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West Midlands Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Shadowy Figure

Location: Solihull - Private residence, Chelmsley Wood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2018/9
Further Comments: A shadowy figure wearing a Fedora and coat was spotted by several occupants of a flat. Electronic toys would also turn themselves on for no apparent reason.

Halo

Location: Stechford - The Meadway
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: Driving back from work in the early hours of the morning, this witness spotted a halo shaped object hovering and darting around the sky before vanishing.

Shelf Disruption

Location: Stourbridge - The One Stop Shop, Norton
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: This shop was plagued by poltergeist like behaviour, the management putting the blame on 'bad electrics', while staff and visitors saying that the contents of the shelves were being pushed to the ground by 'something else'. A local psychic claimed the ghost of an old woman was to blame, and that he had moved her on.

Steam Train

Location: Stourbridge - Private residence, Wollescote
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 1983
Further Comments: A witness listened to the sound of an old fashioned steam train approach her bedroom before feeling something rush past her.

Tall Nurse

Location: Stourbridge - Old Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1927
Further Comments: Arthur Robinson Wright wrote that hundreds of people flocked to this house after a ghostly, seven foot tall nurse appeared.

Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?

Location: Stourbridge - Hagley Wood
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: A woman discovered inside the hollow trunk of a Wych Hazel was thought to have been murdered in an unknown ritual. Shortly after the crime, graffiti sprang up asking 'who put Bella in the Wych Elm?'. The crime remains unsolved to this day, and animals are reported to be weary of the area.

Bella

Location: Stourbridge - Badgers Sett public house (was Gypsy's Tent pub)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: Nicknamed Bella, the phantom woman said to haunt the cellar and bar area is said to be connected to the body of a female which was found in Wych Hazel nearby. A ghostly male in uniform has also been spotted on the road outside the pub.

Headless Man

Location: Sutton Coldfield - New Hall Hotel and Wylde Green Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1820s onwards
Further Comments: This headless figure is thought to have been a local man mistakenly found guilty for being a Jacobite spy. The man was executed, and his head left in an oak tree where it remained until the 1820s - the tree was cut down and the skull rediscovered. Since then, the headless phantom is said to walk around the area.

Man in Red Cloak

Location: Sutton Coldfield - The Gate Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This brightly cloaked figure is one of two figures which haunt this building - the other is named as a lost cavalier.

Tiny Frogs

Location: Sutton Coldfield - Sutton Park
Type: Other
Date / Time: June 1954
Further Comments: Baby frogs, no bigger than a thumbnail, were said to have fallen from the sky during a heavy rain shower. The downpour lasted for around five minutes, depositing thousands of the amphibians.

Mary Ashford

Location: Sutton Coldfield - Private house along Penn's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost of a young girl has been observed here, closely matching the description of Mary who was murdered in the early nineteenth century.

Old Man with a Walking Stick

Location: Sutton Coldfield - Private residence, Wylde Green area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1967, 02:00h
Further Comments: While staying in a converted attic, paranormal writer Mike Coutts encountered a smartly dressed old man holding a walking stick in the early hours of the morning. The figure vanished when Coutts turned the light on. The author also said that the tapping of a walking stick would be heard moving up the staircase towards the room. According to the local press, Coutts had only spent a couple of weeks at the property many years previous and was looking for help to find the exact location where his encounter occurred.

Randy Spirit

Location: Walsall - Victoria House, Leamore
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1990s
Further Comments: The building was haunted by a male presence that entered two ladies' beds at night, placing icy hands over their bodies. A ghostly figure was also spotted in the building lift and would move furniture around in empty flats.

Bangs

Location: Walsall - Tattooist, George Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 02 July 2011
Further Comments: A worker in this shop reported loud bangs, as if someone were jumping up and down, emanating from an empty room. The door to the room also opened twice on its own accord.

Ethel

Location: Walsall - Starting Gate public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: February 2003
Further Comments: This entity, named by locals as a former Black Country landlady, has been known to clean and tidy up after messy customers have left.

Hooded Figure

Location: Walsall - Private residence, Highgate Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1960s
Further Comments: A witness reported encountering a hooded figure which resided at this site. Their experience of the entity was not negative or hostile, although it did take a dislike to other occupants of the house.

Young Girl

Location: Walsall - Private house, Tennyson Road, Blakenall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: The ghost of a two year old girl drove a family from their home along this road - the father stayed in a caravan in the garden, while other members of the family moved away until the activity died down.

Patter of Doggy Footsteps

Location: Walsall - Private building along Lysways Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A woman living here at the time reported twice hearing what sounded like a small dog following her down the staircase, late at night. On both occasions, when she turned around nothing could be seen.

Serving Girl

Location: Walsall - White Hart Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in Victorian clothing, it is though this girl was a maid who took her life in the building.

Ghostly Lover

Location: Wedley Castle - Shenley Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 1978
Further Comments: The News of the World covered the story of Jenny Price and the ghost that made love to her in a house down this street, for a period of three years.

Shout

Location: West Bromwich - Bus Station, and different bus routes
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September-October 2017
Further Comments: A shout has been heard coming from the back of a bus when the rear seats are empty.

Hand of Glory

Location: West Bromwich - White Hart Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1870 to 1970
Further Comments: A hand of glory discovered within the attic was removed from the property. For one hundred years after, the building was haunted by ghostly footsteps.

Duncan

Location: West Bromwich - Victorian house along the high street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1939
Further Comments: The sound of a woman repeatedly calling out the name Duncan until her voice rose to screams haunted this property for a three month period. The sounds of someone walking around the house could also be heard once everyone had gone to bed. The family later found out that a murder had occurred on the site a few years prior to them moving in.

Zigzagging Lights

Location: West Bromwich - Sky over Hateley Heath
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 25 July 1997
Further Comments: This witness observed between ten and twenty slow moving lights zigzagging across the sky in formation. Each light was semi-transparent, yellow with a red centre and moved silently from the south east, heading towards Walsall.

Prodding

Location: West Bromwich - Old Oak House Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: This location, which doubles as a 'ghost hunting experience' by night, is claimed to feature entities which prod and push witnesses.

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