Ghost Reports of Yesteryear in Gloucestershire

Here are some stories of ghosts reported by various Gloucestershire newspapers ranging from 1851 to 1925

A Gloucester Ghost

 This first report was seen in the Morning Advertiser on Tuesday 21st October 1851. The original account came from the Gloucester Journal.

In Northgate Street, in the neighbourhood of the Black Dog area was, on Wednesday night, all agog at the awful presence of an unmistakable ghost at the top window of an empty house, now undergoing repair. Yes, there was the awful visitant (apparition), “all in white”, looking like the troubled spirit of some young girl just risen from her grave clothes to scare poor mortals. The news flew, the panic spread, and upwards of 200 people soon collected, and stood gazing up intently at the apparition. Two lads, bolder than the rest, determined on satisfying themselves and the multitude as to the substantiality of the poor ghost, and furnishing themselves with a lighted candle, made their way through the back of the premises into the haunted dwelling.

Boldly ascending the stairs, they reached the room which afforded a resting place to the grisly phantom, and, picking their way across the rafters, for there was no flooring, they found the ghost as most of its species turns out to be, a very harmless and unsubstantial creature, being nothing more nor less than the light of the street lamp reflected by the swing window, which was open, up on the white wash wall of the room.

The lads presented themselves at the window to assure the spectators below that they were uninjured, and the ghost was just shadow and light at play, so the gazers dispersed, laughing at their own and their neighbour’s credulity. On the following night, however, the phantom again appearing, about 10 persons collected, and could not persuade themselves that even after knowing about last night's reveal, it must be a real ghost.

This second report comes from Stroud news and Gloucestershire advertiser Friday the 18th of August 1905

A Gloucester Ghost Scare

The neighbourhood of Blenheim Road, Gloucester, has during the last few nights been in a condition of unwonted excitement, not to say scare, on account of a ghost said to appear at the door of a house towards the Ryecroft Street end of the road. It represented, so it was said, a boy standing on one leg with the other foot resting against that leg, and his arm or shoulder against the door in a statue fashion in fact. Perhaps the most singular part of the whole thing is that the apparition was there. How long it had been there before it was identified at the beginning of the present week it is not easy to say. If you turn out or even lower a certain streetlamp it is gone. Turn up the light of this lamp and it is there exactly as described, a statue of a boy leaning against a door post.

Mrs. Jones, the occupier of the home, scouted the idea of anything supernatural in the apparition on the door, but could give no definite explanation on its appearance. She was inclined to the believe that it was caused by the incandescent gas lamp at the Ryecroft end of the street and explained that when this light was extinguished no ghost was visible. Mrs. Jones' house stands almost midway between two of the gas lamps in the street one each side, which a little while ago was fitted with incandescent burners and one of the gas lamps evidently affords an explanation of the mystery. Although the apparition has afforded some entertainment to the curiously minded, the residents at the lower end of Blenheim Rd are somewhat indignant at the annoyance to which they are being subjected to. In view of the crowds who visit the street, extra police have had to put on duty in the neighbourhood.

This last report comes from the Gloucester journal on Saturday 21st of February 1925

Ghostly Dog in Gloucester

A correspondent writes to Country Life magazine. “I was a country girl from the Forest of Dean, the family had moved to Gloucester a few years previously. The Forest of Dean, at that time firmly believed in ghosts, signs and omens and I had some faith in signs and omens but none at all in ghosts. But the general opinion was in their favour, and I well remember a servant rushing into the kitchen, saying she had seen a ghost and she fell on the floor in a fit. A strong posse of men and boys went out to look for the ghost, armed with various things including a Bible. They returned to say that the said ghost was hanging on a clothesline it was someone's skirt, which flapped over the top of the garden hedge and was not a ghost at all.”

“When I was between the ages of 13 and 14 and I was returning from school down Brunswick road in Gloucester one evening in the winter, I was surprised to see a blue dog, something like a blue shadow, walking by my side. It was a large dog, rather like a foxhound and it looked gentle and had kind eyes. I was passing a nursery garden with a long frontage to the road and the dog disappeared before I had walked to the end of the nursery. The same thing happened once again I am certain and in my mind’s eye I can still see that blue dog.”