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Oilliphéist

In ‘Irish Myths and Legends’ by Ronan Coghlan, we are told that Oilliphéist, is an Irish word meaning ‘dragon’ or ‘great worm’, and that ‘a creature of this sort, hearing that Saint Patrick was coming to drive out its kind, cuts its way through the land, thus forming the River Shannon.’ The Shannon is 224 miles long and the is Ireland's longe Read More »

The Woolpack Inn, Chilham

According to The Woolpack Inn's website, this Grade II listed 600 year old building is haunted by a friendly Grey Lady that reputedly wanders the main building.

The Abbey Inn, Newlay

The Abbey Inn at 99 Pollard Lane has been described as one of Leeds most Haunted pubs. Dating from the mid 19th century, the Inn was also been used as a mortuary until the 1950s, which may explain to some why it seems to have numerous ghosts. Read More »

The Chequers, Bickley

Patrick Grafton-Green’s article entitled ‘Ghost called Barnard terrorising staff of Bickley pub’ was published on the This Is Local London news website on 17th September 2013. Read More »

A38 Big Cat (2001)

On Wednesday, 22 August, 2001 the BBC News website published the following article entitled 'Lioness' spotted by motorists’

Motorists at a Somerset petrol station raised the alarm when they spotted a "big cat" in an adjoining field. Read More »

The New Inn, Gloucester

Dating from the mid 15th century, The New Inn is a Grade I listed building that originally served as hostelry for St Peter’s Abbey. In 1553 Lady Jane Grey (Born 1536 – Died 12 February 1554) was staying here when King Edward VI died. It was here that she was proclaimed Queen, a reign that lasted 9 days. Read More »

Mr William's Experience (1812), Scorrier House

On 11th May 1812, Spencer Perceval (Born 1 November 1762) was shot and killed by John Bellingham, making him the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated in office. There is a story that this assassination was foreseen in a dream by Mr Williams of Scorrier House in Redruth, Cornwall. 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 »

Guy Fawkes Night Tar Barrels, Ottery St Mary

There is a tradition dating back to the 17th century in Ottery St Mary, where tar soaked barrels lighted and carried through the Devonshire town. Only those who are born and lived within the town are eligible to carry one of the seventeen barrels which begin their journey from outside the local pubs. Read More »

Rev Joseph Wilkins Experience

The following account of a strange experience by a young Joseph Wilkins in 1754 is taken from 'The Haunted Homes and Family Traditions of Great Britain' (1897) by John Ingram though the case has also been mentioned in several books including 'Phantasms of the Living' edited by Edmund Gurney, Frederic William Henry Myers and Frank Podmore. Read More »

Stratford Tombstone Murder Ghost

I find it very distasteful when ghosts are identified as people who were killed in fairly recent events, especially as this could cause distress for the deceased's friends and family. I am therefore in two minds whether to mention this reputed haunting and I apologise if it upsets anyone. Read More »

Stoneleigh Abbey

The Grade I listed Stoneleigh Abbey is country mansion dating from the 16th century, built in the grounds of a Cistercian Abbey which had been founded in 1154 and destroyed after the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII. ‘A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 2’ (1908) gives the following historical background of the Abbey. Read More »

Bubbenhall UFO (2008)

The following article by Les Reid was published in the Coventry Evening Telegraph, 15 February 2008. Read More »

Salford Hall Hotel

Dating from 1470 and built as a guest residence for the monks of Evesham Abbey, the Grade I listed Salford Hall is now a luxury hotel in the Best Western group. Read More »

Mrs Bretton's Ghost

John Ingram gives the following of an encounter with an apparition in his book entitled 'The Haunted Homes and Family Traditions of Great Britain'(1897). 'The Rev. Dr. Bretton, towards the close of his career appointed rector of Ludgate, early in life held a living in Hereford. He had married a daughter of Dr. Read More »

Wem Rekindled by Andrew Homer

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Andrew Homer was involved in the Wem Town Hall “Girl in the flames” photographic anomaly right from when the story broke in 1995. He was one of the few ASSAP investigators to actually meet with the photographer, Tony O’Rahilly. Read More »

The Christopher Inn and Captain William Dyke

An apparition is thought to have been experienced in the Christopher Inn, Windsor. The Inn dated from the 16th century and could be found next to the college on Baldwin's Bridge. This inn was closed on the order of the Head of Eton College in the mid 19th century due to its poor reputation. Read More »

Althorp

Built by Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland (Born 5 September 1641 – Died 28 September 1702) in 1688, the Grade I listed Althorp House and estate is the ancestral home of the Spencer family. Read More »

The Priest & The Prophetess: Joanna Southcott in the West Midlands

Joanna Southcott

Joanna Southcott was born in April 1750 in Taleford, and raised in the village of Gittisham in Devon, England. 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 »

Royal Derby Hospital

On 30 January 2009 The Telegraph published the following story by Chris Irvine entitled ‘Hospital calls in exorcist after ghost spotted’

A hospital has called in an exorcist after staff claimed they were being haunted by a ghost. Read More »

Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow

The New Stobhill Hospital opened in 2009 replacing the pre existing Stobhill Hospital. This older hospital dated back to 15 September 1904, when it was officially opened as a Poor Law Hospital. Read More »

University College Hospital, London

The current University College Hospital on Euston Road opened in 2005 at a cost of £422 million. However, the haunting this article refers to must have occurred in an older building, which I assume may be the cruciform building which opened in 1906 and is just behind the new hospital. This building is now part of University College London. Read More »

Glasgow Royal Infirmary

The Glasgow Royal Infirmary is a large teaching hospital who’s site covers 20 acres. Read More »

Scunthorpe General Hospital

Opening on 5 December 1929, Scunthorpe General Hospital was originally named The Scunthorpe and District War Memorial Hospital. Read More »



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