Lincolnshire - Paranormal Database Records

 
Witch

Location: Normanby (Gainsborough) - Small bridge over stream, between village and Newton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a witch was blamed for pushing people off the small bridge that crossed the stream here. Three parsons gave the entity a live stag, which was torn apart by the witch, and while she was distracted, the holy men banished the phantom into an iron pot.


 
Bridge Ghost

Location: Normanby-by-Spital - Pilfer Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: While it was not clear what made horses frightened while crossing this bridge, it was thought to have something to do with the gibbet that once stood close by.


 
Church Dog

Location: Northorpe - Churchyard
Type: Werewolf
Date / Time: Circa early to mid nineteenth century
Further Comments: This churchyard is rumoured to be the haunt of the black shuck, which may have been a shape changing local wizard.


 
Officer

Location: Old Leake - Private location, Chapel Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: This witness spotted an airman in officer uniform standing at ease and watching them. The witness speculated that the ghost was related to a Lancaster bomber which crashed nearby in 1943.


 
Rotating Stone

Location: Orby - Wych Boulder
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: This pear-shaped rock is said to turn itself over when the clock strikes twelve.


 
Moving Items

Location: Owmby - Abbey (no longer standing) and unnamed cottage built on site
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: The abbey in Ownby was said to be haunted, though it has now been replaced by cottages. An old report describes what sounds like a polt outbreak within one cottage - cutlery flying around and a fire which lit and unlit itself.


 
Small Man

Location: Owston Ferry - Sharp turn known as Jean Yonde, Jenny Hurn, or Jenny Hearn, depending on source
Type: Other
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century?
Further Comments: This bend in the river is (or was) home to a pygmy-like entity with the face of a seal and long hair. It would cross the water in a boat shaped like a pie dish, using spoons to row.


 
Hanging Man

Location: Pinchbeck - Turkey farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Shed 4 appears to be particularly haunted on this farm - the shade of a man hanging from the roof was once reported, followed a few minutes later by a ghostly old Victorian woman on a bike that cycled through a brick wall.


 
Headless Man

Location: Ravendale - West Ravendale Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One local story says a woman came to the priory at night to meet her lover - seeing a figure in the moonlight, she rushed over to give him a hug, only to realise the person she had seen had no head. She fainted and was found a short time later by her lover.


 
Man with Pitted Face

Location: Ruskington - A15, just before the turning to the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 1998
Further Comments: A driver tried to escape a ghostly olive skinned man with a pitted face, only for the entity to hold on to the bonnet. It disappeared a short distance down the road. After this event hit the media, dozens of other witnesses came forwards, reporting a similar figure which appeared to them, dating back in some cases more than twenty years.


 
Queen Maude

Location: Santon - Queen Maude Hole
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: At midnight, every night
Further Comments: The queen is said to walk around the depression in the land that bares her name. Some others name her Queen Mab or Empress Maude.


 
Thomas Otter

Location: Saxilby - Sun Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 03 November, 1806-1811?
Further Comments: Thomas Otter was hanged for the murder of his wife, the most damning evidence coming from John Dunkerly who witnessed the crime. The murder weapon was displayed in the Sun Inn, but disappeared twice, each time on the anniversary of the killing. Dunkerly later said he had taken the murder implement, but only because the ghost of Thomas had forced him to do so.


 
Pilot in Lifejacket

Location: Scampton - Old RAF Base
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This pilot, thought to date from the Second World War, has been seen in the control tower at the air force base. He may have been the source of the disembodied voice which said 'hello!' to a man walking through an empty hanger. Chatting has been heard in the crew room, though when investigated it has been found devoid of life. Guy Gibson's dog is also reported to haunt the base, killed on the road outside in 1943.


 
Lt Peter Salter

Location: Scampton - Old RAF Base
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 7 December 1916
Further Comments: During World War One a pilot reported greeting Lieutenant Salter as he walked into the officer's mess, and the Lieutenant responded in kind; unbeknown to the witness, Salter had just died in an air crash many miles away.


 
Coach and Horses

Location: Scawby - Road north of village, just before the crossroads (geography may have changed since story first published)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: A phantom horseman can be heard laughing as he drives his team of horses around this area. He was blamed when a local man drowned in a lake that no longer exists. Another phantom male was said to haunt this lake, but what has become of him is not known.


 
Haunted Hoard

Location: Scawby-cum-Sturton - Corner formed by A18 and A15, between Scawby and Sturton, known as Lidgett's Gap
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Somewhere around an ash tree in the area known as Lidgett's Gap is said to be hidden treasure, though it is protected by a boggard.


 
Shadow-like Man

Location: Scopwick - Road parallel to RAF Digby
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 17:25h, 29 January 2007
Further Comments: Two men travelling back to Waddington spotted a figure wearing a long cloak or tail coat disappearing into a hedge row towards the airbase. One witness said the figure was transparent or shadowlike, and did not appear to have any legs.


 
Humphrey

Location: Scunthorpe Scunthorpe - Normanby Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Humphrey was caught stealing from the estate and was beaten to death as a lesson not to do it again... Now, many years in death, the little old man is still reported shuffling around the area, a small bag thrown over one shoulder.


 
White Cylinder

Location: Scunthorpe - Cemetery Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Mid to late twentieth century?
Further Comments: A cyclist was terrified by a tall white cylindrical shape which crossed the road in front of him before vanishing.


 
Presence

Location: Scunthorpe - Ironstone Cottage, attached to the Borough museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about this alleged haunting.


 
Vanishing Girl

Location: Scunthorpe - Lay-by near Keadby Bridge
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 2001
Further Comments: A taxi driver reported picking up a fare from this location; a young girl, who sent a shiver down his spine, asked to be dropped near the football ground. As he reached the destination, he realised she had vanished.


 
Jinny On Boggard

Location: Scunthorpe - River Trent on Humberside / Lincolnshire border, area known as Jenny Hurn bend
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This little creature was like a small man or woman, though it had a face of a seal with long hair. It travelled on the water in a large pie dish. Another creature here, or possibly another form of the same one, had large tusks and swam in the water; it would only leave to feed.


 
Protective Shuck

Location: Scunthorpe - Road between Scunthorpe and Crosby
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1900s
Further Comments: This guardian dog appeared by the side of a woman, preventing a gang of labourers from attacking her. It vanished as she reached home.


 
Nurse in Long Skirt

Location: Scunthorpe - Scunthorpe General Hospital
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: During the illness of a baby
Further Comments: If a baby is seriously ill on the ward, a ghostly nurse in a long skirt sometimes appears, accompanied by the smell of violets. The baby always recovers after her visit.


 
Young Boy in Brown Suit

Location: Scunthorpe - Unnamed house in Avenue Vivian
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: A family living here were terrified by ghostly activity, including the manifestation of a boy with curly hair wearing brown, the moving of heavy objects, and knockings at night. At one time the sofa was covered with plastic sheeting, and an invisible presence was seen to sit on it.


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