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Phantom Ritual

According to the Perception 9 article on Dartford Heath, ‘There also are groups of night haunting ghostly figures that have been witnessed, ranging from a witch's coven that is in full ritual; their coven sited into the heath, just south of Shepherd's Lane. Read More »

Pie Factory, Tipton

Three ghosts are said to haunt the Pie Factory. The most active is known as Nobby, a former landlord who chose to hang himself in the cellar. He is seen wearing a long black cloak and is by no means restricted to the cellar. Nobby has the rather unfortunate habit of pulling at men's clothing especially in the gentleman's toilet! Read More »

Piper’s Hollow, Sandbach

On 3 September 1651 the final battle of the English Civil War was fought, the Battle of Worcester. Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentarian New Model Army had a recorded strength of around 28,000 and they defeated the 16,000 strong Royalist Army, many of whom were Scottish. Read More »

The Piskies of Cornwall

Cornish Piskie

There are a number of creatures particular to Cornish folklore, although their cousins can be found elsewhere in Britain under a different name and guise. One of these strains is the Piskie also known as a Pixie in other West Country counties.

The Piskie is a general name for a fairy race or tribe in Cornwall. Read More »

Pitt Place

Pitt place was built on a chalk pit by the banker and Member of Parliament Alderman William Belchier between 25 February 1755 (when his former house on Chalk Lane, Epsom, burned down) and August 1759. Read More »

Pixie Day, Ottery St Mary

The nearest Saturday to Midsummer's Day is Pixie Day in Ottery St Mary, where school children dressed as Pixies re-enact a legendary tale in which the local fairies tried to silence the church bells before retreating to their cave for another year. Read More »

Plague Sunday

Cucklet Church

Last Sunday in August - A service is held in Cucklet Cleft (Cucklet Church), a natural cavern destroyed by glacier ice near Eyam, Derbyshire. The service commemorates the bravery of the Eyam villagers and William Mompesson, for closing Eyam village after it became infested with the plague in 1665. Read More »

Plough Inn, Trysull

The Plough Inn dates back to the 16th century. A number of apparitions have been experienced here over the years. A previous landlady reported seeing a monk in a brown habit. She described the figure as seeming to be quite solid and real but not of this time. Read More »

Pluckley

Map of Pluckley, Kent

Often mooted as the most haunted village in England, this picturesque Kentish village is certainly steeped in ghost stories, whether based on actual sightings or just modern folklore. Its reputation as a ghost village is not without its problems and the village can be a magnet to thrill seekers and also those with a genuine interest in the paranormal, especially around Halloween. Read More »

Plymouth Leat (Drake's Leat)

Following a 1585 Act of Parliament, Plymouth Leat or Drake's Leat was built to divert water from the River Meavy on Dartmoor, seventeen and a half miles to Plymouth. The idea itself dates back to 1559 when Plymouth Corporation asked Mr Forsland of Bovey to make an initial survey for its construction, in order to create a new supply of fresh water. A more detailed survey was completed in 1576. Read More »

Pond Hill, Sheffield

The Old Queens Head public house is a Grade II listed building that dates from 1475 and is thought to be the oldest domestic building in Sheffield. Read More »

Pond Square Chicken, Highgate

Pond Square

Pond Square in Highgate has the reputation of being haunted by the apparition of a chicken. Not just any fowl though, this chicken is rumoured to be the worlds first frozen chicken which participated in the final fatal experiment of Sir Francis Bacon, Viscount of St. Read More »

Porthcurno Cove

A phantom sailing ship is said to sail into the cove and over the beach.

Directions: Porthcurno is reached from a minor road off the B3315.

Pots and Pans

Pots and Pans above Greenfield, was once thought to have been a Druid place of worship, and old maps mark the site of a 'Druid's Altar'. Just where the Druid's Altar was is unclear, but it is generaly believed to be the rounded depressions found on top of the giant boulders of Millstone grit (the actual pots and pans) on the crest of the hill. Read More »

Prestbury House Hotel, Cheltenham

The ghost of a young girl has been seen in the garden of this 300 year old country manor house hotel. Although very close to Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury House is also said to be haunted by the sound of horse's hooves.

Prince Albert Hotel, Wolverhampton

The Prince Albert Hotel is reputedly haunted by Miss Williams, a rather masculine former landlady. Miss Williams had a secret lover by the name of Anna who was in the Royal Navy. In order to keep their liaisons secret Miss Williams would light a candle in Room 13 as a signal that it was safe for Anna to meet her lover. Read More »

Priory Church of St Mary, Bridlington

The Priory Church of St Mary is a Grade I listed building and stands on the site of an Augustine Priory founded in 1113 and dissolved during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538. There is a story associated with the Priory Church and the name for Bridlington folk, Bolliton (or Bollington, Burlington) Jackdaws” Read More »

Priory Methodist Church, Bedford

The Priory Methodist Church on Newnham Avenue opened on 5 June 1969 and replaced both a small church that had been on the site since 1953 (before that there was a tin mission hut dating from 1940) and the 18th century St Paul’s Methodist Church on Harpur Street. At some point it is said an apparition was witnessed here. Read More »

Puddle Dock 1674

In 1674 a publication entitled ‘News from Puddle-Docke in London, or, A Perfect particuler of the strange apparitions and transactions that have happened in the house of Mr. Edward Pitts next door to the still at Puddle-Dock’ was printed. As the title suggests it concerned the reported haunting Edward Pitts home. Read More »

Quarr Abbey

The abbey is said to be haunted by Eleanor of Aquataine - Henry II's queen, who was exiled here before her death in France in 1204.

Monks also celebrated a feast of fools here on New Years Day; the festival was thought to be christianised version of the Roman festivals Saturnalia, and Bachanalia.

Queen's Square, Bath

The apparition of a jilted bride named Julia is thought to haunt Queen’s Square dressed in a white gown, possibly he wedding dress.

Queensway, Accrington

According to John Fahey in his article entitled 'Spooky tales of a haunted Hyndburn' (Accrington Observer, 30 October 2003) 'A house in Queensway, Church, has terrified residents for years. Read More »

Raby Castle

Raby Castle, which currently sits in a 200 acre deerpark, was built in the mid 14th century by John Neville, 3rd Baron Neville de Raby, (Born circa.1337 – Died 17 October 1388) a Knight of the Garter who had served as Admiral of the North and Steward to the Kings Household. Read More »

Radcliffe Tower

Radcliffe Tower

Radcliffe Tower is all that remains of a fifteenth century (1403) manor house and is a Grade I listed building. At twenty feet high, this ruined remnant of the manors demolition in the nineteenth century is linked to a tragic tale of a stepmother arranging the murder of her husband’s daughter and is reputed to be haunted by a phantom Black Dog. Read More »

Radical Spirits: Spiritualism and Socialism in the Midlands

Frank Podmore

In 1881 Frank Podmore met Edward Pease, a young stockbroker, at a Spiritualist meeting in London. They discovered a mutual interest in socialism, and joined the Progressive Association, founded in November 1882. They took a keen interest in the utopian philosophy of Thomas Davidson, and with a few others formed a society, the Fellowship of the New Life. Read More »



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