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Merseyside Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Face at the Windows

Location: Birkenhead - Car park on the corner of Argyle Street and Canning Street opposite the Cheshire Lines building, Merseyside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: This phantom is said to peer into windows of stationary vehicles in this car park. On the site once stood a factory, reputedly haunted by the ghost of a woman who hanged herself there.

Heating Required

Location: Birkenhead - 1960s office block on the former Cammell Laird shipyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: A paranormal investigation group were called into this building after staff reported certain areas always being cold, and fleeting shapes could be spotted out of the corner on one's eyes.


Location: Birkenhead - Area of former Birkenhead Hall (no longer standing), Pouton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pretty maid was murdered by her jealous mistress, who was convinced she was having an affair with the property's master. It was not the case, and the little maid now haunts the former grounds, and has taken to being mistaken for a hitchhiker along the nearby road.

John Bibby

Location: Bootle - Peel Road / Bibby's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Seen once a year, Bibby rides his coach with his decapitated head in his lap.

Spring Healed Jack

Location: Liverpool - Everton area
Type: Other
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This area was one from which this enigmatic creature/entity was reported.

Encyclopaedia Moving

Location: Liverpool - Private residence, Hale Road, Speke
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1982-1986
Further Comments: An outbreak of poltergeist tricks occurred in this property, including a set of twenty encyclopaedia moving from a chest of drawers to a table, a toilet flushing itself and bangs and knocks. Shadows of people would also appear on the walls of the living room.


Location: Liverpool - Private residence, Conleach Road
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: July 1985
Further Comments: It was claimed that a poltergeist which started throwing items around in this property was witnessed by both occupants and police.

Bouncing Ball

Location: Liverpool - Private residence, Old Swan area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Over a three year period, the five occupants of this detected house would hear a bouncing ball the source of which could never discovered. The bouncing was originally heard coming from the attic but eventually spread to the entire house and would occasionally wake the occupants late at night.


Location: Liverpool - Skies above town
Type: Other
Date / Time: 27 September 1846
Further Comments: A white city appeared for a short time over Liverpool - it was thought to be a mirage of Edinburgh, though no one could identify any of the buildings.


Location: Liverpool - Thomas Lane, Knotty Ash
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1891, midnight
Further Comments: A witness was said to have watched a phantom funeral occur, complete with coffin and guests (with deathly pale faces). The witness was later told that many years previous, a secretive funeral had occurred along the road, setting off from a nearby hall at midnight.

Cloudy Woman

Location: Liverpool - The Grange Hotel, Aigburth (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 2002. October 2005
Further Comments: While staying at this hotel, one man twice spotted a cloudy shape in the form of a woman, although her features were hard to define. Both times the entity walked past the man and disappeared into a wall.


Location: Liverpool - Springwood Avenue, close to Allerton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa September 1979
Further Comments: Two teenagers jogging along the avenue heard what they thought sounded like a horse a short distance behind. Turning to have a look, they observed what appeared to be a tablecloth and a horse's body without a head running along. Frightened, the pair ran faster and when they turned again, the entity had gone.

Mary Norris

Location: Liverpool - Speke Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Rather than face up to her husband's massive debts, Mary is said to have killed her son before taking her own life. Mary is said once to have manifested during a dinner party, most guests watching her disappear through a wall. Other people have reported the sounds of children crying during the night. A night fisherman at the pond heard a voice ask, 'have you caught anything yet?', but upon turning around, he could not see anyone nearby. Finally, two witnesses could hear the sound from a pack of hunting dogs emerging from dark woodland but were unable to spot the source.

Floating Shadow

Location: Liverpool - Private residence, Holt Street
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1956
Further Comments: A mother of two awoke in the early hours of the morning to see a shadow glide past her bed and move towards her daughter's room. As it moved, the entity turned its head to the woman, as if watching her. It vanished through the wall to the child's room. The woman was convinced that the shadow was a message that one of her children would die, and within a week, her daughter passed away.

Mile Long Craft

Location: Liverpool - Skies over Anfield
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 25 July 2007
Further Comments: Lee Jones, his wife and her mother watched a huge saucer shaped craft hovering in the sky, clouds occasionally covering the object. A passenger jet that passed near the craft enabled Jones to estimate the ufo was about a mile long. Other witnesses reported seeing the craft throughout June and earlier in the year.


Location: Liverpool - Private residence, Huyton area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: Lights would turn themselves on and the smell of tobacco would fill the air. One visitor to the site reported seeing a black figure pass a bedroom door. The haunting was blamed on a former chain-smoking occupant who had died prior to the new owners moving in.

Former Slaves

Location: Liverpool - Royal Southern Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Once held in cells on the site where the hospital was later constructed, many of the slaves still haunt this area.

Old Man

Location: Liverpool - Royal Philharmonic Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about this shade that is sometimes seen drifting around the building.

Liver Birds

Location: Liverpool - Royal Liver Building
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Several myths exist concerning the two metal birds perched on the Liver Building, all relating to the birds coming to life and departing the city, resulting in its downfall. One myth says the birds face away from each other to ensure they do not fall in love and become animated, while another story says if an honest man and a virgin woman meet and fall in love in front of the birds, the statues would spring into life.


Location: Liverpool - Royal Infirmary
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The old house which once stood here before the hospital was the scene of the ultimate wedding day disaster in which the bride fell to her death from an upper story window while her guests partied on below. Her shade has been reported by nurses in the newer building.


Location: Liverpool - Private residences, Edge Hill area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1986/87
Further Comments: Footsteps which shook the bedroom were felt by two witnesses at different times, while a 'swishing' was heard as if someone were walking toward the kitchen and brushing the wall with clothing on several occasions. Large metal objects such as baking tins and colanders mysteriously disappeared and were never found. Another house on the same road reported poltergeist activity with heavy furniture being moved across the door in an empty bedroom, trousers flying around the room and people being awoken by loud clapping sounds.

Older Woman

Location: Liverpool - Private residence, Wimborne Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1994-1998
Further Comments: One occupant of this property encountered an older woman with a gaunt face several times while living here, the entity resembling a striking resemblance to another haunting along the same road (although many years previous). On one occasion, the witness was also pulled from their bed.

Water Water Everywhere

Location: Liverpool - Private residence, Walton
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1980s-2010s
Further Comments: This property has been subjected to dozens of water-related occurrences, including a leaking roof (although six roofers could not find a leak), water pouring through open windows, and an unexplained flood in the basement, where the water disappeared as quickly as it came.


Location: Liverpool - Private residence, Old Swan area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970
Further Comments: A property here was said to contain something that would try to push occupants down the stairs and generate a bad smell.

Victorian Woman

Location: Liverpool - Private residence, Old Swan area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1980s
Further Comments: A witness staying at this property watched as a woman in Victorian clothing manifested close to him. The woman was grey and transparent, and moved in a weird, juddering way. The witness threw his bedcovers over him head in panic, waking his girlfriend who, after turning on the light, asked, 'you've seen her, haven't you?'. The witness only ever spotted the Victorian woman once.

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