I first came across the reports of ghostly figures being seen on a practically deserted shingle beach area in Eastbourne, to which the reporter remarked that these figures were that of a teenage female who was murdered in that vicinity. I took a more in-depth look at this area and the murder, only to find yet another murder had also taken place in a nearby bungalow too.
The first apparition was witnessed by a fisherman, Richard Prodger. It was in the early hours of the morning in December 1921. He said “The ghostly thing was dressed in a long black gown. It suddenly rose from the ground, right in front of me and as I moved forward, it went ahead and when I stopped, it also stopped.”
He added “ Its gown was an Ulster like cape (these were rather long and double breasted, with two vertical, parallel rows of buttons) and it reached right onto the ground. On its head it wore a large round hat. It did not walk but just glided along. Then as it got nearer to the huts on the beach, it just sunk into the ground and disappeared.”
The second witness to an apparition on the beach was Mrs. Goldsmith, who was the caretaker of the Fisherman’s Institute but she saw something different. She said “ It appeared between 2 of the fisherman huts and looked like a white cloud.” She then added “It disappeared as quickly as it had appeared.” The report does not state as to whether Mrs Goldsmith had seen this during daylight hours or when it was dark.