Lincolnshire - Paranormal Database Records

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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

Train Sounds

Location: Scunthorpe - Viaduct over Scotter Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A train is said to be heard passing over the viaduct at night, though it is never seen.

Ring O'Roses

Location: Scunthorpe - West Street, area near churchyard
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local myth says that visiting this site at night results in 'spirits' playing Ring O'Roses around you.

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.

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.

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.

Serpentine Beast

Location: Skegness - Area of sea between town and Maplethorpe
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1930s and beyond
Further Comments: This creature, or possibly creatures, has been reported on and off for many years now - its humped form moving quickly and quietly through the water.

Kate and Friends

Location: Skegness - Church Farm Museum (now known as The Village - Church Farm)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Several phantoms were said to have made their home here. The farmhouse was reputed to be haunted by an old man and his wife, Kate, while the Exhibit Barn was home to a dark shape, thought to be male. A door slamming poltergeist was said to be found in the Withern Cottage.

Vicar at the Door

Location: Skegness - Private residence, Winthorpe area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002 onwards
Further Comments: A number of spooky occurrences have been reported by a resident here, including a large man in priest's clothing with a bunch of keys hanging from his belt, a child who sits on the edge of the bed, and the sounds of furnishings moving unaided by human hand.

Greek Woman

Location: Skegness - Beach
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area is home to a number of ghosts, including a Greek woman who walks into the sea and a man who follows the path near the Pleasure Beach.

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