Yorkshire - Paranormal Database Records

 
Robin Roundcap

Location: Spaldington - Spaldington Hall (demolished 1838)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre 1838
Further Comments: An elf took up residence here, putting out fires and spoiling food. He was banished to a nearby well by three members of the clergy.


 
Mill Stones

Location: Stainforth - Robin Hood's Mill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The miller in question had his mill swallowed into the ground after he worked on the Sabbath, though the grinding of the mill stones was said to be heard for years after.


 
Teenager

Location: Staithes - Boulby Cliff
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This young woman was killed in 1807 when the cliff path gave way, a large, heavy rock crushing her skull. Her headless shade still walks the path as it once was, several metres out from the current one.


 
Grey Lady

Location: Stalling Busk - Exact location not known
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Grey Lady is another feminine spirit which haunts Yorkshire's large halls.


 
Vanishing John

Location: Stamford Bridge - Garrowby Hill
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: August 1999
Further Comments: A female witness reported interaction with the ghost of a World War 2 RAF officer at this site. The figure in brown walked up to her, introduced himself as 'John' and, as he touched her hand, vanished.


 
King Harold's Army

Location: Stamford Bridge - Area over battlefield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1812
Further Comments: The reenactment of Harold's 1066 victory has been observed in the skies over the field where much blood was shed.


 
Cat Lover

Location: Stanbury - The Old Silent Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The rear of this public house is reportedly frequented by a spectral old lady who fed all the local stray cats. The ringing of phantom bells has been heard coming from nearby moorland.


 
Gassy Ghost

Location: Stapleton - Bridge Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1993
Further Comments: The poltergeist here managed to terrify the landlord by turning the cooker gas taps on during the night. Disembodied footsteps could be heard late at night.


 
Naked Gypsy

Location: Staxton - Public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A gypsy girl was rumoured to have been killed by a landlord here during the 1600's - bones found in the pub in the 1980s were said to be hers, and once disturbed, a state of ghostly occurrences occurred.


 
White Woman with Handbag

Location: Stirton (near Skipton) - Road through the hamlet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2009, around 03:00h
Further Comments: Four friends driving through the area in the early hours of the morning caught in their headlights an older woman dressed in white, holding a white handbag, standing on a narrow grass verge. Concerned for the woman's wellbeing, they stopped around 25 metres up the road and reversed back to check on the woman, Although only thirty or so seconds had passed, the woman had gone, and a further twenty minutes of checking fields and further along the road turned up nothing.


 
Children Playing

Location: Stocksbridge - Pearoyd Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 1987
Further Comments: Seen playing around an electricity pylon, the children faded when approached.


 
Cowled Figure

Location: Stocksbridge - Stocksbridge bypass
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s, 2000s
Further Comments: The scene of many accidents (over 120 since 1988, with 23 dying since 1998), the area is said to be haunted by several ghosts; a hooded man has been seen here, as have Victorian children who are thought to have died in a mining accident.


 
Bald Man

Location: Stockton - Council flat, exact location not known
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1978
Further Comments: This ghost look an unhealthy interest in a nineteen year old girl living in a council flat with her parents - she woke up one night to find the entity standing by her with a hand on her leg, asking her to 'come into the bathroom'. Her screams drove it away, and brought her parents running. An exorcism was finally carried out on the property.


 
Army on Manoeuvres

Location: Stockton on the Forest - Skies above area
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 13 January 1792
Further Comments: Several people reported seeing a forest in the sky, with soldiers in black uniforms moving around in formation. More soldiers wore white clothing, but appeared to be allied to the other troops, rather than in conflict.


 
Wise Man of Stokesley

Location: Stokesley - No exact location
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 1800s
Further Comments: When John Wrightson moved to the area, he declared himself to be the seventh son of a seventh daughter, gifted with strange powers of healing and fortune telling. However, the villages figured out he was a fraud, resulting in Wrightson fleeing from the village. Wrightson eventually committed suicide in Hovingham, while facing trial on assault charges.


 
The Maid Did It

Location: Storrs - Hall
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1878
Further Comments: The police were called to investigate a poltergeist outbreak which consisted of rapping and windows being broken. While servants armed with pitchforks failed to solve the mystery, a fourteen year old serving girl confessed her guilt to the police. As an aside, the site was traditionally home to a ghost, but the entity was purportedly laid in the first half of the eighteenth century.


 
Sandyman

Location: Strensall - Strensall Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards?
Further Comments: A man in a long black coat or cape and a large brimmed hat is said to haunt this area, walking alongside people before disappearing. His name, Sandyman, comes from an advert for Sandeman Port which contained a similar looking figure.


 
Headless Dog

Location: Swaledale - Humpbacked bridge leading to Ivelet
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The appearance of this headless hound denoted a forthcoming tragedy.


 
Wealthy Weaver

Location: Swinsty Hall - Swinsty Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said the hall was built by a weaver who travelled to London during the plague. He raided the homes of the dead before returning and constructing his new home, but the man felt so guilty afterwards that he has not been able to rest since dying.


 
Mary on Piggyback

Location: Swinton - Area near river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mary killed her husband's prized pig, so he drowned her in return. Mary is now said to ride the hog around the area of the river where she met her maker.


 
Shadowy Figure

Location: Swinton - Ship Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980
Further Comments: A dark insubstantial figure was blamed when the landlord moved his family out. Glasses would also break without reason, and doors would lock and unlock themselves.


 
Attack in the Cellar

Location: Swinton - Bull's Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Two men were attacked in the cellar by an unknown presence, one requiring several stitches to a head wound. Phantom voices have also been heard on the telephone, and footsteps have been heard echoing around.


 
Battle of Bramham

Location: Tadcaster - Bramham Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of horses galloping on the field is thought to be those forever fleeing the nearby site of battle, which took several hundred lives.


 
Dark Cavalier

Location: Tadcaster - A64 entering Tadcaster from York, grassy field to the left hand side
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October or November 1993
Further Comments: A couple driving their young child to the babysitter were forced to brake to avoid hitting a figure dressed in dark cavalier type clothing with long knee boots as he ran across the road from the right to the left. The figure pasted within two metres of the car (close enough for the witnesses to report he looked afraid of something), and both driver and passenger could see through him. The entity continued running before pixelating and disappearing. Local radio later carried an identical story from a different witness.


 
Soldiers

Location: Tankersley - Tankersley Moor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Phantom soldiers reputedly walk the moor, the scene of a long forgotten skirmish.


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