Nottinghamshire - Paranormal Database Records


Location: Ravenshead - A60, close to a stone commemorating Bessie Shepherds
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 1984/1985
Further Comments: A distressed anonymous lady phoned the police report having hit a pedestrian but when she got out of the car there was no one there. Two police officers who went to the scene found fresh skid marks, and footsteps leading from and to the location where the driver's door would have been, but no evidence of a victim.

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.

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.

Georgian Woman

Location: Retford - Sutton Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1880s
Further Comments: An older woman dressed in Georgian attire was observed by two Reverends out for a walk. They said a prayer and the figure vanished.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lorry Driver

Location: Rolleston - Rolleston station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Several entities have been reported at this station and around the track. A lorry driver who was killed at the junction is said to stand around the site where his death occurred, and another phantom man with a newspaper waits on a platform. At least one crossing keeper has reported the sounds and smell of a ghostly locomotive passing through, though nothing could be seen.

Man in Black Coat

Location: Ruddington - Horspools Bakery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This shop is haunted by a man wearing a black coat that looks completely normal, until he disappears.

Arbella Stuart

Location: Rufford - Rufford Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Photograph in media during December 2013
Further Comments: Some believe the phantom white lady said to haunt the abbey is the ghost of Arbella Stuart, although her connection to the site is a little unclear. A photograph hit the press in 2013 showing a 'white misty figure', although the image is open to interpretation.


Location: Scrooby - Great North Road
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 1952
Further Comments: A man walking home witnessed a figure entering a small cottage. A few seconds, a couple of screams followed, and two figures ran from the cottage, one with a head injury. The witness panicked, convinced he had watched a robbery and ran off. Lost in the dark, he ran in a circle, returning to the scene of the crime, only there was no cottage... It is speculated he witnessed the murder of a gatekeeper and his wife, killed by John Spencer in 1779. The ghost of Spencer, or maybe the gatekeeper, has also been seen standing on the roadside.

Upright Beast

Location: Sherwood Forest - Deep within the forest
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A local teenage myth says that the forest is home to a tall hairy man, whose eyes glow red in the dark. There is a chance that this is a modern version of the tree spirits that were once said to live here.

Thrown Chair

Location: Skegby - Skegby Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A night watchman is said to have been injured after a chair was thrown at him by unseen hands. Another story says that the hall was haunted by chanting monks who were seen carrying a coffin before fading from view.

Hooded Figures

Location: Sookholme - Chapel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer, 1925
Further Comments: Twelve figures wearing hoods and robes were seen by a bird watcher out at night. He said that the figures moved in a chain, each man behind with his hand on the shoulder of the one in front.


Location: Sookholme - Sokeholme Hall (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century
Further Comments: A room by the name of Lukin's Garret was said to be haunted by a member of the family who took their own life.

Doggy Escort

Location: South Muskham - Crow Lane, between village and Bathley
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Nineteenth century, and 1910s
Further Comments: A black dog would often appear along this road, trotting by the side of horse riders and motorcyclists.

Ball Room Charlie

Location: Southwell - Admiral Rodney
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several previous landlords are said to have encountered the phantom nicknamed 'Ball Room Charlie', who takes the form of a man with a beard.

Barrel Problems

Location: Southwell - Bramley Apple public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An unseen hand is said to periodically stop the flow from the barrels in the cellar.


Location: Southwell - Hearty Goodfellow public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two witnesses heard the laughter of a young boy in the pub, even though no one else was present at the time.


Location: Southwell - Road between Southwell and Oxton
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 25 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Beneath a small valley located between these two places is the town of Raleigh, swallowed up by an earthquake in 1185. A local legend says the church bells can sometimes still be heard on Christmas Day.

King Charles I

Location: Southwell - Saracen's Head Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: King Charles I is said to have used this building as a hideout whilst on the run, and his phantom now appears in the King Charles Suite. Another man, sporting a powdered wig, also haunts the building, as does a woman in eighteenth century dress.


Location: Strelley - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Ettie has been named as the ghost that walks around the churchyard.

Young Girl

Location: Sutton in Ashfield - Forest Glade (former school, now industrial units)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1985
Further Comments: Owners of a textile unit reported encountering a young girl wearing Wellington boots. One member of staff who spotted the ghost reported that the entity said 'I do not want to go', before vanishing.

Cap Lamp

Location: Teversal - Silverhill colliery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An Inspector travelling underground alone spotted a cap lamp in the distance which remained always just ahead of him. Later on, while sawing planks for the gate end team, the man said his job suddenly became easier when it felt like someone was helping him saw by pulling and pushing the other end of his equipment. Startled, he let go of the handle only to see the saw complete another two strokes by itself.

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