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Northampton Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Crying Children

Location: Northampton - Auctioneers Public House, Market Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1999
Further Comments: A former landlord and his wife reported hearing the cries of children and the smell of burning timber - it is speculated that this ghost sighting relates to the Great Fire of Northampton, when in 1675 the buildings around Market Square were burnt to the ground.

Vanishing Figure

Location: Northampton - Between Spinney Hill and Bailiff Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 2010
Further Comments: Driving back in daylight from shopping, this witness and the driver of another car had to break hard after a tall figure stepped off the kerb and crossed the road. Once it reached the other side, the figure vanished.

Possessed Cabinet

Location: Northampton - Birchfield Road East (private house), and 330 Wellingborough Road (Trends furniture shop)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2003
Further Comments: This cabinet, sold to a house along Birchfield Road East, was quickly returned to the shop after the owner said that the figure of a woman dressed in 1930s clothing materialised several times by it. Similar occurrences happened at the shop after the cabinet came back.

Misty forms

Location: Northampton - Black Lion public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1970s
Further Comments: Many of the pub's owners have reported lights that turn themselves on and off and pets that refuse to go into the basement. A misty man with a black dog was spotted in one room and a phantom woman was encountered on the stairs.

Black Rain

Location: Northampton - Bulwick Rectory
Type: Other
Date / Time: 16 July 1850
Further Comments: Black rain fell on the rectory, twenty four hours after the building had been shaken for an hour by a loud rumbling.


Location: Northampton - Commercial building, Sixfields area
Type: Other
Date / Time: 2013
Further Comments: A witness heard footsteps sprinting towards their position, but when they turned around, no one could be seen. The sound of the footsteps continued to echo around the area for several seconds after they had ceased.

Empty building near Market Hall, Northampton.

Sounds of Movement

Location: Northampton - Empty building near Market Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: There have been several reports of the sounds of people moving around this building in the dead of night, even though it remains totally boarded up.

Grosvenor Centre, Northampton.

Floating Monk

Location: Northampton - Grosvenor Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Built on the site of an old monastery, it was perhaps inevitable that the building would become haunted by the figure that has been seen by cleaning staff after shopping hours.

Lady with Gloves

Location: Northampton - House at 18 Horsemarket, no longer standing
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: This lady, dressed in black lacy dress with white gloves, was seen several times over a fifty year period.

The Man with the Flickering Lantern

Location: Northampton - Hunsbury Hill Country Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2015
Further Comments: A couple out walking their dog after dusk encountered a tall man wearing a long coat and carrying a flickering lantern. One of the couple spoke to the man but received no reply. The couple turned to each other and then back to the man, but he had vanished.

Elderly Woman

Location: Northampton - King William public house (aka the King Billy)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: An elderly lady has been reported walking along the main corridor in the upper part of this pub. The Northants Haunted group conducted a seance on site, revealing that six spirits remained in the building, one of whom had the initials JG.


Location: Northampton - Kingsland Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1994
Further Comments: While waiting at a crossroads, a witness watched a man in a cap and Plus-fours breeches, ride past on a penny farthing cycle. The cyclist faded away.


Location: Northampton - Notre Dame Convent School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former teacher at the school, this shade now walks knee deep across a hall that was raised after her death.


Location: Northampton - Old Jolly Smokers public house, no longer standing (was located at 25 The Mayorhold)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid-twentieth century
Further Comments: Accompanied by the smell of incense, this brown hooded figure haunted the pub before it was demolished.

Swinging Forks

Location: Northampton - Private flat, St Michaels Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2011?
Further Comments: One resident reported a presence in a room, while knives and forks would swing on their stand without reason. Footsteps would also be heard, and doors would open on their own accord.

Banging and Scratching

Location: Northampton - Private residence, Abington area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1980s, always during winter
Further Comments: A former resident that the winter months would be haunted by scratching from the bottom of the staircase, bangs from the basement, and doors which would open themselves.

Royal Theatre, Northampton.

Grey Lady

Location: Northampton - Royal Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: No theatre would be complete without at least one shade, and this female entity is blamed whenever the electrics play up or props are moved.

Shipman's Pub, Northampton.

Harry Franklin

Location: Northampton - Shipman's Public House
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A former landlord who took his own life in a 'horrific manner', Harry can be heard walking above the heads of the locals as they sip their pints.

Foggy Figure

Location: Northampton - St Giles' Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1965
Further Comments: A schoolboy and his friends spotted the upper half of a 'foggy grey' figure in front of the alter, moving towards the windows of the church. The witnesses all fled.


Location: Northampton - Wheatsheaf Hotel
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1645
Further Comments: Appearing to King Charles I twice before the Battle of Naseby while he stayed in this hotel, Strafford tried to give the King advice concerning the upcoming battle. Charles I ignored it, and lost the fight. A public house in Daventry also lays claim to this event.

Wig & Pen pub, Northampton.

Cellar Dweller

Location: Northampton - Wig & Pen public house, Saint Giles Street
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The entity in the basement rarely manifests on the upper levels and is happy to scare any dogs that try to enter its domain.

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