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Lincolnshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Kings of Europe

Location: Sleaford - Coffin sized stones on Ewerby Waithe Common
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stones no longer present
Further Comments: An old folktale said that the coffin-sized stones which once lay upon this common land marked the location where the kings of England, France and Spain all lay down. Another story said the stones had been dropped by a passing witch.


Location: Sleaford - Boundary Cafe, Colbey Grange
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Nicknamed 'Fred', this phantom resembles a young RAF pilot in overalls. Due to the proximity of the cafe to the former RAF base, it is speculated he was based there during the Second World War.


Location: South Cockerington - Mill Hill Way
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 13 August and 15 August 2010
Further Comments: On two separate occasions, two different police officers reported seeing a monkey along this road. Both described the creature as 'a similar size to a squirrel, dark brown in colour with a long, straight, upright tail'.

White Lady

Location: Spalding - Ayscoughfee Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 2006
Further Comments: After a long period of absence, this phantom woman was spotted by a member of the public in 2006. Staff who work at the building report feeling a strange presence in some of the rooms in this hall.


Location: Spalding - Gordon Boswell Romany Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 2013
Further Comments: Museum owner Gordon Boswell reported in the local press that he had seen and heard a phantom little girl who is thought to have with one of the caravans onsite. The Xstream Paranormal group also reported to have heard the little girl laughing.

Victorian Lost Boy

Location: Spalding - Red Lion public house, Hillgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: A team of ghost hunters which stayed here one night claimed to contact a young boy wearing breeches and a flat cap. The entity claimed to have arrived at the public house by train and was now unable to leave. Another ghost took the form of an elderly gentleman dressed in grey.


Location: Stamford - Burghley House
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 9 May 1909
Further Comments: A dark cigar shaped object with a light was spotted moving above the grounds for several minutes before vanishing into cloud.

Woman in Black

Location: Stamford - London Inn (closed in 2010)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Tuesday evening in December, early 1990s, around 19:30h
Further Comments: Together with a friend working behind a bar in an otherwise empty inn, this witness reported watching a young woman in black walk from the back of the pub and enter the toilets. They waited for her to emerge, wanting to comment to her not buying a drink but using the facilities, but after fifteen minutes one witness grew concerned and went to see if she was okay, but the toilets were empty...

Lancaster Pilot

Location: Strubby - Second World War RAF base
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This decapitated shade nicknamed 'Strubby' is the result of a Lancaster bomber crash near the hangar area during the Second World War.

Upset Husband

Location: Tallington - Footbridge over the railway line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 January, 17:50h (reoccurring)
Further Comments: After the death of his wife (see West Deeping, Lincolnshire) this grief-stricken individual jumped from the footbridge over the railway track and was hit by the train from London, which killed him instantly. The incident is re-enacted once a year.

Patrolling Woman

Location: Tattershall - Tattershall Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A white woman has been spotted moving around the battlements at night.


Location: Tealby - Devil's Pulpit
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When the Devil hears the clock strike twelve, he emerges and drinks from the nearby stream.


Location: Tetney - Blow Wells (currently a nature reserve)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: It was once said that the pit here would never overflow and was considered bottomless.

Potted Witch

Location: Toft next Newton - Pilford Bridge - between Toft next Newton and Normanby
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a witch which harassed anyone using the bridge was finally caught and trapped in an iron pot.


Location: Trusthorpe - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late 1930s
Further Comments: A boy reported seeing a large snake-like creature a few hundred metres off the coast.

Loud Spirit

Location: Tupholme - Cottage (demolished 1840)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1840
Further Comments: After a widower remarried, his former wife began to haunt their old home until her spirit was banished into a box by a clergyman. The spirit remained quiet until the widower died and the cottage was demolished - during the destruction, the box containing the spirit was damaged and the entity emerged with such vigour that the workmen fled.

White Calf

Location: Tupholme - Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa eighteenth century
Further Comments: A phantom white calf was said to appear around these ruins. One female witness spotted it, although the creature was not visible to the people accompanying her. She claimed that being born at twilight had enabled her to see what others could not.

Flash of Person

Location: Waddington - RAF Colby Grange - Tower
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 20 October 2007
Further Comments: While out walking with her husband, this witness briefly spotted the flashing image of a person. The witness said the area was completely void of birds, insects or other wildlife.

Moving Head

Location: Walcot (near Digby) - Stone house (no longer standing)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This house was built out of stones from the ruined Catley Abbey. A carved stone head which was incorporated into the building was said to move every night, until the house was demolished.


Location: Walmsgate - Barrow
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A long barrow located here is said to contain most of the bones of a dragon killed by Sir Hugh Bardolph in the area. The dragon's severed head was sent to the king.


Location: Welton - Black Bull public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heard ascending the staircase and moving down corridors at the dead of night, the cause of these footsteps has yet to be seen.


Location: West Ashby - A153
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: During the early part of the twentieth century, a man driving a horse and cart home reported his horse bolting after nearing a cyclist who was travelling on the wrong side of the road. When the horse was brought under control, the cyclist had vanished. Another source stated that between 1988 and 1998 there were three accidents along the road caused by vehicles swerving to avoid a bike, although the bike could never be seen after the event.

Crying Lady

Location: West Deeping - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 January, 01:00h (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The date of this woman's death is marked by her phantom sobs heard emanating from the church. Her husband was so distressed by the death that he took his own life the following day (see Tallington, Lincolnshire).

Headless Woman

Location: Westwoodside - Blethergate area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity wanders the village roads, less her head.


Location: Wickenby - Wickenby RAF base (World War 2)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Second World War
Further Comments: Michael Bentine, of The Goon Show fame, worked here during the war. After a period of leave, Bentine headed towards his hut and walked past a friend and fellow officer known as 'Pop', whom he greeted. Pop nodded his response and continued walking. The following morning, Michael discovered Pop had died two nights previous. A nearby building is also reported haunted, this time by a WAAF officer who killed herself after her boyfriend died during a bombing raid over Germany.

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