Lincolnshire - Paranormal Database Records


Location: Lincoln - Lincoln Cathedral
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 05 December 2004
Further Comments: This seventeenth century holy man has been seen climbing the steps at the front of the cathedral. The last witnesses to see him reported a chain hanging from his neck. The bells have also been pealed by an unseen hand, while legend says a procession of praying monks haunt the cloisters. A suicidal woman named Constance who jumped from the tower during the 1960s returns to re-enact her final, desperate action. Finally, an immovable bloodstain is said to remain on the floor where a stained glass window master landed after leaping from the gallery - he became depressed after his apprentice created a superior window from the master's off-cuts.

Cold Presence

Location: Lincoln - Observatory Tower, Lincoln Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2004
Further Comments: A family reported a strange cold feeling come over them as they climbed this tower, and a photograph they took of the building revealed a strange figure. Several years previous, another pair of witnesses reported seeing two figures in front of them who vanished when they reached the top of the staircase.


Location: Lincoln - County Assembly Rooms, Bailgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom Cavalier was spotted by a member of staff near the ballroom, before vanishing into the preverbal thin air. Other staff members are reportedly too afraid to venture down into the basement after hearing strange noises.


Location: Lincoln - Theatre Royal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Some people have reported feeling a gentle 'nudge' while no one else is nearby. Footsteps have been heard crossing the empty stage, and shadowy figures are glimpsed briefly before vanishing.


Location: Lincoln - Browns Pie Shop - restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Staff have nicknamed this young phantom lad Humphrey. He occasionally puts in an appearance, running around the shop. A young girl is also said to haunt the building, as is the sound of money being counted.

Clark's Dog

Location: Lincoln - Outside Lincoln Castle walls
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This malnourished hound, once owned by a criminal who was hanged, spent the rest of its life as a minor celebrity and now is occasionally spotted lurking around the castle walls.

Clark's Dog Too

Location: Lincoln - Strugglers Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hungry phantom hound reported to haunt the castle walls would sometimes try to enter this inn, scratching and barking at the door.

Rolling Head

Location: Lincoln - Greestone Stairs
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A phantom, rolling head is reported to bounce down this steep area, bowling over anyone not quick enough to move out of the way! The area has also had reports of phantom monks and a ghostly woman holding a baby.

Open the Gates!

Location: Lincoln - Flat area at top of Steep Hill, outside castle gate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1992 (horseman), and sometime between 2009 and 2012 (breath)
Further Comments: A night worker returning home early in the morning was unnerved as a man riding a black horse charged by him. As the rider approached the locked castle gates, he screamed 'Open the gates! Open the gates!' before vanishing near the still closed entrance. Another witness reported feeling breathing on the back of the neck, hearing strange footsteps and seeing shadows.

White Woman

Location: Lincoln - Victorian Prison, Lincoln Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Woman unknown, footsteps in October 2003
Further Comments: This pale woman is thought to have been a former prisoner who died during her stay. Witnesses have also reported the sounds of doors slamming and keys jangling in the area. One witness heard footsteps and the rustling of a dress - when they looked around, no one could be seen.


Location: Lincoln - Jew's House - restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Reports from this establishment claim the phantom footsteps can be heard on the staircase, while the top floor and attic are said to be particularly haunted. One witness reported hearing voices in the passageways and pots and pans being moved around in the empty kitchen.


Location: Lincoln - The Lawn public house (former hospital)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While The Lawn is currently a popular drinking venue, it was once one of the first mental asylums in the UK - former inmates are still said to reside in the building, wailing and screaming.

Woman with her Hair in a Bun

Location: Lincoln - Lion and Snake public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: This pub claims to have at least two ghosts. One takes the form of an old woman with her grey haired tied up in a bun - she is said to look completely solid and has been mistaken for a real person on one occasion. Another entity takes the form of a scruffy man, and has been observed vanishing through a solid wall.

Young Man

Location: Lincoln - Cornhill Vaults public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: A member of staff was left puzzled after seeing a young man with a collarless shirt walk up to the bar vanish when she turned her back for a few seconds. The only other customer in the bar denied seeing any one in the first place.

Name Caller

Location: Lincoln - Jolly Brewer public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Members of staff have reported hearing a voice which calls them by name, but can never find who or what is responsible.


Location: Lincoln - Witch and Wardrobe public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 20 February 2010
Further Comments: Stories say that pumps have been known to activate themselves, and ice is thrown around by an invisible hand. PIPS (Paranormal Investigators Parker / Sherwood) investigated this location in 2010 and recorded EVP and high EMF fields.

Mary Cooper

Location: Lincoln - Green Dragon public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: The ghost which haunts this public house is said to be Mary Cooper, who once worked in the building prior to be becoming a pub. She has been seen smoking a pipe, and is blamed when bottles are found broken, beer pumps are turned off, and for once snapping a kitchen knife in two.

Grey Lady

Location: Lincoln - Black Horse restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s onward
Further Comments: Wearing a long dress, this phantom woman caused one cleaner to run away terrified. The ghost has also been seen standing outside the building - the witness this time described the woman has having a blurry face. The pub is also reportedly plagued by general poltergeist behaviour.

Finger Lickin' Good

Location: Lincoln - Queen Anne's Well, cathedral area
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Well still present
Further Comments: There are six holes in the door to the well. Legend says if you walk around the well seven times and place your finger in one, good people are awarded with feeling the breath of the Devil on their digit, while bad people have their finger bitten off.

Guardian Angel?

Location: Lincoln - Edward King's House
Type: Other
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: Two would-be robbers who had lured the bishop from his home in the late nineteenth century were deterred from committing the crime by a large figure they saw leave the house escorting the man of the cloth. When one of the criminals confessed his intention to the bishop many years later, the bishop was very surprised as he had been travelling by himself on that night.

White Woman

Location: Lincoln - Great Hall, near Edward King's House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The woman who haunts this building may be connected to the skull which is bricked up within a wall. The skull once stood in a room, but when it was removed from the building it started to scream. The owners decided it would be for the best to brick it up in a wall to prevent future accidental removal.

Evil Presence

Location: Lincoln - Exchequergate House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The cellar of this building, formally a tourist information centre, had such a repressive feeling that staff would only go down in two or threes. Faces have been reported looking out of the windows, even after the building has been locked up for the night.

Bottom Pincher

Location: Lincoln - Castle Hill Club
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: This mischievous spirit is reported to pinch the bottoms of unsuspecting visitors.

Victorian Children

Location: Lincoln - Jesters fancy dress shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Owners of the shop, Hazel Smith and her son James, and another employee reported that the building is haunted by Victorian children.

Dark Shadows

Location: Lincoln - Council house along Prial Avenue
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2004 - February 2010
Further Comments: Jade Callaby reported to local media that she had experienced poltergeist occurrences over a six year period, including dark shadows which appeared without source, electrical items which turned themselves on and off, and strange banging noises.

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