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Northumberland Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Old Jeffrey

Location: Willington - Old Mill (no longer intact, though some of the Rope Works still use the old mill buildings)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1840s
Further Comments: Once said to be the most haunted site in the north of England, the mill was haunted by several ghosts. While the most well known was 'Old Jeffrey', a bald man who floated a metre off the ground, other ghosts included a lady in lavender, another woman in grey, and a third woman with empty eye sockets. Phantom animals spotted on site included a rabbit, cat, and sheep.

Tom Chalkley

Location: Woodhorn - St Mary the Virgin Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Since the First World War
Further Comments: George Charlton, the assistant sexton, spotted Tom passing through the churchyard. George later spoke to Tom's cousin, who informed him the Chalkley family have just received a telegram informing them Tom had been killed in action. Tom has reportedly been seen three times since his first appearance.

Devil's Grannie

Location: Wooler - Hanging crag on Doddington Hill Fort
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was said that the Devil hanged his grandmother from this crag on the fort.

Fairy Wishes

Location: Wooler - Pin Well, Horsdon Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Well still present
Further Comments: By dropping a bent pin or money into this well, visitors to the well would appease the fairy which lived nearby, and maybe have their wish come true.


Location: Wooler - Cave in Cockenheugh Hills, and Fowberry Bridge (and occasionally Tower)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Either a former Border reiver or someone who committed suicide (or maybe both), this entity would manifest as a dun coloured horse and scour the area for his lost treasure.

Dropped Rock

Location: Yeavering - Standing stone (was known as the Druid's Lapfu), aka Battle Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The stone accidently fell here after a druid had a mishap with their apron.

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