Nottinghamshire - Paranormal Database Records

 
William Bendigo Thompson

Location: Nottingham - Small copse in Bestwood estate known as Bendigo's Ring
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Verging on legend rather than haunting, it is said that Thompson would often be found drunk in this copse, and local children would taunt him. His phantom now returns to the area, ready to scare any children in an attempt to extract revenge.


 
Spooky

Location: Nottingham - NHS Walk-In Centre, Derby Road
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: A former AA building, the poltergeist here has been nicknamed 'Spooky'. He upsets items in the kitchen, and creates loud bangs and crashes. The polt may be connected to the ghost of a man who has been spotted standing around, staring at people before vanishing.


 
Flying Glasses

Location: Nottingham - Ferry Inn, Wilford
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: An exorcist was brought in to deal with the poltergeist that slid glasses around on the bar and created loud banging.


 
Banished

Location: Nottingham - Wilford Ferry Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: This inn was exorcised in 1982 to remove a troublesome poltergeist.


 
Footfalls

Location: Nottingham - Industrial estate near Silverdale
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of the buildings on this modern industrial estate is rumoured to be haunted. Footsteps have been heard above the ceiling, lights are flicked on and off, and unpowered machines start and stop.


 
Mother

Location: Nottingham - Rail line between Grantham and Nottingham
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: A woman travelled to Nottingham by train after receiving news that her mother had been admitted to hospital after having a fall. During the journey the woman spotted on a carriage her mother, who smiled and vanished. After arriving in Nottingham, the woman was informed that her mother had passed away.


 
Vanishing Man

Location: Nottingham - Victoria Shopping Centre
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1970s and Spring 2005
Further Comments: During the 1970s, two workers at the bus station spotted a man who they thought looked a little strange. He walked away and one worker followed, only to realise that he had vanished - there had not been enough time for the figure to have run away, and nowhere for him to hide. In spring 2005 a mother and daughter entered an empty lift; during their brief journey, they both spotted a man standing just behind the daughter.


 
Hood's Victims

Location: Nottinghamshire - St Michael's churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Discovered nineteenth century
Further Comments: Thirteen skeletons unearthed in the churchyard were thought to be foresters that were executed by Robin Hood. A crossbow bolt was found in the skull of one body, seemingly contradicting the fact that Hood and his men were said to use longbows.


 
Is It or Is It Not?

Location: Oldcotes - Hermeston Hall
Type: Other
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Previously a location where several vigils have been held, and once said to be the haunt of dozens of entities (including a woman in a brown dress), one former occupier has rebutted the claims, saying that the reports have been created with a view of turning a profit.


 
Torso

Location: Ollerton - Private residence, Cinder Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1993
Further Comments: One building along this lane is said to be haunted by the floating, blue, upper torso of a man.


 
Phantom Girl

Location: Ollerton - Ollerton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A number of stories are associated with this empty building, though little evidence has been forthcoming of actual sightings. Entities reported include a phantom girl, a black figure with glowing eyes, a rough looking man, and disembodied footsteps; stories of Devil worship are also whispered of.


 
Mrs Jones

Location: Ollerton - Snooty Fox public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1990s
Further Comments: This pub was said to be haunted by a woman nicknamed 'Mrs Jones', though nothing has been seen or heard of the entity since 1993.


 
Faceless Monk

Location: Ollerton - Rufford Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This giant figure is said to have had a skull for a head, a result of black magic rituals carried out in days gone by. He has made at least one witness drop dead of shock. The grounds are also haunted by a white lady, gliding effortlessly along.


 
Vanishing Car

Location: Orston - A52
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 January 2014, 21:00h
Further Comments: An unlit car heading towards a driver and his passenger after dusk vanished just before collision. The driver said that at first he thought he must have imagined it, but the passenger had witnessed it also.


 
Hood's Pot

Location: Oxton - Oxton (or Oldox) Camp, Robin Hood's Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A barrow on this hill is named Robin Hood's Pot, and legend has it Hood concealed his stolen loot here. Roman coinage has been found in the barrow.


 
Alan A' Dale's Marriage

Location: Papplewick - St James' Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Alan A' Dale, one of Hood's loyal men, is said to have been married in this church.


 
A Man and his Dog

Location: Plumtree - Outside Perkins' Bar & Bistro (formally Plumtree railway station)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghosts of a man and his dog haunt the site of former railway tracks just outside this bistro, where it is believed they were killed by a steam engine.


 
Woman in Dress

Location: Radcliffe on Trent - Grounds of Holme Pierrepont Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1970s
Further Comments: This lady wearing a white flowing dress has been reported quietly drifting around the grounds.


 
Folder

Location: Radcliffe on Trent - Manvers Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Rumoured to have been used as a temporary mortuary by the church, this pub is home to a poltergeist that moves beer barrels, folds clothing. and smashes glasses.


 
Elderly Lady

Location: Retford - The Elms (currently a hotel)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s (onwards?)
Further Comments: A soldier on guard duty at the building, which had been taken over as a hospital) spotted an elderly woman in a Victorian-type dress as she glided across the land before vanishing. The ghost may have been seen since this encounter.


 
The Repressed

Location: Retford - Masonic Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: Investigated by the Bassetlaw Ghost Research Group, the team reported a heavy repressive feeling as well as other spirits not at rest.


 
An Unfaithful Wife

Location: Retford - West Retford Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1910s onwards
Further Comments: The ghost here is thought to be a woman who had an affair with the stable boy (who later committed suicide because of the scandal). What became of the woman is unknown, but her shade now walks the corridors, heading out across the courtyard towards where the stables once stood.


 
Edwardian Barrister

Location: Retford - Town Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lanky figure wearing a grey wig is believed to be an Edwardian legal representative. His black gowned form is said to lurk near the main staircase.


 
Man in Black

Location: Retford - Little Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wearing a smart suit, this ghostly gentleman may also be the cause of the disembodied footsteps or the sudden cold drafts felt around the building.


 
Young Girl

Location: Retford - White Hart Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to have been killed in a coach accident at the rear of the building, some believe that the ghost of the girl lingers on at the hotel. She may have been heard walking down the corridors by visitors to the building. A bust of the girl is contained within a display case, and bad luck is said to befall anyone who touches it.


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