- Over 900 reports of demonic activity in the past 25 years
- Top ten sightings by county revealed
- Yorkshire named as Britain ?s most demonic county in the UK with 74 reports of sinister activity!
Encounters with devils, demons and evil spirits of various forms are as widespread today as they were in medieval times ? that?s the verdict of a compelling new study released today which looks in detail at the spooky sightings that have been reported in Britain over the last 25 years.
The Demonic Britain Report was specially commissioned to celebrate the release of Supernatural Season 5 Part One on DVD and focused on demonic activity in Great Britain . The research was led by the UK?s leading authority on the unexplained, Lionel Fanthorpe and involved the study of multiple 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 an age of ever-accelerating technology, our scientific 21st century has not yet turned its sceptic 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 a hotbed of demonic activity with 74 reports of demons, including Uncabus 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 (ghouls, werebeasts etc).
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 Brigg.? Witnesses have commented on a long neck, a vast serpentine body and frighteningly 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.? In Dartmoor there have been reports that the demonic shade of a man named Stephens who committed suicide still appears and bodes ill for those who encounter it at Stephens’ Grave.? It is described as hideously skeletal and dressed in the ragged remnants of a grey robe.
The county was closely followed by Somerset , which hosts the highest number of monsters and comes in third in the UK with 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.
Inverness has seen 13 water ghosts in the last 25 years, which refer to dangerous evil spirits whose main purpose is to lure their victims into dangerous water and then drown them. The water ghosts contribute to the county?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.? Anyone touching it or attempting to move it is said to become prey to this aquatic, demonic being.
Top Ten Reports / sightings by county
|Location||Number of reports / sightings|
|7 = Norfolk||32|
|7 = Lancashire||32|
|8 = Sussex||30|
|8 = Derbyshire||30|
|9 = Essex||29|
|9 = Suffolk||29|
|Demonic Activity||Highest number across the UK|
|Reports of Uncabus and Succubus (male and female demon?s that make sexual attacks on sleeping victims)||Yorkshire – 2|
|Reports of demons with devil like qualities||Devonshire – 15|
|Reports of monsters||Somerset – 16|
|Reports of Hell Hounds||Wiltshire – 25|
|Reports of water demons||Inverness – 13|
|Reports of satanic power with geological impact||Dorset – 14|
|Reports of demon possession||Yorkshire ? 2|
|Reports of water demons||Inverness ? 13|
|Reports of demons with repulsive forms (ghouls, werebeast etc)||Yorkshire ? 5|
|Reports of Miscellaneous evil||Devon ? 5|
Lionel Fanthorpe comments:? ?The Demonic Britain Report clearly shows that 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.?
Samples of individual cases by County
A council flat in Stockton where a 19 year old girl reported an encounter with an incubus.? Her terrified screams woke her parents and the entity vanished before it could harm her.
Reports from Kirkby Malham Churchyard involve a macabre annual feast at which the devil allegedly invites any mortals who are foolish enough to listen to him to join him in a sumptuous feast that he provides in the graveyard.? To escape from Satan?s clutches at the end of the meal, the guest has to ask him for salt.? Because salt is traditionally sacred, the devil and the food vanish together, allowing the guests to escape.
In the vicinity of the Ladybower Reservoir by the A57 road there are reports of a frightening, demonic figure among the trees.? It is said to be 8 or 9 feet tall and covered in hair.? Strange reports of paranormal activity are reported from time to time from Renishaw House including one manifestation that seems to have been an incubus.? A guest in the house during the 19th century left a frightening report of having been woken by a paranormal entity that was kissing her in bed.? When she broke free and lit the lamp, the room was empty and the door was locked.
Dartmoor – Tunhill Kistvaen? – was the site of a report that a demon ? perhaps the devil himself ? had made a deal (Faust style) to buy a man?s soul ? which he duly collected.? The site is still said to be dangerous because of potential encounters with Satan or one of his minions.? The Globe Inn at Chagford is reportedly frequented by the demonic ghost of a witch who died while being tried for witchcraft.? Her shade is reported there as though bent on revenge.
There are numerous reports of paranormal sightings from Banbury Rings, including a repulsive, dwarf-demon that peers into the windows of parked cars and frightens the occupants.
The Blue Pool at Furzebrook near Wareham (once a clay pit) is remarkable for its colour changes, and is reportedly the home of evil water demons who attempt to drown the unwary.? One legend maintains that it is Satan himself who pushes victims into the pool.
A case of reported demon possession dates back to the mid-17th century, but echoes of it still continue in modern times.? In 1683 at what was then called Brass Farm, now known as High Hill House Farm, in Ferryhill, Merrington, a man named Andrew Mills, who was reported to have been simple-minded, murdered a family with an axe and then claimed that the devil had possessed him and ordered him to commit the atrocities.? There are various reports that he still haunts the area.
Canewdon village has more than its fair share of reported paranormal events, but is also said to be the traditional headquarters of a full coven of witches, who practise their strange magical arts involving, demons and familiars.
An area of Cranham known variously as ?The Brickfields? or as ?Frank?s Wood? is the site of a report concerning an evil, threatening, demonic figure said to be nearly ten feet high.? There were no clearly discernible features, but the demonic thing ?whatever it was ? actually gave chase to a group of friends in the wood.
An interesting case from Inverness concerns an area near Chapeltown and Tulloch Moor called Boat of Garten, which lies on each side of the River Spey.? It gets its name from a ferry crossing at that spot.? The paranormal reports from Boat of Garten concern 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.? Anyone touching it or attempting to move it is said to become prey to this aquatic, demonic being.? Boleskin House was once the property of Aleister Crowley the black magician and occultist, who was frequently concerned with demons.? There are numerous reports that his influence ? and the things he conjured up ? are still there!
A weird demonic entity was reported on several occasions from Hobstone?s Farm in Colne.? One terrifying feature of this repellent demonic entity was a bleeding, severed arm.? It was accompanied by violent poltergeist-type activity.
Shuck?s Lane in Overstrand has been the scene of so many reports of a Hell-Hound, or Shuck, that the lane has been named after the demonic dog.? This particular hell-hound ? big and black with blazing red eyes — is accompanied by a stench of sulphurous brimstone.? The path leading to Cromer lighthouse which is in this area, is also a site where the Shuck has often reportedly been witnessed.
A witness in Chard High Street reported seeing an enormous flying creature with a wing span estimated at 4 or 5 metres, which flew away rapidly over the tops of the shops.
In the area known as Dolebury Hill, near Clevedon, not far from the famous Cadbury Camp, there?is still a widely held belief that a monster?- perhaps even a dragon – guards a hidden underground treasure in the vicinity.
The area around Dunwich, a mediaeval town that more or less vanished into the sea, is the site of reports of small, mischievous demons similar to the Will o? the Wisp.? Witnesses have reported encountering their misleading lights, as they attempt to lure their victims into danger.
The myths and legends surrounding the Squire of Brightling, who was known as Mad Jack Fuller, are concerned with the pyramid tomb that contains his mortal remains after his death in 1834.? Traditionally, Jack is supposed to be embalmed and buried sitting upright at a table with a glass of wine in his hand.? When renovation work was done on his pyramid, however, doubts were cast on how the interior was arranged.? It was also part of the tradition that the floor was covered in broken glass to prevent Satan from getting at Jack?s body!? Despite his eccentricities, Jack was a good and generous man who provided a lifeboat for Eastbourne .
In the Kempton area of Brighton , it was reported that a couple were driven from their flat by strange, evil entities.
Wiltshire is for some reason 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, reports tell of a huge black hound with eyes like red hot coals.