Lancashire - Paranormal Database Records


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.

Husky Voice

Location: Bolton - Halliwell Lodge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This female ghost would materialise wearing only a nightdress in the early hours of the morning. It was also said her deep husky voice could be heard making suggestive remarks to any men still awake.

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.

Noosed Highwayman

Location: Bolton - Belmont Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shade, mistakenly hanged for highway robbery, still has the hangman's noose tied around his neck when he appears. They also say his eyes look as if they're ready to pop out of his head. Another report says that the road is also haunted by a fatal car crash from the mid twentieth century which killed a family - the screech of brakes followed by screams is heard but no accident can be seen.

Vida Swift

Location: Bolton - Octagon Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dying while carrying out the role of wardrobe mistress, Vida has been seen walking around the corridors and frequenting the stage control box.

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.

Bed Sharer

Location: Bolton - Hunger Hill Estate
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: Accompanying the usual bangs, crashes and raps, this polt could be felt as it climbed into the beds of the buildings inhabitants. It would also pinch skin and pull hair. The intrusion ended when the family left the building after a particularly bad night, and never returned.

Men with Light Bulb Heads

Location: Bolton - Alleyway in town, exact location unknown
Type: UFO
Date / Time: November 1926
Further Comments: A local lad escaped one night from his house to play hide and seek with his friends. While searching for them, he observed three figures in grey rubber suits and fishbowl helmets in a back yard; they also possessed pallid faces like inversed pears, with slits for eyes and mouth. When they moved towards him, he ran home.

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.


Location: Bolton - Moss Bank Cottage, Smithels
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Even though she had never seen her grandmother, a young girl described the ghostly figure of an aging woman that stood over her bed to her aunt, who identified the figure as the girl's grandmother, dying many years earlier. The cottage was also said to be haunted by another old woman, this one sitting in the living room wearing a red shawl.

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.

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: Brindle - Church of St James
Type: Legend - Old Nick
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. Another version of the story says it was the Devil who left his footprint in the stone.


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.

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 - Swan Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Strange sounds have been heard around this inn, and cleaning staff have seen a figure walk into the men's toilet, yet never coming out.


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.

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