Lincolnshire - Paranormal Database Records

Margaret Massingberd

Location: Skegness - Path near Gunby Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Margaret fell in love with a servant and tried to elope with him. Her father, however, found out about the plan and shot her lover dead as the pair set off to be married. Both Margaret and her lover are now seen reunited in death.


Location: Skidbrooke - St Botolph's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 2003
Further Comments: The church is said to be haunted by phantom monks. When the Bassetlaw Ghost Research Group visited in 2004, they did not encounter anyone who had previously lived the monastic lifestyle, though they did report picking up flying 'rods' on night vision cameras.


Location: Sleaford - Boundary Café, Colbey Grange
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Nicknamed 'Fred', this phantom resembles a young RAF pilot in overalls. Due to the proximity of the café to the former RAF base, it is speculated he was based there during World War Two.

Guilt Ridden Officer

Location: Sleaford - Colbey Grange - former RAF base
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This phantom officer in RAF uniform is thought to return briefly around May time, in regret for sending dozens of young men off to their deaths, in particular a close friend of whom he was particularly fond. The remaining control tower is thought to be particularly haunted, with footsteps and crashes heard and a poltergeist like entity throwing stones and broken glass at people who venture too close.


Location: Sleaford - Haverholme Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Phantom footsteps have been heard many times around the grounds of the priory, and are thought to belong to a former Gilbertine canoness.


Location: South Cockerington - Mill Hill Way
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 13 August and 15 August 2010
Further Comments: On two separate occasions, two different police officers reported seeing a monkey along this road. Both described the creature as 'a similar size to a squirrel, dark brown in colour with a long, straight, upright tail'.

Victorian Lost Boy

Location: Spalding - Red Lion public house, Hillgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: A team of ghost hunters which stayed here one night claimed to make contact with a young boy wearing breeches and a flat cap who claimed to have arrived at the public house by train, and was now unable to leave. Another ghost took the form of an elderly gentleman dressed in grey.


Location: Spalding - Gordon Boswell Romany Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 2013
Further Comments: Museum owner Gordon Boswell reported in the local press that he had seen and heard a phantom little girl who is thought to have with one of the caravans onsite. The Xstream Paranormal group also reported to have heard the little girl laughing.

White Lady

Location: Spalding - Ayscoughfee Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 2006
Further Comments: After a long period of absence, this phantom woman was spotted by a member of the public in 2006. Staff who work at the building report feeling a strange presence in some of the rooms in this hall.

Woman in Black

Location: Stamford - London Inn (closed in 2010)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Tuesday evening in December, early 1990s, around 19:30h
Further Comments: Together with a friend working behind a bar in an otherwise empty inn, this witness reported watching a young woman in black walk from the back of the pub and enter the toilets. They waited for her to emerge, wanting to comment to her not buying a drink but using the facilities, but after fifteen minutes one witness grew concerned and went to see if she was okay, but the toilets were empty...

Lancaster Pilot

Location: Strubby - WW2 RAF base
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This decapitated shade nicknamed 'Strubby' is the result of a Lancaster bomber crash near the hanger area during the Second World War.

Upset Husband

Location: Tallington - Footbridge over the railway line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 January, 17:50h (reoccurring)
Further Comments: After the death of his wife (see West Deeping, Lincolnshire) this grief-stricken individual jumped from the footbridge over the railway track and was hit by the train from London, which killed him instantly. The incident is reenacted once a year.

Patrolling Woman

Location: Tattershall - Tattershall Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A white woman has been spotted moving around the battlements at night.


Location: Tealby - Devil's Pulpit
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When the Devil hears the clock strike twelve, he emerges and drinks from the nearby stream.

Potted Witch

Location: Toft next Newton - Pilford Bridge - between Toft next Newton and Normanby
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a witch which harassed anyone using the bridge was finally caught and trapped in an iron pot.


Location: Trusthorpe - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late 1930s
Further Comments: A boy reported seeing a large snake-like creature a few hundred metres off the coast.

Flash of Person

Location: Waddington - RAF Colby Grange - Tower
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 20 October 2007
Further Comments: While out walking with her husband, this witness briefly spotted the flashing image of a person. The witness said the area was completely void of birds, insects or other wildlife.

Moving Head

Location: Walcot (near Digby) - Stone house (no longer standing)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This house was built out of stones from the ruined Catley Abbey. A carved stone head which was incorporated into the building was said to move every night, until the house was demolished.


Location: Walmsgate - Barrow
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A long barrow located here is said to contain the bones of a dragon killed in the area.


Location: Welton - Black Bull public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heard ascending the staircase and moving down corridors at the dead of night, the cause of these footsteps has yet to be seen.


Location: West Ashby - A153
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: During the early part of the twentieth century, a man driving a horse and cart home reported his horse bolting after nearing a cyclist who was travelling on the wrong side of the road. When the horse was brought under control, the cyclist had vanished. Another source stated that between 1988 and 1998 there were three accidents along the road caused by vehicles swerving to avoid a bike, although the bike could never be seen after the event.

Crying Lady

Location: West Deeping - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 January, 01:00h (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The date of this woman's death is marked by her phantom sobs heard emanating from the church. Her husband was so distressed by the death that he took his own life the following day (see Tallington, Lincolnshire).

Headless Woman

Location: Westwoodside - Blethergate area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity wanders the village roads, less her head.


Location: Wickenby - Wickenby RAF base (World War 2)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: World War 2
Further Comments: Michael Bentine, of The Goon Show fame, worked here during the war. After a period of leave, Bentine headed towards his hut and walked past a friend and fellow officer known as 'Pop', whom he greeted. Pop nodded his response and continued walking. The following morning, Michael discovered Pop had died two nights previous. A nearby building is also reported haunted, this time by a WAAF officer who killed herself after her boyfriend died during a bombing raid over Germany.

Woofer Boggard

Location: Wildsworth - Woofer Lane
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa 1862
Further Comments: Several poachers out hunting heard laughter overhead as they travelled down this lane. They fled the scene, convinced they had encountered the Devil.

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