Durham - Paranormal Database Records

White Lady

Location: Aycliffe - A167 north of town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century, though sightings go back to eighteen century?
Further Comments: While the clothing of the woman varies (from wearing a raincoat to a wedding dress), the figure is always white. In true 'phantom hitchhiker' style, the woman had been picked up by passing drivers, only to vanish a few miles down the road.

Victorian Woman

Location: Aycliffe - Near the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A father walking with his brother and son spotted a female entity wearing Victorian dress. The figure did not have any feet and was not in contact with the ground. The entity looked at the three people before moving off 'faster than a greyhound'.

Lady Ann Day

Location: Barnard Castle - Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Tossed into the River Tees by her murderer, the ghost of Day has been seen reliving her deathly plummet.

Death's Scythe

Location: Barnard Castle - St Mary the Virgin's church
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to the death in the family
Further Comments: The stone statue of Death stands above the grave of George, son of Humphrey Hopper. To see Death's scythe wave is an indication that the witness or a close family member will soon die.

Flying Lids

Location: Barnard Castle - HMYOI Deerbolt (youth offending prison)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2014
Further Comments: During a month in 2014 it was reported that lighting was switched off and on again and, during one night, two bin lids were found spinning on the floor. The area was locked down as member of staff who spotted the lids feared an offender was loose, but CCTV footage showed the lids flying off the bins unaided.

Grey Lady

Location: Beamish - Beamish Hall and Beamish Burn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: This woman suffocated after hiding in a trunk to avoid a prearranged marriage. Her mournful shade has been seen in both the aforementioned places, most recently by a vet who spent a night in the haunted house to raise money for charity.

Persian Cat

Location: Birtley - Private house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012, daytime
Further Comments: While making coffee the occupant watched a grey Persian cat walk across the floor and disappear into the living room. No doors or windows were open, and the cat could not be found. The witness later found out that a cat matching the description had once lived there but had died a few years previous.


Location: Birtley - Private residence belonging to a miner
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1892
Further Comments: It was said that other villagers would visit the property at night to listen to the strange wailing which would come from within.

Limbless Worm

Location: Bishop Auckland - Wooded area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A creature, said by legend to be a long, hostile worm, but in all likelihood to be a boar, inhabited an oak wood and would attack man and beast. It was slain by a member of the Pollard family.

Hazy Figure

Location: Bishop Auckland - Four Clock's Centre (former church), Newgate Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: First half of 2009
Further Comments: CCTV caught a hazy figure on camera, while another witness spotted a woman in a hat. Footsteps have also been heard in an empty room and doors have locked themselves from the inside.

Fairy Guardians

Location: Bishopton - Castle Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though the castle is long gone, the area is still a place where fairies hide - anyone trying to steal earth or soil from the land is warned off by whispering voices.

Emma and Edward

Location: Bowes - Ancient Unicorn Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Emma and Edward were the children of different innkeepers who fell in love - Edward died of fever and Emma pined away soon after. Their ghosts are reputed to be regulars at the Inn, as is a young boy who haunts the cellar.

White Haired Head

Location: Burnopfield - Railway track running through the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1932
Further Comments: A floating face was reported by several men along the line. The entity had a twisted face and white hair, and its prior to its materialisation, metallic clanging would be heard. The ghost was eventually named as a platelayer who had died after being hit by a coal wagon in 1879.

Tall Man

Location: Byers Green - (Former) Marquis of Granby public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century?
Further Comments: This former pub is said to be haunted by a tall man. A plumber is also said to have fled the site after watching a stool move across the room unaided.

Madam Lambton

Location: Chester le Street - South Biddick Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shade has been reported drifting around the hall.

Lady Lumley

Location: Chester Le Street - Lumley Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: The 'Lily Of Lumley', as the lady is also known, was killed by several monks after refusing to agree with their religious beliefs. When Sir Ralph discovered what had happened to his wife he had the monks executed. The monks are sometimes seen walking in file around the area of the castle, while Lady Lumley walks within the castle's corridors and grounds. An Australian cricket player reported seeing the monks in 2005.


Location: Coatham Mundeville - Hall Garth Golf and Country Club Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Room 2 is reputedly haunted by the ghost of a nun who was bricked up alive within the walls after her affair with a monk was discovered.


Location: Cockfield - Cockfield Workingmen's Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009 / 2010
Further Comments: Two ghost hunts were said to have detected tapping on mirrors and voices, although a similar overnight paranormal stakeout planned for charity in 2013 was declined due to 'health and safety'.

Red eyed Figure

Location: Cold Hesledon - Lane leading away from the Pemberton Arms
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 10 October 2009
Further Comments: The CFZ website reported that a couple walking along a dark lane encountered a seven foot tall, black, man-shaped figure with glowing red eyes. The couple watched it for around fifteen seconds before it screamed and dropped from view.

Mill Worker

Location: Consett - Spring Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a mill worker who mysteriously vanished is seen along this lane.


Location: Crook - Unknown private house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1998
Further Comments: A child first reported seeing this ghost, telling her mother that 'a man's come out of the wall and he says he does the shopping in the sky'. Others detected his presence due to the fact that he reeks of cigarette smoke.

Wife with Child

Location: Crossgate - Crossgate Peth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This woman, holding a small child, is believed to be searching for her husband who was killed in the battle of Neville's Cross in the 1300s. She reportedly seeks a lift to the battlefield.

Hound Attack

Location: Darlington - Old Darlington and Stockton rail station
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 5 December 1890
Further Comments: A night watchman reported being attacked by a man and his dog as they came out of the coal house - the watchman defended himself and tried to punch his attacker, only for his fist to pass through the figure and hit the wall behind. The pair of entities then went back into the coal house and vanished.

Lady Gerrard

Location: Darlington - Area around town hall and South Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980?
Further Comments: Lady Gerrard had her hand hacked off by two soldiers who took a liking to her ring. She died soon after from blood loss. Her ghost is said to help those in need, though it lacks an arm. Gerrard may have been encountered by a young lad who found himself lost in the park, manifesting as a grey lady who pointed in the direction of the child's family.

Pekinese and Pepi

Location: Darlington - The Civic (once the Hippodrome)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid to late twentieth century
Further Comments: The little Pekinese dog was buried within the walls of the theatre, its ghostly presence indicated by lightly padding feet moving across the floors, and soft panting. Pepi, the dog's owner and former manager, is also said to haunt the building, as are several other entities; a stage manager, a female dancer, and a hanging man.

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