Yorkshire - Paranormal Database Records

 
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.


 
Horse?

Location: Whitby - Esk Terrace
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 02 September 2011, 00:20h
Further Comments: While staying in a house along this road, a witness heard the sound of a horse walking outside on the gravel - when they looked from the window, nothing could be seen.


 
Footsteps

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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
Padfoot

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.


 
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 am engineer, based at a nearby dam, who drowned in an accident - when seen, 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.


 
Highwayman

Location: York - Four All's public house, A64
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 06 November 2006, 23:45h
Further Comments: A driver returning home from work reported passing a figure on horseback, dressed in highwayman's clothing, stood by the wall of the pub. When the witness looked into his rear view mirror, the figure had vanished. There is a local belief that the highwayman is Dick Turpin, and sightings of the highwayman are said to go back to the mid twentieth century. A sandstone cave in the area is said to have been one of Turpin's hideouts.


 
Dean Gale

Location: York - York Minster
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1702 onwards
Further Comments: This gentleman loved the Minster so much that in death he refused to leave, and has been seen sitting and listening to sermons. A crisis apparition has also put in an appearance here; the ghost of an officer appeared to his sister as she prayed in the church in the 1820s - he had just died on far away shores. Also reputed to haunt the building is the sound of a dog barking.


 
Roman Legion

Location: York - Treasurer's House, Minster Yard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1953
Further Comments: Working in the cellar of the building, Harry Martindale was terrified by a group of Roman soldiers that walked past him. He did note that the figures disappeared into the floor at knee height, and later investigation revealed a roman road half a metre under the basement. The building also claims to be home to several other ghosts, including a dog, a black cat, George Aislaby (killed in a duel), and Frank Green, who converted the interior into what it is today. The Tapestry Room has an oppressive atmosphere, and is where the wife of a former owner murdered him after he conducted one extra-marital affair too many.


 
Old Searcher

Location: York - Yorkshire Museum Library
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1954
Further Comments: For several weeks a particular book in the library would be found laying on the floor on Sunday evening - the mystery was 'solved' when a caretaker reported seeing an ghostly old man looking through the shelves, as if trying to find reading material.


 
Clash of Armies

Location: York - Church Street & Davygate area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1958
Further Comments: Two women walking in the area claimed to have seen a large battle taking place around them, between Roman troops and barbarians. As a van drove by, the scene vanished.


 
Old Soldiers

Location: York - Imphal Barracks, Fulford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969
Further Comments: One soldier in training was taken to sickbay after seeing one of the ghosts which haunted this barracks. The spirits wore black buttoned tunics and cylindrical headwear.


 
Old Lady Sitting

Location: York - St William's College, College Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1978
Further Comments: This elderly lady sits on the steps outside the college and smiles as people pass her by. Another ghost, that of a male, walks the corridors of the college; it is said he died a broken man after turning his brother in for a murder they had both committed.


 
Young Person

Location: York - Milthorpe School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 March 2003
Further Comments: At least one student at the school has heard soft whisperings and seen a shadowy young person move quickly away from them.


 
Human Shape

Location: York - Dun Cow public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 August 1977
Further Comments: While on honeymoon, a woman awoke to see the shape of a tall person by the window. The shape appeared to be made up of small pulsating balls of light. The figure suddenly disappeared.


 
Green Jenny

Location: York - Five Lions public house
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.


 
Funeral

Location: York - St Crux church (the remains of which now form the chapel in the Shambles)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: An on-duty policeman passing the church late at night heard funeral music playing within the church. As he approached to investigate, the doors of the building opened and the sound of people leaving could be heard, but nothing could be seen. The church was said to have a more frequent phantom visitor - a tall man who would stare out of the windows in the early hours of the morning.


 
Headless Woman

Location: York - Area of Bishopthorpe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: A wealthy woman was murdered for her money, and her body hidden a short distance from her house in Bishopthorpe. It was several days before the corpse was discovered, and it is said that the state of decay was so bad that her head had become separate from her torso. Her headless ghost haunted the area where her body lay for years after the event.


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