Lancashire - Paranormal Database Records


George Marsh

Location: Bolton - Smithills Hall (aka Smithells Hall)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 April (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Tried and executed for heresy, Marsh is remembered as his footprint (created when he stamped his foot) in the stone floor turns bloody each April 24. His shade is also reported to haunt the Green Room, where he was interrogated, though that isn't date dependent. A priest is also reported to haunt the vicinity, as is a photogenic grey lady and a cat.



Location: Bolton - The Kings Head public house, Wigan Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Doors would slam closed, and the landlord was once awoken by an oppressive atmosphere that flooded his bedroom. The pub is said to have been built on top of a graveyard, the haunting attributed by some to be carried out by phantom Cavaliers.



Location: Bolton - Turton Towers
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two skulls are currently stored in the Towers, that when stored in previous places, have been blamed for causing two ghostly men to appear and begin fighting. Poltergeist activity is also attached to the stories, and a woman apparently dressed in mourning costume haunts the staircase of the tower (and possibly an old path outside the tower). The area outside the tower is haunted by a phantom coach.



Location: Bolton - Unity Brook Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2008 onwards
Further Comments: This female ghost, dressed in black, appeared to the assistant manager on three occasions. She was described as slim, late twenties or early thirties, with dark hair and high cheek bones. The entity has been nicknamed Emily by staff.


Older Woman

Location: Bolton - Wilton Arms public house, Belmont Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1998
Further Comments: Sharing a drink with the landlord after locking up, a witness looked across to the fireplace and smiled at an older lady, between 60 and 70 years of age, who sat there. She smiled and nodded back. The witness continued drinking for a minute before realising that all the doors were locked. Turning back to talk to the woman, she had vanished - all doors remained locked and a search of the pub found no one.


Middle Aged Love

Location: Bolton - Wood Street Labour Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A couple in their late thirties haunt his building - they have been seen romantically holding hands over a table, where they sit and stare longingly at each other. They both wear Victorian clothing.


Bloodied Hands

Location: Bolton - Ye Olde Man and Scythe public house, Churchgate
Type: Other
Date / Time: Late twentieth century (blood story), and 2000s (Geny)
Further Comments: A woman drinking at the public house found her hands covered in blood as she started to leave, though she had no wounds of her own, and no other source for the liquid could be discovered. More recently, the spirit of Geny, an eight year old girl, has be blamed for tugging at skirts, pinching people, and moving items around, while a phantom dog runs around chairs in the museum room.


Grey Lady

Location: Bolton le Sands - Canal bank
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This woman drowned in the cold waters of the canal, and now tries to lure men into the water to join her for the rest of time.


John Bibby

Location: Bootle - Peel Road / Bibby's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Seen once a year, Bibby rides his coach with his decapitated head in his lap.


Starving Girl

Location: Borwick - Borwick Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 March 2009
Further Comments: This young woman fought against her parents who had arranged her wedding - as punishment she was locked in the tower and forgotten about. She soon starved to death, but her ghost still protests. A visitor to the site in 2009 felt something touch their back and briefly spotted a dark human shape which quickly disappeared.



Location: Bradshaw - Old Timberbottom Farm
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Loud footsteps can be heard traversing empty parts of the building - it may be the last remnants of the haunted skulls that once were on display here, since relocated to Turton Tower.


Lady with Dog

Location: Bretherton - Bank Hall
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: April / May 2011
Further Comments: A male witness at the gate of this building spotted a lady in a white dress, walking her dog in the distance. The witness turned for a brief moment, and when he looked back, the figure and dog had vanished - there was nowhere for them to have disappeared to. The same witness reported that several years previous he had heard someone whisper his name at the hall, even though the nearest person was some one hundred metres away.


Blood Stained Steps

Location: Brindely Bank - Trent and Mersey Canal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The body of Christina Collins, murdered by three boatmen, was pulled up these steps - they occasionally still reveal the blood stains her body left while being dragged.



Location: Brindle - Church of St James
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present, now wall mounted
Further Comments: The footprint in a slab of stone is now on display within the church. It is said to belong to a Catholic who, after arguing with a Protestant, declared 'if my doctrine be untrue, may my foot sink in stone' - upon which it did.


Old Scrat

Location: Brindle - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This boggart would leap on passing carts, causing them to stop dead. He once climbed on a hearse taking a dead man to the church, and the local priest banished the entity forever.



Location: Broughton - Fire Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: George the ghost would lurk around the engine bay, opening and closing lockers.


Cursed Skull

Location: Browsholme - Browsholme Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1850s
Further Comments: When last removed from the hall (as a joke), this skull was blamed for spontaneous fires and family deaths. It was quickly returned, and has not left since.


Peg O'Nell

Location: Bungerley - River Ribble
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of Peg O'Nell is said to haunt the River Ribble, wanting an animal sacrificed to it once every seven years. It was in this village that a man once tried to cross the river before the sacrifice was made - and promptly drowned.


Bee Hole Boggart

Location: Burnley - Area around Burnley Football Club
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Years before the area was developed, the entity patrolled the area looking for people - it once kidnapped and murdered an old woman, leaving her skin to be discovered on a rose bush.



Location: Burnley - Bridge End House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Unknown


Edward Fishpool

Location: Burnley - Burnley newspaper premises, Bull Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A former printer at the building, Edward died before completing a piece of work and now walks the area in regret.


Skipping Child

Location: Burnley - Burnley Wood Primary School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: Cleaning staff and the caretaker all reported a ghostly child who would skip and sing down corridors in the school. They also heard the unnerving sounds of a baby moaning.



Location: Burnley - Eagle's Crag, Cliviger Gorge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Lord William Towneley and his dog appear once a year, giving chase to a nimble doe. Another variant of the tale names the hunter as Gabriel Ratchets, while yet another story states that a man and his wife manifest on the same date - he killed and buried her on the spot.


Smashed Bulbs

Location: Burnley - Electrical store (no longer present) along Bethesda Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Reportedly built on the site of a graveyard from which some bodies were not moved, a number of spooky occurrences have been reported in this shop, including doors opening without human intervention, exploding light bulbs, and aports.


Horse Drawn Carriage

Location: Burnley - From Hufling Hall, via Hufling Lane, to Towneley Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Travelling in a horse drawn carriage, a ghostly woman is said to leave Hufling Hall and head to Towneley Hall. It is said that you are more likely to hear the horses when it is quiet then see anything.

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