Lancashire - Paranormal Database Records


Sheet Stealer

Location: Thornton - Unknown house along Windsor Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: A local councillor agreed to spend the night in the house after those living there reported a phantom figure which would remove bedcovers from a toddler's bed.


Baker's Van

Location: Thornton - Unknown road in the area
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1939
Further Comments: A phantom baker's van was reported by two people out cycling at dusk shortly before the outbreak of World War Two.


Misty Figure

Location: Thornton Cleveleys - Skipool Creek
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Autumn 2008
Further Comments: Four people stopped in the car park here for a few minutes to chat. Three of the four glanced out of the windscreen, just in time to watch a white mist, the height and rough shape of a person, pass the front of the car at a hurried walking pace.


Fleeting Shadows

Location: Tockholes - Ruins of Hollinshead Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Maybe not surprisingly, several reports exist of strange shadows and shapes being seen here after dark.


James Bair

Location: Torisholme - Torisholme Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This shade was seen looking through a wardrobe, examining clothing, and also taking a rest on an armchair.


Ugly Man

Location: Tranmere - General area
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One story relays the tale of a floating entity with a deformed face which, in the space of a week managed to terrify a huge number of people in this area before vanishing never to be seen again.


Little Girl

Location: Tyldesley - Private house along Manchester Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1993 onwards
Further Comments: A family along this road share their home with the ghost of a young girl, who was spotted on the staircase. She is a playful spirit, and is said to cause electrical interference with the television, music system and lights. The little ghost has also been felt as she tugs on people's clothing while they sit at the dining table.


Hungry Dragon

Location: Unsworth - Exact location unknown
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local dragon which feasted on the local women and children was killed by the local landlord who fired a dagger at the creature using his musket.


Summoning the Dead

Location: Walton le Dale - Churchyard
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: John Dee, together with Edward Kelly, attempted to raise a dead man to discover the location of his hidden treasure. A famous image exists of the event.


Oliver Cromwell

Location: Walton le Dale - Pinocchio's Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2003
Further Comments: Cromwell's shade is reported to haunt this property, and may have appeared in a photograph taken in the restaurant in 2003.


Impending Pregnancy

Location: Warton - Bride's Chair
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A local rocky outcrop known as the Bride's Chair is said to bestow child to any newly wed woman who sits on it.



Location: Warton (near Wrea Green) - Boggart House (no longer standing), on the road leading to the riverside public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Stormy nights, pre World War 2
Further Comments: Before the house was demolished to make room for landing strips for WW2 aircraft, locals believed it to be a haunt for dead sailors who had lost their lives in the nearby Irish Sea. It was also reported that a murder had once happened in the house, and the screams of the victim could still be heard.



Location: Waterfoot - Railway Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Jane is a tall grey ghost that is blamed for messing up bedcovers and other misdemeanours around the building.


Bleeding Ears Murph

Location: Weeton - Eagle & Child public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Only heard, never seen, Murph is reputed to chatter away to himself.


Gory Head of Mowbreak

Location: Wesham - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom floating appendage would scare anyone travelling the country roads in the area.


Lady in Red

Location: Westhoughton - Ex-Serviceman's club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The history of this rose-tinted shade is unknown.


Left Over Shadow

Location: Westhoughton - Wheatsheaf public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost that haunts this pub would vanish suddenly, leaving only a shadow which persisted for several seconds after the disappearance. A former landlord of the pub stated his dog would sit and bark at one particular room, but wouldn't dare enter.


Little Man

Location: Westhoughton - Wingates Grove
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A ghost that drove a family from their house in the early 1990s returned a few years later to haunt another building a little further down the same road. Both sets of occupiers reported items disappearing, windows opening, strange oil that dripped from the ceiling, and a ghostly figure that showed itself to the children of the household.


John Paslew

Location: Whalley - Former abbey, now a conference centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1964
Further Comments: This former Abbot still reportedly drifts around the area. Plainchant has also been reported coming from the site as it sits empty at night.



Location: Whiston - Delph Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost along this road slipped and fell into a quarry whilst returning to his ship - the fall killed him, and now he continually repeats his journey.


Dun Cow

Location: Whittingham - Dun Cow Rib Farm
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This farm contained a huge rib said to come from the Dun Cow - a large creature that gave free milk and never ran dry. Unfortunately, a cruel witch milked the cow into a sieve until the creature dropped dead.


Father Arrowsmith's Hand of Glory

Location: Wigan - Bryn Hall (also known as Brynne Hall), but no longer standing
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Created some point after 26 August 1628, was still being used 1736
Further Comments: Hanged for either his religious beliefs or rape, depending on the source, Father Arrowsmith requested that his right hand be removed. Many believed that the hand, which was stored at the hall for many years, had the power to heal, and in 1736 it was used on a twelve year old boy who could no longer use his limbs. After the hand was applied to the boy's back, he was once again able to walk. The hand was finally moved to Garswood, and then on to Ashton-in-Makerfield, though its current location is not known.



Location: Wigan - Haigh Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The Spirit Seekers group, spending a night at the hall raising money for the Anthony Nolan Trust, reported picking up a voice on recording equipment that said 'Stop laughing, I don't want you here'. The group's medium felt the presence of a man named David, described as short with a moustache.


Young Woman

Location: Wigan - Ince Hall (no longer standing), on road between town and Bolton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed by her uncle who wanted her inheritance, the girl's ghost returned and slowly drove the murderer mad - he spent the remaining years of his life in a sanatorium.


Beer Puller

Location: Wigan - Minorca public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: This alcoholic phantom would pull pints of beer, though was never seen to drink it.

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