Durham - Paranormal Database Records


Location: Horden - 4 Eden Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1994
Further Comments: After a failed exorcism, a family fled this property, in 1967, though they were reluctant to explain what they had encountered. More recently another family moved out after enduring cold spots and a feeling on depression which enveloped the building.

Woman in Black

Location: Houghton le Spring - Robbie Burns public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: One of three ghosts reportedly haunting this building, the woman in black was seen as she disappeared into a wall. A male shadow has been seen darting across the bar area, and finally, a young fair haired boy has also been spotted.

Hob Headless

Location: Hurworth-on-Teas - Road between village and Neasham
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Circa Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This brownie-related entity lived along this road until exorcised; cast under a stone where he had to remain for ninety-nine years and a day. It was said if any one sat on the stone, they would never be able to stand again. Needless to say, the ninety-nine years has now expired but the entity appears quiet.

Fairy Royals

Location: Ireshope - Clint's Crags
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairy royal family are supposed to live in a palace hidden here.

Venerable Bede's Chair

Location: Jarrow - St Paul's Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Newly wed brides who sit in this famous chair soon fall pregnant, according to local legend.

Raided Building

Location: Langley Park - Langley Hall (ruins)
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Over the past two hundred years, there have been several reports of this building seen to be on fire with soldiers running around its base - the vision vanishes if investigated. Another tale of the area tells of a headless coachman who drives a phantom coach.

Pony in a Pit

Location: Littleburn - Littleburn Colliery
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 31 December 1919
Further Comments: A worker on night shift reported seeing a phantom pony walking in the pit, which was grabbed by a disembodied arm - fifteen years previous to the night, a worker had been killed in the pit by a runaway pony.

Lost Child

Location: Middleton in Teeside - Tower Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was at the nearby river that a woman once found a fairy child that she took home. The little creature, with red eyes, cried constantly, and wouldn't stop until returned to the place it was found. If your ear is placed by the ground, you can hear fairy music within the hill.

Pitchfork Hurlers

Location: Middridge - Middridge Grange and surrounding area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairies found here are full of mischief; the critters once chased a visitor to the village, who managed to seek shelter within the grange just before a pitchfork embedded itself in the door.

Woman with Child

Location: Neville's Cross - Lane in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: St Thomas' Eve (21 or 22 December) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The lane is home to a phantom woman who was murdered on the site. She is said to be sometimes accompanied by a strange looking child who possesses an oversized head. During the nineteenth century she was said to appear in or on waggons and carts passing through the area.

Sounds of Battle

Location: Neville's Cross - Neville's Cross (ruins)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century
Further Comments: A local piece of folklore once said that whoever walked around the cross nine times before resting their head on the ground could hear the sounds of battle.


Location: Neville's Cross - Unnamed private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1990s
Further Comments: It was reported that the presence of a Victorian woman who had killed her own baby was responsible for causing one woman to faint after smelling lavender. A child also present said that she felt hands on her shoulders which prevented her from moving.

Tall Man

Location: Newton Aycliffe - Private residence, Skipton Close
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2013
Further Comments: The local press reported that Adam Maddison claimed his home was haunted by a tall man, spotted moving through the guest bedroom. The entity was blamed for slamming a door so hard that the hinges broke.


Location: Old Cornsay - Black Horse public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mavis is said to haunt the pub's cellar and the area in and around the toilets.

The Picktree Brag

Location: Pelton - Exact location unknown
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A goblin which enjoyed playing tricks on the locals, this creature would normally take the form of a farm animal before creating mischief.

Murdered Woman?

Location: Peterlee - Three bedroom council house, Basingstoke Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2007 (actual exorcism on 27 December)
Further Comments: The council came in for criticism after agreeing to pay 50% of the fee of a medium who offered to exorcise this home. The owners believed it haunted, and the medium claimed to have made contact with a poltergeist called Peter who wanted to take over the tenant's young daughter.

Man in Gaiters

Location: Piercebridge - George Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly gentleman wearing gaiters has been reported standing by an old clock in the hotel. The sound of two people in disagreement has been heard coming from the empty bar.

Murdered Girl

Location: Pittington - Lady Peace Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The daughter from the local manor house was murdered along this lane, and now she has returned, her screams can be heard from the nearby village.

Henry Vane

Location: Raby - Raby Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen in the library, the only part of Vane's body to be seen are the head and shoulders. A figure resembling Lady Barnard has been seen along the corridors after dark, while a third ghost can be seen entering the castle from outside, vanishing as he reaches the gate. Charles Neville, the Sixth Earl of Westmorland, drifts up the staircase to the Baron's Hall.

Chained Child

Location: Redworth - Redworth Hall Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lord Surtees had his mentally ill child chained to the fireplace - the youngster can be heard crying and wailing.

Singing Lady

Location: River Tees - Cauldron Snout waterfall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farm girl who killed herself once a relationship with a local miner ended, her pitiful shade can now be heard singing.

Peg Powler

Location: River Tees - Waters of the river
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This water entity would pull under anyone who swam too close to her home - witnesses would only see her green hair seconds before their friends who would be pulled under the water.

Mrs Rokeby

Location: Rokeby - Rokeby Hall, Mortham Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A former owner of the hall believed his wife to be having an affair - he severed her head, and tried to conceal his crime by hiding the body in the local river. Her ghost followed him home, however, and the headless shade has haunted the building ever since.

Doctor Stirling

Location: Rowlands Gill - Clump of trees and undergrowth along Smailes Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely to be pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: Doctor Stirling was murdered along the road, his body dumped in a spinney, his killers never brought to justice. Around fifteen years after his murder, the doctor could once again be heard moaning and calling for help from the spinney. Two figures were also seen in the area, with pale faces and bright eyes, named by some to be the doctor's killers.

Unhappy Countess

Location: Rowlands Gill - Gibside Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Gibside is another location that made it into the National Trust's top ten haunted locations in 2007, and is said to be haunted by an upset female form.

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