Yorkshire - Paranormal Database Records

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.

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.


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.


Location: Sheffield - Woodseats Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that this hotel is home is to a violent entity which has been known to attack members of staff. Phantom childrens' voices have also been heard.

Hooded Figure

Location: Sheffield - Woolley Woods Bottom
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 February 2013
Further Comments: Three people in the woods spotted a hooded figure run by them. One of the party also spotted a brown tunic with a big gold buckle, moving down a slope, (although there were no limbs or head visible) while the other two witnesses spotted white lights floating around their car.

Dark Figure

Location: Sheffield - Ye Olde Harrow public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1994 - February 2001, and late 1970s
Further Comments: A former tenant reported several strange experiences during their time in this pub, including encountering a dark figure, doors which closed themselves and items which disappeared and reappeared up to a month later. A former occupier of the site remembered the shadow and closing doors from the 1970s.


Location: Sheffield Hutton - Castle and attached farmhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former servant, Nancy now walks around the area wearing a black cloak with the hood pulled up. Seen outside several times by an owner's father, the phantom also scared a house guest to such a degree that they fell down the stairs.

Line Lion

Location: Shepley - Railway Line
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 06 November 2011, around 15:30h
Further Comments: Trains were delayed for around two hours after police received a report of a lion (and possibly a cub) on the rail tracks at Shepley. After searching the area with twelve officers and a helicopter, nothing was found and rail travel resumed.

Coach and Four

Location: Shepley - Roads around the Shepley War Memorial
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Appearing at night, this phantom coach pulled by four horses would move at breakneck speed along the roads in and around the village.

Elizabeth Smith

Location: Shepley - Sovereign Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Elizabeth is said to sit in a room upstairs, and can be seen watching from a window. The cellar is also said to be haunted by a man who died down there in the 1960s.


Location: Sheriff Hutton - Area near the A64 York / London road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Foggy weather
Further Comments: The young lady Nance has been seen standing on the side of the road holding her young baby - she died in the area after being deserted and left penniless by the child's father. It is thought she helps those lost and in peril.

Green Creature

Location: Skeffling - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1938
Further Comments: Joan Borgeest spotted a large green creature off the coast of Skeffling. She described the beast as having a flat head, long mouth and protruding eyes. It dived when she shouted for others to come and see it.

Cowled Monk

Location: Skelton cum Newby - Church of Christ the Consoler
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 1954
Further Comments: Reverend K F Lord accidentally snapped an image of a cowled monk on the altar of this church - dressed in black robes with an elongated, skull-like face, this picture frequently appears in ghost literature.

A Sea Man

Location: Skinningrove - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Pre nineteenth century
Further Comments: A man was caught in the sea by fishermen and kept for many weeks in a cottage where he lived on a diet of fish. After a while the 'sea man' returned to the sea, waving goodbye to people standing on the coast before diving down and never returning.

Headless on Headless

Location: Skipsea - Roads around town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The headless highwayman seen around this area rides a headless horse. A road on a hill south of the town is haunted by a woman (who may also be headless) wearing black, who quickly vanishes just before reaching a hill.

Poisoned Wife

Location: Skipsea - Skipsea Castle, Albermarle Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Headless woman on moonlit nights (reoccurring), others unknown
Further Comments: Drogo, a Baron from the eleventh century, poisoned his wife and fled abroad - she has been seen, headless and white, walking from the castle (or what remains of it) to a brook at the base, disappearing before reaching the bridge. She may be the same entity known as Awd Molly, who was once believed could be summoned if you walked around a certain pit in the area. Finally, depressions in the ground somewhere on the hill are supposed to belong to two warriors who killed each other in a dual - if filled, the ghosts of the fighters were said to return.


Location: Skipton - Archway along Sheep Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 2010s
Further Comments: One witness reportedly spotted a phantom woman in this area. Local legend says a number of women were killed in a gang fight during the 1800s and they can now be heard wailing and moaning.

Farm Hand

Location: Skipton - Close House
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Being a dab hand with corn thrashing, this fairy fellow was most welcome at the house, but left when accidentally insulted by the owner.

The Padfoot

Location: Skipton - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century
Further Comments: This black, horse-sized hound unset the villagers when it paid them a brief visit.

Gartham's Revenge

Location: Skipton - Grammar school
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The school's master, Reverend Robert Thomlinson, was found dead at the school - a rumour quickly sprung up that he had been scared to death by the ghost of his predecessor, whom Thomlinson had tried to remove from office by using a dirty tricks campaign.

Clifford's Coach

Location: Skipton - High Street
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Midnight, prior to a death in the family (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The appearance of Lady Ann Clifford in her horse drawn coach was said to herald the death of the owner of the local castle.


Location: Skipton - Skies over area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This area was claimed to be a UFO hotspot by enthusiasts.

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