Lancashire - Paranormal Database Records

Sir Ralph Longworth

Location: St Michaels on Wyre - Old Hall (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Dressed in his officer's uniform, this former commander was reluctant to give up his house even after death; he would bang and crash around the building and materialise outside the front door. He was finally exorcised.

Washing Folk

Location: Staining - High Cross way
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These fairies would arrive in the area at midnight to make use of the stream water to wash their clothing.

Black Haired Child

Location: Stalybridge - Country park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A phantom child with black hair has been reported as haunting the park. Others have heard disembodied voices in the area.

Elderly Lady

Location: Stalybridge - Q public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Short in stature, this ghostly, elderly figure wears Victorian clothing. A labourer is also said to haunt the premises.

Shaking Tree

Location: Stalybridge - Unknown farm
Type: Other
Date / Time: Prior to a death in the family
Further Comments: The leaves in this tree would shake violently just prior to a family member dying, regardless of wind and weather conditions.

Charles Hutton

Location: Standish - General area of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1963
Further Comments: The last witness to see the ghost of the Reverend Hutton fainted - the figure was seen floating half a metre from the ground, dressed in early twentieth century clothing and wearing a scarf.

Lady Mabel

Location: Standishgate - Mab's Cross
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mab's ghost still walks around the cross and surrounding area, her punishment for remarrying in the mistaken belief her first husband had died.

Open the Window

Location: Stockport - Private flat, central Stockport
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2016-2019
Further Comments: The people who lived in tis flat had several experiences. One person heard a man whisper 'open the window' close to their ear, leaving them terrified. Another person felt down the stairs, convinced that they had been pushed by small hands. EVP picked up the voice of a teenage boy.


Location: Stony Hurst - Cromwell Bridge
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The Devil is reputed to cross the bridge once a year - if he looks you in the eye, he'll take your soul!

Victorian Woman

Location: Swinton - Private residence, East Lancs Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1970s
Further Comments: While waiting for her boyfriend, this witness watched a Victorian woman appear and disappear through the window of a nearby house. Later mentioning it to friends, they said the property was empty and had a reputation of being haunted.

Running Child

Location: Thornton - River Wyre Country Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2016
Further Comments: Walking the footpath near the site of the demolished Cockle Hall, this witness heard a child's footsteps running up behind. The witness stepped out of the way and turned - the footsteps ceased, and nothing was there.

Sheet Stealer

Location: Thornton - Unknown house along Windsor Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: A local councillor agreed to spend the night in the house after those living there reported a phantom figure which would remove bedcovers from a toddler's bed.

Baker's Van

Location: Thornton - Unknown road in the area
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1939
Further Comments: A phantom baker's van was reported by two people out cycling at dusk shortly before the outbreak of World War Two.

Misty Figure

Location: Thornton Cleveleys - Skipool Creek
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Autumn 2008
Further Comments: Four people stopped in the car park here for a few minutes to chat. Three of the four glanced out of the windscreen, just in time to watch a white mist, the height and rough shape of a person, pass the front of the car at a hurried walking pace.

Galloping Horses

Location: Tockholes - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A ghostly herd of horses is said to haunt this area.

Fleeting Shadows

Location: Tockholes - Ruins of Hollinshead Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Maybe not surprisingly, several reports exist of strange shadows and shapes being seen here after dark.

James Bair

Location: Torisholme - Torisholme Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This shade was seen looking through a wardrobe, examining clothing, and also taking a rest on an armchair.

Ugly Man

Location: Tranmere - General area
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One story relays the tale of a floating entity with a deformed face which, in the space of a week managed to terrify a huge number of people in this area before vanishing never to be seen again.

Little Girl

Location: Tyldesley - Private house along Manchester Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1993 onwards
Further Comments: A family along this road share their home with the ghost of a young girl, who was spotted on the staircase. She is a playful spirit, and is said to cause electrical interference with the television, music system and lights. The little ghost has also been felt as she tugs on people's clothing while they sit at the dining table.

Hungry Dragon

Location: Unsworth - Exact location unknown
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local dragon which feasted on the local women and children was killed by the local landlord who fired a dagger at the creature using his musket.


Location: Upholland - House next to the White Lion Inn (house demolished during 1930s)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa 1904
Further Comments: This noisy haunting centred around two boys who lived at the site, and consisted of strange sounds and knocking which emerged in the corners of rooms. Lights would also flash in some of the rooms, although the property had no electricity.

Oliver Cromwell

Location: Walton le Dale - Pinocchio's Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2003
Further Comments: Cromwell's shade is reported to haunt this property and may have appeared in a photograph taken in the restaurant in 2003.

Summoning the Dead

Location: Walton le Dale - St Leonard's Churchyard
Type: Other
Date / Time: 12 August 1560 (possible date)
Further Comments: John Dee, together with Edward Kelly, attempted to raise a dead man to discover the location of his hidden treasure. The dead man is supposed to have made several predictions about his former neighbours before returning to his grave. The 1825 publication 'The Astrologer of the Nineteenth Century' contains the most famous image of the event.

Impending Pregnancy

Location: Warton - Bride's Chair
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A local rocky outcrop known as the Bride's Chair is said to bestow child to any newlywed woman who sits on it.


Location: Warton (near Wrea Green) - Boggart House (no longer standing), on the road leading to the riverside public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Stormy nights, pre World War 2
Further Comments: Before the house was demolished to make room for landing strips for WW2 aircraft, locals believed it to be a haunt for dead sailors who had lost their lives in the nearby Irish Sea. It was also reported that a murder had once happened in the house, and the screams of the victim could still be heard.

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