Lancashire - Paranormal Database Records

John Ellis

Location: Rochdale - April Cotton Florists, 413 Oldham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2008
Further Comments: Even though Rochdale's last public executioner John Ellis committed suicide in 1932, his former barbershop is still thought to contain his shade. An invisible entity pushed one man while he was working alone in the shop, and later slapped the same man's rear.

Male Figure

Location: Rochdale - Norden Riviera Open Air Swimming Pool (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s - 1960s
Further Comments: A phantom male figure was said to have been seen on a number of occasions standing outside this open air pool. It is not known if the figure remained after the pool was demolished in the mid 1960s.

Spaceship Alley

Location: Rossendale Valley - General area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This part of the county has so many reports of strange nocturnal lights that it justifies the dramatic nickname. However, cynics name British Aerospace as a possible source for the displays.

Bright White Dog

Location: Rufford - A59 near Solom
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: August 1999, 22:00h
Further Comments: The witness to this entity crashed his car after swerving to avoid the partially transparent dog which ran out into the road.

Woman in Blue

Location: Rufford - Area around Rufford New Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman dressed in blue is said to haunt the area around the lake, disappearing if approached. Woodland in the vicinity is also said to be haunted by man in suits and phantom hounds.

Floating Figure

Location: Rufford - Canal behind Rufford Old Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A figure is said to cross the canal, floating in the air where a footbridge once stood which leads to the towpath.


Location: Rufford - Woods around the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It has been reported that woodland around this area is home of a green and red lizard the size of a large dog. The creature is also said to have been seen digging in the parish church...

Healing Waters

Location: Sabden - Fairy Well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: The one time rendezvous point of the little folk, their magical powers ensured the water of the well cured the sick.

Figure with Laser Eyes

Location: Sale - Drayton Road, Risley exit from the motorway
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 17 March 1978
Further Comments: A driver pulled over to watch a two metre tall creature, dressed in silver and with thin beams of light coming from its large eyes, as it moved along the embankment by the side of the road. When the witness arrived home, he discovered that he had 'lost' almost an hour.


Location: Sale - Eyebrow Cottage
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: Staff at this kitchen showroom have reported hearing footsteps in empty rooms, heavy items moving themselves, and doors and drawers opening and closing without human intervention.

Lights On

Location: Sale - Private residence, Brooklands area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1993-1994
Further Comments: A couple experienced a poltergeist outbreak here, with activities including dimming lights, bell ringing and cracked or moved kitchenware. On one occasion, the couple left the site after the electricity was switched off at the mains - once outside they looked back and all the lights in the residence were switched on.

Grey Monk

Location: Salford - Kersal Cell
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The misty shade of a monk appears but once a year.

Blurred Figure

Location: Salford - Irwell Castle Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This dark figure has been seen at the back of the hotel, seemingly slightly out of focus with the rest of his surroundings.

White Lady

Location: Salford - Ordsall Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Some people believe that this phantom figure is Margaret Radclyffe, Queen Elizabeth's favourite Maid of Honour. She died of a broken heart in 1559 shortly after the death of her brother.

Coded Knocks

Location: Salford - Private residence along Tully Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 24 December 1959 - February 1960
Further Comments: For a two month period a family living here were plagued by knocking which would carry on throughout the nights. Psychical researchers realised that the knocks were spelling out messages for neighbour Mrs Roberts, and they appeared to be from her recently deceased father-in-law. After a special service was conducted in the house the knocking ceased.


Location: Salford - Flat along Lower Broughton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977
Further Comments: This flat was haunted by a scratching sound from the floor, walls and ceiling - one former resident described it as 'a dog slipping on lino'. Sheets would be pulled off the bed, and the sensation of hands or paws would be felt moving up the body when lying down in the bedroom.


Location: Salford - Church of Saint Thomas, locally called Pendleton Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s onwards?
Further Comments: This church is reputedly haunted by a policeman who died ringing the bells on the Queen's coronation.

Flying Coin

Location: Salford - Black Lion Public House, Chapel Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008 (and ongoing)
Further Comments: Figures of men, women and a child have been reported in this public house, as well as disembodied voices, opening doors, furniture and glasses moving unaided, and a coin which threw itself across an empty room.

Dark Figure

Location: Salford - Private residence along Eccles New Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999 - 2007
Further Comments: As well as a shadowy figure spotted in the hallway, there have been minor poltergeist like activity, such as items moving and rapping.

Black Cloaked Figure

Location: Salford - Old factory behind Cromwell Bridge on Littleton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The phantom figure in a cloak was seen to glide silently down from a balcony to the maze of factory machinery, The entity is said to have been seen by a number of staff at the factory, and one night guard fled after encountering it. A local story says that the ghost is of William Douglas, who owned a workhouse on the site.


Location: Samlesbury - New Hall Tavern
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2014 and early 2000s
Further Comments: Filming for a paranormal documentary took place in this public house, inspired by a witness's claims that she had experienced disembodied footsteps and had heard a girl crying when staying at the building as a child.

Pair of Lovers

Location: Samlesbury Bottoms - River Darwen
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The relationship between a male Protestant and a female Catholic ended in tragedy when the Catholic woman's brother murdered the Protestant to prevent their relationship enduring. The girl went mad and died soon after - the lovers were reunited in death, their ghosts haunting the banks of the river.

Two Brothers

Location: Saxby - The Beeches
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The two brothers had fought over an inherence - the younger killing the elder. This scene is reenacted in the garden, where the disposal of the body in the pond is also observed. A figure in black is also seen in the house, normally in the bedrooms.

Well Woman

Location: Scouthead - Old Original public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This female entity that haunts the building is said to have been murdered nearby and her body dumped in the pub's well.

Floating Seaman

Location: Sefton - Punch Bowl Inn and nearby churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: Thought to have drowned at sea and his body stored in the inn until burial, this blue clothed sailor has been observed floating around the building. Sometimes only his head and shoulders are visible, protruding from a misty base. The entity was also once seen nearby, appearing to be digging at a grave in the churchyard.

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