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Nottinghamshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Young Lad

Location: Wellow - Red Lion public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Red Lion is reputed to be home of two ghosts. One is of a young boy who drowned in a well in the cellar, while the other presence is said to be a former customer who had nowhere else to go!

Cloaked Figure

Location: West Bridgeford - Lady Bay public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s / 1980s
Further Comments: This cloaked gentleman would be quite commonly seen in the car park, though he has not been seen now for many years. One witness said the figure looked like a monk but had no face.

Nottinghamshire's phantom hound.

Dog with Large Eyes

Location: West Stockwith - Intake Lane
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This canine entity with eyes as large as saucers is said to roam the fields around the lane.


Location: Wigsley - Control Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Post-Second World War
Further Comments: There are a few reports (or rumours) of the faint tapping of Morse code coming from this empty building. A driver who passed the tower in the mid-1990s briefly spotted an airman in beige along the road.


Location: Winthorpe - Lord Nelson public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom soldier was observed to pass through a bedroom wall. Phantom footsteps have also been heard, and beer taps turn themselves off in the cellar.

Huge Dog

Location: Worksop - Blyth Road, near Hodsock Priory
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 11 May 1991
Further Comments: A black dog with glowing red eyes standing taller than a Great Dane was encountered by a woman driving home. The creature appeared to be dragging something large across the road, although the witness was not sure what it was. Distracted by something else for a few moments, the woman turned back to look at the hound, only to find it had gone.

Pale Girl

Location: Worksop - Canal north of priory, known as the Canch
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1870s onwards
Further Comments: This phantom girl wearing a long pale dress was pulled from the canal waters during the late nineteenth century. She now walks along the bank, fading from view as she approaches a bridge.


Location: Worksop - Clumber Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2022
Further Comments: Jennet's ghost is sometimes seen walking the park, dissipating into mist if approached. She wears a long grey coat, or a brown cloak. A couple claimed to have encountered and filmed the ghost in 2022.


Location: Worksop - Lion Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Alice hanged herself after having her love rejected by the owner of the hotel during the 1800s (or thereabouts). Her preferred area of haunting would appear to be in the older parts of the hotel, in particular Room 201.

Mr Straw

Location: Worksop - Mr Straw's House, National Trust property
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The contents and furnishings of this building have changed little since 1932, when Mr Straw senior died. His son kept the place unchanged, and when he died in 1990, the building became an instant museum. However, the footfalls heard walking about after all the visitors have left are thought by staff to belong to Mr Straw.


Location: Worksop - Private residence, Grafton Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2007, a three to four week period
Further Comments: For a short period, the occupier of this home was subjected to footsteps running up and down the staircase, mirrors swinging, doors being slammed and items vanishing, only to reappear a few hours later where they were originally left.

Lost Child?

Location: Worksop - Private residence, King Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1987-1994
Further Comments: For a period of eight years this building was subject to poltergeist-like activities, including lights switching themselves on and off, the toilet self-flushing, doors opening, the sound of footsteps in empty rooms, and small handprints appearing on the walls.

Strange, dancing, blue lights in woodland.

Dancing Lights

Location: Worksop - Scratta Wood
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The woodland is said to be home to dancing blue lights that emerge once the sun has set - it is not clear what these lights are locally thought to be.

Hot Coal Thrower

Location: Worksop - Unknown house, was in an area of land called New Building Ground
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1883
Further Comments: This poltergeist littered the floor with hot coals and threw kitchen items around - the events appeared to centre themselves on a teenage girl called Eliza Rose.

Blue Lady

Location: Worksop - Worksop Priory - church tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown (but reoccurring between 01:00h - 04:00h)
Further Comments: This entity is said to jump around on the roof of the building, before fading away. Some say that this figure is not a woman but a man. The blue woman has also been observed drifting around the grounds of the priory.

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