Yorkshire - Paranormal Database Records

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.


Matron

Location: Sheffield - Northern General Hospital, Vickers Corridor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003 ('dream'), October 2012 Victorian man
Further Comments: At least two members of staff have reported the same 'dream' while sleeping in the staff room - they have awoken to see an angry matron-styled nurse with one hand over the witnesses' mouth and the other hand around their neck, trying to strangle them. One witness kicked and screamed before the apparition vanished in the blink of an eye. In 2012 two witnesses spotted a man in Victorian clothing drift past them while on the bell tower staircase.


Fireman

Location: Sheffield - Old Fire Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Perhaps unsurprisingly, the male entity said to haunt this building is named as a former fireman.


Beer Drinker

Location: Sheffield - Old Queen's Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen and felt sitting by the stone fireplace, the phantom of an aging patron firmly holding his jugs of beer still returns to the oldest pub in Sheffield.


Crossing the Road

Location: Sheffield - Packman Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: A local story says that a figure or ball of light can be seen crossing the road, although some believe that it is an optical illusion caused by environmental effects.


Smoker

Location: Sheffield - Private house in Swallownest area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This polt would hide and move objects, blow light bulbs, stack cigarette butts and create the smell of pipe smoke. A phantom black dog was also seen by a child on the site.


No Head

Location: Sheffield - Private residence along Townhead Road, Dore
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s?
Further Comments: A 23 year old woman encountered a phantom woman floating slightly above the floor of her home. The witness said that the entity wore a green Elizabethan style dress, had beautiful hands, and while the base of the neck appeared solid, the top had faded to nothing and the entity had no head. When Dore stood as a village, rather than a Sheffield suburb, the area was believed to be haunted by a young girl upon a white horse.


Man in a Mask

Location: Sheffield - Private residence, Brushes Estate
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 09 December 2011, 20:07h
Further Comments: A child told his father that he had seen a black man in a mask at the door of the living room. A few hours later the child's Jamaica grandfather died in hospital, wearing a face mask.


Sitting Man

Location: Sheffield - Private residence, Crookes Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Spring 2006
Further Comments: A resident reported seeing a phantom man sitting in a chair that wasn't there and a woman would walk up to the attic bedroom. After experiencing poltergeist activity in the bathroom, the witness shouted out in frustration - the haunting ceased after the witness's outburst.


Emily

Location: Sheffield - Private residence, Moor Oaks Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 2006 or 2007
Further Comments: A resident here heard the voice of an older woman close by ask 'Are you there, Emily?'. The resident thought it may have been their landlady, but no one else was around.


Flying Lizard

Location: Sheffield - Rivelin Valley
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: It was said that there were three types of lizard in this area, the Running Asker, the Water Asker, and the Flying Asker, the latter being the smallest of the three.


Scratching Hound

Location: Sheffield - Road outside the Botanical Gardens
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: October 1998
Further Comments: A phantom dog attacked one witness walking along this road - it bit his calf and clawed his back, leaving red weals. The man developed a high fever, but recovered after a spirit exorcism was performed.


Old School Boy

Location: Sheffield - Rowlinson Comprehensive School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is claimed that a boy dressed in old fashioned clothing has been observed by students and teachers, standing on the playing fields.


Floating Feet

Location: Sheffield - Schofield's department store (now Argos Extra), Angel Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The boiler room here was haunted by a pair of feet which hovered a half a metre or so from the floor.


Red Cloud

Location: Sheffield - Skies about Woodthorpe area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Circa February 2017
Further Comments: A red cloud which covered the roof of a house was seen by three people. Different coloured beams of light, mainly green, pink and blue, emerged from the cloud for around fifteen minutes before vanishing.


Dark Red Cloud

Location: Sheffield - Skies over town
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 9 December 1731, 17.00h
Further Comments: This 'cloud' which shot beams of light, heating up the cold winter night, hovered over the town before heading off towards Ireland.


Hell Hole

Location: Sheffield - Somewhere between Neepsend Bicarage and Rutland Road
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Pre 1880s
Further Comments: An entrance to the lower world was said to be located somewhere in Sheffield.


Gabriel's Hounds

Location: Sheffield - Stannington
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When these wild phantom hounds were heard above the neighbourhood, a death was sure to follow.


Walk along the Boardwalk

Location: Sheffield - The Boardwalk, and the Point
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Phantom footsteps have been heard moving along the corridor between the stage and the backstage dressing room, and mild poltergeist activity has been reported.


Horse and Cart

Location: Sheffield - The Crofts public house, Mosborough
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s?
Further Comments: This phantom horse and cart would be seen in the car park and were frequently mistaken as being 'real'. When a pond on the grounds was filled in, the apparition never returned.


Sobbing Woman

Location: Sheffield - Three Tuns public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heard but never seen, this crying woman may also haunt the cellar - it is said that no animal has the courage to have gone down. Patrons have reported being prodded by an unseen finger.


Mary with her Jailor

Location: Sheffield - Turret House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Mary Queen of Scots was held here for many years, and on occasion her ghost is seen looking out from a window. Her male jailor is sometimes seen standing guard on the stairwell.


Boy

Location: Sheffield - Wardsend Cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that the site is haunted by a boy whose body was snatched in 1862. However, the bodysnatching accusations made at the time were later proven false - it is unclear whether the ghost story is a modern creation.


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.


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