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Cheshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Jack

Location: Chester - Old Fire Station Restaurant, Northdate Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: Sporting a beard, this phantom fireman wearing a brass helmet was known only as Jack. A fireman who watched the figure sitting on a ladder was so shocked he rang the emergency bell to summon help. Even though the phantom had vanished by the time other people arrived on the scene, the witness quit his job soon after.

Moving Beds

Location: Chester - Old City Hospital (closed 1991)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1991 (noises) and man in brown in 1976
Further Comments: A former member of staff at the site and a colleague heard beds being moved in the ward above them, then realised the floor above was closed and empty. Another time the worker and another person heard voices and footsteps emerging from another empty ward. A man dressed in a brown suit was seen visiting his mother in 1976, although this woman later said her son had died years earlier.

Landlord

Location: Chester - Marlbororough Arms
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1885
Further Comments: The misspelling of the pub signage is said to be due to a nineteenth century sign writer encountering the ghost of a former landlord who slit his own throat; in the worker's haste to complete the job, the man failed to spot his typographical error. Since this time, the phantom landlord has been heard gurgling in the basement.

Elizabeth Warburton

Location: Chester - Stanley Palace
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Several ghosts are said to reside at the building, including Elizabeth Warburton, a former owner who has been spotted walking through a wall, and a man in Tudor clothing. Other entities observed consist of a Second World War Officer and a grey haired woman sitting by the piano, while bangs, children crying, and disembodied footsteps have been heard.

Strange Voice

Location: Childer Thornton - Halfway House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A weird voice was picked up on a tape recorder during a ghost watch at this building.

Hanging Around

Location: Christleton - Plough Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two felons hanged along this road are thought to have remained in the area.

Uneasy Atmosphere

Location: Church Lawton - Woodland near the lake
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Autumn 2016
Further Comments: Two friends were walking their dog in the woodland and encountered an increasing uneasy atmosphere. They heard an iron entry gate screech open then slam shut and a series of footsteps walking towards them. The dog started uncontrollably barking at nothing which could be seen and then bolted straight towards the gate, the two witnesses following close behind. There is a local legend that the lake and surrounding area are haunted by a Grey Lady. She was somnambulant and ended up drowning in the lack during one of her sleepwalking episodes.

Grey Figure

Location: Church Lawton - Liverpool Road West
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 09 September 2011, around 21:30h
Further Comments: A driver reported seeing a figure walking along the pavement, head down, illuminated by the lights on an oncoming car. The driver said the figure was completely grey - no other details could be seen. The figure dropped out of sight as the oncoming car passed, and when the driver reached the same spot along the road, the figure had vanished.

Woman in the Red Scarf

Location: Church Minshull - Road to Winsford, near cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 December 2004, 00:30h
Further Comments: A figure of a woman in a red scarf whose pallid face was darkened only by black sunken eyes was seen by two people driving along this road. They reported that the ghostly figure stared right through them, was totally motionless and that her clothing looked like it dated from the 1960 or 1970s. When they drove past again the following day, the whole area seemed very different from previous.

Lord in Chair

Location: Comber Mere - Combermere Abbey
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Ghost photographed in 1891, child appears prior to a death
Further Comments: An early photograph taken here shows what appears to be a phantom man sitting in a chair in the study. Though the figure was identified as the late Lord Combermere, it is more likely a mortal blurred by a long exposure time. Another entity that takes the form of a small child is said to appear before a death in the Cotton family, while it was believed in the nineteenth century the site to be haunted by cowled monks.

Bell Overboard

Location: Comber Mere - Waters of the lake
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After the nearby abbey fell into ruin, the bells were taken across the lake towards Wrenbury church - one bell fell overboard and can sometimes be heard ringing.

Marbury Lady

Location: Comberbatch - Marbury Park and former hall (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Exact date unknown, but reported to be around 22:30h (female ghost)
Further Comments: An Egyptian maid was pushed down the staircase of the old manor house, dying in the fall. Her ghost was said to haunt the old hall, though when it was demolished, the spirit changed location and took up residence in the park. A phantom mare named Marbury Dunne is also said to haunt the park.

Little Girl Lost

Location: Combermere - Combermere Abbey
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to death in family
Further Comments: The Cottin family, when they lived here, regarded the visitation of a ghostly fourteen year old girl as a sign of impending death in the family.

Crocodile

Location: Congleton - Old quarry (now Astbury Mere Water Park)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: A lizard-like creature just under a metre in length was seen by several users of this quarry when it was converted to a water sports centre.

Face in the Fireplace

Location: Congleton - Little Moreton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: A thirteen year old girl reported seeing a face appear in the fireplace here which gave her 'disapproving' looks.

Piano

Location: Congleton - Lion and Bell public house (was renamed Bar Twelve, as of 2011 closed)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 2000s
Further Comments: A piano was said to play itself, even though most of the keys were broken. The site was also said to be home to an old woman with her hair tied up in a bun.

Raven

Location: Coppenhall - Area around Don Kinson's Oak
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Thought by locals to contain the spirit of a woman who drowned herself in a nearby pool of water, this black bird had to be exorcised by the area's Bishop.

Grace Trigg

Location: Cotton Edmunds - Cotton Farm, the 'Roman Bridges'
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Grace is said to have been beheaded by Cromwellian soldiers after trying to protect her master's property from theft and destruction. Some believe her spirit to remain in the area, carrying her severed head under one arm.

Robed Figure

Location: Crewe - Three Lamps public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: A photograph taken of the cellar at this public house is said to show a robed figure holding an unknown item across its chest.

Airman or Farmer

Location: Crewe - South Cheshire College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This ghost, who appears all over the student's campus, is thought to be either a farmer or an airman who died on the site. Though seen on CCTV, the entity appears to have the ability not to show up on the video footage.

Ballet Dancer

Location: Crewe - Lyceum Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Actor unknown, dancer seen 01 October 2010
Further Comments: The stage door is reputedly haunted by an actor who was murdered by a jealous thespian, while a ballet dancer who killed herself can sometimes be seen dancing on stage. She was last observed in a full white period dress and is said to leave a lingering smell of perfume.

Grey Lady

Location: Crewe - Crewe Arms Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly grey lady is said to be seen (and heard) as she moves along a corridor in the hotel.

Bright Headlights

Location: Cuerdley - Widnes Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 2000s, around 03:00h
Further Comments: While driving back from Liverpool, a driver spotted a bright pair of headlights rapidly approaching from behind. Just as the driver thought he would be overtaken, the lights vanished. Believing that a car had crashed, the drier turned around and looked for it, but could find nothing.

Cyclist

Location: Daresbury - All over village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Killed in an accident in the 1920s, it was reported that the former rider sometimes appeared on foot, walking next to witnesses before fading away.

Vanishing Lady

Location: Davenham - Leftwich Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An owner noticed that this grey lady always disappeared by walking into the same area in the wall - when the zone was knocked through, a skeleton was discovered.

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