Northumberland - Paranormal Database Records

Faded Nun

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Private residence along Bentinck Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: A woman and her child moved away from this property after seeing the faded figure of a nun drift down a passage before vanishing. The woman had experienced poltergeist-like activity in the property prior to the sighting, including toys being activated in the early hours of the morning without cause and items vanishing for several days at a time.

Small Child

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Newcastle Keep, the Black Gate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006 onwards
Further Comments: A small child is reputed to haunt this area, and Steve Taylor, the local ghost walk organiser, reports a number of strange occurrences, including stone throwing, growling sounds and strange black shapes. People on the site have experienced being bitten or scratched by unseen perpetrators.

Door Opener

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Lit and Phil Library
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 October 2012
Further Comments: Video footage released showed a fire door opening on its own accord, although a gust of wind or change in air pressure are the more likely mundane explanations. The building is also used by ghost hunt organisers.

Joseph the Monk

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Former La Dolce Vita nightclub (now closed)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A lover of dance when he lived, Joseph's shade would appear to have been kick-started when a nightclub opened near his grave. The tall monk dressed in his robes was seen dancing in the club several times by both staff and customers.

Black Shadow

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Newcastle Keep
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 2006
Further Comments: A four foot tall black mass was photographed here during a ghost hunt, seemingly coming out of a wall.

Edwardian Man

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Robinson's Wine Bar, Cloth Market
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghostly figure was seen leaning against a wall within the bar. A manager who witnessed the entity described it as a tall man with grey hair, wearing Edwardian clothing.


Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - St Nicholas Church (now Newcastle Cathedral)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1882
Further Comments: Before this church became Newcastle Cathedral, there were reports of a tall shadowy knight who would walk around day and night, vanishing around corners and pillars. The clank of ghostly armour was also heard.

Crying Child

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Stevenson Street, North Shields
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre nineteenth century
Further Comments: A house along this road was haunted by the cries of a child, and the heart wrenching sobs of a woman - an infant's body was later discovered concealed within the building.

Bob Crowther

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Tyne Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost that has been felt as it pushes past people is thought to be an actor who was killed when a stage prop travelling at high velocity landed on him. He also reportedly has a favourite seat, in which he is occasionally seen.


Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Sallyport, Carpenter's Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This soldier died fighting against the Scots in 1644. His phantom reportedly gazes from the tower window. One witness watched him float from the ground into the air, disappearing into the ceiling - she was later told that a spiral staircase stood where she had seen the apparition.

Henry Hardwick

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - The Cooperage public house, alleyways near the building
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Trying to escape pressgangers, Hardwick was murdered, and has been seen near to where he died. A man dressed in Edwardian garb has also been seen in the area.

Jack the Beadle

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - All Saints Church, Quayside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Jack was a well liked member of the community before being caught and tried for removing and selling lead from coffins. A local legend now places Jack's ghost in the churchyard.

Jane Jameson

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Quayside, area around John Wesley's memorial
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Jane was executed in 1829 for the murder of her mother, although she did try to frame her boyfriend for the crime. Jane now calls out for her lover to find her.

Martha Wilson

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Area around Broad Chare
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom woman haunting the area has been named as Martha Wilson, a suicide who was buried at a nearby crossroads. One man who encountered Martha said she wore a veil - she lifted it up as he approached, in time for him to realise she had no face.


Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Hancock Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is reported that this Egyptian mummy's ghost is still active, and now walks around the museum at night.

Prior Olaf

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Tynemouth Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Viking raider who eventually found God has been seen on the site where so much raping and looting took place. Other phantom monks have been observed on site, several appearing to pray at a stone in the graveyard.

Heavy Footsteps

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Willington Mill
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1835 - 1847
Further Comments: Just a small part of the phenomena, the footsteps were heard first. Over a period of weeks, these developed into bangs, whistling, the sounds of machinery, and finally a voice that spoke. Phantom animals were seen around the building. The family finally moved out, though the spirit stayed a little longer (but was much quieter).

Furniture Mover

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Board Room public house, Stevenson Road
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Landlord Richard Bell reported shattering glasses, moving pictures and upset furniture at his pub.

Monk following a Woman

Location: North Shields - A1058 between town centre and Willington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that the woman murdered someone and tried to confess her crime to the monk - he refused to hear her, so she committed suicide. The monk felt so guilt that he took his own life shortly afterwards. The female ghost is said to wear a grey cloak with grey shadows in place of eyes.

Black Dog

Location: North Shields - Milbourne Place, now Smith's Dockyards
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The area near the docks is haunted by the ghost of a sailor who was murdered by his parents, who failed to recognise their own son after his many years at sea. He returns in the form of a large black dog, patrolling the area where the crime was committed.

Energy Draining Soldiers

Location: Otterburn - Fourteenth Century battle site
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: The witnesses here were in a taxi - the engine died without warning and they found themselves surrounded by phantom soldiers which faded away as they closed in on the car.

WWII Officer

Location: Ouston - RAF Ouston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Newcastle Journal reported that lights would turn themselves on and off in the sickbay, and an internal door which was kept locked would be open by morning. Personnel near the sickbay would hear footsteps and other strange noises at night, even though the area was secure. Some blamed the ghost of an officer killed on site during World War Two.

Bearded Knight

Location: Prudhoe - Prudhoe Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local legend says the castle is haunted by a grey lady, while others have seen a knight with a rather large beard.

Parcy Reed

Location: Redesdale - Pringle Haugh, Batinghope (editor's note - could not locate on map, so likely to have been renamed)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Parcy (or Percy) was murdered by a family named Hall, who lured him from his home using the pretext of hunting. Although the murderers were caught, Parcy's ghost remained in the area.

Anne Armstrong

Location: Riding Mill - Wellington Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Anne was a witch hunter who caught five pagans practicing 'black magic' in the hotel. It is not known whether the witches escaped execution, but Anne was found hanged in the hotel shortly after and fowl play was suspected. Anne's ghost haunts her favourite bedroom.

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