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Manchester Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Office Sharing

Location: Manchester - Mecca Bingo, Derby Street (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1969
Further Comments: It was claimed that the team renovating the site prior to opening would stay the night. The first night the men all slept in separate rooms, but on the subsequent night, they shared, such was their fear of the resident ghost.

Headless Monk

Location: Manchester - New White Lion public house, Middleton Old Road (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was believed that the headless monk which haunted this pub was connected to Blackley Hall, a short distance away.


Location: Manchester - Old bank in Wythenshawe area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: The Wythenshawe public library was temporarily moved into an old bankers' building while the original was being rebuilt. During the night shift with only two guards around, one of the internal downstairs phones rang, and breathing and whimpering could be heard when it was answered. When the night guards investigated, they found a handset off the hook upstairs but no-one else on site.


Location: Manchester - Old Mill, Milesplatting (now converted)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, story around during the 1970s
Further Comments: One person recalled that they were told that this abandoned site was haunted by Annabella, although there is a possibility the story was started to keep children away from the site.

Girl in White

Location: Manchester - Park Road, Worsley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2010
Further Comments: A parent spotted what he assumed was his daughter dressed in white coming down the staircase, although a few minutes later he found her still in bed. Other people in the household had seen the entity, and it was described as not being threatening or frightening.

Large Black Figure

Location: Manchester - Parsonage Road, Withington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity is said to have emerged from an old disused house on the corner of Parsonage Road and Swinbourne Grove and give chase to a couple of passers-by.

Line of Children

Location: Manchester - Pauper's Graveyard, junction of Nell Lane and Princess Parkway, Withington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Foggy night, late twentieth century?
Further Comments: Stories of the ghostly youngsters in this area are common, and one witness saw a line of small children crossing Nell Lane and heading towards a field where it is said a workhouse once stood.

Peter Street, Manchester

Pipe Music

Location: Manchester - Peter Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: The sound of loud yet gentle pipe music was reported several times coming from an empty office along this street.

White Lady

Location: Manchester - Picnic Corner, Broadoak Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The white (or grey) lady is the ghost of a woman who escaped from a nearby castle but drowned in the pond which once stood here. Another story identifies the woman is a Victorian girl. Either way, her ghost could be heard after the sun went down. At the time of writing (August 2019), there is a planning application to build housing on the site.


Location: Manchester - Private house along Atherley Grove
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2001-2008
Further Comments: Manifestations during this haunting included disembodied footsteps, and a toy and coins thrown by unseen hands.

Headless Cat

Location: Manchester - Private house along Lower Seedley Road, Seedley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa late nineteenth century
Further Comments: For a two month period, until they finally moved out, a family endured the sounds of a cat in terrible pain. At one point, the lady of the house was found unconscious - she said she had encountered a headless cat which pawed at her legs.

Man at the Window

Location: Manchester - Private house, Abergele Road, Fallowfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A grandson to the woman who once lived here recalled that when he stayed over, he would often see a ghostly man standing at the foot of the bed. The apparition would do nothing but stare out of the window.


Location: Manchester - Private residence in Moston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Just after a couple had moved in, footsteps could be heard on the staircase and a child's voice was heard just outside a door asking to come in. The sounds stopped after the couple laid a new carpet.

Running Bath

Location: Manchester - Private residence, Charlton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990
Further Comments: Four students quickly moved out of this property after experiencing a high number of strange occurrences, including electrical items being switched on and off, the sound of running water in the bathroom (when the taps were off), slamming doors and the manifestation of a tall monk-like figure.

Old Man and Friends

Location: Manchester - Private residence, Chester Road, Buckley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1968
Further Comments: An exorcism was reported to be a success after a family reported several presences in their home, including an old man, a phantom horseman, and several entities which manifested at the foot of the staircase.


Location: Manchester - Private residence, Elsham Gardens, Gorton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004-2008
Further Comments: A former occupier of this property reported that her son had a female 'friend' named Molly who would wait in his room when they went out. She herself had seen a dark, tall shadow on the landing. Neighbours also told her that the previous occupiers had moved out after encountering the ghost of a young boy.


Location: Manchester - Private residence, Greenmount, Bury
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s-1990s
Further Comments: Voices of two people chatting (and shouting) at each other could be heard in this property. It was also reported that small objects would move unaided and that footsteps could be heard moving around upstairs.


Location: Manchester - Private residence, Newall Road, Wythenshawe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa March 2000
Further Comments: This house was haunted by a male ghost which would make its presence known by talking to the occupiers. A male witness was unnerved when a voice whispered his name into his ear when there was not one else in the property.


Location: Manchester - Private residence, St Annes Road, Prestwich
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005-2007
Further Comments: A previous owner of this property claimed that a little boy haunted the attic. A neighbour also reported seeing the figure in the garden and kitchen. Mild poltergeist activity also took place, with the kettle, radio and lights switching themselves on.

Tall Cloaked Figure

Location: Manchester - Rocky Lane, Morton, and Folly Lane and Worsley Road, Swinton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1883
Further Comments: A six foot (1.8 metre) tall figure wearing a fur cloak took to haunting this area over the first two weeks of 1883. The press considered the entity nothing more than someone dressed up; on one occasion the 'ghost' ran off when faced with a man welding a walking stick.

Jacobite armed with Dagger

Location: Manchester - Rover's Return trinket shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This former soldier has been seen loitering at the foot of a bed on the property, weapon in hand.

Nurses and Friends

Location: Manchester - Ryecroft Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: A few ghost hunts have taken place at the hall, with perceived entities including nurses, children, soldiers and the Seventh Earl of Stamford.

James Heyward

Location: Manchester - Same Yet Inn, Prestwich
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Heyward was robbed and murdered nearby in 1843; his bearded ghost occasionally seen in the pub was blamed when a fire broke out in the bistro in 1994.


Location: Manchester - Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008-2012
Further Comments: The ghost of Australian-born, British philosopher Samuel Alexander was said to have been spotted by teaching staff in the hall which bears his name.

Shakespeare Hotel, Manchester

Girl on Fire

Location: Manchester - Shakespeare Hotel, Fountain Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: Reportedly built on the site where SHC had killed a young maid, the hotel is now home to the ghostly girl. She has been seen standing at the top of a flight of stairs, once appearing to be on fire.

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