The great things about living in Britain, other than the fact we no longer have a Labour government, is that it is often described as the most haunted country on Earth. But with such a treasure trove of ancient buildings this is hardly surprising. Ghosties and ghoulies seem to be more ingrained in the British psyche than in any other nation.

Now it's emerged that ghostly sightings are at the highest they have been in 25 years.

In the past 25 years, there have been an astonishing number of ghost sightings in Britain - almost 1000.

The report shows that despite modern technology and science the British, who remain, deep down, very superstitious and religious, still refuse to dismiss the possibility of ghouls, boggarts, hell-hounds, witches, wizards, banshees and black magic curses. The number of reports is the same as it was in medieval times.

The study has found that Yorkshire is the county with the most reports of ghostly goings-on in the last 25 years with sightings of hell hounds (which haunt the whole of Britain and have names such as Black Shuck and Barghest), demons with repulsive forms, demonic possession and even cases of victims being attacked by Incubus and Succubus.

The research was led by the UK's leading authority on the unexplained Lionel Fanthorpe.

Devon is Britain's second most haunted area. In the county's Dartmoor, which is no stranger to reports of paranormal activity and spooky sightings, there have been reports that the demonic shape of a man named Stephens who committed suicide still appears and bodes ill for those who encounter his grave. The apparition is described as hideously skeletal and dressed in the ragged remnants of a grey robe.

Ghost sightings highest in 25 years

26 Apr 2010
The Telegraph

Infra red photo shows the ghostly figure of a 17th Century civil war cavalier (royalist) in the keep at English Heritage's Bolsover Castle Photo: JOHN ROBERTSON

Spooky sightings of ghouls, ghosts and evil spirits are higher than they have been in the past 25 years, according to a new report on haunted Britain.

There have been nearly 1,000 reports of demonic activity in the past quarter of a century, with Yorkshire the nation's most ghostly county.

Encounters with devils, demons and evil spirits are as widespread today as they were in medieval times, researchers claim.

The research was led by the UK's leading authority on the unexplained Lionel Fanthorpe who studied various archives and websites as well as his own reports to identify all sightings and recordings of supernatural beings with satanic qualities.

The study found that despite being in time of accelerating technology, 21st century Britons have not turned their back on ghouls, boggarts, hell-hounds, witches, wizards, banshees and black magic curses, with a whopping 968 reports of demonic activity in the past 25 years.

The report indentifies Yorkshire as the centre of ghostly goings-on and demonic activity with 74 reports of demons, including Incabus and Succubus (male and female demons that make sexual attacks on sleeping victims), instances of demonic possession and sightings of hell hounds, water demons and demons with repulsive forms such as ghouls and werewolves.

Sightings of demons in Yorkshire have included a hideous shadow-like hell-hound with no discernible facial features which collided with a car between Northallerton and Leeming Bar on the A684. A sea-going water demon has also been reported off Filey Bay in Yorkshire. Witnesses claimed to have seen a ghostly creature with a long neck, a vast serpentine body and glowing eyes.

Devonshire rated second in the study with 57 reports of sinister activity, mainly from encounters with or sightings of demons with devil like qualities.

On Dartmoor there have been reports that the demonic shape of a man named Stephens who committed suicide still appears and bodes ill for those who encounter his grave. The apparition is described as hideously skeletal and dressed in the ragged remnants of a grey robe.

Third in the ghoulish league table is Somerset, which hosts the highest number of monsters and has 51 sightings or reports of demonic entities, with Wiltshire coming in fourth with 46 sightings of demons.

Wiltshire is one of the most popular areas for sightings of phantom dogs, shucks or hell-hounds. At Black Dog Hill near Black Dog Woods in Chapmanslade, there are reports of a huge black hound with eyes like red hot coals.

