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Staffordshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Man on Old Bicycle

Location: Great Haywood - Rueley Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1949
Further Comments: A man on an old style bicycle has been observed travelling down this stretch of road. It is thought to be an engineer who drowned at a nearby pumping station.

Hanbury Orbs

Location: Hanbury - Skies near the village
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: A BBC cameraman caught three bright lights hovering over the Malverns on video. A local UFO group named them as the 'Hanbury Orbs', a group of lights commonly seen above the landscape in this region.

Crying and Voices

Location: Hanbury - Fauld Crater
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1944 onwards
Further Comments: The third largest explosion of the Second World War happened here when an allied ammo dump blew up, taking several farms and dozens of people with it. The sound of people crying has been heard, as have an eerie voice coming from ground zero.

Robed Man

Location: Hanford - The Bull's Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century?
Further Comments: A member of staff quit after encountering a tall, dark stranger dressed in a long white robe. The daughter of the landlord awoke one night to also find the entity standing by her bed.


Location: Hanley - The Sentinel offices, Bethesda Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2013-2016 (at time of writing)
Further Comments: A receptionist claimed to have seen a disappearing figure standing behind a customer, while a ghost hunting group reported banging on the site.


Location: Hanley - New Inn, Derby Street (closed)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1990s
Further Comments: A former landlord's cat which had died several years previous could be heard walking up and down on the keys of a piano.

Heavy Footsteps

Location: Hednesford - West Cannock Number 5 Mine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: Working alone in the offices of the converted mining engine house, a witness heard heavy footsteps coming up the metal fire escape staircase. They went to unlock the door to let the visitor in, but the staircase was empty and the bottom door to the staircase was locked. The witness was later told of the deaths of some workers in the mine in 1933.

Young Victorian Girl

Location: Hoar Cross - Hoar Cross Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This young girl was mistaken for one of the owner's daughters, until she vanished in front of the witnesses.


Location: Hopwas - Woodland
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 24 January 2015, 19:15h
Further Comments: According to the local press, a man walking his dogs through this woodland encountered a seven foot (2.13 metre) tall hairy biped. The creature walked across the track ahead of the witness and could be heard moving through the undergrowth.

Farm Dog

Location: Ipstones - Area around Hermitage Farm, and Indefont Well
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The lane outside of the farm was once the haunt of a phantom black hound. The same dog (or maybe another) also haunted the area around Indefont Well.


Location: Keele - M6 motorway services
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: January 1974
Further Comments: A puritan dressed in worn clothing and a wide brimmed hat was spotted in the men's toilets by two Ipswich Town football fans returning home from an away game. The puritan left the room and the two fans followed him, wanting to ask if he was an actor, but he vanished. The two men asked around if anyone had seen the strange man, but no one else had.

Cutlery Thrower

Location: Kidsgrove - Harecastle public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Early 2000s
Further Comments: A poltergeist was said to inhabit an upper room of this old building. People had objects, including cutlery, thrown at them, and the room was sealed off because of the activity. By 2013 the activity had reduced to windows being opened.

White Rabbit

Location: Kidsgrove - Clough Hall area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly rabbit is reported to haunt this area, normally appearing to warn of an impending death.


Location: Kinver - Whittington Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dick Whittington once owned this building, and now occasionally returns to keep an eye on things. Other ghosts on site include Lady Jane Grey, a monk, and an entity that reportedly tries to strangle people as they sleep.

Jacobean Carriage

Location: Leek - Moors near to Blakemere Pond, on a road known as the roaches
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa November 2013
Further Comments: Three friends on a vigil on the moors reported seeing a Jacobean style carriage with no horses travelling at speed across the moor. The experience lasted for five minutes and at its closest point, the coach passed about two hundred metres from the witnesses.

John Naden

Location: Leek - Countryside around the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The gallows that once stood in Leek were dismantled and used as stiles in the surrounding countryside - Naden was hanged just prior to this for murder and his ghost now walks around the area, seemingly emotionally attached to the pieces of wood used to kill him.

Killer Mermaid

Location: Leek - Blakemere, the Mermaid's Pool
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The fish woman surfaces to comb her hair at midnight - anyone approaching too close are dragged down into the deep waters with her. One legend says that the mermaid last appeared in the nineteenth century to prevent her pool being drained, threatening to flood the nearby town of Leek if people proceeded to dig away at her home.


Location: Leek - Ashbourne Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom coach can be heard travelling the area.

White Figure

Location: Leek - Area of Dieulacres Abbey (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1894
Further Comments: One nineteenth century belief said a white figure haunted the area where the abbey once stood. An encounter in 1894, in which several witnesses spotted a white robed figure, quickly became a whole less spooky when it was realised the ghost was a flesh-and-blood Canon, wearing the white robes of his order, visiting old religious sites.

Legless Men

Location: Lichfield - M6 toll road near town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2005
Further Comments: Sue Cowley was driving her husband and child home stopped when she saw what she first thought were animals crossing the road. As Sue stopped, she realised that they were shadowy figures; dressed in Roman clothing, the group of twenty or more men crossed the road waist deep in the tarmac as if it were water, though it did not impede their movement.


Location: Lichfield - Acorn Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The Acorn Inn, like several other pubs scattered across the UK, is home to a presence that has been nicknamed Fred.


Location: Lichfield - Langton House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1962-August 1964
Further Comments: After this building was taken over as a Theological College, seminarians reported hearing screams and seeing a figure stalking the building. After the Bishop of Stafford conducted an exorcism, the building returned to normal.

Serving Wrench

Location: Longton - Albion Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1980s
Further Comments: This female entity, accompanied by a Caviller, moves along the bar area, only to vanish when reaching the wall. Other misty figures are reported to have been seen by regulars.

Flying Objects

Location: Madeley - Between Madely (now Madeley) and Whitmore, at a place once known as the Highwayhouse
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1651
Further Comments: Standing in the doorway, a woman with two children watched a dark disc briefly part cover the sun. The disc divided into small parts and flew towards the woman, creating the sounds of a great battle. The woman ran inside the house, leaving one of the children behind. A maid was sent to recover the child, by which time the sky had filled with a phantom battle and premature darkness fell. Eventually the battle ceased.

Headless Woman

Location: Manifold Valley - Throwley Hall (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: A farmer reported seeing a headless female standing amongst the ruins of the hall, a large bloody stain running down her front. The hall once belonged to the Cromwell's, and it is thought the ghostly figure was beheaded after upsetting the family. Another phantom reported on the grounds is a ghostly coach and horses, which charges along the former driveway.

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