Northumberland - Paranormal Database Records

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.


Location: North Shields - Private residence close to River Tyne
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: A witness said they had nightmares for years after moving out of this property, where they heard the sound of running on the staircase, staining appearing on furnishings, and their name being called when no one else was present.


Location: Otterburn - Dowcraig Top, around a mile north of village
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This solitary spot was a place for the fairies to meet and dance to their little hearts' content.

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.

Robin of Redesdale

Location: Redesdale - Statue which stood on around Watling Street area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Statue no longer present (destroyed pre-nineteenth century?)
Further Comments: The statue formerly known as Robin of Redesdale was said to be that of a hunter, a giant who lived in the neighbourhood, who was poisoned by his brother.

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 foul play was suspected. Anne's ghost haunts her favourite bedroom.

Singing Woman

Location: River Pont - Captain's Walk (area may no longer exist)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom woman holding a baby was said to walk along this path, singing 'Hush a bah baby, hush a bah bee, it was Captain Walker that killed thou and me'.

Perceval Reed

Location: River Rede - Between Todlaughhaw and Pringlehaugh (neither place may exist - not on contemporary maps)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Reed was killed by a member of a rival family, tricked into firing a musket which backfired. His ghost took many forms, although was frequently seen wandering the same five mile stretch along the river after being laid by a local man. By one account, the ghost was cursed to bow a finite number of times to the living - this it archived and left, but not before killing the person responsible for binding it along that stretch of river.

Misty Lady

Location: Rock - Area between Rock and South Charlton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 August (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This mournful spirit makes the journey between Rock and South Charlton once a year, marking the death of her husband.

Black Cat

Location: Rothbury - Bridge over River Coquet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The structure is reportedly haunted by a dark moggy.

Running Child

Location: Seahouses - Longstone House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This young child has been heard running around on the upper levels of the building, and putting in fleeting appearances on the lower floors.

Woman in Grey

Location: Seaton Delaval - Mausoleum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Likely to be the same entity which haunts the Hall, the woman in grey is also reported to lurk around the mausoleum. Local legend says that the site was never blessed by a priest.

Peering Figures

Location: Seaton Delaval - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2006
Further Comments: One visitor to this site awoke in his bed and found several ghostly figures standing over him. Other events reported at the site include a witness who watched as a picture was lifted off a dressing table and fall to the floor and two people who heard a woman's scream - when they investigated, no one else could be found on the site.

Woman with Child

Location: Seaton Delaval - Seaton Delaval Castle, chapel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Her husband failing to return from battle, this woman forever keeps watch from a window in the hope he one day comes home. There are additional reports of phantom music and the pacing sound of woman's heels.

Allen the Guard

Location: Seghill - Seghill Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed by raiders, Allen is sometimes seen floating around the former defensive structure, forever on guard duty.

Sleeping Knights

Location: Sewingshield - Castle ruins
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Early 1800s
Further Comments: Legend says the site of King Arthur's hall; a farmer once claimed to have discovered the location, deep underground, accessible only by a secret passage that he'd accidentally stumbled upon. He found a cavern full of sleeping knights, dogs and two royal looking figures - but ran away and couldn't remember where the passage was.

Old Lady with Gold

Location: South Shields - House along Thrift Street (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - likely to be pre twentieth century
Further Comments: A maid venturing into the basement at night encountered a phantom elderly lady who instructed her to reach into an opening in the cellar wall. The maid did so, and pulled out a bag of gold and the deeds to the house. The maid unsurprising retired.


Location: South Shields - Jazz hairdressers, Frederick Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2008
Further Comments: Footsteps, whistling, knocking, and a solid, hovering cloud have all been reported by staff at the salon. Customers have reported seeing people dressed in old fashioned clothing in the upper part of the building. A barman is said to have died falling down the basement stairs when the building was a club during the 1950s.

Jack the Hammer

Location: South Shields - Riverside, and general area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure is said to appear by the river when someone is lost at sea, and sometimes knocks on the door of a family that is due a tragedy.


Location: South Shields - Souter Lighthouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Three phantoms are thought to haunt this locale; an unknown woman, a miner from a nearby pit, and an old lighthouse man. One or all of them could be responsible for the bangs and the ghostly footsteps heard around the site.

Accessed by Dreams?

Location: Staward Wood - Staward Pele (aka Staward-le-Pele)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Folklore says that gold and silver had been found in the area after the searchers had had dreams and visions.

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