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Durham Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Voices

Location: Cockfield - Cockfield Workingmen's Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009 / 2010
Further Comments: Two ghost hunts were said to have detected tapping on mirrors and voices, although a similar overnight paranormal stakeout planned for charity in 2013 was declined due to 'health and safety'.

Red eyed Figure

Location: Cold Hesledon - Lane leading away from the Pemberton Arms
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 10 October 2009
Further Comments: The CFZ website reported that a couple walking along a dark lane encountered a seven foot tall, black, man-shaped figure with glowing red eyes. The couple watched it for around fifteen seconds before it screamed and dropped from view.

Postman

Location: Consett - Wooded area, Consett Lane / Pemberton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s onwards
Further Comments: A phantom postman in 1950s clothing was said to wander this area.

Mill Worker

Location: Consett - Spring Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a mill worker who mysteriously vanished is seen along this lane.

Ex-smoker

Location: Crook - Unknown private house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1998
Further Comments: A child first reported seeing this ghost, telling her mother that 'a man's come out of the wall and he says he does the shopping in the sky'. Others detected his presence due to the cigarette smoke of which he reeks.

Wife with Child

Location: Crossgate - Crossgate Peth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This woman, holding a small child, is believed to be searching for her husband who was killed in the battle of Neville's Cross in the 1300s. She reportedly seeks a lift to the battlefield.

Lady Gerrard

Location: Darlington - Area around town hall and South Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980?
Further Comments: Lady Gerrard had her hand hacked off by two soldiers who took a liking to her ring. She died soon after from blood loss. Her ghost is said to help those in need, though it lacks an arm. Gerrard may have been encountered by a young lad who found himself lost in the park, manifesting as a grey lady who pointed in the direction of the child's family.

Old Pinkney

Location: Darlington - Old manor house (no longer standing?), Blackwell
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: The manor was haunted by an entity which wore a red cap and went under the nickname Old Pinkney. A well under the house was known as Pinkney's Well and was never used after dusk. The surrounding area was also said to be haunted by a headless man.

Hound Attack

Location: Darlington - Old Darlington and Stockton rail station
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 5 December 1890
Further Comments: A night watchman reported being attacked by a man and his dog as they came out of the coal house - the watchman defended himself and tried to punch his attacker, only for his fist to pass through the figure and hit the wall behind. The pair of entities then went back into the coal house and vanished.

Lady Jerratt

Location: Darlington - Manor House constructed by Bishop Pudsey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Seventeenth century
Further Comments: Murdered in the building, the ghost of Lady Jerratt appeared to only have one arm, as the other had been severed during the attack. A bloody thumbprint and fingerprint were said to have remained on the wall, impossible to scrub away or paint over.

Lost Souls

Location: Darlington - Hell's Kettles, along the River Tees
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Kettles still present
Further Comments: Deep pools of water located along the river, the Hell's Kettles are said to contain the souls of sinners. Some report that these people (and animals in some cases) can be seen floating in the pools when the waters are clear.

Changing Entity

Location: Darlington - Glassensikes (steam or river) and Harewood Hill area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The large black dog once said to haunt this area could also take the form of a flaming headless man, a headless woman, a white cat, or a rabbit.

Woman in White

Location: Darlington - Former guest house (no longer operating), Corporation Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: The ghostly woman who haunted this guest house is said to have been killed on the road outside many years earlier. She would be seen standing on top of the staircase by the manager. Poltergeist activity was also reported on the site - items in the kitchen would be moved overnight, lights would turn themselves on, and the manager was 'held' at the top of the staircase by an unknown force.

The Tartan Lady

Location: Darlington - Blackwell Grange Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly Scot came to Blackwell after the Duke of Cumberland stole her portrait and brought it here in 1746. Though the painting has since been destroyed, the Tartan Lady still haunts the building.

Senor Rino Pepi

Location: Darlington - Civic Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The theatre's founder, Senor Rino Pepi, is still said to sit to the left of the stage, wearing his top hat and long coat. The cries of a sobbing child (perhaps acting) have also been reported around the changing rooms.

Mynarski

Location: Darlington - Teesside International Airport
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Mynarski was awarded the VC for trying to save a rear gunner when the bomber they were in caught fire. His ghost dressed in flying kit has been seen around the airport's hotel.

Pekinese and Pepi

Location: Darlington - The Civic (once the Hippodrome)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid-to-late-twentieth century
Further Comments: The little Pekinese dog was buried within the walls of the theatre, its ghostly presence indicated by lightly padding feet moving across the floors, and soft panting. Pepi, the dog's owner and former manager, is also said to haunt the building, as are several other entities; a stage manager, a female dancer, and a hanging man.

Spinning Tree

Location: Dunston - Private residence, Malvern Gardens
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969-1975
Further Comments: Cupboard doors would open and close, a bed lifted itself up, and the Christmas tree span with such forced that decorations fell from it. One man collapsed after seeing a ghostly shape walk towards him down a passage.

Passage of Horror

Location: Durham - Durham Cathedral
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A secret passage is said to run from the cathedral to Finchale Abbey, though the journey is so terrifying no one can survive the journey. The Sanctuary Knocker at the Cathedral is hundreds of years old and appears to show a demonic entity with three tongues.

Grey Shadow

Location: Durham - Durham Castle, black staircase
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Reportedly the wife of one of the former Prince Bishops of Durham, this figure haunts the black staircase where she fell and broke her neck.

Woman in a Black Dress

Location: Durham - Private residence, Coatsworth Road
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: A sixteen year old girl screamed for her mother after seeing a phantom woman wearing a black dress appear in a bedroom. The following morning the family received a phone call informing them the girl's grandmother had died the night before, around the same time as the sighting.

Twisted Man

Location: Durham - North Bailey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Emerging from the cellar of a property once owned by the city's chief constable, this little man, twisted and bent over, was said to wear a white ruffled shirt, black trousers and a nightcap.

Coach

Location: Durham - Langley Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen galloping towards the hall, this coach is pulled by four black, headless horses. One legend says the coach contains a coffin.

Violet

Location: Durham - Kerry Foods Factory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: A phantom woman who suddenly disappears when spotted was nicknamed Violet after the scent in the air which she leaves.

Young Woman

Location: Durham - HMP Low Newton Prison
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 26 February 2011
Further Comments: A prisoner reported seeing a woman standing by a window in their cell. A guard later told them that someone had committed suicide in the spot the figure had stood.

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