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Yorkshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Bridlington - Bridlington Spa
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1990s
Further Comments: The Spa complex is rumoured to be haunted by someone who fell to their death from a balcony. Robert Eastwood, a former worker at the Spa, reported a jammed storeroom door that opened after an unseen hand lifted the latch and gave a hard push.

Red and Orange Spheres

Location: Bridlington - Dotterel junction area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: March 2007
Further Comments: Witness David Hinde reported two spherical lights in the sky, glowing red and orange. He watched them for ten minutes while they darted around, defying the movements of conventional aircraft.

Woe Waters of the Wold

Location: Bridlington - General area of the Wold, ending in Bridlington
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Periodically
Further Comments: Every so often and rather erratically, springs of water emerge and make a twenty mile (or so) journey to Bridlington, where they disappear into the sea. It was once thought that the appearance of the water would be a prelude to disaster, but even in the nineteenth century, people were struggling to recall a tragic event which followed the so-called Woe Waters.

Plate Stacking

Location: Bridlington - Old Star Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 2016
Further Comments: Staff reported hearing plates being stacked in the early hours of the morning, though nothing had been moved.

An old postcard showing the shoreline of Bridlington in Yorkshire

St John

Location: Bridlington - Sea and general area
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: St John was the Prior of the local church, with several miracles attributed to him during his life. He once spotted a fishing boat in trouble in Bridlington Bay - he walked out on the sea and pulled it to safety.

An old postcard showing Bridlington's south beach.


Location: Bridlington - South beach - sea
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early December 2014, morning
Further Comments: A couple walking their dog spotted an old sailing ship anchored off the coast. One of the witnesses, a ship enthusiast, thought it to be a modern replica. Periodically looking back at the vessel while walking away, as the witnesses stepped off the beach, they realised the ship had vanished. The enthusiast used ship tracking websites to try to identify the ship, but no such vessel was in the area.

Willie Sled's Dog

Location: Brigham - Brigham Lane, at a crossroads
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The crossroads was home to a phantom white hound known as Willie Sled's dog, named after a local sandpit worker.

Ginger Cat

Location: Brodsworth - Brodsworth Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hall is reputed to be haunted by a ginger cat and the ghosts of former owners.

Two Old Ladies

Location: Brodsworth - St Michael and All Angel's church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 1980
Further Comments: A young couple walking through the churchyard spotted two elderly ladies in clothing from a bygone era walking towards them along the same path. The younger pair stepped into the church porch, listening to the old women's approaching footsteps which suddenly stopped in mid-stride. They stepped out of the church pouch and looked for the women, who had just vanished.


Location: Buckstones - A640, near the Nont Sarah public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1968
Further Comments: A policeman returning home after a late shift spotted a small group of horsemen dressed in Cavalier-style clothing riding along this road. He drove past the figures three times to prove to himself that they were not a figment of his imagination.

Robin's Home

Location: Burghwallis - Robin Hood's Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The well marks the area where Barnsdale Forest once stood; a huge expense of woodland suitable for a rogue's hideaway.


Location: Burn - Wheatsheaf public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to be most likely to appear on Mother's Day
Further Comments: This pub is said to be home to a phantom airman wearing a great coat, most likely to be seen on the fourth Sunday of Lent.

Fairy Hangout

Location: Burnsall - Elbolton Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pixies, fairies and other members of the little people are still said to live in and around the hill.

Pam the Fiddler

Location: Burnsall - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pam, the local schoolmaster, was killed by the village vicar after refusing to stop fiddling around the area after dark. The vicar covered up the crime by secretly burying Pam's body; within a few weeks villagers began to report hearing Pam playing the fiddle, and some claimed to have seen him, though his head had changed into that of a goat.

A illustration by Wayne Louden showing several indistinct figures standing in the mist.

Misty Figures

Location: Burrill - Hell Hole Wood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2012
Further Comments: A couple walking from Thornton Watlass spotted a few misty figures moving around the wood. It is said that the Devil would use the woods as a hiding place.


Location: Burton Agnes - Burton Agnes Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Seventeenth century?
Further Comments: Falling in love with the hall, Anne decreed that upon death her head should be severed and stored within the house. Immediately after she was murdered, the house was plagued by crashes and bangs, which ceased when her head was removed from the coffin and brought inside. Her skull has since been bricked up to ensure it never accidentally leaves the homestead.


Location: Burton Pidsea - Nancy Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: Once a blacksmith, this public house still has an anvil within which, it is said, if removed causes strange things to occur. One member of staff moved the anvil, only to see it rise and fall again on its own accord. Talking, laughing and the clink of glasses can be heard coming from an empty room.

Thomas Busby

Location: Busby Stoop - Along Thirsk to Ripon road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 1703
Further Comments: Hanged here after murdering his father in law, the shade of Thomas has been seen still dangling from a gibbet.

Silver Disc

Location: Byland - Byland Abbey
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 1290
Further Comments: The occupants of the abbey were said to have been terrorised when a large radiant silver object flew overhead just as they sat down to eat.

Plain Chant

Location: Byland - Byland Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December 1850
Further Comments: A passing farmer listened to phantom plain chant while watching a ghostly form move around the gravestones.

Walter Calverley

Location: Calverley - Calverley House (or is it currently called Old Hall?), surrounding countryside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A temporary fit of madness resulted in this Elizabethan gentleman killing two of his children and stabbing his wife (who escaped by feigning death). His regretful spirit rides the countryside on a headless horse, although one source says that it had been laid. Poltergeist-like activities have also been reported at the house.

Calverley Rises Again

Location: Calverley - St Wilfrid's churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local boys are said to have once believed that the ghost of Walter Calverley could be summoned by chanting 'Old Calverley, Old Calverley, I have thee by the ears, I'll cut thee into collops, unless thee appears'. After this, pins and crumbs would be sprinkled across the ground before one person would walk up to the church door and whistle through the keyhole.


Location: Calverley - Thornhill Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The polt in this pub is said to tidy the bar if left in a mess.

Plate Thrower

Location: Carcroft - Private house along George Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1978-1984
Further Comments: A witness who lived here as a child recounted how the family had several brass plates with sea scenes on tied to the wall, which would fling themselves from the wall to the floor as if someone were annoyed at them being there. Heavy male footsteps could be heard, stopping outside a door - the boots could be briefly seen under the door before fading away.

Headless Woman

Location: Carlton - Vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: This site was said to be haunted by a murdered woman whose headless ghost walked the area, although any witness accounts appear to be scarce.

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