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Is this the most haunted road in Birmingham? Find out which parts of the city are inhabited by ghosts.
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Have you ever seen a ghost? Many people claim to have had supernatural experiences, and many of them have happened here in Birmingham. So just in case you fancy doing a spot of ghostbusting this Halloween, here's our guide to Haunted Birmingham.

BLACK PATCH PARK IN SMETHWICK

This is a good place to start. Stories of a "ghostly old woman" haunting this park near the Birmingham canal have existed for about 50 years. They gained more credence and authenticity when a Mrs Heeley told a local research group that the figure of a very old woman had suddenly appeared in front of her, whilst she was pushing her four year old in a pram.

Black Patch park in Smethwick
Is this Queen Henty's ghost?
The apparition was wearing a long black dress and a red cape. She also had "beautiful long black hair for her age." The exact site of the appearance was on a pathway a few yards from a narrow bridge. The old woman is thought to be the phantom of "Queen Henty," a gypsy who was responsible for a Romany encampment that stayed in the park earlier this century.
CROSSROADS OF TYBURN AND CHESTER ROADS IN ERDINGTON - Part 1
A nurse from Good Hope Hospital was returning home one Sunday afternoon having spent a few quiet minutes resting on a public bench. She turned round to check that she had left nothing behind when she noticed a misty figure dressed in a long grey garment. The figure remained for some 20 seconds before fading away. The nurse was unable to see whether the apparition was male or female as the face was not revealed. There were two events which occurred in the nearby area that could have created the ghost.

THE DRUNKEN COLONEL - Part 2
One of the incidents was a murder in 1745. There was a drunken Colonel of the Duke of Cumberland's Regiment, who grabbed a passing lad and demanded to know the way to a particular building.

Unfortunately, the lad had a deformed mouth and was unable to provide the information. The Colonel, believing the lad to be a spy, ordered that he should be decapitated. His body was tossed into the nearby Pype Hayes Park and his head was thrown into a tree at new Shipston. The skull was revealed when the tree was felled in the 19th century and the headless skeleton discovered a week later.

THE GHOST OF MARY ASHFORD - Part 3
The alternative suggestion is that the ghost is of Mary Ashford who was murdered following a Whit Monday dance at the Tyburn Inn in 1817. A young farmer named Thornton was tried for the murder and acquitted, but local people were so convinced of his guilt that they hounded him until he was forced to leave the area. He emigrated to America where he died.

A rather interesting postscript to this tale is that Erdington CID borrowed the notes of this case following the murder of another young girl on Whit Monday 1974. By coincidence, the man accused was named Thornton. He too was acquitted. Both characters lived in Pype Hayes.

THE GREEN LADY
Another mysterious sighting happened on Victoria Road in Aston on September 28th 1971. Two ladies, Mrs Bagley and Mrs Heath, were waiting for their bus at quarter past eight in the morning when they spotted a woman dressed in "a green frilly gown," standing in the middle of the road. Both witnesses watched in horror as their bus approached the woman. However, when it was only a few feet away from the mysterious phantom, the green lady vanished.

Victoria Road, Aston
Victoria Road in Aston
Months later, at half past nine in the evening, Mrs McFarlane was walking in exactly the same area of Aston when she was shocked to see a woman in a "yellowish green dress," suddenly appear at the kerbside. She hurried across the road and disappeared as she reached the pavement on the other side.

The ghost may be that of an usherette from the Aston Cross Cinema who was killed whilst crossing the road some years ago.
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