Yorkshire - Paranormal Database Records

Army on Manoeuvres

Location: Stockton on the Forest - Skies above area
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 13 January 1792
Further Comments: Several people reported seeing a forest in the sky, with soldiers in black uniforms moving around in formation. More soldiers wore white clothing, but appeared to be allied to the other troops, rather than in conflict.

Antisocial Woman

Location: Stockton-on-Tees - Manhattan's public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2017
Further Comments: North Yorkshire Paranormal Investigations' claimed this building to be one of Teesside's most haunted, home to a phantom child, and a woman who instructed visitors to leave.

Wise Man of Stokesley

Location: Stokesley - No exact location
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 1800s
Further Comments: When John Wrightson moved to the area, he declared himself to be the seventh son of a seventh daughter, gifted with strange powers of healing and fortune telling. However, the villages figured out he was a fraud, resulting in Wrightson fleeing from the village. Wrightson eventually committed suicide in Hovingham, while facing trial on assault charges.

The Maid Did It

Location: Storrs - Hall
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1878
Further Comments: The police were called to investigate a poltergeist outbreak which consisted of rapping and windows being broken. While servants armed with pitchforks failed to solve the mystery, a fourteen year old serving girl confessed her guilt to the police. As an aside, the site was traditionally home to a ghost, but the entity was purportedly laid in the first half of the eighteenth century.


Location: Strensall - Strensall Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards?
Further Comments: A man in a long black coat or cape and a large brimmed hat is said to haunt this area, walking alongside people before disappearing. His name, Sandyman, comes from an advert for Sandeman Port which contained a similar looking figure.

Headless Dog

Location: Swaledale - Humpbacked bridge leading to Ivelet
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The appearance of this headless hound denoted a forthcoming tragedy.

Wealthy Weaver

Location: Swinsty Hall - Swinsty Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said the hall was built by a weaver who travelled to London during the plague. He raided the homes of the dead before returning and constructing his new home, but the man felt so guilty afterwards that he has not been able to rest since dying.

Mary on Piggyback

Location: Swinton - Area near river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mary killed her husband's prized pig, so he drowned her in return. Mary is now said to ride the hog around the area of the river where she met her maker.

Attack in the Cellar

Location: Swinton - Bull's Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Two men were attacked in the cellar by an unknown presence, one requiring several stitches to a head wound. Phantom voices have also been heard on the telephone, and footsteps have been heard echoing around.

Shadowy Figure

Location: Swinton - Ship Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980
Further Comments: A dark insubstantial figure was blamed when the landlord moved his family out. Glasses would also break without reason, and doors would lock and unlock themselves.

Dark Cavalier

Location: Tadcaster - A64 entering Tadcaster from York, grassy field to the left hand side
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October or November 1993
Further Comments: A couple driving their young child to the babysitter were forced to brake to avoid hitting a figure dressed in dark cavalier type clothing with long knee boots as he ran across the road from the right to the left. The figure pasted within two metres of the car (close enough for the witnesses to report he looked afraid of something), and both driver and passenger could see through him. The entity continued running before pixelating and disappearing. Local radio later carried an identical story from a different witness.

Battle of Bramham

Location: Tadcaster - Bramham Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of horses galloping on the field is thought to be those forever fleeing the nearby site of battle, which took several hundred lives.


Location: Tankersley - Tankersley Moor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Phantom soldiers reputedly walk the moor, the scene of a long forgotten skirmish.

Strange Woman

Location: The Lady of Avenel, aka The Virgo - Destroyed off the coast of Bridlington circa 1939
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1925 - 1930s
Further Comments: The Lady of Avenel was the last brigantine to fly the British flag, and reports of a phantom woman being spotted on board began in the 1920s after the ship was almost trapped in ice. Her arm was seen turning down an oil lamp, and heard talking and walking along the poop deck.

Radiant Boy

Location: Thirsk - Road to the town, exact location unknown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lighting up the night with his brilliance, this lad rode past the witness on horseback, disappearing across a field.

White Lass Beck

Location: Thirsk - Stream in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: The woman in white who haunted this body of water was thought to be a maid murdered in the area, her body discovered buried in a gravel pit. As well as manifesting as a woman, White Lass Beck would also take the form of a white dog or white heifer.

Seat of Defeat

Location: Thirsk - Thirsk museum
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The museum houses a cursed wooden chair which brings death to any who sit on it, and is even said to bring misfortune if touched.


Location: Tholthorpe - RAF Tholthorpe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: Investigated by Middlesbrough Paranormal, the group claimed to have witnessed apparitions, heard disembodied footsteps and recorded EVP.

Strange Animals

Location: Thornaby-on-Tees - Bassleton Woods
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Perhaps more legend than cryptozoological, but this wooded area is said to be home to strange water creatures and colourful non-native birdlife.

Headless Man

Location: Thorne - 1920's cinema
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The story of the ghost of a headless cinema commissionaire who was said to wander the lower floor was said to be nothing but a rumour by the people renovating the building.

Bloody Tongue

Location: Thornton, Bradford - Jim Craven Well
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though the exact location of the well has now been lost, it was guarded by a large black hound with glowing red eyes, known as 'Bloody Tongue'. The beast was sometimes accompanied by the ghost of an old hag with a storm lantern.

The Devil's Bridge

Location: Thorpe - Dibble's Bridge, Yorkshire Dales National Park
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Bridge still present
Further Comments: In a rare moment of generosity, the Devil built the bridge for a local shoemaker who had shared a drink with him.


Location: Thorpe Le Street - Exact area not known
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to appear between 17:00h and 00:00h
Further Comments: It is said that Annie had been boarded up in a house as her family died from consumption. Now, holding bunches of flowers which she once sold on the street, she walks along the road before vanishing.

Well of Our Lady

Location: Threshfield - Village well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local man stumbled across a party of goblins, only managing to elude the creatures by hiding in the well. Ever since that day, the holy well has been thought to repel evil.

Hooded Figure

Location: Thurgoland - Wortley Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2011
Further Comments: Photographer Paul Cocker claimed to have caught a phantom hooded figure in a doorway of this public house, although the image published online by a local newspaper looks slightly suspect.

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