Lancashire - Paranormal Database Records

Mrs Potter

Location: Manchester - 35 Northern Drive, Collyhurst (no longer standing - area redeveloped)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972
Further Comments: Two children were taken to hospital suffering from shock after seeing the ghost of Mrs Potter, a widow who was murdered in the flat two years previous. The presence told the girls to 'wait for me in this room' before touching one of them on the mouth.

Nothing Moving

Location: Manchester - 44 Penny Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century?
Further Comments: Owners of this establishment called the police when they heard lots of movement in the building when it should have been empty - after a long search, no one was found and nothing was either moved or removed. The strange sounds continued on for a number of weeks.

Bob Tailed Cat

Location: Manchester - Area around the canal near the Pomona Public House, Old Trafford
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Anglers fishing in this area reported a cat the size of a cocker spaniel which often appeared at day and night.

Figures in Jumpsuits

Location: Manchester - Banks of the River Mersey, south Manchester
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 19 August 1979, 21:00h
Further Comments: Walking home with her two daughters, Lynda Jones and the children watched a twenty metre long orange/pink oval craft drop into a field. When they approached to take a better look, the ufo had changed to a grey colour and was hovering sixty centimetres above the ground. They all ran away after one daughter started screaming, and in later hypnotherapy Lynda recalled being abducted by almost human figures in jumpsuits.


Location: Manchester - Bootle Street Police Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: Footsteps have been heard by officers on the nightshift and an old timecard machine occasionally clangs as people walk past. A former female prisoner is said to haunt the corridor outside her cell.

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.

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.


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 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.

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 large number of 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.

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.

Darting Lights

Location: Manchester - Skies above Bury
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Late 1990s
Further Comments: Several circular bright lights were observed by a man walking his dog in the night sky. The balls were all different sizes and travelled very fast in a zigzag motion, creating no sound. The man was left shaken after watching them, but did not contact the authorities fearing they would think he was mad.

Man in Dark Suit

Location: Manchester - Strangeways Prison, condemned cell, B Wing
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom man wearing a dark suit and carrying a briefcase has been reported by staff. If follows, he vanishes near the condemned cell. Some have named him as John Ellis, a former executioner who committed suicide in 1932.

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