York - The Most Haunted City in England?

 
 


Young Girl

Location: York - 18-20 Stonegate (currently Jack Wills)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local report says that a teenage girl using the changing room looked into the mirror and spotted another young girl. Believing that the girl had accidently walked into the changing room, the teenager turned and asked the girl to leave. The girl turned and walked through the wall. Staff later found out that a doorway once existed in the wall where the girl disappeared.


 
 


Young Girl

Location: York - 41 Stonegate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A six year old Victorian girl who fell to her death on the staircase now haunts this building. She can be heard walking the stairs, and has also been seen sitting on top of a shop counter.


 
 


Crying Girl

Location: York - 5 College Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Both seen and heard, this ghostly child starved to death after her parents died from plague. She only appears to haunt the upper parts of the house.


 
 


Woman with Child

Location: York - A64 Malton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Misty evenings
Further Comments: This tragic figure, possibly murdered by her highwayman boyfriend, now appears on misty or foggy evenings.


 
 


Glowing Girl

Location: York - All Saint's Church, Pathment
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pale young lass with long curly hair was seen a number of times, always observing funerals from the church door. She vanished suddenly if anyone approached.


 
 


Headless Woman

Location: York - Area of Bishopthorpe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: A wealthy woman was murdered for her money, and her body hidden a short distance from her house in Bishopthorpe. It was several days before the corpse was discovered, and it is said that the state of decay was so bad that her head had become separate from her torso. Her headless ghost haunted the area where her body lay for years after the event.


 
 


Child's Hand

Location: York - Bedern Arch
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The story goes that several orphans died in the nearby Industrial Ragged School during the 1800's, due to the negligence of the alcoholic schoolmaster; now, on cold nights, people have reported walking by the arch only to feel a small child take them by the hand... Childish giggling and terrible screaming has also been reported.


 
 


Legs

Location: York - Black Swan Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen descending a staircase in the building, only the lower part of this male body appears. Two other spirits can be found in the bar area; that of a workman wearing a bowler hat (dressed in Victorian clothing) and a lady in a white dress who watches the fireplace.


 
 


Grey Lady

Location: York - Castlegate House (or Lodge)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shadowy feminine figure has been seen on the staircase of the building.


 
 


Two Ladies and a Child

Location: York - Church of the Holy Trinity, Micklegate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century onwards (?) at morning service
Further Comments: These three figures are reported to be a mother, her child, and a nanny - the story is that mother and child were buried many miles apart, and now the nanny reunites the child with mother. Another story says that the women have no connection; the mother and child were united in death after the infant died of plague, and she slowly pined away, while the second woman is an abbess murdered trying to prevent Henry VIII's men from storming her church.


 
 


Clash of Armies

Location: York - Church Street & Davygate area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1958
Further Comments: Two women walking in the area claimed to have seen a large battle taking place around them, between Roman troops and barbarians. As a van drove by, the scene vanished.


 
 


Blood of the Jews

Location: York - Clifford Tower
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Many Jews committed suicide in the tower rather than surrender to the rioting anti-Semitic mobs tearing up the town. The ground of the tower is said to be stained red, even after being dug up and replaced.


 
 


Serving Girl

Location: York - Clifton Lodge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This building is said to be haunted by the ghost of a servant who killed her bastard child.


 
 


Man with Big Nose

Location: York - Cock and Bottle Inn, Skeldergate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Thought to be the Royalist and alchemist George Villiers, this ghostly figure, with black wavy hair and a large nose, has been spotted in the public house. The building was built on the top of a site once owned by Villiers, which would explain his reluctance to leave.


 
 


Fire Alarm Starter

Location: York - Coppergate shops, those built on site of old Craven's Sweet factory (includes the Bodyshop)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity was known to cause trouble when the factory stood. In more recent years, it has been blamed for setting off the fire alarms in these buildings.


 
 


Coinage

Location: York - Dance school attached to St Mary's Church, Bishop Hill Junior
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sounds of coins being poured onto a table and into a metal box have been reported coming from this building.


 
 


Roman Soldier

Location: York - Dean Court Hotel, Duncombe Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Reported to walk around the hotel, this phantom may have also been spotted by a trio of guests in their bathroom mirror.


 
 


Human Shape

Location: York - Dun Cow public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 August 1977
Further Comments: While on honeymoon, a woman awoke to see the shape of a tall person by the window. The shape appeared to be made up of small pulsating balls of light. The figure suddenly disappeared.


 
 


Pale Figure

Location: York - Edge of the river Ouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to be the shade of a drowned person, this figure drifts around the banks of the river.


 
 


Caped Man

Location: York - First Hussar public house, North Street
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A small team of men working through the night to complete a painting and decorating job all reported seeing a ghostly man dressed in a cape, who vanished through a wall.


 
 


Green Jenny

Location: York - Five Lions public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: This figure has not been seen for many years, and her history is all but forgotten.


 
 


Walking

Location: York - Fordington Lodge, outside of the city
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Haunted by an unknown entity, the sounds of footsteps were often heard crossing the living room floor. Doors sometimes opened themselves, and once a sofa moved itself away from the wall, before moving back a few seconds later.


 
 


Baker and Soldiers

Location: York - Former toy shop just inside Roman Gate
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa 1978 / 1979
Further Comments: Late at night one female witness approached the toy shop window to look at a teddy bear. At the window she entered a dream-like state - she 'became' a large male baker covered in flour working within the shop, and looking out from the shop she could see Roman soldiers walking past.


 
 


Shrouded Woman

Location: York - Foss Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure is reputed to leave St Crux and head towards the Foss Bridge where she vanishes - this may be the same entity which leaves the same church but disappears at Spen Lane.


 
 


Highwayman

Location: York - Four All's public house, A64
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 06 November 2006, 23:45h
Further Comments: A driver returning home from work reported passing a figure on horseback, dressed in highwayman's clothing, stood by the wall of the pub. When the witness looked into his rear view mirror, the figure had vanished.


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