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West Midlands Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Henry Skinner

Location: Birmingham - Trocadero public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: Murdered in the late nineteenth century, former landlord Henry Skinner is held accountable for throwing around small change and beer mats. A former landlord claimed to have encountered Henry. Two other phantoms, girls who fell to their deaths on a staircase are also reputed to haunt the site.

Stone Throwing

Location: Birmingham - Thornton Road, Ward End
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1981-1982
Further Comments: The jury is still out to whether the dozens of stones which rained down and smashed windows of numbers 32, 34 and 36 along this road were thrown by human or paranormal hands. Despite hundreds of police hours spent investigating and observing the area, no arrests were ever made.

Crawling Cordial

Location: Birmingham - The Old Crown public house, Digbeth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 2015
Further Comments: This pub appeared in the national press after a video was released showing a bottle of blackcurrant cordial moving unaided across the bar. The ghost has also been blamed for pinching female staff's bottoms and forcing one member of staff to quit after he spotted a female entity walk through a door.

Melting Woman

Location: Birmingham - Telephone Box, Station Road, Erdington (box no longer standing, replaced by a sculpture)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: September 1975
Further Comments: One of the more unusual haunted places in the database - a priest wanting to use the phone box was kept waiting by a woman chatting away on the line. When he opened the door to see how much longer she would be, the figure melted away. The figure is reported to have continued haunting the phone box until the mid-1990s; the ghost was said to be a distressed woman who had lost her children in a house fire and had used this phone to call the emergency services. She later killed herself.

Gypsy Curse

Location: Birmingham - St Andrews, Birmingham City Football Club
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that a community of gypsies were evicted from the land many years ago, enabling the construction of the stadium. St Andrews is one of several football grounds around the country that claims this gypsy curse is responsible for any bad luck they encounter.

Old Paper Man

Location: Birmingham - Sherburne Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to occur around 03:00h
Further Comments: Wearing a top hat and old fashioned clothing, this phantom man is said to walk along picking up papers.

Young Girl

Location: Birmingham - Sheldon Hall public house, Gressel Lane, Tile Cross
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Caught on film by a group of party goers, this shade is one of the two ghosts that haunt the property, the other taking the form of an old woman. In 1993, when the pub was known as 'Baldie's Mansion', a masked white apparition was spotted, accompanied by nearby trees and bushes violently shaking.

Sandwell Vallygator

Location: Birmingham - Sandwell Valley
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: An American snapper which had either escaped or been set free was first spotted at a valley lake in 1999, though it took a further two years to catch the creature.

Hit and Vanish

Location: Birmingham - Witton Cemetery, Moor Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: A driver was convinced that he had run over a figure outside the cemetery (he felt and heard the 'bump' of the body on the car's bonnet), but the 'victim' vanished without trace. A police search of the area also failed to find any evidence of the accident.

Lady Bagot

Location: Birmingham - Pype Hayes Hall, Erdington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story says that Lady Bagot committed suicide after being caught having an affair with a member of the household staff. It is unclear whether Bagot is the ghost in a yellow dress reported here. A caped man has been spotted and mild poltergeist behaviour is also said to have occurred.

Flying Dog

Location: Birmingham - Private residence, Barrows Lane, Yardley
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late twentieth / early twenty-first century
Further Comments: Footsteps walking up a hallway were heard by a witness and her dog in a room. The footsteps stopped outside the room and the door handle started to turn. The dog ran to the door barking, and the witness grabbed a poker. Opened the door, the witness was surprised to find no one there, although the dog continued to bark at empty space. A short time later the family watched the dog barking at the air in the garden, when the hound was picked up and thrown into the door of a coal house by something unseen. There were also reports of loud crashes within the house, but nothing was ever found tipped over.

Samuel Greatrex Returns

Location: Birmingham - Private house along Upper Thomas Street, Aston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1964 onwards
Further Comments: Mrs Keogh fled her previous residence to escape the phantom Samuel Greatrex, but the ghost accompanied her, as did the loud raps it created Through a medium, Greatrex apologised to Mrs Keogh and promised to quieten down.

