Famous & Forgotten

Ghost Encounters Famous & Forgotten features some of the Island’s celebrity ghosts and ghost celebrities from events still remembered and some long forgotten.

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‘The Shipwreck & the Ghost Girl’. Among the most famous Island shipwrecks is the loss of the Clarendon in 1836. Forgotten, however is the curious miracle of Miss Gourlay’s onward journey home. Of those lost souls who drowned when she foundered off the coast of Blackgang Chine, all except one washed up on the local shoreline – the corpse of Miss Gourlay, daughter of Captain Gourlay of Southsea. Some locals claim she is the ghost who walks through the village to the sea.

The Thief & the Golden World of ‘eaven investigates the haunting in the old tower on the top of St. Catherine’s Down, that shines down on Blackgang Chine. A medieval lighthouse built to prevent such disaster as befell the Clarendon, but mostly didn’t. 

A Ship to the Stars‘ explores the different types of ghost found haunting the old Longstone in Mottistone: are ghosts “Atmospheric Photographs” or curious Dark Matter slips of Time. 

Architect of Destruction‘ investigates hauntings in one of the Island’s most famous old houses: Nunwell in Ashey, near Brading.  Discover the identity of the notorious “Grey Lady” ghost; and the more famous whining Regency architect found trapped with her.



The Ghost House Ghost‘ tracks down the ghost of the Island’s most famous haunted building, Knighton Gorges, a house that itself has become a ghost since its destruction in the early 1800s.

Daniel Alexander’s Tower‘ investigates the curious case of a ghost celebrity coming back to haunt a town; Yarmouth town.

Image of Westminster Abbey, London
Westminster Abbey, London

Heaven’s Gate‘ . So named after Saint Peter’s visit to the early construction site that now is Westminster Abbey. So why have so many celebrities become trapped there? Who really holds the keys to the Gate of Heaven?

‘A Brief History of Nothing’. Three celebrity ghosts in the Old Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London are silent on science’s attempts to do away with the idea of God and ghosts, and instead base truth of all that is, on what only can be seen. But that’s a big ask, in a multi-dimensional multiverse. 

‘Ambush’. Soon after poet laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, died, an ambush was set to catch a prankster pretending to haunt the downland above Freshwater Bay, dressed in the poet’s big hat and green cape. What scared everyone was the arrival of a ghost. But who was it?

Image of Farringford House, Freshwater
Farringford House, Freshwater

‘The King’s Idyll’. The guest-list at Farringford, Alfred’s home, was a mind-boggling memento of Victorian celebrity; scientists, statesmen, artists, poets. Many gathered here to contemplate Darwin’s On the Origin of the Species; a biological bombshell so big even God was bothered by it. The Island’s house of celebrity is also among its most haunted.

‘The Chemical Sister’. Dimbola Lodge Museum, former home of a genius pioneer in portrait photography, Julia Margaret Cameron. Owing to the peculiar supernatural wafts many visitors suspect she still is in residence.

‘A Ghost in the Age of Aquarius’. The old forgotten gun fort above Freshwater Bay was an unexpected sanctuary for the Island’s most famous ghost. 

And so much more in Ghost Encounters Famous & Forgotten. Open case studies of forgotten celebrities, and unearth buried treasures lost or hidden by ghosts. Witness their views of the Hereafter, it might help in the here now.


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