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Nottinghamshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Weeping Angel

Location: East Stoke - Churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The angel that stands in the churchyard is said to weep real tears.

Streaking Irishmen

Location: East Stoke - Area around the river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to be mercenaries from the War of the Roses, these ghostly troops joined the losing side and were stripped and humiliated for their efforts.

Hood's Marriage

Location: Edwinstowe - St Mary's Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The wedding of Robin Hood and Maid Marian is said to have taken place in this church.


Location: Edwinstowe - Road between Edwinstowe and Ollerton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: A ghostly cyclist is reputed to suddenly appear in front of moving cars, passing through them before vanishing.

Hiding Place

Location: Edwinstowe - Major Oak, Sherwood Forest
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Tree still present
Further Comments: It is widely believed that Major Oak, the largest oak in England, was used by Robin Hood to hide from his enemies.

Man in Long Coat

Location: Edwinstowe - Redbrick House restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1989 / 1990
Further Comments: A man with long hair and a long coat has been spotted standing outside this restaurant at various times of the day and night.

Dark Blob

Location: Elksley - A57
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A bus driver and conductor reported hitting a dark, non-human shape that screamed on impact with their bus. Coming to a halt, they both searched the road and surrounding area but failed to find whatever they thought they had run over.


Location: Gonalston - Gonalston Mill (now a block of flats), and nearby bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Before being converted into residential housing, the building had a reputation of being haunted by the children who died working in the mill. The sounds of the children are also said to be heard under the bridge.


Location: Great Markham - Vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1880s
Further Comments: The site was said to be haunted by the ghost of an unknown woman. The haunting ceased after a skeleton was found in the garden during building work and the remains formally laid to rest.

Little Girl

Location: Gunthorpe - Unicorn Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A ghostly little girl is said to haunt room number seven, pulling the covers off the bed if she takes a dislike to the occupant.

White Cat

Location: Gunthorpe - River Trent, riverside road leading to West Stockwith at the end of Commonpiece Lane
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 1890s
Further Comments: This light coloured feline was the size of a pig and was said to have vanished when a local man tried to kick the creature.


Location: Halam - Valley southeast of village
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The buried village of Radley is hidden somewhere in this area, and long vanished church bells can be heard on Christmas Eve.

Elizabeth 'Bessie' Shepherd

Location: Harlow Wood - Road from Mansfield to Nottingham passing by the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This young lady was robbed and murdered along the road two hundred years ago - her killer (Charles Rotherham) was caught after he tried to sell her shoes. Her ghost appears if anyone touches the small stone memorial which marks the spot she was killed. According to some reports, Bessie's surname is spelt Sheperd or Sheppard.


Location: Hawton - Road across the bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A fisherman encountered a spectral Cavalier passing over the bridge on horseback. The entity faded away.

Nan Scott

Location: Holme - St Giles Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman who survived the Great Plague but who then starved to death, Nan is said to scurry around the churchyard or can be heard moving around in the upper part of the church.


Location: Hucknall - Seven Stars public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A member of staff reported feeling a tap on the shoulder when no one was near here. The public house was investigated by the Ghosts of Nottingham team. They speculated that the building may be haunted by Second World War servicemen who were killed by a bomb while staying next door.

Scared Children

Location: Hucknall - Yew Tree public house, Nottingham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: The East Midlands Paranormal group reported that the pub is haunted by frightened children and laughter.

Old Man

Location: Huthwaite - Mill Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This elderly gentleman is said to walk down the lane using a stick for support.

Grey Lady

Location: Huthwaite - Library
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Occasionally seen wearing a grey silk Victorian dress, this female ghost is more likely to generate the sensation of being watched.

Leaping Teacher

Location: Keyworth - South Wolds school
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: There is a myth that a teacher working at the school during the 1960s killed herself by leaping from a third floor window. At least one former student based at the school has reportedly heard the re-enactment.

Large Dog

Location: Kimberley - Field close to the water tower
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: September 2012
Further Comments: Pushing their bike up the field, this witness paused to take in the view. Looking back the way they were walking, they spotted a horse-sized black dog ahead. The creature ran along a hedge at the top of the hill. The witness took their eyes from the dog for a moment, during which it vanished.

High Visibility Man

Location: Kimberley - Disused buildings on the hill leading into Kimberley, Main Street (private property)
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: A teenager with a group of friends exploring the sheds on the site spotted a man wearing a high visibility jacket standing in a doorway. The teenager pointed the figure out to the rest of the group, but they could not see anything. They all left the site. About a month later, the teenager returned with another friend, and realised that the doorway in which the man had stood did not exist. The witness was later told that a friend's father had encountered a ghostly man along the road close to the sheds. The man appeared to be 'normal', until he suddenly vanished as the witness walked close.

Grey Horses

Location: Kirkby - The Dumbles
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 1984
Further Comments: A man walking his dog reported seeing a grey coach being pulled by two grey horses. Two grey men sat driving the ghostly vehicle.


Location: Kirkby in Ashfield - Kirkby Castle (foundations remain west of church) and woodland
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1989
Further Comments: Two people walking through this area heard a fight between a large group of men, though nothing could be seen.


Location: Kirkby in Ashfield - Duke of Wellington public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Various landlords at the pub are said to have come down in the morning to find the furniture rearranged or thrown around, even though they heard nothing during the night.

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