Durham - Paranormal Database Records

Twisted Man

Location: Durham - North Bailey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Emerging from the cellar of a property once owned by the city's chief constable, this little man, twisted and bent over, was said to wear a white ruffled shirt, black trousers and a nightcap.

Woman in a Black Dress

Location: Durham - Private residence, Coatsworth Road
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: A sixteen year old girl screamed for her mother after seeing a phantom woman wearing a black dress appear in a bedroom. The following morning the family received a phone call informing them the girl's grandmother had died the night before, around the same time as the sighting.

Elusive Hare

Location: Easington - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A hare which avoided hunters for many years was finally bitten on a hind leg by a hound. The creature was seen to dart into a nearby cottage, and when the huntsmen entered they discovered an old lady with a bloodied leg.

Searching Monk

Location: Egglestone - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1928
Further Comments: This figure, dressed in brown habit, has his head down as he scours the bank for a lost item.


Location: Elwick - McOrville public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: A group of mediums who gathered here to investigate the strange goings-on claimed to have made contact with a five year old boy named Gus. The young lad died in an accident involving a horse in the 1940s.


Location: Fatfield - Lambton Castle and grounds, Worm Hill
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: 1400s?
Further Comments: The Lambton worm, sounding more like a very large snake, took up residence here and terrorised the locals - on returning from the crusades, a young and noble member of the Lambton fought the creature and won; but only by wearing spiked armour that impaled the creature as it wrapped itself around him.

Andrew Mills

Location: Ferryhill (Parish of Merrington) - Brass Farm, now known as High Hill House farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 January (or a couple of days either side) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Andrew went on a killing spree at the farm in 1863; he claimed he was talked into it by a devil. The wild cries of Andrew Mills can be still heard near the locality of the farmhouse.

Slew Foot

Location: Finchale - Black Rock Woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom monk which passes through the woodland gained his nickname as he drags one leg behind him as he walks. One witness also heard the sound of military drumming coming from the woodland.

Passage of Horror

Location: Finchale - Finchale Abbey
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A secret passage is said to run from the abbey ruins to Durham Cathedral, though the journey is so terrifying no one can survive the journey. Above ground, the abbey is haunted by a murdered woman who holds a small child close to her.

Young Boy

Location: Finchale - Finchale Farm House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A workman on the property heard a young boy call out his name. The witness followed the boy and watched him enter a cupboard in a bedroom. Summoning the owners of the property, the newly formed group went to investigate. Opening the cupboard, the workman said he could see the boy peering through a grill, but the owners were unable to see neither boy or grid. The barn on the site is also rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of a farmer.

Lady in Grey

Location: Finchale - River near Finchale Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After her son was thrown into the river by her husband (having discovered the child was not his), this woman dived in after the boy - both were presumed drowned, although their bodies not found. The bones of a boy were said to have been found in the 1940s by a fisherman who buried the remains near the abbey, although the lady in grey still walks the area looking for her son. The river is also said to be haunted by others who were caught out by strong currents.

Charlie Gordon

Location: Gateshead - Albion Inn, Bill Quay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Charlie enjoyed the hospitality of this public house that he returned to it two years after dying. Seen dressed in a grey suit by the new landlady, she had no idea who he was until she described him to a couple of (living) regulars.

German WWII Officer

Location: Gateshead - Angel of the North
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One author has claimed that this modern piece of art is haunted by the ghost of a Nazi recruiting officer from the Second World War, though the reason why is not properly explained.

Plate Smashing

Location: Gateshead - Bronte Street, unknown house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1963 / 1964
Further Comments: Poltergeist disruption in a council house here was said to be so bad that the tenant fled after bottles were smashed and their crockery broken. An exorcism was performed on the site.

Sitting Man

Location: Gateshead - Golden Lion public house, Winlaton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 12 December 2004
Further Comments: A photograph taken in this pub purports to show a strange man sitting in the background, slightly out of proportion to the rest of the environment. As the floor in the pub had just been raised, it has been suggested that this is the reason why the image looks slightly strange.

Black Shape

Location: Gateshead - Three Tuns public house, Sheriffs Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2017
Further Comments: A member of staff was left in tears after being approached by a black shape. An article in the local paper claimed that there had been a hundred incidents over the years which resulted in people encountering something or leaving the site out of fear.

Anne Walker

Location: Great Lumley - Mill, Chester le Street (no longer standing)
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1632 (or 1680)
Further Comments: The ghost of Anne, a local lass who had disappeared, appeared to a miller and threatened to haunt him unless he told the authorities of her murder. After she appeared a second time, he did so, and her killers were soon caught.

Grey Lady

Location: Greatham - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The village is said to be the haunt of a grey lady, though her history is unknown.


Location: Greatham - Social Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This club was once the haunt of disembodied footsteps, unidentified voices and other strange sounds.

Maid of Rokeby

Location: Greta Bridge - Waters where the two rivers meet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity, dressed in white flowing clothes, patrols the banks of the river after dusk. A monk is also reported to do the same, having taken in own life in the river many years previous.

Woman with Horse

Location: Harperley - Entrance of Harperley Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s, 02:00h
Further Comments: While driving by the entrance of the hall, a police inspector spotted a horse being led by a lady with a bonnet and old fashioned clothing. He turned his car around for a second look, but both the animal and woman had vanished.

Home Wrecker

Location: Hartlepool - 18 Dorset Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1967
Further Comments: A presence here was blamed when this family had to spend nights away from their home, after being scared off by the shape of a man's head by the windows.


Location: Hartlepool - Hart Village?
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A handful of scholars believe that the Danish built hall found by archaeologists in Hart village is Heorot, the mead hall that is defended by Beowulf from Grendel's attacks.

Girl in White

Location: Hartlepool - Private residence, A1049 area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003-2005
Further Comments: A property in this area was said to be haunted by a young girl in a white dress, seen by family members and at least one visitor.

Large Man

Location: Hartlepool - The Coble fish and chip restaurant, Tower Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2017
Further Comments: The local press reported that owner Ray Morton and other members of his team had experienced several spooky events, which included watching a large man walk through a wall and having electrical items switch themselves on and off.

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