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Yorkshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Scottish Troops

Location: Kirkbymoorside - Neville Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of many Scottish troops can be heard engaging the English Army near the site of the castle.


Location: Kirkheaton - Skies above the village
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Circa 2012
Further Comments: A witness looked out the window at night and spotted a large triangular object, at least the size of a bus, hovering over the house and street. It had numerous lights around the edge, but the lights did not appear to cast any shadows. The object silently flew off in the direction of Holme Moss.

Hood's Grave

Location: Kirklees - Kirklees Park
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A grassy mound in the park is said to hide the body of folk hero Robin Hood, the location where his arrow landed after being fired from his death bed from Kirklees Abbey. Some claim to have seen a ghostly arrow hit the spot before vanishing.


Location: Kiveton - The Whistler, Station Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Walking around in the cellar, Jasper the friendly ghostly monk can also be heard whistling, as if trying to attract attention.

Fighting Mist

Location: Knaresborough - Knaresborough Castle, dungeon
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 27 June 2003
Further Comments: A photographer at the castle recorded a 'mist' that took the form of a large person standing above another who was lying on the ground. The taller entity appears to have his right arm raised as if to strike the prone figure. Two other pictures taken near the same place a few seconds after the first did not show any mist.

Mother Shipton

Location: Knaresborough - Mother Shipton's Cave
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1500s
Further Comments: Even in her own lifetime, Shipton was a well renowned prophetess. Her 'predictions' included the great fire of London and many political events, although her prediction for the end of the world (in the year 1881(!)) was later discovered to be a nineteenth century hoax.


Location: Knaresborough - Nearby Forest
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Dressed in white clothing, this small squad of soldiers were armed with swords. The one that appeared to be in command wore red.

Deliberate Pacing

Location: Knaresborough - Royal Oak public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The source of the slow and steady pacing footfalls that can be heard down an empty corridor has yet to be discovered.

Guy Fawkes

Location: Knaresborough - Scotton Old Hall (aka Old Manor House)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Fawkes unknown, footsteps 1905
Further Comments: Fawkes' former home, local folklore says that his presence once drifted around the hall. A 1905 owner said that he had heard footsteps on the landing at night and a banging door, and while he did not believe in ghosts blamed the sounds on either Oliver Cromwell (who once stayed here) or the woman whose skeleton was discovered under the staircase.

Eugene Aram

Location: Knaresborough - St Robert's Chapel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local murderer, Eugene appears to be condemned for the rest of time to haunt the area around the chapel where he hid his victim's body.

Man walking Dog

Location: Knight Stainforth - Bridge in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These two shades once haunted a hall, but once the building was destroyed, they took up residence on the village bridge.


Location: Knottingley - Parkbaulk Quarry (Niners)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 1983, around 20:00h
Further Comments: Two brothers out shooting in the quarry realised there was a complete absence of bird song and no sign of any wildlife. Both brothers then heard heavy footsteps, reminiscent of hobnailed boots; faintly at first, but growing progressively louder. From their vantage point the brothers had a clear line of sight around them, but the source of the sound could not be seen. They fled.


Location: Lane Ends - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa October 1895
Further Comments: A married couple were disturbed by footsteps which could be heard moving around at night. A strange light could also be seen, and the bedroom door would open itself. Neighbours could also hear the sounds. It was reported that once the story broke, crowds of people would stand outside the property.

Wicked Place

Location: Langthwaite - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Langthwaite once stood on higher ground, but because of the resident's wicked ways, the town was sunk to teach people a lesson.


Location: Langton - Hoggett's Hole, River Swale
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A highwayman during his life, Hoggett drowned in this pool while running from the law. It is now said that his ghost ensures no one ever swims in it without drowning.

An old photograph of a river passing Longthwaite in Yorkshire.

Sunken State

Location: Lanquit (aka Longthwaite?) - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lanquit was once on much higher ground, but due to the wickedness in the area, the lands were sunk by God.

Relocated Church

Location: Leake - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Legend says that this church was supposed to be built on top of a local hill, but the Devil insisted on moving the building materials overnight.

Victorian Lady

Location: Leeds - 10 Woodhouse Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Footsteps, strange noises and doors opening have been blamed on a phantom Victorian lady looking for two children who died in the former nursery room.

Girl's Laughter

Location: Leeds - Abbey Inn, Newlay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 2007 (laughter)
Further Comments: Even though the only recent activity is said to be the sound of female laughter coming from the cellar, this pub is said to be also haunted by a grey lady, a cloaked figure (who could be a monk connected to the abbey that once stood here) and a man wearing a Guy Fawkes-style hat.

Travelling Light

Location: Leeds - Armley Prison
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s, 2014
Further Comments: This phantom manifests as a light that moves around the cells. One former employee reported prison officers in Victorian uniform and the sounds of clanging chains, with the most paranormally active areas being the new wings which were constructed over executed prisoner's graves.

Suicidal Servant

Location: Leeds - Beckett University, Headingley campus
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former hospital, this campus was named by local press as being haunted by several ghosts, including a servant who threw themselves down a stairwell and something which would open and close doors.

Black Cat with Cubs

Location: Leeds - Between Headingley train station and Burley Park station
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 03 June 2009 and 28 May 2010
Further Comments: Workers on the track have seen a large black cat, around two metres in length, twice. On the first occasion the feline appeared to have two cubs, one light brown and the other black.

James Wood

Location: Leeds - Bond Street Shopping Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1977
Further Comments: A cobbler during life, a member of the cleaning staff encountered James' sorry looking ghost in one of the loading bays. The ghost was dressed in a muddy green jerkin and brown trousers.

Grey Haired Lady

Location: Leeds - Cardigan Arms public house
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 13 October 2006
Further Comments: The ladies' toilets appear to be home to a phantom elderly woman with long, straight grey/white hair. The figure was briefly spotted in the reflection of a mirror by one witness, while others have caught a glimpse of a figure from the corner of their eye or felt uneasy in the environment.

Unhappy Butler

Location: Leeds - Carnegie College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This fellow took his own life when he realised that his mistress would never love him. His body was found at the bottom of the large spiral staircase, and it is the same area that he still haunts.

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