Lancashire - Paranormal Database Records

Moving Props

Location: Blackpool - Grand Theatre
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Strange sounds and light poltergeist activity have been reported from this theatre.


Location: Blackpool - Illuminations Department building, Rigby Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Strange noises and cold spots have been attributed to a spirit named Ted within this building.


Location: Blackpool - Lytham Road, private house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This unscrupulous fellow returned after dying, still waving his storm lantern from the windows of his house.


Location: Blackpool - Off the coast
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy nights. Last heard 21 May 2013?
Further Comments: A town lost off the coast of Blackpool many years ago, the bells can be heard ringing on stormy nights. The bells may have last been heard by a mother and daughter walking near Sandcastle Water Park.


Location: Blackpool - Promenade
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 August 2014
Further Comments: While walking along the promenade, a witness watched as a cyclist slowly approached him. The witness looked away for a moment, and when looking back ready to move out of the way, the cyclist had vanished, with no visible exits for them to have taken. After the sighting, the witness realised that the cyclist and his bike had been a single colour, either dark blue or grey.

Drowned Nun

Location: Blackpool - Raikes Hall (currently a public house)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a convent, one of its former inhabitants who drowned herself nearby would once come back to visit from beyond the grave.

Woman in Black

Location: Blackpool - Ripley's Odditorium
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: When the skull of a local girl was displayed here, several people reported seeing a spectral female figure standing by it. The skull's owner was convinced the item was cursed, and died a week after finally giving it away.

Coach Driver

Location: Blackpool - Royal Pavilion Cinema
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: This shade claimed to be a 1920s coach driver when contacted by a medium, which was called in after evening workers reported flickering lights and cold spots in the building.


Location: Blackpool - Sea front
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After all the regular trams have stopped running for the night, a phantom tram is reported to travel slowly and silently down along the rails.


Location: Blackpool - The Lobster Pot public house, Market Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom is said to grab female members of staff so hard it leaves red blemishes on the skin.


Location: Blackpool - The Old Coach House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom female Shirley is said to haunt the dining room. A male figure has also been reported here, wearing a cap and black cloak.

Woman on the Stairs

Location: Blackpool - Unknown hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: The sounds of heavy furniture being dragged across wooden floors has been reported here, even though all the floors are carpeted. Doors are heard to open and close themselves, and an apparition of a woman has been spotted on the staircase.


Location: Blackpool - Victoria Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: While walking a particular ward, a worker felt a tug at her tunic, as if a small child was trying to attract her attention. She turned around but no-one was there. Several staff have shared the same experience at the hospital, including a cleaner who was so unnerved they ran off, leaving their floor polisher running.

Moving Head

Location: Bleak Rivington - Road near the vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The head of a man is said to move rapidly at ground level - they say that it belongs to a ghostly rider, but his mount and body can no longer be seen as the road has been built up over the years.

Stomping Horse

Location: Blundellsands - Round House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The building was once haunted by the sounds of a horse stamping its feet and whinnying loudly. When an equine skeleton was found under the house during extension work, it was reburied in a nice area of the grounds; the ghost no longer troubled the household.

Hand on Bottom

Location: Bolton - Albion Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1978 / 79
Further Comments: The female owner at this hotel felt something grab her bottom as she climbed into the bath. The ghost is also said to play around with the beer pumps.

Men with Light Bulb Heads

Location: Bolton - Alleyway in town, exact location unknown
Type: UFO
Date / Time: November 1926
Further Comments: A local lad escaped one night from his house to play hide and seek with his friends. While searching for them, he observed three figures in grey rubber suits and fishbowl helmets in a back yard; they also possessed pallid faces like inversed pears, with slits for eyes and mouth. When they moved towards him, he ran home.

Smell of Smoke

Location: Bolton - Alma Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1974 - 1975
Further Comments: A former landlord of the public house reported the smell of cigar smoke in the ladies toilet, though there was never any evidence of smoke or ash.

Noosed Highwayman

Location: Bolton - Belmont Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shade, mistakenly hanged for highway robbery, still has the hangman's noose tied around his neck when he appears. They also say his eyes look as if they're ready to pop out of his head. Another report says that the road is also haunted by a fatal car crash from the mid twentieth century which killed a family - the screech of brakes followed by screams is heard but no accident can be seen.

Smoking Man

Location: Bolton - Derby Arms, Derby Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom complete with smoking pipe has been observed in the living room of the building.

Black Cat

Location: Bolton - Farnworth cemetery, Darcy Lever
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 11 October 2012, 14:30h
Further Comments: Alanah and Sherri-Lee Belk spotted a large black cat from a distance of around fifteen metres in a field. The creature ran off in the opposite direction.

Phantom Runner

Location: Bolton - Hall i' th' Wood Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Runner between 25 December - 6 January (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Always heard but never seen, this spook frequents the old staircase, the footsteps always rushing. Other ghosts reported here include an old woman seen in the kitchen and two men, one dressed in black and the other green.

Husky Voice

Location: Bolton - Halliwell Lodge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This female ghost would materialise wearing only a nightdress in the early hours of the morning. It was also said her deep husky voice could be heard making suggestive remarks to any men still awake.

Bed Sharer

Location: Bolton - Hunger Hill Estate
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: Accompanying the usual bangs, crashes and raps, this polt could be felt as it climbed into the beds of the buildings inhabitants. It would also pinch skin and pull hair. The intrusion ended when the family left the building after a particularly bad night, and never returned.


Location: Bolton - Moss Bank Cottage, Smithels
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Even though she had never seen her grandmother, a young girl described the ghostly figure of an aging woman that stood over her bed to her aunt, who identified the figure as the girl's grandmother, dying many years earlier. The cottage was also said to be haunted by another old woman, this one sitting in the living room wearing a red shawl.

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