Footsteps, cold spots and flickering lights… just make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.
But it seems such occurrences are not uncommon and Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have their fair share of sightings when it comes to scary happenings.
As Halloween approaches, research has revealed there have been a staggering 12,000 ghostly sightings across the UK, with some paranormal events occurring very close to home.
A research team working for NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said the area had some 462 ghost sightings reported on www.paranormaldatabase.com – the team looked at sightings across the country to help ghost hunters plan a trip to the weirdest hotspots.
Surprisingly, or not when you hear the background, the team has singled out Arnold’s Bonington Theater as a hotspot for East Midlands ghost hunters.
An account of an alleged sighting at the scene revealed inexplicable footsteps were heard, with the person also feeling cold spots in the building.
It is thought to have something to do with the Quaker burial site on which scholars say the theater was built.
Although the staff we spoke to had no such experience, researchers said flickering lights have been reported to paranormaldatabase, so this may not be the place for an extended stay once that everyone left the building after a show, that is, unless you’re hoping to add to the mood of the upcoming The Addams Family 2 movies, the Mystery Halloween Movie, or the already terrifying Malignant planned to be thrown on the spot.
There’s a whole host of places in the UK where sightings have been reported, including hotels, homes, forests, roads… and including everything from a friendly presence to a mysterious figure more alarmingly masked dragging them slowly down their hallway.
A spokesperson for NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: “Ghost sightings in the UK date back to the 1930s when a witness claimed to have spotted Annie Chapman, the second victim of Jack the Ripper.
“Since then, people have been obsessed with haunted houses and ghost sightings. People are actively searching for ghost hotspots hoping to get a weird first hand experience and others will just be interested in knowing how many ghost sightings there are in their area.
“Our research has revealed that the number of ghost sightings across the UK is quite high, with a good amount of sightings in every region.”
Further research, this time by PaulCamper, placed Nottingham in the top 5 most haunted places in England with some 76 hauntings recorded.
Researchers here have identified the most haunted places to live by analyzing a range of frightening factors, including the number of paranormal occurrences, chilling sightings, haunting manifestations and cryptozoology, as well as UFO stories, legends mythical, fairies, vampires and poltergeists.
Compiling a spooky roadmap that winds its way across the country from Brighton to Edinburgh, the analysis but Brighton tops the list for the most haunted place to live in England, followed by York in second and Bristol in third. Nottingham came fourth just ahead of Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield.
Nottingham’s notable haunted location in this search was the Galleries of Justice.
Those looking to see if they can experience a presence for themselves at the popular tourist attraction could head to the county jail’s special Halloween event that runs throughout this month.
The “condemned” will follow in the footsteps of those who stood in the dock to hear their fate, arrested in the dark cells for their final hours before finally being escorted to the courtyard where the gallows awaited them.
Only those 18 and over can book to hear the twisted stories of true life crimes that have been heard here.
More spooky places and spooky stories
NetVoucherCodes data also highlighted:
- Southwest (2,137 total sightings)
The South West appears to be the weirdest region in the UK with over 2,000 ghost sightings, snagging the top spot on the list.
Diving deeper into the data shows that among the South West, Dorset is the county with the most sightings, 433 to be exact. A 2014 sighting recalls a driver slamming on his brakes as a dark figure ran in front of a car and as the figure disappeared, his legs seemed to disappear. The incident is said to have taken place along the B3157.
- East of England (1776 total sightings)
Essex saw 499 ghost sightings, the most in the region and Suffolk is not far behind with 411 and is known for several spooky encounters.
In 2013, a driver of the A12 was heading towards the Orwell Bridge when he saw smoke slowly rising and taking the shape of a deceased young man nearby.
- Southeast (1,664 total sightings)
Since the 1970s many people have reported a plethora of ghostly figures on their journeys in Sussex from London to Brighton and most of them want to interact with the drivers. A male character supposedly walks in front of your car, only to disappear when hit. Other figures appear to wander the area wearing brightly colored clothing.
- Scotland (1,232 total sightings)
Some of the most sinister sightings have taken place in Scotland. An arts center on Kings Street in Aberdeen is said to be haunted by a maid who hangs out in the old top-floor flat and a floating face is known to haunt the Green Room. Aberdeen Ghostbusters even visited the scene and detected high levels of electrical interference.
- Northeast (1,135 total sightings)
Yorkshire takes the top spot for the most ghostly sightings in the North East with a total of 790. Northumberland comes second with 183 and Durham is close behind with 162 spooky sightings.
Despite taking second place, Northumberland is home to what has been named the county’s most haunted hotel. The Alnmouth Schooner Hotel is said to have a ghost soldier and child accompanied by silent ghostly whispers wandering the building and occasionally the sound of a heartbreaking scream is known to have been heard.
- Northwest (1,016 total sightings)
In the North West, Lancashire has a total of 592 ghost sightings, the most in the county.
A screaming girl is believed to be one of the most disturbing local hauntings. She drifts quietly along Black Abbey Road in Lancashire and screams when approached. It is believed that she was burned alive after having an affair with a monk.
- Wales (756 sightings in total)
Wales has a total of 756 ghost sightings, but there is one location in particular that has had several reports of strange activity.
The Cardiff Royal Infirmary Hospital has had a large number of ghost sightings. A local legend states that accepting a drink from a woman in gray will result in the death of the recipients within a week.
- Greater London (726 total sightings)
Greater London is home to one of the oldest ghost sightings involving Annie Chapman. Annie Chapman was murdered by Jack the Ripper in Hanbury Street in 1888 and her ghost is said to have been accompanied by a man. In the 1930s, someone reported hearing his murder but could never see anything. The scene of his murder has since been demolished.
- West Midlands (702 sightings in total)
During the construction of the Birmingham & Midland Eye Center City Hospital in 1996, the movement of a dark, eerie figure was captured on CCTV. Security was dispatched to the site but found no one when they arrived.
Shropshire appears to have the most ghost sightings in the West Midlands with 160 sightings in total. Warwickshire has the fewest with 130.
- Northern Ireland (135 sightings in total)
Security at the former Roe Valley Hospital in Limavady, Northern Ireland noticed a suspicious figure on camera one night. There was never confirmation on what the figure was, but locals are sure the hospital is haunted by the sounds of crying babies echoing the empty hallways at night accompanied by men and women in uniform.
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