimed his ghost haunts the cellar, and in 2006 the manager of the building claimed have felt an unnerving presence in that area on several occasions. A builder in the upper part of the building spotted a shadowy figure in 1995.

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