Samuel Greatrex

Location: Birmingham - Private house along Garrison Lane, Small Heath
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1963
Further Comments: Identified by a medium as Samuel Greatrex, this ghost created loud knocks, rattled chains, and generated footsteps day and night. It was later discovered that Greatrex had been arrested for stabbing someone and had died during his time in prison. When occupier Mrs Keogh moved away, Greatrex followed her

Strange Sounds

Location: Birmingham - Police station, Canterbury Road (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Although some believed the strange sounds heard at the police station to have been created by an old heating system, it was reported that some officers refused to work there at night.

Workman

Location: Birmingham - Pebble Mill Studios
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This man was killed during construction of the studios and was seen and heard around the sets once they were up and running.

Burial Site

Location: Birmingham - Parsons Hill, Metchley Camp, field next to McDonald's, Kings Norton
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: When Roman remains were discovered in this field, a few declared the area to be Boudica's final resting ground. Unfortunately, there is nothing to indicate that this is really the case.

Misty

Location: Birmingham - Old Crown public house, Deritend
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 21 August 1999
Further Comments: A couple staying here reported a strange white mist in their room. One witness felt compelled to move towards the window. Two ghosts are said to haunt the inn, though who or what form the second one takes is unknown.

Face

Location: Birmingham - Nokes'z Hair, Church Road, Northfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009-2013
Further Comments: Several incidents have been reported coming from this hairdressers, including the manifestation of a face in the darkness, appliances switching themselves on, objects being thrown, and a black mist forming at the rear of a room.

Henrietta's Maid

Location: Birmingham - Saracen's Head Inn, Kings Norton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When Queen Henrietta Maria visited Kings Norton, an influenza outbreak ravaged her troops. For her safety, the troops set up camp by the stream while the Queen stayed at the Saracens Head. Queen Henrietta had her maid run messages to and from the camp, but the young girl caught the illness. When Henrietta set off, the maid stayed behind and died shortly after. She still walks the upstairs corridor looking to serve her mistress.

Small Pickup Truck

Location: Birmingham - M6 near Birmingham
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Author Paul Devereux reported overtaking a phantom pickup truck along this stretch of motorway, apparently with no driver. The truck disappeared once Mr Devereux had finished overtaking.

White Lady

Location: Birmingham - Warstones Lane Cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Though seen wearing several different sets of clothing over the past fifty years, this young girl with blonde hair is thought to be Victorian and has a habit of passing through parked cars.

John Wentworth

Location: Birmingham - White Swan public house, Harborne
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: John went mad with grief when he found out his secret love had died in a coach accident - he shot his dog before turning the gun on himself. He has been heard moving around the building and has been known to tap people on their shoulder.

Shuffling Feet

Location: Bloxwich - Hills House Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Most often on Sundays
Further Comments: This place was haunted by the sound of slippered feet walking across the carpet and sudden loud cracking noises. A shadow would pass by the living room window, and the sound of a car could be heard pulling up on the driveway, though nothing could ever be seen.

Marion Gorman

Location: Brooke End - Railway passing through Brooke End, near signal box
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Marion was decapitated by a train on the tracks, slipping over in front of it as she headed to the signal box to meet her lover in the early 1900's. She has been seen several times since, always stepping in front of an incoming train before fading from view. One driver reported seeing her ghostly form wearing a bloody dress without a head.

Lost Monk

Location: Coombe - Coombe Abbey (currently a hotel)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Twentieth century?
Further Comments: Seen by witnesses as he floats around the grounds of the abbey, this monk is thought to have been murdered in 1345. Phantom footsteps have also been reported on the stable yard cobbles and are thought to belong to a young gypsy girl who cursed the family after they mistreated her. Finally, a phantom cyclist, thought to be a Victorian woman, has been observed on the road just by the former abbey.

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