Lancashire - Paranormal Database Records

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.


Location: Manchester - Private residence, Newall Road, Wythenshawe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa March 2000
Further Comments: This house was haunted by a male ghost which would make its presence known by talking to the occupiers. A male witness was unnerved when a voice whispered his name into his ear when there was not one else in the property.

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 have been left after Dee was visited by the Devil.

Bill Benny

Location: Manchester - Cloisters Nightclub, Oxford Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: The former owner of the club, Bill Benny was said to have appeared on CCTV a few years after his death.

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.

Green Train

Location: Manchester - Fairfield Railway Station, Audenshaw
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Autumn and winter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Said to appear around sunset and visible from Booth Road, an old-looking green train several carriages long disappears if anyone moves too close. A tunnel that has been filled in is said to be home to a disembodied voice that calls out the name Mary.


Location: Manchester - Private house along Atherley Grove
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2001 - 2008
Further Comments: Manifestations during this haunting included disembodied footsteps and a toy and coins thrown by unseen hands.


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.


Location: Manchester - Old bank in Wythenshawe area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: The Wythenshawe public library was temporarily moved into an old bankers building while the original was being rebuilt. During the night shift with only two guards around, one of the internal downstairs phones rang and breathing and whimpering could be heard. When the night guards investigated, they found a handset off the hook upstairs but no-one else on site.


Location: Manchester - Private residence, Elsham Gardens, Gorton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004 - 2008
Further Comments: A former occupier of this property reported that her son had a female 'friend' named Molly who would wait in his room when they went out. She herself had seen a dark, tall shadow on the landing. Neighbours also told her that the previous occupiers had moved out after encountering the ghost of a young boy.


Location: Manchester - Private residence, St Annes Road, Prestwich
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005 - 2007
Further Comments: A previous owner of this property claimed that a little boy haunted the attic. A neighbour also reported seeing the figure in the garden and kitchen. Mild poltergeist activity also took place, with the kettle, radio and lights switching themselves on.

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.

Running Bath

Location: Manchester - Private residence, Charlton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990
Further Comments: Four students quickly moved out of this property after experiencing a number of strange occurrences, including electrical items being switched on and off, the sound of running water in the bathroom (when the taps were off), slamming doors and the manifestation of a tall monk-like figure.


Location: Manchester - Private residence in Moston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Just after a couple had moved in, footsteps could be heard on the staircase and a child's voice was heard just outside a door asking to come in. The sounds stopped after the couple laid a new carpet.


Location: Manchester - Bootle Street Police Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: Footsteps have been heard by officers on the nightshift and an old timecard machine occasionally clangs as people walk past. A former female prisoner is said to haunt the corridor outside her cell.


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.


Location: Manchester - Private residence, Greenmount, Bury
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s - 1990s
Further Comments: Voices of two people chatting (and shouting) at each other could be heard in this property. It was also reported that small objects would move unaided and that footsteps could be heard moving around upstairs.

Girl in White

Location: Manchester - Park Road, Worsley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2010
Further Comments: A parent spotted what he assumed was his daughter dressed in white coming down the staircase, although a few minutes later he found her still in bed. Other people in the household had seen the entity, and it was described as not being threatening or frightening.

Two Children

Location: Manchester - Entrance alleyway to Chorlton Park, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa March, 1979
Further Comments: A witness sitting near the entrance to the park with their cousin watched two young twins in old fashioned school uniforms whistling and walking towards them. One of the twins smiled at the witness just prior to both siblings walking through the railings and disappearing. The witness screamed and fled the scene, although the cousin did not see the apparitions.

Nurses and Friends

Location: Manchester - Ryecroft Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: A large number of ghost hunts have taken place at the hall, with perceived entities including nurses, children, soldiers and the Seventh Earl of Stamford.

Headless Monk

Location: Manchester - New White Lion public house, Middleton Old Road (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was believed that the headless monk which haunted this pub was connected to Blackley Hall, a short distance away.

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.

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