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Staffordshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

The Graduate

Location: Rugeley - Old Chancel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Old Grammar School once stood by the side of this building, and the ghostly young man wearing his graduation gown and cap is believed to be one of its former residents. The murderer Dr William Palmer is also thought to haunt the site, as his former home stands by the Old Chancel grounds.


Location: Seighford - Seighford Hall Hotel, Room 8
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A governess based at the hall two centuries ago, the woman killed herself when her love for the master of the property became clear. She manifests to children who stay in room 8. The rustling of her dress may also be heard down the corridors of the building.

Diggory Mayne

Location: Shifnal - Lizard Lane area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After a farmer by the name of Diggory Mayne died, his property became haunted by strong winds which upset horses and caused doors to bang. The wind ceased when the farmer's body was removed, although his ghost soon started to appear in the area riding a horse.

Wolf on Hind Legs

Location: Stafford - German War Cemetery, Camp Road, between Stafford and Cannock
Type: Werewolf
Date / Time: April 2007
Further Comments: In two separate sightings, two men reported a large hairy creature standing on its hind legs, between 180 - 200 centimetres in height. One of the men approached it, but the creature ran off.

Perhaps Nothing

Location: Standon - Standon Hall
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Ghost hunting events have been organised at the site, although it is not thought the property had a history of any hauntings.

Flying Mushroom

Location: Stoke on Trent - Above Buckhall
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 15 February 1985, 20:30h
Further Comments: A woman, her husband and his mother watched glowing orange, mushroom shaped object for an hour as it hovered overhead, before moving away quite quickly towards the Stoke area.

Old Man

Location: Stoke on Trent - Potteries Shopping Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: The ghost of an old man wearing a cloth cap and a walking stick is said to haunt the shopping centre and has reportedly been seen by two members of staff on separate occasions. Staff are also said to have heard disembodied footsteps and someone crying out from empty corridors.

Hiding from Vampires

Location: Stoke on Trent - Number 3, The Villas
Type: Vampire
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: A body found in the building was surrounded by garlic, salt, crucifixes, and other items reported to scare off vampires - tragically, the dead man was found to have choked to death on a clove of garlic that lodged in his throat as he slept.

Piano Cat

Location: Stoke on Trent - New Inn, Basford (no longer open)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: When the piano keys could be heard striking without human intervention, a ghost cat would be blamed. The phantom feline was said to be appeased when a small amount of beer would be left out for him.

Running on the Stairs

Location: Stoke on Trent - Former Aquatics Shop (no longer open)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: People could be heard running on the staircase here, although no one could be seen. While cleaning the glass on a fish tank, one worker in the shop spotted the reflection of someone behind them - the only other person on the site was upstairs.


Location: Stoke on Trent - City General Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The old block containing the paediatric ward was believed to be haunted by several children. One doctor running through the block after being bleeped saw seven children playing in the area. It was not until later she realised that the ward was closed and empty.

Man with White Hair

Location: Stoke on Trent - A34, from Manchester heading towards Stoke on Trent
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Sunday evening in September 1993
Further Comments: Two people driving towards Stoke on Trent watched a man with slicked white hair standing by the roadside. He stared into the car as they drove past, and as they rounded a bend a little further ahead, the white haired man was spotted once again, standing by the roadside in front of them.

The White Rabbit of Etruria

Location: Stoke on Trent - Etruria suburb
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa late eighteenth century
Further Comments: This ghostly white rabbit appeared after the phantom cries and scream of a young boy. It was thought that the rabbit was the ghost of a fourteen year old lad who was murdered by another teenager while arguing over a wager.

Guard Dog

Location: Swinscoe - Leek to Ashbourne road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The site where three Jacobites are buried is haunted by a large black hound that ensures their graves are not disturbed.

Black Lady of Tamworth

Location: Tamworth - Tamworth Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to be the ghost of St Editha, this phantom nun has a room named after her within the building - she once appeared here and bullied a greedy landlord into returning stolen church lands. Another female, a white lady, also haunts the castle grounds.


Location: Tamworth - Palace Cinema, now a McDonald's
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1930s-present
Further Comments: A local yarn says that Reverend William MacGregor brought two Egyptian mummies back to the town. When they started to rot, the Reverend had them entombed in the foundations of the cinema, which was then being reconstructed.

Grey Lady

Location: Tamworth - Middleton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2018
Further Comments: Sightings of this grey lady go back to the 1800s when the phantom was spotted sitting in a chair in the library. More recently she was spotted by a volunteer on the site, although remained unseen by the two other people that the volunteer walked alongside

Pit Master's Wife

Location: Tamworth - Kettlebrook Linear Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1988
Further Comments: Three friends witnessed a short figure in a black cloak with a screwed up old face. As they approached, they could see transparent silhouettes close by which caused the friends to run off. Years later, one of the witnesses spoke to another friend who had also spotted the entity a few years previous. Local folklore says the ghost is a former pit master's wife.

Fragmented Soldier

Location: Tamworth - Unknown road in Fazeley area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 1972
Further Comments: A witness driving along the road slowed down to offer a lift to a tall man dressed in a soldier's uniform that was walking along the verge. However, the soldier appeared to shimmer and fragment like a broken reflection on water as the witness approached closer.

Blue & White Ladies

Location: Tanworth - Tanworth Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The blue lady took her own life after watching her lover die during a jousting contest outside the castle - she now patrols the battlements. The white lady is thought to be a nun from a priory which once stood nearby.

Spits out Bones

Location: Tean - Well in the Wall (aka Willy Wall's Well, aka Willy Waugh's Well)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Well still present
Further Comments: This well was once said to spit out small bones, most likely belonging to birds, most of the year, but never in July and August.

Lady May

Location: Tipton - The Park public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Lady May was the young daughter of a squire who suffered a major haemorrhage and died in the attic. Since then, the loft has been home to bangs, crashes, and a light switch which insists on turning itself on.

Teenage Boy

Location: Tipton - Noah's Ark Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom teenager stood at the foot of the bed of a new landlord. The ghost vanished when the landlord, a former boxer, took a swing at it. Patrons of the pub said the description of the spook matched that of a former landlord's son, who died some years previous.


Location: Tunstall - Ancient Briton Public House (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2006
Further Comments: A video recorded on a mobile phone was said to contain the image of a ghostly cowboy, though the 'ghost' resembles light flare. A previous landlord claimed his child spoke to the phantom cowboy, who would move the child's socks.

Ghost Hunt

Location: Tutbury - Tutbury Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: This building broke the record for having the world's largest ghost hunt, with 700 people looking for the phantom monk, a grey lady, a drummer boy and Mary Queen of Scots, amongst other shades...

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