Northumberland - Paranormal Database Records

 
Shadows

Location: Blyth - Private residence, docks area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009 - 2011
Further Comments: A former resident at this property described watching unexplained shadows in a room and hearing someone walking around on the landing when no one was in that area.


 
Tall Monkey with Glowing Eyes

Location: Bolam - Bolam Lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: A late night fishing party reported seeing an eight foot creature standing upright, with radiant eyes.


 
Excalibur

Location: Broomlee Lough - Waters of the lake
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: The lake is another contender for the claim for being the resting place for King Arthur's sword. Another legend says the lake is home to a treasure that can only be retrieved by chain made by seventh generation blacksmith that is pulled by a team of twin horses, twin oxen, and twin youths.


 
Grizelda the Highway Woman

Location: Buckton - Roads in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: At the end of every month (reoccurring), last seen 1987
Further Comments: Dressed as a male highwayman, this girl has been seen still riding her midnight black horse. She reportedly held up a stage coach carrying an execution order condemning a friend of hers, which bought him enough time to escape the noose.


 
Warning Voice

Location: Callaly - Callaly Castle, old foundations
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During the castle's construction on its original site, the stones would collapse and a disembodied voice announced that it should be built elsewhere - the advice was taken, and the building work went uninterrupted. The new castle is plagued by mysterious sounds, thought to be created by a phantom priest.


 
Dunnie

Location: Chatton - Hazelrigg area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A troublemaking entity, the Dunnie was said to take the form of a horse and allow itself to be ridden, only to disappear when the rider was above a muddy puddle.


 
Resting Warriors

Location: Chesters - Roman Fort
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: At one time, the entrance to the Roman strong room in this fort was believed to contain five hundred spectral horsemen who woke each night and rode out.


 
Reiver

Location: Cheviot Hills - Amongst the crags
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: The ghostly figure said to haunt this range of hills was thought to be a Border Reiver, a raider who hid their treasures in the crags.


 
Lady Mary Berkeley

Location: Chillingham - Chillingham Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: Broken hearted after her husband ran off with her own sister, Mary slowly pined away in the castle. Her ghost sometimes brushes past tourists in the tower. A blue boy also walks the castle, and has disturbed the sleep of guests with his fearful cries. As a side note, the cattle found on the grounds are either direct descendants of the aurochs or are related to fairy cattle.


 
Silky

Location: Chirton - Chirton Hall (no longer standing?), also referred to as Churton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: Once the home of the Duke of Argyle, this building was said to be haunted by his former mistress, the sound of her silken dress giving her nickname.


 
Gliding Woman

Location: Chirton - Unnamed road leading down to the river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: A tall elderly woman in a black dress and bonnet, accompanied by a black dog, was encountered by a miner as he walked towards the river. The phantom emerged from a hedge and touched the top of the man's head, paralysing him, before drifting back from where she had come. The snapping of a twig broke the man's petrification and he ran off.


 
Lovesick Woman

Location: Cleadon - Windmill on the Cleadon Hills
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This woman leapt from the windmill after being jilted by her lover - her shade is still said to linger in the area.


 
Giant Cow

Location: Corbridge - Banks of the river
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1660
Further Comments: A giant skeleton, around 6.5 metres in length, which was dug up on the banks of the river was believed (at the time) to belong to a rather large cow.


 
Woman with Pram

Location: Corbridge - River Tyne, heading towards Bardon Mill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer, year unknown
Further Comments: Wearing a blue dress and pushing a pram, this phantom woman walks at speed along the bank of the river. Her presence is said to be around the spot the body of a woman and baby were found pre-twentieth century.


 
Grey Lady

Location: Craster - Craster Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Condemned to walk the same path for evermore, the grey lady enters the front door before walking up the stairs to the drawing room. Another pair of ghosts have been heard duelling, their swords clashing outside the building, while others say the invisible wheels of a coach crunch on the driveway.


 
Wicked Priest

Location: Cullaby - Cullaby Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghost was once bricked up in the castle's walls, however the wall was knocked down, and the spirit freed to create havoc.


 
Victorian Gentleman

Location: Cullercoats - Dove Marine Laboratory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s - 1990s
Further Comments: Said to have been spotted by late working PhD students, a tall, dark Victorian looking figure wearing a top hat has been seen.


 
Childrens' Party

Location: Dalton - Dalton Head Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: After finding childrens' bones in a hidden closet, a visitor to this house awoke during the night to hear the sounds of dancing and singing in the upper part of the building.


 
Silky

Location: Denton - Denton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Named after the sound of her silk dress, this spirit was often heard moving around the premises. The ghost may be that of a mistress of a former Duke of Argyll.


 
Lady Derwentwater

Location: Dilston - Dilston Hall and nearby woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Waiting for the return of her husband, Lady Derwentwater has been gazing out of one of the windows (or if not seen direct, her lamp has been spotted flickering in the distance). Her spirit is also said to stalk the nearby woods. A legend says that when Lord Derwentwater was executed at the Tower of London in 1716, the stream running by the hall turned red with blood.


 
Protection Cross

Location: Dilston - Maiden's Walk
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Circa 1715
Further Comments: As James Radclyffe, 3rd Earl of Derwentwater, rested under some trees the evening before joining the Jacobites, a phantom woman in grey visited him. The woman handed James a crucifix, saying it would protect him against bullets and swords.


 
Strange Toilet

Location: Dunston - Raine Engineering Company
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: A cleaner claimed to have heard the sounds of a boy falling to his death near the staff toilet, while several staff refused to go near the area, as they have heard a phantom voice call out 'Maria'.


 
Brown Man

Location: Elsdon - Elsdon Moor
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A stocky dwarf like figure, the brown man looks after the local wildlife, and has been known to kill anyone who persistently harms the natural balance.


 
Ella

Location: Elsdon - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Legend says the town is named after Ella, a Danish giant who terrorised the area and reduced the city to the village it is now.


 
Winter

Location: Elsdon - Winter's Gibbet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The last man displayed on a gibbet in England, Bill Winter now haunts the place he was displayed for the crime of murder. A local legend states that wood from the gibbet can be used to banish toothache.


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