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Lancashire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

White Dog

Location: Bispham - Bispham Hall, grounds of
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pale little hound has been reported hanging around the area of its grave.


Location: Bispham - Rail tracks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy nights
Further Comments: Swinging his lantern, this ghostly lone figure walks slowly along the tracks.

Old Tram

Location: Bispham - Tram station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 02:30h
Further Comments: An old tram is said to travel along the tracks to the station at the same time every morning. A paranormal team known as Spirits and Sinners investigated, and while they did not see the tram, their electrical equipment played up and they spotted a strange light which illuminated a display teddy bear.


Location: Blackburn - BBC Radio Lancashire studios
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This radio station is haunted by a man who fell down a flour chute and snapped his neck in the days when a bakery once stood on the site.

Strange Trees

Location: Blackburn - Billinge Wood - Crow Wood
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: Current
Further Comments: Sounds of footsteps can be heard in the wood, even when no one is immediately visible. The trees are also said to dramatically change appearance.

Young Child Running

Location: Blackburn - Entwistle Station - Entwistle Halt
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A child running around the fields was once commonly seen here just prior to the Second World War, even though he was killed on the nearby railway tracks as the First World War raged.

Tina Turner Fan

Location: Blackburn - Fox and Hounds public house, Ewood
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1993
Further Comments: A poltergeist at work within this pub enjoyed playing Tina Turner's Be Tender with Me Baby on the juke box, as well as throwing items around and moving ornaments.

Man in a top hat

Location: Blackburn - King George's Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: A local story says that a man died after falling into a large pipe in the organ room. In 2012 a ghost hunting team claimed to have seen a man in a top hat with a damaged face and children running around corridors.

Galloping Horses

Location: Blackburn - Mill Hill area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A woman waiting for the bus watched a herd of horses stampede close by, but no one else had seen them. A few years later she discovered someone else had also, more recently, seen the herd in the same area.


Location: Blackburn - Old Infirmary
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - 2000s?
Further Comments: Cleaning staff in this building are reported to occasionally see figures through doorways, although one member of staff came face to face with a Victorian man wearing a top hat.

White Woman

Location: Blackburn - Private house off Moor Street (may no longer exist)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1887
Further Comments: A woman in white took up residence in one man's house, on one occasion causing him to faint as she approached. One story said the woman was the ghost of someone who had burnt to death nearby twelve years previous, while others maintained the entity was merely someone acting the part.

Dorothy Southworth

Location: Blackburn - Samlesbury Hall (part of the building now a restaurant), and road outside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 May 2006
Further Comments: This pale female spectre haunts an area of the garden where her lover was killed. It is said she is sometimes accompanied by a knight. A bus driver travelling on the road by the hall reported stopping to let a pale girl climb on board, only for her to vanish. In May 2006, the owner of a newly opened restaurant within the building reported a white figure which ran past him, cross the road, and vanished into nearby fields.

Illuminated Woman

Location: Blackburn - Trinity Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 30 January 1887
Further Comments: A strange light surrounded the young, ghostly woman spotted in the churchyard. A young man who witnessed the apparition lobbed a bottle in her direction; she chased him away.

Unnamed Problem

Location: Blackley - Unnamed nursing home
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: A council care worker was disciplined after drawing a crucifix on the wall of this home to try to reduce what she believed was paranormal activity. During the 1990s, a Catholic priest had been summoned to the same location to lay reported ghosts.


Location: Blackpool - Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost train attraction is reportedly truly haunted by an entity known as Clogger. He was a former fairground worker who always wore clogs, and his footwear can be heard still echoing down the dark passageways. The Alice ride home to a phantom hanging man, while the 'tunnel of love' is also said to be haunted, this time by a blood stained woman.

Green Face

Location: Blackpool - Carleton Crematorium
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1936 (face), 31 October (reoccurring) (horse)
Further Comments: Harry Hodges, a taxi driver, was taking his fare to the crematorium. Pulling up outside the gates, he suddenly spotted a green face belonging to a man with long dark hair and sunken eyes. Harry's passenger screamed and ran off, and the face disappeared after moving across the front windscreen. A less detailed local legend says that a horse manifest at midnight on Halloween and races towards the gates before vanishing.


Location: Blackpool - Eagle and Child public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former highwayman, Murph can sometimes be heard mumbling and moaning at the bar late at night.

Sex Staved Ghost

Location: Blackpool - Exact location unknown
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1994
Further Comments: A woman in Blackpool reported sexual harassment from a spirit which would climb into bed with her.


Location: Blackpool - Former Regent Cinema, Church Street
Type: Other
Date / Time: February 2013
Further Comments: A photograph of mist (or breath in the cold) resulted in one local news outlet stating this building was haunted.


Location: Blackpool - Foxhall public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several figures are thought to haunt this building, and although details are fleeting, they are thought to include priests and smugglers.

Laura Schoons

Location: Blackpool - Frenchman's Cove (former tobacco warehouse)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This building is said to be the home of a spirit by the name of Laura Schoons, who staff working late at night feel the presence of.

Moving Props

Location: Blackpool - Grand Theatre
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Strange sounds and light poltergeist activity have been reported from this theatre.


Location: Blackpool - Illuminations Department building, Rigby Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Strange noises and cold spots have been attributed to a spirit named Ted within this building.


Location: Blackpool - Lytham Road, private house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This unscrupulous fellow returned after dying, still waving his storm lantern from the windows of his house.

Off the coast of Blackpool


Location: Blackpool - Off the coast
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: stormy nights. Last heard 21 May 2013?
Further Comments: A town lost off the coast of Blackpool many years ago, the bells can be heard ringing on stormy nights. The bells may have last been heard by a mother and daughter walking near Sandcastle Water Park.

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