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Greater Manchester Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Mother

Location: Oldham - Adjoining private residences, Kingsbridge Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: One of these properties was said to be haunted by a mother upset with her children, while the next door site was home to a poltergeist who would turn electrical goods off and throw small items around.

Smoking Man

Location: Oldham - Radclyffe Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Thought to be a man who took his life in the cellar, this lonely chap has been seen sitting in the bar, milking a glass of beer.

Dark Hound

Location: Radcliffe - Radcliffe Tower
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A hound of hell was once said to lurk around the tower after dark. Some say it was the reincarnation of a murdered girl, who was fed to her unsuspecting family by her stepmother.

Hanging Man

Location: Radcliffe - Radcliffe Infirmary Nurses Accommodation
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 2005
Further Comments: A resident reported spotting the ghostly figure of a man hanging by a rope in the corner of their room. The sighting was accompanied by a banging noise and a flashing light bulb.

Foggy Column

Location: Radcliffe - Commercial Hotel (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972
Further Comments: Several workers in the building reported a strange pillar of white mist that would grow from the floor, disappearing after a couple of minutes. The apparition would be accompanied by a sharp drop in temperature.

Pennies from Heaven

Location: Reddish - St Elizabeth's Churchyard
Type: Other
Date / Time: May 1981
Further Comments: Witnesses heard dozens of coins rain down in the churchyard, falling from an empty sky, though some were quite deeply embedded in the earth.

Silver Suit

Location: Reddish - Exact area not unknown
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1976
Further Comments: Several children encountered an entity wearing a silver suit. The figure had long blonde hair, a short grey beard, and hovered fifteen centimetres above the ground.

Thin Outline

Location: Rochdale - Toad Lane, and area around St Mary's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: The shady outline of an unknown man is said to have appeared here several times during the 1970s.

Cavalier

Location: Rochdale - The Rake Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Grinning merrily, mostly likely through copious amounts of beer, this soldier has been mistaken for a real person.

Male Figure

Location: Rochdale - Norden Riviera Open Air Swimming Pool (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s-1960s
Further Comments: A phantom male figure was said to have been seen standing outside this open air pool. It is not known if the figure remained after the pool was demolished in the mid-1960s.

Baum Rabbit

Location: Rochdale - St Mary's Churchyard (no longer present)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century?
Further Comments: A ghostly bunny haunted this area for many years and was reportedly shot at least once - each time the buckshot passing straight through its body. The ghostly figure of a man was also reported at the churchyard, drifting slowly above the ground.

Horses

Location: Rochdale - Gristlehurst Lane, Heywood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lane is reputed to be haunted by the phantom sounds of horses.

Flame Farewell

Location: Rochdale - Fairy Dell
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre 1838
Further Comments: A miller named Ralph was said to have encountered a group of fairies at this waterfall. When the fairies vanished, they left a brief burning light in their wake. Unfortunately, the dell was destroyed during a flood in 1838.

Two Children

Location: Rochdale - Clegg Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: Though murdered by their uncle who wanted their inheritance, the ghosts of the two children have managed to survive at least one exorcism. The shades are thought to have finally driven their murderer mad. A visitor to the ruin in 2002 felt something take her hand as she walked through the door, and another presence catch her as she slipped in the mud outside.

Internal Rain

Location: Rochdale - Bungalow along Hill Top Close
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1986
Further Comments: A family living here were plagued by regular flooding from an unknown source - investigations could not find where the water was coming from. Sounds of phantom coughing and smell of smoke also filled the rooms.

Betty

Location: Rochdale - Owd Betts public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Betty, or 'Owd Betts, was the landlady at the pub during the mid-nineteenth century. After her death it was believed that she remained on the site, occasionally heard walking around the site while looking out for bar staff.

John Ellis

Location: Rochdale - April Cotton Florists, 413 Oldham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2008
Further Comments: Even though Rochdale's last public executioner John Ellis committed suicide in 1932, his former barbershop is still thought to contain his shade. An invisible entity pushed one man while he was working alone in the shop, and later slapped the same man's rear.

Lights On

Location: Sale - Private residence, Brooklands area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1993-1994
Further Comments: A couple experienced a poltergeist outbreak here, with activities including dimming lights, bell ringing and cracked or moved kitchenware. On one occasion, the couple left the site after the electricity was switched off at the mains - once outside they looked back and all the lights in the residence were switched on.

Footfalls

Location: Sale - Eyebrow Cottage
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: Staff at this kitchen showroom have reported hearing footsteps in empty rooms, heavy items moving themselves, and doors and drawers opening and closing without human intervention.

Figure with Laser Eyes

Location: Sale - Drayton Road, Risley exit from the motorway
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 17 March 1978
Further Comments: A driver pulled over to watch a two metre tall creature, dressed in silver and with thin beams of light coming from its large eyes, as it moved along the embankment by the side of the road. When the witness arrived home, he discovered that he had 'lost' almost an hour.

White Lady

Location: Salford - Ordsall Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Some people believe that this phantom figure is Margaret Radclyffe, Queen Elizabeth's favourite Maid of Honour. She died of a broken heart in 1559 shortly after the death of her brother.

Black Cloaked Figure

Location: Salford - Old factory behind Cromwell Bridge on Littleton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The phantom figure in a cloak was seen to glide silently down from a balcony to the maze of factory machinery, the entity is said to have been seen by a few staff at the factory, and one night guard fled after encountering it. A local story says that the ghost is of William Douglas, who owned a workhouse on the site.

Grey Monk

Location: Salford - Kersal Cell
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The misty shade of a monk appears but once a year.

Blurred Figure

Location: Salford - Irwell Castle Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This dark figure has been seen at the back of the hotel, seemingly slightly out of focus with the rest of his surroundings.

Policeman

Location: Salford - Church of Saint Thomas, locally called Pendleton Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s onwards?
Further Comments: This church is reputedly haunted by a policeman who died ringing the bells on the Queen's coronation.

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