Northumberland - Paranormal Database Records

 
Lady Derwentwater

Location: Dilston - Dilston Hall and nearby woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Waiting for the return of her husband, Lady Derwentwater has been gazing out of one of the windows (or if not seen direct, her lamp has been spotted flickering in the distance). Her spirit is also said to stalk the nearby woods. A legend says that when Lord Derwentwater was executed at the Tower of London in 1716, the stream running by the hall turned red with blood.


 
Protection Cross

Location: Dilston - Maiden's Walk
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Circa 1715
Further Comments: As James Radclyffe, 3rd Earl of Derwentwater, rested under some trees the evening before joining the Jacobites, a phantom woman in grey visited him. The woman handed James a crucifix, saying it would protect him against bullets and swords.


 
Strange Toilet

Location: Dunston - Raine Engineering Company
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: A cleaner claimed to have heard the sounds of a boy falling to his death near the staff toilet, while several staff refused to go near the area, as they have heard a phantom voice call out 'Maria'.


 
Hobthrush

Location: Elsdon - Elsdon Moat
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Hobthrush, a brownie-like entity, tirelessly worked here until, after someone spotted his hat was a bit worse for wear, made him a new one. Offended, Hobthrush left and never returned.


 
Brown Man

Location: Elsdon - Elsdon Moor
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A stocky dwarf like figure, the brown man looks after the local wildlife, and has been known to kill anyone who persistently harms the natural balance.


 
Ella

Location: Elsdon - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Legend says the town is named after Ella, a Danish giant who terrorised the area and reduced the city to the village it is now.


 
Winter

Location: Elsdon - Winter's Gibbet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The last man displayed on a gibbet in England, Bill Winter now haunts the place he was displayed for the crime of murder. A local legend states that wood from the gibbet can be used to banish toothache.


 
Sir Guy the Seeker

Location: Embleton - Dunstanburgh Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sir Guy's spirit can not be laid to rest until he rediscovers the maiden that he once stumbled upon while hiding in these ruins from a storm. Another ghost on site is the Earl of Lancaster, who was executed on the site (though the executioner was so incompetent it took almost a dozen blows to remove the Earl's head). Finally, a woman lies enchanted somewhere in the ruins, and will awaken when the 'right knight' blows his horn. It is thought that the same woman is responsible for the shining stones which could once be found in the area, which were considered part of her hidden treasure to be awarded to the person who saved her.


 
Screaming Spirits

Location: Farne Islands - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: St Cuthbert exorcised all the evil spirits which once dwelled on the island when he came to the islands. Sometimes one or two make a return, riding black goats, screaming their protests before vanishing again. Other stories say the islands are haunted by the shipwrecked sailors buried here.


 
Grace Darling

Location: Farne Islands - Longstone Lighthouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1976
Further Comments: Grace became a notional hero after helping her father, a lighthouse man, save nine people from a stricken steamer during the nineteenth century. Although she died in 1819, two keepers in the 1970s claimed to have heard her walking around the engine room.


 
Lady in Green

Location: Featherstone - Featherstone Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This figure in a green & brown dress glides along the corridors of the castle. Another ghost, that of Sir Reginald FitzUrse, haunts a tower where he was held prisoner (and starved to death), while sometimes a phantom wedding party is seen in the courtyard.


 
Wedding Party

Location: Featherstone - Route between Pynkinscleugh & Featherstone Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Once a year, date unknown
Further Comments: To celebrate a wedding, the guests, bride and groom went out hunting; it resulted in a fight that killed most of them, and now they all travel back to the castle once a year, covered in blood.


 
Man in Grey

Location: Forest Hall - Rose Villa
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1933 - 1936 (and onwards?)
Further Comments: Over a three year period, the occupiers of the house and their friends reported that it was quite common to see a phantom man dressed in grey walk up the driveway and disappear around the corner of the house. The sightings stopped after loud numbers of people descended upon the site wanting to watch the ghost.


 
Fairy Stone

Location: Fourstones - Exact area no longer known, was on the south edge of the village
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Last seen in nineteenth century
Further Comments: The village is said to have taken its name from four stones, either holy or Roman in nature, which marked the four corners of the village. One of the stones was said to carry messages to and from fairies, and had a small recess in which small pieces of paper could be left.


 
Murdered Victims

Location: Gilsland - Pond close to Mumps Hall, former inn, aka Mumps's Ha (site unlikely to exist)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Meg Teasdale, a former landlady, was believed to have drugged and murdered several guests, disposing of the bodies in the local pond. A glowing ball of light which would occasionally manifest over the water was thought to be a spirit of the dead.


 
Twenty-four Carat Gold Table

Location: Greenhead - Thirlwall Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A table of solid gold is said to be hidden somewhere in or under this castle, protected by a gruesome dwarf.


 
Wealthy Dragon

Location: Gunnarton Fell - Gunnarton Castle, aka Money Hill
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is thought that the wyrm which established its home in the hill brought with him a great deal of treasure.


 
Norse Huntsmen

Location: Hadrian's Wall - Skies over area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small army of hunters patrol the skies over the wall, searching for souls.


 
Hunters

Location: Haltwhistle - Area near Roman wall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The wild hunt is said to pass through this way, driving all the local pets mad. The same area is also home to a phantom bridal procession, dressed in medieval garments.


 
Minstrel

Location: Haltwhistle - Bellister Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This old man often came and played his harp at the castle, so much so that the master of the building decided that the minstrel was a spy and had him killed. This was not the case, and now the musician's grey form is now seen about the castle.


 
Bandit

Location: Haltwhistle - Hardriding Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: A local villain once had a hideout on this site - he was followed from a scene of a crime and killed here. There have been sightings of the man himself, though more recent are the sounds of sword play in the farm house.


 
Drowned Girl

Location: Haltwhistle - Knarsdale Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Once a year (date unknown)
Further Comments: Appearing on the date of her murder, this young girl silently drifts over the lawn towards where the lake once lay. On version of the story says the phantom girl screams (or it could be the wind).


 
Panther

Location: Haltwhistle - Park Road
Type: ABC
Date / Time: Summer 2006
Further Comments: A woman walking her dog watched as a large black cat crossed the road in front of her before vanishing into bushes.


 
Black Cylinder

Location: Harlow Hill - West of Harlow Hill
Type: UFO
Date / Time: March 1985
Further Comments: Four people watched a black cylindrical object, possibly rotating, for ten minutes as it crossed the sky. The object changed direction once, moving north to south before turning west.


 
Waiting on the Platform

Location: Harperley - Former station (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When overgrown and unloved, the station was said by some to be haunted by an figure. Some assumed the ghost the a woman who was thrown from her horse and trap into the path of an oncoming train. The area was also said to be home to a phantom carriage.


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