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Tyne and Wear Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Jane Jameson

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Quayside, area around John Wesley's memorial
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Jane was executed in 1829 for the murder of her mother, although she did try to frame her boyfriend for the crime. Jane now calls out for her lover to find her.

Edwardian Man

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Robinson's Wine Bar, Cloth Market
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid-twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghostly figure was seen leaning against a wall within the bar. A manager who witnessed the entity described it as a tall man with grey hair, wearing Edwardian clothing.

Cavalier

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Sallyport, Carpenter's Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This soldier died fighting against the Scots in 1644. His phantom reportedly gazes from the tower window. One witness watched him float from the ground into the air, disappearing into the ceiling - she was later told that a spiral staircase stood where she had seen the apparition.

Girl in Blue Dress

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - St Andrew's Churchyard
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A young curate who fell in love with the daughter of a local landowner was now about to set off to see the lass at home when he spotted her walking around the churchyard. The man ran into the churchyard, but she had vanished. The following day he discovered that she had died at home during the night. Though it is said she still walks the area, none have seen her recently.


A vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Healing Well

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - St Mary's Well, Jesmond
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Well still present, vision in late eleventh century
Further Comments: This well was once said to have magical healing properties, while at an unstated location nearby, an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared just after England was invaded by the Normans.

Knight

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - St Nicholas Church (now Newcastle Cathedral)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1882
Further Comments: Before this church became Newcastle Cathedral, there were reports of a tall shadowy knight who would walk around day and night, vanishing around corners and pillars. The clank of ghostly armour was also heard.

Crying Child

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Stevenson Street, North Shields
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-nineteenth century
Further Comments: A house along this road was haunted by the cries of a child, and the heart wrenching sobs of a woman - an infant's body was later discovered concealed within the building.

Henry Hardwick

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - The Cooperage public house, alleyways near the building
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Trying to escape pressgangers, Hardwick was murdered, and has been seen near to where he died. A man dressed in Edwardian garb has also been seen in the area.

Bob Crowther

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Tyne Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost that has been felt as it pushes past people is thought to be an actor killed when a stage prop travelling at high velocity landed on him. He also reportedly has a favourite seat, in which he is occasionally seen.

Prior Olaf

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Tynemouth Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Viking raider who eventually found God has been seen on the site where so much raping and looting took place. Other phantom monks have been observed on site, several appearing to pray at a stone in the graveyard.

Longhaired Man

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Unnamed public house along Westgate Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: This ghostly figure wearing a red coat walked through a barman closing the bar.

William Coulson

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Victoria Tunnel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2018
Further Comments: William was killed in an accident on 16 June 1852 after being hit by a coal wagon. His ghost is reputed to haunt the area and may have been seen by a tour guide in 2018. Other reported manifestations include footsteps, booms and voices.


An oversized ghostly cat in a mill.

Heavy Footsteps

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Willington Mill
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1835-1847
Further Comments: Just a small part of the phenomena, the footsteps were heard first. Over a period of weeks, these developed into bangs, whistling, the sounds of machinery, and finally a voice that spoke. Phantom animals were seen around the building. The family finally moved out, though the spirit stayed a little longer (but was much quieter).

Giggly Meg

Location: South Shields - Alum Ale House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several spooky entities have been reported as haunting this site, including Giggly Meg, a Grey Lady, a Victorian gentleman, and a former barman.

Knocking

Location: South Shields - Barr Porter / Thai Udon Kitchen (restaurant), Dean Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2020s
Further Comments: Warned by a former owner that the place was haunted, Alex Barr and Lee Porter opened their new restaurant and soon heard strange knocking coming from the upper part of the building. A visiting psychic claimed the site was home to three entities - Margaret, a young boy named James, and a monk. A photograph taken in a venue room purports to show a ghostly figure.

Barmaid

Location: South Shields - Beacon public house (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 2016
Further Comments: A local newspaper claimed the Beacon was haunted by a barmaid who fell into the cellar.

Old Lady with Gold

Location: South Shields - House along Thrift Street (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - likely to be pre twentieth century
Further Comments: A maid venturing into the basement at night encountered a phantom elderly lady who instructed her to reach into an opening in the cellar wall. The maid did as instructed and pulled out a bag of gold and the deeds to the house. The maid, unsurprising, retired.

Cloud

Location: South Shields - Jazz hairdressers, Frederick Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2008
Further Comments: Footsteps, whistling, knocking, and a solid, hovering cloud have all been reported by staff at the salon. Customers have reported seeing people dressed in old fashioned clothing in the upper part of the building. A barman is said to have died falling down the basement stairs when the building was a club during the 1950s.

Roman

Location: South Shields - Look Out public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly Roman soldier who reputedly appears in the basement is said to be connected to the nearby Roman Fort.

Jack the Hammer

Location: South Shields - Riverside, and general area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure is said to appear by the river when someone is lost at sea, and sometimes knocks on the door of a family that is due a tragedy.

Tommy

Location: South Shields - Scotia public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story says the cellar is home to a phantom named Tommy who can be heard moving around using his walking stick.


A ghostly lighthouse keeper.

Woman

Location: South Shields - Souter Lighthouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Three phantoms are thought to haunt this locale - an unknown woman, a miner from a nearby pit, and an old lighthouse keeper. One or all of them could be responsible for the bangs and the ghostly footsteps heard around the site.

Sailor

Location: South Shields - Steamboat public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The resident spook in this pub was identified as a sailor who lost his footing and fell into the cellar.

Ada Holmes

Location: Sunderland - Crowtree public house, Crowtree Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: A very popular landlady, Ada died in 1965, though her ghost wearing a colourful dress has been seen since.

General Beckwith

Location: Sunderland - Doxford House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2013
Further Comments: The Ghost Hauntings Overnight Surveillance Team claimed to have encountered a couple of phantoms on this site - General Beckwith, a former owner, and a girl named Emily who died in a fire.

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