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Sheffield Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Sobbing Woman

Location: Sheffield - Three Tuns public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heard but never seen, this crying woman may also haunt the cellar - it is said that no animal has the courage to have gone down. Patrons have reported being prodded by an unseen finger.

Mary with her Jailor

Location: Sheffield - Turret House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Mary Queen of Scots was held here for many years, and on occasion her ghost is seen looking out from a window. Her male jailor is sometimes seen standing guard on the stairwell.


Location: Sheffield - Wardsend Cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that the site is haunted by a boy whose body was snatched in 1862. However, the bodysnatching accusations made at the time were later proven false - it is unclear whether the ghost story is a modern creation.


Location: Sheffield - Woodseats Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that this hotel is home is to a violent entity which has been known to attack members of staff. Phantom childrens' voices have also been heard.

Hooded Figure

Location: Sheffield - Woolley Woods Bottom
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 February 2013
Further Comments: Three people in the woods spotted a hooded figure run past. One of the party also spotted a brown tunic with a big gold buckle, moving down a slope, (although there were no limbs or head visible) while the other two witnesses spotted white lights floating around their car.

Dark Figure

Location: Sheffield - Ye Olde Harrow public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1994 - February 2001, and late 1970s
Further Comments: A former tenant reported several strange experiences during their time in this pub, including encountering a dark figure, doors which closed themselves and items which disappeared and reappeared up to a month later. A former occupier of the site remembered the shadow and closing doors from the 1970s.

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