Yorkshire - Paranormal Database Records

Strange Woman

Location: The Lady of Avenel, aka The Virgo - Destroyed off the coast of Bridlington circa 1939
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1925 - 1930s
Further Comments: The Lady of Avenel was the last brigantine to fly the British flag, and reports of a phantom woman being spotted on board began in the 1920s after the ship was almost trapped in ice. Her arm was seen turning down an oil lamp, and heard talking and walking along the poop deck.

Radiant Boy

Location: Thirsk - Road to the town, exact location unknown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lighting up the night with his brilliance, this lad rode past the witness on horseback, disappearing across a field.

Seat of Defeat

Location: Thirsk - Thirsk museum
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The museum houses a cursed wooden chair which brings death to any who sit on it, and is even said to bring misfortune if touched.

White Lass Beck

Location: Thirsk - Stream in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: The woman in white who haunted this body of water was thought to be a maid murdered in the area, her body discovered buried in a gravel pit. As well as manifesting as a woman, White Lass Beck would also take the form of a white dog or white heifer.


Location: Tholthorpe - RAF Tholthorpe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: Investigated by Middlesbrough Paranormal, the group claimed to have witnessed apparitions, heard disembodied footsteps and recorded EVP.

Strange Animals

Location: Thornaby-on-Tees - Bassleton Woods
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Perhaps more legend than cryptozoological, but this wooded area is said to be home to strange water creatures and colourful non-native birdlife.

Headless Man

Location: Thorne - 1920's cinema
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The story of the ghost of a headless cinema commissionaire who was said to wander the lower floor was said to be nothing but a rumour by the people renovating the building.

Bloody Tongue

Location: Thornton, Bradford - Jim Craven Well
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though the exact location of the well has now been lost, it was guarded by a large black hound with glowing red eyes, known as 'Bloody Tongue'. The beast was sometimes accompanied by the ghost of an old hag with a storm lantern.

The Devil's Bridge

Location: Thorpe - Dibble's Bridge, Yorkshire Dales National Park
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Bridge still present
Further Comments: In a rare moment of generosity, the Devil built the bridge for a local shoemaker who had shared a drink with him.


Location: Thorpe Le Street - Exact area not known
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to appear between 17:00h and 00:00h
Further Comments: It is said that Annie had been boarded up in a house as her family died from consumption. Now, holding bunches of flowers which she once sold on the street, she walks along the road before vanishing.

Well of Our Lady

Location: Threshfield - Village well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local man stumbled across a party of goblins, only managing to elude the creatures by hiding in the well. Ever since that day, the holy well has been thought to repel evil.

Hooded Figure

Location: Thurgoland - Wortley Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2011
Further Comments: Photographer Paul Cocker claimed to have caught a phantom hooded figure in a doorway of this public house, although the image published online by a local newspaper looks slightly suspect.


Location: Tickhill - Wong Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghostly coach has been observed dashing down Wong Lane before fading from view.

Zigmund Adamski Returns

Location: Todmorden - Coal yard in the village
Type: Other
Date / Time: 11 June 1980
Further Comments: Adamski disappeared on 6 June 1980 while on his way to the local shops for some potatoes - his body discovered fresh five days later on top of a large pile of coal. The cause of death was not certain, nor was how the body came to be in its location; and Adamski had no reason to leave home in the first place. Todmorden was a hotspot for UFO activity at the time of the death, and several people blamed these for this unexplained event.

Abducted Policeman

Location: Todmorden - Burnley Road
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 28 November 1980
Further Comments: Alan Godfrey, a policeman on the Yorkshire force, reported seeing a large UFO along the road, and experiencing missing time. He was later hypnotised and 'discovered' that he had been taken inside the alien craft and subjected to experiments.

Hob of the Hurst

Location: Todmorden - Barcroft Hall, Walk Mill
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity would help the family with their chores, until it was given a gift - this freed the spirit and it became more hostile and antagonistic. As if this was not bad enough, the Barcroft family was once cursed by one of their sons who was imprisoned in the basement, who declared that the family name should die out.

Flying Lights

Location: Todmorden - Skies in the area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 1960s - present, particularly early 1980s
Further Comments: The skies between Todmorden and Bacup have been home to frequent reports of unidentified lights which have alarmed both people and animals alike.

Pack of Hounds

Location: Todmorden - Area between Todmorden and Mankinholes
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 30 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Wailing at the moon, this pack of devil dogs run over both land and water looking for people to terrify.

Lucky sculpture

Location: Todmorden - Centre Vale Park
Type: Other
Date / Time: 2010
Further Comments: The sculpture of a dog in the park gained a reputation to bestow luck on anyone who patted it after a family who did so won the lottery. It was later announced that the story was created by Derren Brown as part of his Experiments series, investigating whether we create our own luck.

Light Brown Cat

Location: Todmorden - Bacup Road
Type: ABC
Date / Time: February 2011
Further Comments: Licensee of the Masons Arms Lynne Goldfield reported observing a brown cat with high hind legs as she walked her dog along this road.

Old Lady

Location: Todmorden - Garden Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An old lady is said to walk up and down this street before suddenly vanishing.


Location: Todwick - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom highwayman has been sighted in this village.

Entrance to Fairy Land

Location: Upper Wharfedale - Fairy Hole
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A small opening in the limestone here was thought to lead to fairyland, though it is possible for a slender person to crawl into the cave.

Panicking Lady

Location: Wadsley - Common land
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: The hours leading up to midnight
Further Comments: This white woman has been observed darting around, with body language suggesting she is in blind panic.

Lady Bolles

Location: Wakefield - Heath Old Hall (aka Heath Hall) (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1711 - mid twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghostly figure of Lady Bolles was said not to have been seen since being 'laid' in a large dip in the local river at some point before the start of the twentieth century, even though soldiers based here during World War Two reported seeing her.

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