Lancashire - Paranormal Database Records

Presence on the Stairs

Location: Sefton - Private house along Arundel Avenue
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A witness here heard the front door being opened by key - when she investigated she saw nothing, though felt an invisible presence pushed past her.

Little Boy

Location: Sefton - Private residence, Ford Lane, Litherland, Merseyside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010
Further Comments: One man twice spotted a phantom little boy in the living room, while other family members have heard strange sounds or felt 'someone' watching them.

Karaoke Screaming

Location: Sefton - Private residence, Park Lane area
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1994 - mid 2000s
Further Comments: The poltergeist here would unlock doors, turn lights on and move furniture around. In one instance screaming lasting five minutes emerged from a karaoke machine which had been stored on top of a wardrobe untouched for over a year.

Black Hound

Location: Singleton - Unknown cottage
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A priest had to be called in to rid a building of a large black dog that had taken up residence - the creature was banished to under the river Wyre, allowed only to come back when the river dried up.

Man in Black Cloak

Location: Skelmersdale - Sports Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom figure is blamed when electrical equipment inexplicitly cuts out or blows up.

Former Occupants?

Location: Southport - Unnamed nursing home
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: There are many spooky stories told by past and present staff; the empty lift moves between floors at night, many reports of phantom figures exist, and sounds of footsteps are heard along deserted corridors. The bells for the call system have also gone off in empty rooms.

Chair of Despair

Location: Southport - Oast House public house
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: A chair in this public house has reported as being cursed after eight people who sat there died.

Mrs Eastham

Location: St Annes - Fields connecting Church Road with Heyhouses Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth or early twentieth century
Further Comments: Eastham's ghost was seen by a local man taking a shortcut, a couple of days after her death at a nearby farmhouse. It was seen again a short time later by another farmer, and again by a farmhand who reported her staring into his bedroom window.

The Toll

Location: St Annes on Sea - Off Coast
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ringing of church bells from a church taken by the sea many years ago can be heard prior to a storm.

White Figure

Location: St Helens - Castle Hill area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This pale figure, thought to be connected to the archaeological dig in the same area, is said to have once pushed a motorcyclist from his bike. It is still seen, normally lurking behind trees.


Location: St Helens - North Road, building which was once a convent
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s?
Further Comments: Children at the school would report a phantom woman dressed in black and white, who appeared to take up residence in the upper part of the building.

Man Dressed in Black

Location: St Helens - Theatre Royal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: There are several people in the running who could be this ghost (including a former manager and a World War Two pilot), who wears a black suit and long coat.

Face at the Window

Location: St Helens - Croppers Hill, Prescot Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: A factory which once stood here was reportedly haunted by a figure that would stare longingly through the windows of the building. Though the building no longer stands, local children still scare each other by saying the area remains haunted.

Landing UFO

Location: St Helens - Field in Rainhill area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: January 1978
Further Comments: Robert Bennett told the St Helens Star newspaper how he had worked with police and radio enthusiasts in chasing a strange craft across the St Helens sky. The pursuit ended after three police officers watched the ufo take off after landing in a field.

Grey Lady

Location: St Helens - Taylor Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1990
Further Comments: Two girls walking a dog spotted a ghostly figure walk out of nearby bushes. The female phantom took the form of a young girl with blonde hair that came down to her shoulders, and wore nineteenth century dress.

Sir Ralph Longworth

Location: St Michaels on Wyre - Old Hall (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Dressed in his officer's uniform, this former commander was reluctant to give up his house even after death; he would bang and crash around the building, and materialise outside the front door. He was finally exorcised.

Washing Folk

Location: Staining - High Cross way
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These fairies would arrive in the area at midnight to make use of the stream water to wash their clothing.

Shaking Tree

Location: Stalybridge - Unknown farm
Type: Other
Date / Time: Prior to a death in the family
Further Comments: The leaves in this tree would shake violently just prior to a family member dying, regardless of wind and weather conditions.

Black Haired Child

Location: Stalybridge - Country park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A phantom child with black hair has been reported as haunting the park. Others have heard disembodied voices in the area.

Elderly Lady

Location: Stalybridge - Q public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Short in stature, this ghostly, elderly figure wears Victorian clothing. A labourer is also said to haunt the premises.

Charles Hutton

Location: Standish - General area of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1963
Further Comments: The last witness to see the ghost of the Reverend Hutton fainted - the figure was seen floating half a metre from the ground, dressed in early twentieth century clothing and wearing a scarf.

Lady Mabel

Location: Standishgate - Mab's Cross
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mab's ghost still walks around the cross and surrounding area, her punishment for remarrying in the mistaken belief her first husband had died.

Victorian Woman

Location: Swinton - Private residence, East Lancs Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1970s
Further Comments: While waiting for her boyfriend, this witness watched a Victorian woman appear and disappear through the window of a nearby house. Later mentioning it to friends, they said the property was empty and had a reputation of being haunted.

Baker's Van

Location: Thornton - Unknown road in the area
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1939
Further Comments: A phantom baker's van was reported by two people out cycling at dusk shortly before the outbreak of World War Two.

Sheet Stealer

Location: Thornton - Unknown house along Windsor Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: A local councillor agreed to spend the night in the house after those living there reported a phantom figure which would remove bedcovers from a toddler's bed.

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