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Merseyside Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Baby Bouncer

Location: Liverpool - House owned by Liverpool Housing Trust, Madryn Street, Toxteth
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late 1992
Further Comments: A family living here with a poltergeist reported that the entity picked up their young son and threw him from his cot. The polt would also move the washing machine around the kitchen, hide money, and mash ashtrays.

Flying Glasses

Location: Liverpool - Head of Steam public house, Lime Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: Glasses are said to be thrown from shelves and people feel something following them upstairs.

Older Woman

Location: Liverpool - Former post office (currently a computer centre)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 2010
Further Comments: A woman in a checked red coat walked by two witnesses who were standing by a telephone box. The woman passed within thirty centimetres of the pair and proceeded to walk through the locked door to the post office.

Footsteps

Location: Liverpool - Former police and fire station, Lark Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: Footsteps have been reported on the rear staircase and a heavy door opens and closes unaided, according to the Night Vision Investigations team.

Hitchhiker

Location: Liverpool - Liverpool to Birkenhead tunnel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Killed in the middle of the twentieth century in the tunnel under the Mersey, this phantom hitchhiker is still occasionally seen.

A Five Shilling Encounter

Location: Liverpool - Unknown house in Field Street
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: September 1904
Further Comments: Hugh Morgan was fined five shillings after being caught smashing a window of an empty house which was said to be haunted. Hugh claimed he was attempting to lay the ghost.

Footsteps

Location: Liverpool - Unnamed Ladies' School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1900s
Further Comments: A classroom in this school was locked up after staff and students heard heavy footsteps walking in the adjacent room but could find no one within. Dust on the floor was undisturbed. A local story said that a murder had been committed in the room many years previous. Before the building was taken over as a school, stories of ghosts were rumoured.

Figure with Green Light

Location: Liverpool - Woolton Road, Allerton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2019
Further Comments: Walking home late at night, a witness came across a shadowy figure holding an old fashioned lantern which glowed green. The figure walked quickly, crossed the road close to the cemetery and vanished into thin air.

Young Man

Location: Liverpool - Westfield House, Westfield Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1975/76
Further Comments: This phantom figure came and sat with one witness as he lay in bed, entering and leaving the room though a wall. The ghost's voice was said to be kind and gentle, and during life the man would come and play with the children here - the sighting occurred in a former childrens' playroom.

Brother or Sister

Location: Liverpool - Well in Everton area, but covered over pre 1859
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1850s
Further Comments: The site of a fratricide, the well was at one point considered haunted by the dead sibling before being covered over.

Monk and Nun

Location: Liverpool - Walton Park / Rice Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: A local legend says that a monk and a nun were executed in the area after they were discovered having an affair. Another legend says that the children which the nuns had out of wedlock were buried along the lane. All are said to haunt their respective areas. A photograph taken in the area in 2012 was said to show a nun, monk and some of the children.

Overwhelming Presence

Location: Liverpool - Walton Junction Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: It is said that ever since the last steam engine left this site, an evil, repressive presence has descended upon the area.

Presence on the Stairs

Location: Sefton - Private house along Arundel Avenue
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A witness here heard the front door being opened by key - when she investigated, she saw nothing, though felt an invisible presence pushed past her.

Floating Seaman

Location: Sefton - Punch Bowl Inn and nearby churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: Thought to have drowned at sea and his body stored in the inn until burial, this blue clothed sailor has been observed floating around the building. Sometimes only his head and shoulders are visible, protruding from a misty base. The entity was also once seen nearby, appearing to be digging at a grave in the churchyard.

Little Boy

Location: Sefton - Private residence, Ford Lane, Litherland, Merseyside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010
Further Comments: One man twice spotted a phantom little boy in the living room, while other family members have heard strange sounds or felt 'someone' watching them.

Modern Myth?

Location: Sefton - Church and roads in the area
Type: Werewolf
Date / Time: 1970s-1990s
Further Comments: First-hand accounts appear to be rare, but one story says a nurse and her taxi driver both spotted a werewolf in this area.

Karaoke Screaming

Location: Sefton - Private residence, Park Lane area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1994 to mid-2000s
Further Comments: The poltergeist here would unlock doors, turn lights on and move furniture around. In one instance screaming lasting five minutes emerged from a karaoke machine which had been stored on top of a wardrobe untouched for over a year.

Former Occupants?

Location: Southport - Unnamed nursing home
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: There are many spooky stories told by past and present staff; the empty lift moves between floors at night, many reports of phantom figures exist, and sounds of footsteps are heard along deserted corridors. The bells for the call system have also gone off in empty rooms.

Chair of Despair

Location: Southport - Oast House public house
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: A chair in this public house has reported as being cursed after eight people who sat there died.

Grey Lady

Location: St Helens - Taylor Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1990
Further Comments: Two girls walking a dog spotted a ghostly figure walk out of nearby bushes. The female phantom took the form of a young girl with blonde hair that came down to her shoulders and wore nineteenth century dress.

Landing UFO

Location: St Helens - Field in Rainhill area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: January 1978
Further Comments: Robert Bennett told the St Helens Star newspaper how he had worked with police and radio enthusiasts in chasing a strange craft across the St Helens sky. The pursuit ended after three police officers watched the ufo take off after landing in a field.

Stone Throwing

Location: St Helens - Factory
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa 1885
Further Comments: Stones were thrown around the factory with no source being discovered.

Face at the Window

Location: St Helens - Croppers Hill, Prescot Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: A factory which once stood here was reportedly haunted by a figure that would stare longingly through the windows of the building. Though the building no longer stands, local children still scare each other by saying the area remains haunted.

White Figure

Location: St Helens - Castle Hill area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This pale figure, thought to be connected to the archaeological dig in the same area, is said to have once pushed a motorcyclist from his bike. It is still seen, normally lurking behind trees.

Tiny Alien

Location: St Helens - Balker Drive
Type: Other
Date / Time: 26 February 2021
Further Comments: A local woman took several photographs to test the camera on her new phone. The photographer later realised one of the images showed a tiny, 'grey' alien-like figure apparently walking along the road.

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