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Merseyside Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Cellar Dwellers

Location: Liverpool - Slaughterhouse public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: Liverpool's oldest pub, the Slaughterhouse is reported to be haunted by a couple of shades who tend to enjoy lurking in the basement and making fleeting appearances in the bar.

Flag Waver

Location: Liverpool - Area around former Otterspool rail station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Before closing in 1951, a teenager was saved by a man from being hit by a train, although the rescuer was killed in the process. He is said to wave a red warning flag in the area.

Murdered Woman

Location: Liverpool - Former hotel along Sir Thomas Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s and 2001
Further Comments: A voice in an empty toilet was heard issuing warnings of future events, while a figure was seen passing a door and climbing the stairs when the three people in the building were accounted for. A local legend says that a woman was murdered on the staircase close to the toilets.

Gin Runner

Location: Liverpool - David Lewis Northern Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Beaten to death nearby by Customs officers who caught the man trying to bring his illicit goods ashore, the ghost of the smuggler has been reported in the hospital that was built close to the site of his murder.

Earl of Sefton

Location: Liverpool - Croxteth Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century, camera in April 2009, most recently July 2013
Further Comments: The Sixth Earl of Sefton has been sighted walking through the tearoom and in his former bedroom. An incorporeal young boy was once seen standing by the fireplace in the dining room, while other strange shadows have been reported drifting down various corridors. Footage from a CCTV camera in April 2009 reputedly shows a phantom figure moving across the grounds, though the image is more likely to be a close-up of an insect. Two people exploring the basement in 2013 encountered a short hideous figure in a cloak, before later spotting the figure on the staircase where he vanished.


Location: Liverpool - Coach and Horses public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former landlord, George still returns to keep a watchful eye on his former establishment.

Time Slip

Location: Liverpool - Bold Street
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: On various dates, several people (including an off duty policeman) have reported slipping back in time along this road, finding them surrounded by people dressed in clothing of the 1940s, with a cobbled street and old style shops.

The Sarge

Location: Liverpool - Ambulance training centre, Quarry Street, Woolton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: For many years the building was reputedly haunted by an entity known as 'The Sarge' - a former policeman who was killed when the wheel of his patrol wagon struck a bollard and he was thrown to the ground. Ambulance crews reported phantom footsteps, breaking windows and doors which unlocked and opened themselves.


Location: Liverpool - Adelphi Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970
Further Comments: George has been seen several times standing by beds on the fifth floor.

Small Woman

Location: Liverpool - 9 and 11 South Hunter Street (houses demolished in early 1960s)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1953
Further Comments: Seen by a mother and daughter on separate occasions, this phantom was described as a small woman wearing a lace cap and soft shawl. She was semi-transparent and vanished when approached.

Old Woman

Location: Liverpool - 82 Wimborne Road, Huyton (house no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1958
Further Comments: A family living here were terrified by a phantom old lady who stood five foot tall, bend over with a walking stick. Her face was little more than a shrivelled skull. The house has since been demolished.


Location: Liverpool - 44 Penny Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Friday, Saturday & Monday nights (reoccurring), 1970s
Further Comments: It was reported in the local press during the 1970s that footsteps could be heard within this building coming from empty rooms, although a former worker at the site said that the story was a publicly stunt.


Location: Liverpool - Brookside Close
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: March 2008
Further Comments: It was reported in the local press that the cast of 'The Close', a low budget British horror film being filmed at the former soap opera site, regarded the set as haunted. Lights would flicker out at inopportune moments, items would disappear, and the final scene of the film was constantly cancelled as bad weather would come from nowhere.

Floating Torso

Location: Liverpool - Lime Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Sightings of the ghost of Lime Street are said to go back hundreds or years. One of the more recent witnesses described the entity as being quite tall, though the legs could not be seen, with the mouth silently moving. An unnamed hotel along the road is also haunted by the figure of a tall woman


Location: Liverpool - Private residence, Breeze Hill, Walton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A former slave named George may have been responsible for this haunting, during which one man was slapped in the face as he lay in bed. Another person who rented the property left in tears, claiming he had been chased out by some form of angry spirit.

Young Boy

Location: Liverpool - Private residence, Breeze Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000
Further Comments: A photograph taken by the family here showed a smiling young lad, around fourteen years of age, standing behind the sofa. On a different occasion, the father of the family asked the phantom to make him a cup of tea, after mistaking the entity as one of his sons.

Upstairs Bangs

Location: Liverpool - Private house along Sackville Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: The upper part of the building was subjected to multiple bangs and crashes with no apparent source - the entity was also blamed for pushing a woman down the stairs, causing injuries that required hospital treatment.


Location: Liverpool - Newsham Park Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2015
Further Comments: A team of French film makers reportedly encountered children's voices, and a strange white mist while at this site. The former hospital grounds has a reputation for being haunted by a small child on the top floor, while dragging sounds have been reported elsewhere and small items associated with childhood thrown around.

Coal Thrower

Location: Liverpool - Myers Street, Smithdown Lane (no longer exists)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: March 1901
Further Comments: Many of the windows along this street were broken by thrown pieces of coal. The breakages continued after police began patrolling the area.

The Demons Below See

Location: Liverpool - Monk's Well, Wavertree
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present (but a flower bed)
Further Comments: This old well has the words 'Qui non dat quod habet, Daemon infra vide 1414' carved above it. It was said that any traveller passing would have no choice but to drink the waters and give a donation to charity, otherwise the Devil (chained under the well) would laugh.

Thomas Campbell Black

Location: Liverpool - Liverpool Airport, formerly known as Speke
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Black died in an accident on the runway of the airfield in 1936 - his shadowy form has been seen walking around the area where the old hangars stood.

William Kennedy

Location: Liverpool - Walton Gaol, prison cell G2
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Executed for murdering a policeman in the 1920s, Kennedy's shade remains in his former cell and continues to unnerve inmates.


Location: Liverpool - Knowsley Hall and Riding Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A phantom monk is said to haunt the area around the hall and the hill. A local legend says a secret tunnel ran from the monastery that once stood on the hill, and that the path the ghostly monk takes indicates the route of the passage.


Location: Liverpool - Kennels, Croxteth Country Park
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: Two students and a tutor experienced mild poltergeist activity while they worked on the site, including a latched door opening and closing itself, and lights being flicked on and off. Around the same time, police and a RSPCA inspector were called and investigated reports that barking and howling could be heard from the building at night, even though it had been many years since dogs had been kept there.

Purple Faced Girl

Location: Liverpool - Huyton, streets in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: One local myth says certain streets were home to a blue/purple faced young girl who would follow families with children.

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