Lincolnshire - Paranormal Database Records


Location: Tetney - Blow Wells (currently a nature reserve)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: It was once said that the pit here would never overflow and was considered bottomless.

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.

Loud Spirit

Location: Tupholme - Cottage (demolished 1840)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1840
Further Comments: After a widower remarried, his former wife began to haunt their old home until her spirit was banished into a box by a clergyman. The spirit remained quiet until the widower died and the cottage was demolished - during the destruction, the box containing the spirit was damaged and the entity emerged with such vigour that the workmen fled.

White Calf

Location: Tupholme - Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa eighteenth century
Further Comments: A phantom white calf was said to appear around these ruins. One female witness spotted it, although the creature was not visible to the people accompanying her. She claimed that being born at twilight had enabled her to see what others could not.

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 most of the bones of a dragon killed by Sir Hugh Bardolph in the area. The dragon's severed head was sent to the king.


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.

One of Three Shucks

Location: Willingham - Bridge at River Till
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of three bridges in Lincolnshire that is said to be a haunt of the black shuck.

Drop and Run

Location: Willoughton - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An old folk tale states that by dropping a pin through the keyhole of the church and running around the building seven times, the Devil will be met.

Rabbit-sized Demon

Location: Willoughton - Country lane
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This sober witness stated that, while cycling, a small bipedal creature with horns ran out in front of him, travelling just as fast as the bicycle. It disappeared as it hopped on a grass verge.

Hairy Jack

Location: Willoughton - Exact location not known
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1933
Further Comments: Known locally as Hairy Jack, the black dog which haunts this area is said to be covered in pigs hair. A local man was said to have been pushed into a gatepost by an invisible dog after it placed its paws against his shoulders.

Clawed Stone

Location: Winceby - Boulder near area known as Slash Hollow
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Moved to the side of the field in 1970
Further Comments: The stone was finally buried by a farmer, who dug a hole next to the boulder and pushed it in. A failed previous attempt had resulted in the Devil appearing who scratched the stone with his claws. The stone was believed to have been placed on top of treasure, however when the stone was finally moved to one said, no treasure (or Devil) was found.

Tall Man in Black

Location: Winteringham - Bottom of Suttons Hill, also known as Hewde Lane, once known as Puddingpoke Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: This tall male figure appeared at the base of the hill during foggy days. The entity followed one young woman home; she ran into her house and observed the phantom watching her from the road outside before he vanished.

Pet Photograph

Location: Woodhall Spa - Former World War Two airfield
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1940s (photo) and 1980s (pilot)
Further Comments: A photograph of a group of airmen revealed a black dog standing at the end of the line up that was not spotted at the time by neither the photographer nor any of the pilots. It was later suggested it was 'Nigger', Guy Gibson's pet dog that had been run over a few months before. During the 1980s, a team of engineers working at night spotted a pilot in 'old flying gear' walking along a corridor. One of the team went to investigate, only to find that the pilot had disappeared.

Man in Tricorn Hat

Location: Woodhall Spa - Pine Woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man wearing a cloak and a tricorn hat is said to drift through this wooded area. A phantom woman in white and the sound of wailing have also been reported.


Location: Woodhall Spa - The Petwood Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Post World War 2
Further Comments: The famous team enjoyed drinking here during active service, and it is said they can still be heard drinking here over half a century later.

Green Lady

Location: Wrangle - Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa early nineteenth century
Further Comments: This phantom green lady was said, on one occasion, to have left behind a memento in the form of a ring, although what happened to the jewellery is not known.

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