People in Inverness report sightings of 13 water ghosts in the last 25 years, evil spirits whose main purpose is to lure their victims into dangerous water and then drown them. The water ghosts contribute to the area's overall total of 39 demonic beings and one of the most notorious water ghosts resides in the area of Boat of Garten, which lies on each side of the River Spey, near Chapeltown and Tulloch Moor. The paranormal reports from Boat of Garten involve an ancient, inscribed stone visible when the river is at its lowest. According to legend, the stone is cursed and guarded by a malevolent water-demon, or kelpie-type entity, who protects it savagely.

In 2003, the city of Liverpool was the victim of several strange occurences known as "Old Hag Syndrome." Many victims across the city reported waking up in the middle of the night with a demonic looking hag with terrible breath sitting on their chests making them struggle to breathe

Anyone touching it or attempting to move it is said to become prey to this aquatic, demonic being.

The Demonic Britain report was carried out for the latest DVD release of US TV series Supernatural, normally broadcast on the cable channel Living.

Lionel Fanthorpe said: This report clearly shows we are a nation still rich in sightings and reports of devils, demons and evil spirits of various forms.

"The present human population is many times greater than it was in the past.

Therefore the more people that there are, statistically, the more potential encounters they might have with these unpleasant, non-human entities.

Top 10 ghostly sightings by area:

1 Yorkshire 74
2 Devonshire 57
3 Somerset 51
4 Wiltshire 46
5 Inverness 39
6 Dorset 37
7 = Norfolk 32
7 = Lancashire 32
8 = Sussex 30
8 = Derbyshire 30
9 = Essex 29
9 = Suffolk 29
10 Lincolnshire 24
Blickling Hall is Britain's most haunted building

Daily Mail

If your idea of a happy Halloween is being frightened out of your skin, the National Trust is happy to oblige.

It has released a list of its ten most-haunted properties, guaranteed to chill the spine.

Undisputed number one is Blickling Hall, near Aylsham in Norfolk.

Britain's most haunted house: Blickling Hall in Norfolk

It is described as a 'magnificent Jacobean house famed for its fine tapestries and rare books'.

More to the point, it is also said to be the home of Anne Boleyn's headless ghost.

The hall was built on the site of a former manor owned by Sir Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, and believed to be his daughter Anne's birthplace.

Henry VIII's second wife was beheaded in 1536, and her apparition is said to manifest itself every year on the anniversary of her execution with her head in her lap, sitting in a coach drawn by a headless rider.

Sadly for Halloween thrill seekers, the anniversary is May 19.

Headless Queen: Anne Boleyn is said to appear every year on the anniversary of her execution with her head in her lap

For good measure, however, the hall has two other souls wandering its corridors for eternity.

Sir Thomas is said to have been cursed for taking no action to save his daughter.

Each year, his spectre has to attempt to cross 12 bridges before cock crow.

The phantom of Sir John Fastolfe, the 15th-century knight who became the model for Shakespeare's Falstaff and sold the hall to Sir Thomas, is also believed to visit his old home.

Jan Brookes, Blickling's house manager, said some visitors report sightings, especially around May 19.

'One or two of our volunteers report little bits too: the "Grey Lady", someone coming through the wall and disappearing again - but then, this is a very old house with a lot of clanking in the pipes.'

National Trust officials based the top ten on how often the spirits appeared, the infamy of the ghost, and whether the haunting offered 'something that little bit different'.

Haunted: Blickling Hall staircase, where guests have reported seeing ghosts

The list was drawn up with the help of Sian Evans, the author of Ghosts: Mysterious Tales from the National Trust.

Other properties to make the top ten include Dunster Castle in Somerset, which boasts several spectres including a man in green.

Visitors to Powis Castle in Welshpool-have witnessed a mysterious lady in black seen sitting in a chair beside the fireplace, while staff have spotted her in other parts of the building.

According to a poll of more than 2,100 adults for the National Lottery, 37 per cent believe in ghosts and, of those, almost half have tried to make contact with the spirit world.

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