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An Interview With Dr Jason Braithwaite

Dr Jason Braithwaite

We recently caught up with Dr Jason Braithwaite, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Birmingham with an interest in anomalous experience, hallucinations, and aberrations in self-consciousness. He also has a formidable reputation for being extremely well informed on matters of the brain / mind relationship, and high quality scientific research. Read More »

Aston Hall

Aston Hall

The origins of Aston can be traced back to before the Domesday Book (1086-7) which shows the manor named as "Estone". Before the Norman invasion Earl Eadwin held the manor, then by 1086 it was controlled by William FitzAnsculf. This eventually passed into the hands of John atte Holte through marriage in 1367. The Holtes remained at Aston for the following two centuries. Read More »

Beacon Hotel, Sedgley

Beacon Hotel

The Beacon Hotel is a Victorian style pub and home to the Sarah Hughes Brewery. Sarah took over the pub in 1921 but by all accounts still keeps a watchful eye over the pub and not just from her realistic portrait. She was seen by one of the previous managers walking through a wall in the smoke room where there was once a door. Read More »

Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre

Officially opened by HRH Prince Andrew on 28th June 1996, the new and renamed Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre on the City Hospital site, replaced the old Birmingham & Midland Eye Hospital, which had been on Church Street since 1884. Read More »

Bournebrook UFO (1901)

In 1901a report was made of a 'hut' landing in a field near Bournebrook in the West Midlands. The 'hut' - as it is described - was occupied by small men wearing tin helmets. This 'hut' then took off into the sky.

Bush Inn, Gornal Wood

Bush Inn

The Bush Inn dates back to Georgian times and has a long history of strange phenomena. The sounds of barrels being moved and loud bangs have been experienced here together with the sight of an ornamental plate being flung from the wall only to land intact some feet away. The sounds of heavy footsteps coming from the attic have also been heard on occasions. Read More »

City Hospital, Birmingham

The City Hospital originally opened in 1889 as an extension to the Western Road workhouse and has been known by several names including Birmingham Union Infirmary, Dudley Road Infirmary and Dudley Road Hospital. Read More »

Crooked House, Himley

Crooked House

The Crooked House, as the name suggests, has suffered from mining subsidence which creates some weird effects in the old part of the pub. Marbles appear to roll uphill on the window ledges but this is nothing paranormal, more a mix of subsidence and optical illusion but entertaining none the less. Read More »

Dudley Arms, Himley

Dudley Arms

It is no surprise that The Dudley Arms is haunted given the amount of paranormal activity reported in the surrounding area. The pub is said to be haunted by one of the previous landlords who loved the pub so much he simply refuses to leave. Read More »

Exchange Vaults

Exchange Vaults

The Exchange Vaults is also known as the Cuban Exchange. The ghosts that haunt this pub have military connections with both the First and Second World Wars. When Captain Roger Tart of The South Staffordshire Regiment left for the front he told regulars to save his seat in the corner of the bar. Read More »

Fountain Inn, Tipton

Fountain Inn

The Fountain Inn in Tipton is well known locally for being associated with the legendary boxer, William Perry, known as The Tipton Slasher. He is reputed to have used the attic of the pub for training. This may explain the ghostly figure of a man dressed in shorts with a full moustache who has been seen here. Read More »

GhostNav: Black Country Ghosts

The Black Country GhostNav is a new Android smart phone app by Andrew Homer and Nick Williamson for lovers of ghosts and hauntings. Paranormal enthusiasts can use the app to discover haunted locations in and around the Black Country area. Read More »

Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton

Giffard Arms

A good deal of paranormal activity is reported at the Giffard Arms. Apart from poltergeist type activity such as glasses moving and doors opening and closing on their own there are at least three apparitions documented here. Read More »

Horse and Jockey, Wednesbury

Horse and Jockey

The haunting at the Horse and Jockey is related to a suicide at the pub. The story goes that a man walked in, ordered a double brandy and then shot himself. Nicknamed 'Cyril', he makes his presence felt in a number of ways. Loud bangs are heard and cold spots felt in the bar area and lights get turned on and off. Read More »

Little Chop House, Halesowen

Chop House

The Little Chop House is reputedly haunted by the ghost of a little girl who died of Scarlet Fever in the early 1900s. She seems to be something of a playful entity who likes to hide things and have them reappear in unlikely places. Read More »

Manor Arms, Walsall

The Manor Arms was originally a farmhouse until the Anson family who owned it began selling beer to passing boatmen. The canal runs immediately behind the pub and the bargees were a good source of trade. The building is mainly 18th century but parts of it are believed to date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Read More »

An Experience in Northfield, Birmingham

The following is an account of a strange experience (sent via e-mail) that happened to Roy Brown in the Northfield area of Birmingham during the early 1960s. We would be interested in hearing from anyone who knows anything about 'Mrs Kelly'. Read More »

Old Bulls Head Inn, Gornal

At least three ghosts are said to haunt the Old Bulls Head Inn. Whether any of them is responsible for the poltergeist type activity here no one knows. Objects disappear and reappear again in strange places. On one occasion a book from the bookcase was left open on the table even though nobody had touched it. Read More »

Old Still Inn, Wolverhampton

The Old Still has a fine theatrical tradition as well as its resident ghosts. The famous soprano, Dame Maggie Teyte, spent her formative years here and many stars of showbiz have called in for a drink whilst treading the boards at the nearby Grand Theatre. Read More »

Olde White Rose, Bilston

The Olde White Rose is a 16th century building with extensive cellars. It was in the cellar system early one morning that landlord John Denston clearly witnessed an apparition. At the end of a long disused cellar was a drop which was convenient for lifting empty barrels up to ground level. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Roads To The Otherworld: Contemporary Haunted Roads And A Sacred Landscape

Oldnall Road, a seemingly unremarkable two-mile rural stretch of B-road between the towns of Halesowen and Stourbridge in the West Midlands, hit the international headlines a few months ago (1) following reports of a series of sightings of an apparition. Reports of 'road ghosts' are nothing unusual, they form an important part of 'ghost lore' throughout the world (2). Read More »

Scareships or Motherships : The British phantom airship scare 1909 – 1918


At the turn of the 20th century, visionaries began to dream that the new science of aeronautics would bring universal peace on the Earth by love or fear. Love because as people travelled more they would get to know each other as human beings and no longer as sinister foreigners; fear, because the destructive power of aerial bombardment would render war unthinkable. Read More »



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