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Cheshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Floating Bowl

Location: Smallwood - Private residence
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A former occupier of this property reported witnessing mild polt-like effects while here, including a bowl floating in mid-air, the pulling of hair, and sounds of crashing plates in the kitchen.

Headless Kidnapper

Location: Spurstow - Dead Man's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A member of the Spurstow family was beheaded as a kidnap attempt that he had masterminded went wrong. His headless shade now walks along the road that the body was taken.

Former Workers

Location: Styal - Quarry Bank Mill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The National Trust named the mill in their top ten most haunted locations, claiming a gang of former workers were still residing there.

Old Man Marriott

Location: Sutton Lane End - Rossendale wood (known locally as Marriott`s Wood)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, said to occur around midnight
Further Comments: A ghostly figure of Old Man Marriott is said to walk down the road with his sheep dog and his gun.

Elizabeth

Location: Sweattenham - Sweattenham Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 2013
Further Comments: A visitor sitting with their back to an alcove spotted something black behind them. Expecting to see someone standing there, the visitor turned around, but there was nothing there. A member of staff told the visitor that the site was once a nunnery and that the pub was haunted by a nun by the name of Elizabeth.

Cromwellian Victim

Location: Tarvin - Bridle path near The Headless Woman inn, running from Hockenhull Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This old servant woman was decapitated by agents of Cromwell, after she refused to betray her master's fortune to them. She was once seen so often that they named a public house after her!

Aging Woman

Location: Thurstaston - Thurstaston Old Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The artist Reginald Easton reported waking during the night and seeing an old woman standing by his bed when he spent a night at the hall. He was so impressed he spent a further week at the hall, drawing the ghost when he saw it. She is believed to have murdered a child in the hall.

Old Woman

Location: Toft - Seven Sisters
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The shade of an old woman is reported to sit under this group of trees.

Pet Duck

Location: Tushingham - Blue Bell Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This tame bird was killed by a landlord after it took to attacking patrons. Unfortunately, death failed to prevent the ankle pecker continuing its work, and it fell on members of the clergy to exorcise the spirit.

Trapped in a Bird

Location: Utkinton - Utkinton Hall
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Sixteenth century
Further Comments: A priest who was called in to deal with a troublesome spirit trapped it within the body of a blackbird. It is said that all the blackbirds on the grounds of the hall today are descended from that particular bird.

Mr McGraw

Location: Wallasey - Oldershaw Grammar School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: Dressed in his headmaster's gown, this figure has been both seen and heard on different occasions - when seen by a cleaner, she convinced the caretaker to arm himself with a pistol and search the area!

Banging Door

Location: Warrington - Walton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 1915
Further Comments: A young married couple reported being woken by their bedroom door being thrown open by an invisible entity and slammed shut a few seconds later. They were later told an old woman was supposed to haunt their bedroom.

Heptagon

Location: Warrington - Skies over the area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 11 April 2019
Further Comments: From their back garden, a witness watched a dark grey heptagon shape silently fly over their house.

Tearaway Kids

Location: Warrington - Marsh House Lane, private house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: A ghostbuster claimed to have rid this house of a total of five spirits, all teenagers or younger, who were making the homeowners life a living hell.

Dick Peabody

Location: Warrington - Lower Angel tavern
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghostly figure is blamed whenever a member of staff has their bottom pinched...

Stone Throwing

Location: Warrington - Houses close to the churchyard, Stockton Heath
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1885
Further Comments: Several greenhouses had glass broken after paving stones were dropped upon them. Despite sentries being posted, the source of the stones could not be found.

Grey Lady

Location: Warrington - Hollins Park House (aka Winwick Hall, former hospital)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-2005?
Further Comments: This part of the old hospital site was said to be haunted by a grey lady and the sounds of children running and shouting. Other parts of the hospital, since demolished and replaced with a housing estate, were home to a phantom nun reputed to walk into one room here and take a seat before disappearing. She was said to be only visible from the knees up. Other phantoms included an American GI, white ladies, and former members of staff.

Giles

Location: Warrington - Black Horse Inn (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One story says that the area around the inn is haunted by a stumbling and/or crawling figure who vanishes when approached. Some name him as Giles Boston, mortally injured during a fight with Royalist troops.

Murder Victim

Location: Warrington - Bewsey Old Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: His life snuffed out at some point in the 1930s, this shade has remained earthbound since. The hall may also be haunted by a white Lady, thought to be Lady Isabella le Botelor.

Man with Slick White Hair

Location: Warrington - A50 leading to Warrington from Knutford
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: May 1995
Further Comments: A driver speeding down the A50 passed a man in the road who was trying to flag him down. The figure had slicked back white hair and wore black clothing. The driver decided to go back and help the man, stopping about a kilometre further along the road, but to his horror realised the man was now standing a couple of metres behind his car - it would have been impossible for the figure to catch up with the vehicle in such a short period of time. The driver drove off again, not wanting to engage with the man with the white hair.

Bakery

Location: Widnes - Asda store, Hale Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s?
Further Comments: Fortean TV reported this superstore as possessing ghosts in its EPOS room and bakery.

Human Fireball

Location: Widnes - Halton College
Type: SHC
Date / Time: 1985
Further Comments: A girl walking down the stairs with a group of friends suddenly burst into flame. They quickly beat the flames out, but she later died of her injuries.

White Woman

Location: Widnes - The Clinc pond, off Alder? Lane
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story states that the Clinc is haunted by a white lady who tries to pull people into the water.

Banging

Location: Willaston - Private residence
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2007/8
Further Comments: Two brothers living in this house were subjecting to banging which emerged from the walls, loft, and doors. On one occasion, one resident was thrown out of bed after asking 'is that all the energy you have?' after feeling a small but constant vibration. The resident fled the room and told his brother of the event; the brother was overjoyed that he was not alone in experiencing the phenomenon.

Anne Boleyn

Location: Wilmslow - Bollin Hall (demolished nineteenth century, likely a railway viaduct now stands on the site)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was claimed that the hall was both the birthplace of Anne Boleyn and where her ghost returned.

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