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Yorkshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Local Giant

Location: Sessay - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A giant terrorised this area for many years, bullying and killing the locals. The massive man was finally slain when, after a day of abhorrent behaviour, he fell asleep by a watermill - the miller ran outside and hacked him to death with an axe. Another version of the story, in which the giant was accidently knocked out by windmill sails, names the giant slayer as Sir Guy Dawnay, who just happened to be passing through the area.

Running Woman

Location: Settle - Beggar's Wife Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Named after the wife killed by her mad spouse, she can still be seen running over the bridge, trying to escape her fate. The figure has no face, only a spider's web where the details should be.

Gas Breather

Location: Sexhow - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A winged fire breathing dragon once terrorised this area. Demanding the milk of nine cows every day, the creature took residence on a hill. As well as breathing fire, the creature released poison gas which killed anyone venturing too close. It was finally killed after a long battle by a wandering knight who then went on his way without demanding a reward or revealing his name. The skin of the dragon was stored in the local church for many years, but what happened to the item is not known.

Greed isn't Good

Location: Sexhow - Unnamed farm in the area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Likely pre-nineteenth century
Further Comments: The ghost of a recently deceased woman appeared to a farmer and asked him to dig up her hidden treasure - he could keep all the silver but had to give all the gold to her niece. The farmer dug up the treasure and kept it all to himself. The woman returned and haunted him day and night until he died soon after, her ghost witnessed by neighbours just prior to the farmer's body being found on his horse.

Gabriel Hounds

Location: Sheffield - Area around parish church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These hounds are said to have the faces of men, and have been heard passing the church on dark, still nights.

Former Maid

Location: Sheffield - Ashdell Grove house, Westbourne Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This building is reportedly haunted by a maid who committed suicide after her secret lover, a local policeman, left her. Her pacing has been heard down a corridor, and she also moves items around in the building's offices. The figure of a middle aged man has also been seen.

Pregnant Girl

Location: Sheffield - Ball Inn, Darnall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: This thin, grey ghost is said to be a member of staff who committed suicide at the inn when she discovered she was with child. She walks the upstairs corridors, while in other parts of the building, strange noises are heard in the night and well secured shelves fall without warning.

Apprentice

Location: Sheffield - Barker's Pool
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1875
Further Comments: Around a thousand people assembled on the street to watch a glowing figure, named as the ghost of an apprentice, in the window of a building. A police officer pointed out that the 'entity' resembled a light being reflected in a window moving in the wind. Once the window had been secured, the ghost could no longer be seen.

White Lady

Location: Sheffield - Beauchief Abbey and Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This traditional white figure supposedly haunts the grounds of both the hall and the abbey. The latter location is also the home to a spectral monk.

Black Figure

Location: Sheffield - Birley Woods and Golf Course
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2011
Further Comments: A local lad's grandfather told him that a wispy black figure in a cloak and hood was trapped in the wood and had been for hundreds of years. After the grandfather died, one of the lad's friends confided that he had encountered the figure while out in the woods.

Boggards

Location: Sheffield - Boggard Lane, Oughtibridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lane is said to be named after the entities which live (or lived) down there. A private house along the lane is also said to be haunted by a phantom woodworker.

White Woman

Location: Sheffield - Bowshaw House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wearing a flowing dress, this pale spirit has occasionally been reported.

Broken Necked Lovers

Location: Sheffield - Bunting Nook
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A pair of eloping lovers were thrown off their horse down this lane - the fall broke both their necks. They now haunt this area where no bird is said to sing.

Saucer Eyed Dog

Location: Sheffield - Bunting Nook, Graves Park
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 2012?
Further Comments: This creature, with its unusually large eyes, has been known to turn itself into mist if threatened. A ghost hunter in the area reported to have spoken to a couple who witnessed a large black dog appear out of nowhere as they travelled down the lane.

Colonel John Bright

Location: Sheffield - Carbrook Hall public house (as of late 2019, a coffee shop)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A close friend and ally of Cromwell, the well-built ghost of Colonel Bright has been observed standing at the top of the stairs. Other ghosts reported here include the sounds of children, an elderly woman from the 1920s, a phantom Roundhead, a monk, and another shadowy figure who throws items around the bar.

Riot

Location: Sheffield - Cholera Monument Grounds
Type: Other
Date / Time: May 1873
Further Comments: Around two thousand men and young boys gathered at this site after a rumour started a ghost had been seen (although the local press declared the entity was really a 'young fellow of weak intellect'). Neighbours complained, the police arrived, scuffles occurred, no ghost appeared, and people went home. Rumours of a ghostly figure in the area continued throughout the rest of the month.

Rings

Location: Sheffield - Dead Man's Lane (aka Dead Lane), Ecclesall (lane may have been renamed, but in Greystones area)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: An overgrown lane in the village (now a Sheffield suburb) was said to be home to fairies, with distinct fairy circles spotted in the grass. A headless woman also haunted the lane.

Pilot?

Location: Sheffield - Endcliffe Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1990s, around February
Further Comments: A man spotted a figure wearing a flying jacket and scarf walking across the foggy, open playing fields. While walking towards the witness, the figure suddenly vanished.

Large Cat

Location: Sheffield - Field near Wales Bar Petrol Station, now a golf course
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 1987 or 1988
Further Comments: While crossing a field of sheep, a group of friends watched a large, cat-shaped creature amongst the sheep. The creature spotted the group and crouched, resulting in the friends fleeing the area.

Chip Shop

Location: Sheffield - Firth Park
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990
Further Comments: Walking home one evening, a mother and daughter spotted a chip shop which they had thought was new, as they had not seen it before. The shop was open, lights were on, and people were inside. A couple of nights later, they decided to visit the takeaway, but it was not there - a DIY shop stood on the spot, twice the size of the chip shop they had seen.

Norah the Maid

Location: Sheffield - Firth Park Brushes (former school), Barnsley Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The maid, who committed suicide on the site two hundred years ago, is still said to wander the area. When the high school stood on the area, cleaning staff reported lights that would turn themselves on, amongst other strange phenomena. A priest was called to exorcise the land in 2003; there have been no reported incidents since.

Life Saver

Location: Sheffield - Flat, School Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1981/82
Further Comments: The family that tolerated a poltergeist in their home for almost a year were eventually thankful for the entity - one night it banged so loudly the whole family awoke only to find their rooms full of smoke. They managed to escape as the fire engulfed their building.

White Lady

Location: Sheffield - Highcliffe Road, Ecclesall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about this phantom woman, other than an interesting point to note is that the road was once called Dead Man's Lane.

Not a Ghost

Location: Sheffield - Hill between Solly Street and Allen Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1820s
Further Comments: A Barghast was said by children to have taken up residence on this hill, which at the time was common land. It later emerged that the ghost was a hoax.

White Figure

Location: Sheffield - House along Campo Lane
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: March 1855
Further Comments: After a lodger spotted a ghostly white figure in the kitchen, this house was visited by a many people hoping to see the entity. One of these visitors, a Mrs Rollinson, collapsed after witnessing a white female form dash past her. After briefly regaining consciousness and sharing her encounter, Rollinson once again fell unconscious and died soon after. It is worth noting that other people were with Rollinson at the time of the encounter, but they did not see the reported ghost.

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