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Greater Manchester Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Scratching

Location: Salford - Flat along Lower Broughton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977
Further Comments: This flat was haunted by a scratching sound from the floor, walls and ceiling - one former resident described it as 'a dog slipping on lino'. Sheets would be pulled off the bed, and the sensation of hands or paws would be felt moving up the body when lying down in the bedroom.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dark Figure

Location: Salford - Private residence along Eccles New Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999-2007
Further Comments: As well as a shadowy figure spotted in the hallway, there have been minor poltergeist like activity, such as items moving and rapping.

Coded Knocks

Location: Salford - Private residence along Tully Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 24 December 1959 - February 1960
Further Comments: For a two month period a family living here were plagued by knocking which would carry on throughout the nights. Psychical researchers realised that the knocks were spelling out messages for neighbour Mrs Roberts, and they appeared to be from her recently deceased father-in-law. After a special service was conducted in the house the knocking ceased.

Dwarf Attack

Location: Stockport - Abney Hall, Cheadle
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1998
Further Comments: A small group of students reported being attacked by a dwarf-like alien wearing martial arts clothing. Some believed that the entity was trying to drain their life-force.

Scarlet Rider

Location: Stockport - Bramall (also known as Bramhall) Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This figure on horseback, dressed in an unmistakable red, appears once a year - in 1630 he is said to have taken the life of the owner of the hall.

Drummer

Location: Stockport - Dukinfield Chapel
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1646
Further Comments: During a service in the chapel, an invisible entity moved around the church, drumming so loud the sound drove all the congregation away.

John

Location: Stockport - Gardener's Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A former member of staff claimed the pub's cellar was haunted by a ghost named John - failure to say 'good morning' to the ghost would result in him wolf whistling in your ear. The phantom would also object it the cellar was rearranged and would move things around and turn taps on.

Open the Window

Location: Stockport - Private flat, central Stockport
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2016-2019
Further Comments: The people who lived in tis flat had several experiences. One person heard a man whisper 'open the window' close to their ear, leaving them terrified. Another person felt down the stairs, convinced that they had been pushed by small hands. EVP picked up the voice of a teenage boy.

Glowing Lady

Location: Stockport - St Thomas's Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to a death
Further Comments: This radiant woman appears dressed as either a nurse or a nun, and always just before the death of a patient on a certain ward.

George

Location: Stockport - Star and Garter public house and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young boy murdered nearby in 1861, George is still said to play with living children.

Figure in Hat

Location: Stockport - Stockport Grammar School, Victorian convent house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1964 and onwards
Further Comments: A group photograph taken at the school in 1964 shows a figure in a hat standing at the rear of the group, at an angle otherwise impossible to be caught on film. Witnesses say that the convent house is haunted by footsteps coming from empty parts of the building.

Woman

Location: Stockport - Thatched House public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lurking in the cellar, this female shade is said to horrify anyone who encounter her. Another ghost, Doctor James Briscall, is said to sit at the bar - the doctor set the building up as the town's first infirmary.

Back Slapper

Location: Stockport - White Lion public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: A DJ reported feeling someone slap his back and head, although there was no one close by. Reporting it to the landlady, he was told that other DJs had told her similar stories.

Horned Man

Location: Stretford - General area
Type: Other
Date / Time: Early 1886
Further Comments: Several women reported being attacked by a figure in 'a covering of skin, with two horns on the top of his head'. The man would leap from behind hedges, and lightly shake his victims before running off. During the same period, the figure was also reported in Gorton and Cheetham Hill.

Mary on Piggyback

Location: Swinton - Area near river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mary killed her husband's prized pig, so he drowned her in return. Mary is now said to ride the hog around the area of the river where she met her maker.

Attack in the Cellar

Location: Swinton - Bull's Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Two men were attacked in the cellar by an unknown presence, one requiring several stitches to a head wound. Phantom voices have also been heard on the telephone, and footsteps have been heard echoing around.

Victorian Woman

Location: Swinton - Private residence, East Lancs Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1970s
Further Comments: While waiting for her boyfriend, this witness watched a Victorian woman appear and disappear through the window of a nearby house. Later mentioning it to friends, they said the property was empty and had a reputation of being haunted.

Bearded Older Man

Location: Swinton - Private residence, Manchester Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: The occupant in this property encountered an angry older man with a grey beard who wore a long coat. The figure disappeared when the witness closed his eyes and reopened them. When the occupant mentioned the encounter to his landlord, he was told that previous tenants had reported the site haunted, although no further details were offered.

Lady in Red

Location: Westhoughton - Ex-Serviceman's club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The history of this rose-tinted shade is unknown.

Strange Noises

Location: Westhoughton - Market Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 02 April 2022
Further Comments: A video from the market that featured in the local press purported to contain unnatural sounds. Although in this instance the source of the noise was more likely to be vehicular than supernatural, some market traders believe the site to be haunted.

Left Over Shadow

Location: Westhoughton - Wheatsheaf public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost that haunts this pub would vanish suddenly, leaving only a shadow which persisted for several seconds after the disappearance. A former landlord of the pub stated his dog would sit and bark at one room but would not dare enter.

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