Lancashire - Paranormal Database Records

Large Black Figure

Location: Manchester - Parsonage Road, Withington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity is said to have emerged from an old disused house on the corner of Parsonage Road and Swinbourne Grove and give chase to a couple of passers-by.

Young Employee

Location: Manchester - Great Western Hotel, Moss Side
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure dressed in grey is often reported in the basement.


Location: Manchester - Old Mill, Milesplatting (now converted)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, story around during the 1970s
Further Comments: One person recalled that they were told that this abandoned site was haunted by Annabella, although there is a possibility the story was started to keep children away from the site.

John Dee

Location: Manchester - Chetham School, Audit Room
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa 1595
Further Comments: Doctor Dee worked from this room, and a scorch mark on a piece of wood is reputed to be left by a visit from the Devil


Location: Manchester - Brannigans nightclub, Peter's Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: This invisible phantom causes trouble behind the bar, while other staff say that the force has tried to push them down staircases within the building.

Hair Puller

Location: Manchester - Farm (no longer standing) located at Boggart Hole Clough
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Likely pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: This entity possessed a real split personality - it would sometimes help out with the washing and cleaning, while other times throw items around, pull bedcovers from people's beds as they slept, and laugh loudly while banging around at night. When the family threatened to move out, the spirit told them it would go with them, so they stayed.

Headless Hound

Location: Manchester - Cathedral area, & bridge over the Irwell towards Salford
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1825
Further Comments: The dog was seen by a tradesman outside the cathedral, where it jumped up at him. The phantom creature was finally exorcised under the bridge over the Irwell.

Yellow Dog

Location: Manchester - Godley Green
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This large hound of ill fortune is yellow in colour - one story states it was once mistaken for a lion.

Figures in Jumpsuits

Location: Manchester - Banks of the River Mersey, south Manchester
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 19 August 1979, 21:00h
Further Comments: Walking home with her two daughters, Lynda Jones and the children watched a twenty metre long orange/pink oval craft drop into a field. When they approached to take a better look, the ufo had changed to a grey colour and was hovering sixty centimetres above the ground. They all ran away after one daughter started screaming, and in later hypnotherapy Lynda recalled being abducted by almost human figures in jumpsuits.

Darting Lights

Location: Manchester - Skies above Bury
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Late 1990s
Further Comments: Several circular bright lights were observed by a man walking his dog in the night sky. The balls were all different sizes and travelled very fast in a zigzag motion, creating no sound. The man was left shaken after watching them, but did not contact the authorities fearing they would think he was mad.

Murdered Baby

Location: Manchester - Cheetham, private house (no longer standing)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1964
Further Comments: The house was briefly home to phantom cries, sounding like those of a child, and the apparitions of an older lady and a more sinister black figure.


Location: Manchester - Waste ground close to West Avenue and Bridport Avenue, above Moston Brook
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Summer 1982
Further Comments: While walking across knee-high grass, this witness could hear footsteps following him, even though no one else could be seen.

Line of Children

Location: Manchester` - Pauper's Graveyard, junction of Nell Lane and Princess Parkway, Withington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Foggy night, late twentieth century?
Further Comments: Stories of the ghostly youngsters in this area are common, and one witness saw a line of small children crossing Nell Lane and heading towards a field where it is said a workhouse once stood.

Mr Greatrix

Location: Marton - Whitegate Lane area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century?
Further Comments: A farmer who was murdered on the way back from market, Greatrix' headless shade came back and haunted his killer until the man committed suicide. Not content with revenge, the ghost remained earthbound for many years after.

Old Woman

Location: Mawdesley - Between old hall and the Black Bull inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hall itself was said to be haunted by this old woman who would every now and then head up the road as if after a quick drink, though she would vanish just before reaching the public house.


Location: Mellor - Moorland in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The fairies that frequent this remote area dress in green and often carry hunting weapons - the last one seen possessed a whip. It was once said that under the site was a lost city which sunk for some unnamed reason - church bells could be heard on still nights.

Mrs Sykes

Location: Mellor Brook - Sykes Lumb Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: For years, the restless spirit of Mrs Sykes haunted the farm and countryside - all those seeing the ghost ran away. Finally, a farmer stood his ground and watched the ghost point to an area of dirt; he dug there, found a small fortune in gold, and Mrs Sykes was never seen again.


Location: Mersey Estuary - Black Rock
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A sailor once fell in love with a mermaid here. The woman gave him a golden ring, informed the sailor that she would be back in five days to meet him. Five days later, the man died.

Grey Lady

Location: Middleston Sands - Rooftree Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity was reported several times lurking around the bar.

Old Man

Location: Middleton - Council house in Alkrington area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: This entity is thought to belong to an old man who died in the house; his body remained undiscovered for several days after he passed away. While the child who lived in the house appeared to like the spirit, the boy's mother was not so keen.

Noisy People

Location: Middleton - Tonge Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003?
Further Comments: Not much is known about these ghosts, other than the current owner claims that they can be a little on the loud side.

Floating Orbs

Location: Middleton - Charmed Nightclub
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 2004
Further Comments: Several strange events resulted in the owner of this nightclub calling in a psychic, including a phantom scream, glowing balls of light which floated around, and reports of a ghostly human form seen in both the basement and in the upper part of the building.


Location: Middleton - Ring O'Bells public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The remains of several bodies were found under the floor of the basement, dating back to the civil war. The forlorn ghost seen lurking about the site is believed to be the spiritual echo of one of the corpses. A more contemporary shade is one of a man in a grey suit, of whom little is known.

Old Canky

Location: Middleton - Canky's Ginnel - passageway between Church Brow and Lodge Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Canky was a resurrection man who, with his motley crew, stole fresh bodies from the churchyard and sold them in Manchester to doctors and medical students. His shade still lurks in the shadows of the long dark passageway.

Ghosts of the Future

Location: Middleton - St Leonard's Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 01 November (All Souls' Day) (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: The souls of all those who will die by the following All Souls' Day walk through the church at midnight. A former member of the clergy is also reported to haunt the church, though his appearance is not date related.

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