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Greater Manchester Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Bolton - Private residence, Halliwell
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: On several consecutive nights, a couple were disturbed by the sounds of a crying infant coming from beyond their bedroom wall. After the woman placed her hand on the wall and comforted the infant, the sounds were never heard again.

Tucker In

Location: Bolton - Private residence, Hunger Hill area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: In a residence in this neighbourhood, an old woman has been seen and heard to say, 'I am here to tuck you in'. Disembodied footsteps, an old man, a strange atmosphere and a ghostly hand reaching around a child's bedroom door have also been experienced.

Bed Sharer

Location: Bolton - Private residence, Hunger Hill Estate
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: Accompanying the usual bangs, crashes and raps, this polt could be felt as it climbed into the beds of the building's inhabitants. It would also pinch skin and pull hair. The intrusion ended when the family left the building after a particularly bad night, and never returned.

Man in Dark Clothing

Location: Bolton - Private residence, Somerset Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: A man dressed in dark clothing leaves the dining room and ascends the staircase. He has reportedly been seen by several guests in the property.

George Marsh

Location: Bolton - Smithills Hall (aka Smithells Hall)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 April (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Tried and executed for heresy, Marsh is remembered as his footprint (created when he stamped his foot) in the stone floor turns bloody each April 24. His shade is also reported to haunt the Green Room, where he was interrogated, though that is not date dependent. A priest is also reported to haunt the vicinity, as is a photogenic grey lady and a cat.


Location: Bolton - The Kings Head public house, Wigan Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Doors would slam closed, and the landlord was once awoken by an oppressive atmosphere that flooded his bedroom. The pub is said to have been built on top of a graveyard, the haunting attributed by some to be carried out by phantom Cavaliers.


Location: Bolton - Unity Brook Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2008 onwards
Further Comments: This female ghost, dressed in black, appeared to the assistant manager on three occasions. She was described as slim, late twenties or early thirties, with dark hair and high cheek bones. The entity has been nicknamed Emily by staff.

Older Woman

Location: Bolton - Wilton Arms public house, Belmont Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1998
Further Comments: Sharing a drink with the landlord after locking up, a witness looked across to the fireplace and smiled at an older lady, between 60 and 70 years of age, who sat there. She smiled and nodded back. The witness continued drinking for a minute before realising that all the doors were locked. Turning back to talk to the woman, she had vanished - all doors remained locked and a search of the pub found no one.

Murphy Incident

Location: Bolton - Winter Hill
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: After spotting a ufo hovering over his field, a farmer reported the sighting to the Manchester Aerial Phenomena Investigation Team. The team reported by were followed by an unidentified man, while the farmer was warned to stop talking about the incident by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, although the government agency denied they had spoken to the farmer.

Middle Aged Love

Location: Bolton - Wood Street Labour Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A couple in their late thirties haunt his building - they have been seen romantically holding hands over a table, where they sit and stare longingly at each other. They both wear Victorian clothing.

Bloodied Hands

Location: Bolton - Ye Olde Man and Scythe public house, Churchgate
Type: Other
Date / Time: Late twentieth century (blood story), and 2000s (Geny)
Further Comments: A woman drinking at the public house found her hands covered in blood as she started to leave, though she had no wounds of her own, and no other source for the liquid could be discovered. More recently, the spirit of Geny, an eight year old girl, has be blamed for tugging at skirts, pinching people, and moving items around, while a phantom dog runs around chairs in the museum room. A Roman soldier may also haunt the beer garden.

Waiting Room Phantom

Location: Bury - Bolton Street Train Station
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Christmas 2007
Further Comments: A photograph taken by John Philps of his grandson showed a strange, ghost-like figure, possibly hooded, in the waiting room. The jury is out to whether the photograph shows a ghost or just a reflection.

The Man Vanishes

Location: Bury - East Lancashire Railway Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 September 2008
Further Comments: A couple arrived early so decided to go to the waiting room. Through the glass an elderly man in a blue cap could be seen sleeping on the bench. As they entered the room they were hit by a freezing cold temperature, so cold it hurt to breath, and the man they had seen was gone.


Location: Bury - Mcphersons paintworks, Radcliffe Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A security guard and his dog encountered a large man dressed in an old German army uniform - the entity caused the dog to whimper and cower. Cleaning staff also reported lights flicking on and off, and of something which would tap them on the shoulder as they worked alone. The site was said to have been a PoW camp during the Second World War, and the ghost a former prisoner who hanged himself.

George Whewell

Location: Bury - The Pack Horse Inn, Affetside
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: If removed from the public house, this discoloured skull which once belonged to executioner George Whewell is said to scream until returned.

Haunted skulls.


Location: Chapeltown - Turton Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two skulls are currently stored in the Towers, that when stored in previous places, have been blamed for causing two ghostly men to appear and begin fighting. Poltergeist activity is also attached to the stories, and a woman apparently dressed in mourning costume haunts the staircase of the tower (and possibly an old path outside the tower). The area outside the tower is haunted by a phantom coach.

The unknown ghostly woman of Cheadle Bulkeley.

Ladylike Figure

Location: Cheadle - Cheadle Bulkeley Hall (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: In the nineteenth century it was written that one of the bedrooms here had a blood stain which nothing would erase, and that a female ghost haunted the site, although her story was unknown.

Fanny Fowden

Location: Cheadle - Fields near Adswood Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Fowden was murdered returning from church, her ghost reported to appear to young boys who are mushroom picking or playing in the fields.

Tom Ward

Location: Cheadle Hulme - Malt Shovels public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1973
Further Comments: Tom, a former landlord of the pub, appeared to the new owner - two years after dying in a motorway accident. His pale form told the new landlord to 'take care' before disappearing.

Shadows and Coughing

Location: Eccles - Duke of York public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: Reported in 2008, shadows were said to pass people who are in the cellar, while coughing was also sometimes heard under the pub. Phantoms of a man, woman and young girl were also reported, and customers said to occasionally feel a presence close by. Ten years prior to these reports, two people staying at the pub were awoken by banging coming from behind a locked door on the third floor.

Father Sharrock

Location: Eccles - Private house along Liverpool Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: This priest was seen several times in the house and took to moving beds around - never waking the sleeping occupants in the process. The entity was exorcised shortly afterwards.


Location: Failsworth - Wrigley Head (locally known as White Stuff), Moston Brook
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2013
Further Comments: A witness heard a chilling scream coming from Wrigley Head. They were later informed that the sound was common at night.

Cleaning Woman

Location: Farnworth - Blighty's public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom female has been seen wiping down tables, though she vanishes if approached.

Blue Lady

Location: Farnworth - Dixon Green Labour Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This pretty lady with long flowing blonde hair is thought to have been killed during the civil war, and though extremely good looking, her appearance is considered an ill omen.

Children's Laughter

Location: Farnworth - Shakespeare Hotel (public house)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2016
Further Comments: Glimpses of strange shadows and the sounds of children's laughter are said to be reported by customers at this pub. CCTV footage was said to have shown five different ghostly figures.

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