Yorkshire - Paranormal Database Records

 
Glowing Ball

Location: West Witton - A684 between town and Swinithwaite
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This dazzling ball of light hovers on the road only to vanish when cars and other vehicles move too close.


 
Three Dimensional Shadow

Location: West Witton - Church Lane
Type: Other
Date / Time: 18 September 2010, approx midnight
Further Comments: Retrieving his son's teddy bear from the car, this witness was startled by a metal clanking sound. In the lane he saw a shadow, but appeared to be 3 dimensional. It threw something down the road that appeared ring-shaped. There was another loud metal clanking noise behind the witness which caused him to look briefly over his shoulder - when he looked back in the direction of the figure it had vanished.


 
Dark Monk

Location: Weston - Bolton Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The reports say that dozens of witnesses have seen this entity since the late 1800s, drifting in the priory grounds and sometimes straying into nearby roads and homes. On occasion he is accompanied by the smell of incense. A spectral white doe is also said to haunt the ruins, the spirit of a woman who founded the priory.


 
Cerberus

Location: Weston - Dobb Park Castle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This three headed hound stands guard over a hoard of hidden treasure somewhere on this site.


 
Footfalls

Location: Wetherby - North Deighton Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These phantom footsteps have been described as weighty and sluggish.


 
Tapping

Location: Wharfedale - Greenhow Lead Mines
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sounds of mining could often be heard here, even when no miners were down the shafts.


 
Barghest

Location: Wharfedale - Trowler's Gill
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century?
Further Comments: This demonic dog is the size of a small bear, with yellow eyes as large as saucers. To stare the beast in one of these eyes will result in the death of the onlooker within days.


 
The Dragon of Wantley

Location: Wharncliffe Crags - Exact location not known
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This dragon made a nuisance of itself until the local hero Moore of Moore Hall donned a suit of spiked armour and kicked the creature between the legs. Needless to say, the dragon left the area with tears in its eyes.


 
Lady in Long Dress

Location: Wheatley - Long Can, currently the Brewery Visitors Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: An elderly female wearing a long dress has been reported in the upper part of the centre, and she is sometimes heard walking around once all the tourists have left.


 
Rustling

Location: Whitby - Aislaby Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heard moving around in a silken dress, this figure has never been observed with human eyes; quite unlike the large phantom coach seen being driven outside the hall.


 
Browne Bushell

Location: Whitby - Bagdale Hall Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: More often heard stalking the staircase than seen, Bushell was a pirate (so says legend, though the truth is probably quite different) who once owned the building. Children have also been heard playing just after midnight, in rooms devoid of life.


 
Horse?

Location: Whitby - Esk Terrace
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 02 September 2011, 00:20h
Further Comments: While staying in a house along this road, a witness heard the sound of a horse walking outside on the gravel - when they looked from the window, nothing could be seen.


 
Coach

Location: Whitby - Greenlane area, leading to the cliffs
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This coach is said to materialise and travel to a nearby church, before suddenly charging towards the cliffs, finally vanishing as it plummets down one of the faces. Another entity that stalks the roads around here is never seen, but causes damage to vehicles and road signs.


 
Headless Man

Location: Whitby - Prospect Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This male entity has the removed item securely grasped under his arm.


 
Beast of the Bay

Location: Whitby - Several areas, including abbey, St Peter's Court woods, and surrounding villages
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2001 onwards
Further Comments: A black panther-like cat has been observed a dozen times over a seven year period, on one occasion the cat was accompanied by a cub.


 
Petrified Snakes

Location: Whitby - Whitby Abbey
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Snakes unknown, St Hilda's ghost during summer months 10:00h - 12:00h
Further Comments: The abbey was besieged by snakes, until St Hilda turned up and drove them all off the edge of the cliff, where they turned to stone on the beach below. Her ghost is also reported to still gaze from the windows of the abbey. A few people have heard a choir singing in the empty building and one local legend says a team of headless horses pulling a hearse was once spotted by a man and boy walking in the area. Finally, treasure hidden in the abbey's grounds is protected by a headless figure in white.


 
Footsteps

Location: Whitkirk - Vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sounding like someone moving across flagstones, the echoing footfalls may belong to the owner of a ghostly dog also seen in the premises.


 
Gladys Saxton

Location: Wigglesworth - Plough Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1945 onwards
Further Comments: Gladys Saxton and her maid Margaret Harrison were killed in a fire at the building in 1945. Since that date, a woman wearing a long black dress has been seen by guests at the building. There is also a report of a phantom highwayman being spotted standing in a doorway.


 
Traffic Dodger

Location: Wigglesworth - Road leading to Tosside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early winter mornings (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A couple of car accidents that occurred along this road were blamed on a flitting female form which ran out in front of the vehicle before disappearing. Locals say it is a girl who drowned nearby.


 
Sooty Cat

Location: Winestead - Area around the former mental hospital
Type: ABC
Date / Time: January 2000
Further Comments: The police were called after three people watched a large black cat padding around a field at a distance of around fifteen metres.


 
Pixie Party

Location: Wold Newton - Willy Howe barrow
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A human gatecrasher reported joining a pixie party that was occurring within this barrow - he soon ran off, not wanting to fall under a fairy spell. Another man was said to have picked up a golden coin each day from the barrow, left there for him by a fairy who liked him, although she stopped her act of generosity when the man told others of her. Finally, another story says there is treasure here, although it can never be removed.


 
Woman in White

Location: Wombwell - Low Valley Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2006
Further Comments: Roger Froggatt, the landlord of this pub, was left terrified after encountering a phantom lady dressed in white in the ladies toilet after investigating what he believed was a break in during the early hours of the morning. He described the figure as an elderly woman with her cheek and jaw structure missing.


 
Cat Larger than an Alsatian

Location: Wombwell - Pontefract Road / Everill Gate Lane, Broomhill
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 1998
Further Comments: A large black cat was spotted as it darted across the road in front of a car.


 
Lord Wharncliffe

Location: Wortley - Carlton House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: The first Lord Wharncliffe was said to haunt this building, along with several other unidentified ghosts.


 
Padfoot

Location: Wreghorn - Area between village and Headingly Hill
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature, a midnight black dog the size of a donkey, would bring bad luck and misfortune to all who saw it. It was also always heard when a local person of some importance died - his howls and barks would cause all the mortal dogs in the neighbourhood to also howl.


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