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Northumberland Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Giant Cow

Location: Corbridge - Banks of the river
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1660
Further Comments: A giant skeleton, around 6.5 metres in length, which was dug up on the banks of the river was believed (at the time) to belong to a rather large cow.

Woman with Pram

Location: Corbridge - River Tyne, heading towards Bardon Mill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer, year unknown
Further Comments: Wearing a blue dress and pushing a pram, this phantom woman walks at speed along the bank of the river. Her presence is said to be around the spot the body of a woman and baby were found pre-twentieth century.

Grey Lady

Location: Craster - Craster Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Condemned to walk the same path for evermore, the grey lady enters the front door before walking up the stairs to the drawing room. Another pair of ghosts have been heard duelling, their swords clashing outside the building, while others say the invisible wheels of a coach crunch on the driveway.

Wicked Priest

Location: Cullaby - Cullaby Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghost was once bricked up in the castle's walls, however the wall was knocked down, and the spirit freed to create havoc.

Victorian Gentleman

Location: Cullercoats - Dove Marine Laboratory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s-1990s
Further Comments: Said to have been spotted by late working PhD students, a tall, dark Victorian looking figure wearing a top hat has been seen.

Childrens' Party

Location: Dalton - Dalton Head Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: After finding childrens' bones in a hidden closet, a visitor to this house awoke during the night to hear the sounds of dancing and singing in the upper part of the building.


Location: Denton - Denton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Named after the sound of her silk dress, this spirit was often heard moving around the premises. The ghost may be that of a mistress of a former Duke of Argyll.

White Lady

Location: Detchant - Well (once used for cattle, current state unknown)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century
Further Comments: This site was another Northumberland well said to be home to a phantom white lady.

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 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'.


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.


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.


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 cannot 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, 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.

A photograph of Longstone Lighthouse in Northumberland

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 and the tower. As the lighthouse became fully automated in 1990, it is not known if Grace remains.

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.

An old woodcut of a couple being married.

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 act as a message drop between 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.

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