Lancashire - Paranormal Database Records

 
Girl on Fire

Location: Manchester - Shakespeare Hotel, Fountain Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: Reportedly built on the site where SHC had killed a young maid, the hotel is now home to the ghostly girl. She has been seen standing at the top of a flight of stairs, once appearing to be on fire.


 
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.


 
Man in Dark Suit

Location: Manchester - Strangeways Prison, condemned cell, B Wing
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom man wearing a dark suit and carrying a briefcase has been reported by staff. If follows, he vanishes near the condemned cell. Some have named him as John Ellis, a former executioner who committed suicide in 1932.


 
Victorian Woman

Location: Manchester - The Angel public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October / November 2009
Further Comments: It is said that the owners of the pub experienced mild poltergeist occurrences until the site was blessed by a priest. However, shortly after the blessing, a group of Australian tourists took a picture in the building - a girl dressed in Victorian clothing was visible.


 
Grey Lady

Location: Manchester - The Palace Theatre, Oxford Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A cleaner who died in the building, this figure has been seen drifting around in a grey mist, and seen once in the ladies toilet, sitting in a corner before vanishing.


 
Francis Downes

Location: Manchester - Wardley Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This building is reported to have had a skull bricked up within its walls, to prevent it from accidentally being removed and condemning the house's occupiers to misfortune or death. The macabre relic is thought to belong to Edward Barlow, a Catholic executed by Protestants in 1640.


 
Footsteps

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.


 
Green Dorothy

Location: Manchester - Worsley Old Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The lime coloured ghost of this woman is said to re-enact her last moments - falling down the staircase, breaking her neck on the final step.


 
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.


 
Hunters

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.


 
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.


 
Mermaid

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 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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
Cavalier

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.


 
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.


 
Large Dog

Location: Middleton - Stanicliffe Hall
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This dog was thought to contain the soul of a man named Blomeley, who shot several people on the site. Accompanying poltergeist like activities made it difficult for anyone to live in the house.


 
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.


 
Grey Lady

Location: Morecambe - Clarendon Hotel, West End
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity has been observed as it drifted along a corridor on the first floor.


 
Drifting Figure

Location: Morecambe - Midland Hotel, West End
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Several reports exist of something strange occurring in and around the elevator of this hotel, including one involving a thin, ghostly figure observed within the lift.


 
Organ Music

Location: Morecambe - Royalty Theatre (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During the demolition of this building a number of workers reported the ghostly sounds of an organ being played. The shopping centre that has replaced the theatre may have inherited the ghost, though no one can say for certain.


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