Yorkshire - Paranormal Database Records


Location: Whitby - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wade, his unnamed wife, and their son, were giants who possessed fantastic size and strength and are credited with creating the surrounding landscape by throwing and dropping boulders

Coach and Six

Location: Whitby - Green Lane
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Following the burial of a fisherman
Further Comments: It was once believed that a phantom coach, pulled by six black horses and escorted by two dark outriders would manifest the night after a fisherman was buried. The coach and escorts would travel to the church where it would stop. Along the route, additional phantom mourners join the cortege, and once at the church they would circle the grave three times. Once this part of the ritual was complete, all the mourners would enter the coach which would then depart at speed, travelling roads until reaching the edge of a cliff, where it would fall and vanish.


Location: Whitby - Greenlane area, leading to the cliffs
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This coach is said to materialise and travel to a nearby church, before suddenly charging towards the cliffs, finally vanishing as it plummets down one of the faces. Another entity that stalks the roads around here is never seen, but causes damage to vehicles and road signs.


Location: Whitby - Off coast, close to Black Nab
Type: Legend
Date / Time: October 31 (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: A ship carrying bells stolen from the abbey was sunk at the Black Nab while trying to escape. On halloween, one can stand close to the rock and call out their love's name. In return, the wind repeats the name and the bells can be heard to ring.

Headless Man

Location: Whitby - Prospect Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This male entity has the removed item securely grasped under his arm.

Wellness Indicators

Location: Whitby - Ragwells (exact locations not known)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Likely pre-nineteenth century
Further Comments: Shirts or other articles of clothing belonging to seriously ill people would be cast into the waters of wells in this area. If the clothing floated, the person would recover. If the item sank, death would soon follow.

Beast of the Bay

Location: Whitby - Several areas, including abbey, St Peter's Court woods, and surrounding villages
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2001 onwards
Further Comments: A black panther-like cat has been observed a dozen times over a seven year period, on one occasion the cat was accompanied by a cub.

Petrified Snakes

Location: Whitby - Whitby Abbey
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Snakes unknown, St Hilda's ghost during summer months 10:00h - 12:00h
Further Comments: The abbey was besieged by snakes, until St Hilda turned up and drove them all off the edge of the cliff, where they turned to stone on the beach below. Her ghost is also reported to still gaze from the windows of the abbey. A few people have heard a choir singing in the empty building and one local legend says a team of headless horses pulling a hearse was once spotted by a man and boy walking in the area. Finally, treasure hidden in the abbey's grounds is protected by a headless figure in white.


Location: Whitkirk - Vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sounding like someone moving across flagstones, the echoing footfalls may belong to the owner of a ghostly dog also seen in the premises.

Gladys Saxton

Location: Wigglesworth - Plough Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1945 onwards
Further Comments: Gladys Saxton and her maid Margaret Harrison were killed in a fire at the building in 1945. Since that date, a woman wearing a long black dress has been seen by guests at the building. There is also a report of a phantom highwayman being spotted standing in a doorway.

Traffic Dodger

Location: Wigglesworth - Road leading to Tosside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early winter mornings (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A couple of car accidents that occurred along this road were blamed on a flitting female form which ran out in front of the vehicle before disappearing. Locals say it is a girl who drowned nearby.

Sooty Cat

Location: Winestead - Area around the former mental hospital
Type: ABC
Date / Time: January 2000
Further Comments: The police were called after three people watched a large black cat padding around a field at a distance of around fifteen metres.

Pixie Party

Location: Wold Newton - Willy Howe barrow
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A human gatecrasher reported joining a pixie party that was occurring within this barrow - he soon ran off, not wanting to fall under a fairy spell. Another man was said to have picked up a golden coin each day from the barrow, left there for him by a fairy who liked him, although she stopped her act of generosity when the man told others of her. Finally, another story says there is treasure here, although it can never be removed.

Woman in White

Location: Wombwell - Low Valley Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2006
Further Comments: Roger Froggatt, the landlord of this pub, was left terrified after encountering a phantom lady dressed in white in the ladies' toilet after investigating what he believed was a break in during the early hours of the morning. He described the figure as an elderly woman with her cheek and jaw structure missing.

Cat Larger than an Alsatian

Location: Wombwell - Pontefract Road / Everill Gate Lane, Broomhill
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 1998
Further Comments: A large black cat was spotted as it darted across the road in front of a car.

Lord Wharncliffe

Location: Wortley - Carlton House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: The first Lord Wharncliffe was said to haunt this building, along with several other unidentified ghosts.


Location: Wreghorn - Area between village and Headingly Hill
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature, a midnight black dog the size of a donkey, would bring bad luck and misfortune to all who saw it. It was also always heard when a local person of some importance died - his howls and barks would cause all the mortal dogs in the neighbourhood to also howl.

William the Giant

Location: Wroot - Thumb Stone and Little Finger Stone (no longer present?)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These two boulders were thrown into position by William, the local giant and wizard. A farmer who tried to move one using six horses failed to do so, and all the horses died shortly after their attempt - it became known that to mess with the stones was unlucky.

Fred the Flusher

Location: Wyke - The Hypnotist public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: 'Fred' is thought to be the ghost of an engineer, based at a nearby dam, who drowned in an accident. He is described as middle aged and dripping wet. Fred is blamed for flushing the toilets when no one is around.

Thrown Paint

Location: Yeadon - 1 Gill Lane
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1970, and periodically since
Further Comments: This noisy spirit broke dozens of telephones and also threw a large tin of paint across the room.

Pale Figure

Location: York - Edge of the River Ouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 May (reoccurring) (legend), ghost unknown
Further Comments: Thought to be the shade of a drowned person, this figure drifts around the banks of the river. Another piece of folklore says that a person drops five white pebbles into the river when the Minster clock chimes one in the morning during the first of May, they see their past, present and future.

Caped Man

Location: York - First Hussar public house, North Street
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A small team of men working through the night to complete a painting and decorating job all reported seeing a ghostly man dressed in a cape, who vanished through a wall.

Green Jenny

Location: York - Five Lions public house (now Watergate Inn)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: This figure has not been seen for many years, and her history is all but forgotten.


Location: York - Fordington Lodge, outside of the city
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Haunted by an unknown entity, the sounds of footsteps were often heard crossing the living room floor. Doors sometimes opened themselves, and once a sofa moved itself away from the wall, before moving back a few seconds later.

Baker and Soldiers

Location: York - Former toy shop just inside Roman Gate
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa 1978 / 1979
Further Comments: Late at night one female witness approached the toy shop window to look at a teddy bear. At the window she entered a dream-like state - she 'became' a large male baker covered in flour working within the shop, and looking out from the shop she could see Roman soldiers walking past.

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