Aycliffe - A167 north of town
Late twentieth century, though sightings may go back to eighteenth century
While the clothing of the woman varies (from wearing a raincoat to a wedding dress), the figure is always white. In true 'phantom hitchhiker' style, the woman had been picked up by passing drivers, only to vanish a few miles down the road.
Aycliffe - Near the church
A father walking with his brother and son spotted a female entity wearing Victorian dress. The figure did not have any feet and was not in contact with the ground. The entity looked at the three people before moving off 'faster than a greyhound'.
An old postcard of Barnard Castle in County Durham.
Barnard Castle - Castle and River Tees
A couple of versions of this ghost story exist. One has Lady Ann Day being tossed into the River Tees by her murderer, with her ghost of Day reliving her deathly plummet. The second version says Day died of natural causes, and her ghost would be seen at night wearing a red cloak as she crossed the river, possibly sitting on the shoulders of her husband.
Barnard Castle - Friar House
Likely pre nineteenth century
Roger, the husband of Ann who haunts the castle, also returned as a ghost and took up residence at Friar House. The occupants did not appreciate their phantom lodger, so Roger was banished by priests.
Barnard Castle - HMYOI Deerbolt (youth offending prison)
During a month in 2014 it was reported that lighting was switched off and on again and on one night, two bin lids were found spinning on the floor. The area was locked down as member of staff who spotted the lids feared an offender was loose, but CCTV footage showed the lids flying off the bins unaided.
Barnard Castle - Old Well Inn
A ghostly child is reputed to haunt one of the rooms, its presence upsetting one guest.
Barnard Castle - St Mary the Virgin's church
Prior to the death in the family
The stone statue of Death stands above the grave of George, son of Humphrey Hopper. To see Death's scythe wave is an indication that the witness or a close family member will soon die.
Beamish - Beamish Hall, and Starling Bridge crossing Beamish Burn
This woman suffocated after hiding in a trunk to avoid a prearranged marriage. Her mournful shade has been seen in both the aforementioned places, most recently by a vet who spent a night in the haunted house to raise money for charity.
Beamish - Home Farm
An old basket found between joists in the kitchen was removed, but within 24 hours it returned itself to its original position. The removal/return activity carried on for a few weeks before the basket gave up.
Beamish - Sun Inn
This inn was moved brick by brick from Bishop Auckland in the 1970s, and with it came a presence felt in the back room.
Birtley - Private house
While making coffee the occupant watched a grey Persian cat walk across the floor and disappear into the living room. No doors or windows were open, and the cat could not be found. The witness later found out that a cat matching the description had once lived there but had died a few years previous.
Birtley - Private residence belonging to a miner
It was said that other villagers would visit the property at night to listen to the strange wailing which would come from within.
Bishop Auckland - Binchester Hall (original building no longer standing)
A cup known as the Luck of Muncaster was stored at the hall, which was said to bestow blessing on the family. It did not stop the demolition of the hall, however, and the current whereabout of the cup is unknown.
Bishop Auckland - Four Clock's Centre (former church), Newgate Street
First half of 2009
CCTV caught a hazy figure on camera, while another witness spotted a woman in a hat. Footsteps have also been heard in an empty room and doors have locked themselves from the inside.
Bishop Auckland - Pollards Inn
24 August 2017
A man whose family once ran the pub was visiting the site. As he told the story of how glasses would move unaided, his own glass lifted off the table and smashed against a wall.
A dragon carved in wood.
Bishop Auckland - Wooded area
A creature, said by legend to be a long, hostile worm, but likely to have been a boar, inhabited an oak wood and would attack man and beast. It was slain by a member of the Pollard family.
Bishopton - Castle Hill
Though the castle is long gone, the area is still a place where fairies hide - anyone trying to steal earth or soil from the land is warned off by whispering voices.
Bournmoor - Dun Cow public house
The ghost of a former miner, Old Charlie has his own stool to keep him quiet. Another phantom, with the less affectionate nickname Crazy Lady of Bournmoor, was the wife of a Napoleonic era officer who never returned from combat.
Bowes - Ancient Unicorn Inn
Emma and Edward were the children of different innkeepers who fell in love - Edward died of fever and Emma pined away soon after. Their ghosts are reputed to be regulars at the Inn, as is another young boy who haunts the cellar and a man in a bowler hat.
Burnopfield - Railway track running through the village
A floating face was reported by several men along the line. The entity had a twisted face and white hair, and its prior to its materialisation, metallic clanging would be heard. The ghost was eventually named as a platelayer who had died after being hit by a coal wagon in 1879.
Byers Green - (Former) Marquis of Granby public house
This former pub is said to be haunted by a tall man. A plumber is also said to have fled the site after watching a stool move across the room unaided.
Chester le Street - Exact location not recorded
The ghost of Anne Walker appeared to a miller, telling him the location where her body could be found. The miller ignored the ghost, but after she appeared several more times, he informed the authorities. Her body was discovered in a coal pit, as the ghost had described. One of her family and a family friend were later arrested and executed for her murder.
Chester Le Street - Lumley Castle
The 'Lily of Lumley', as the lady is also known, was killed by several monks after refusing to agree with their religious beliefs. When Sir Ralph discovered what had happened to his wife, he had the monks executed. The monks are sometimes seen walking in file around the area of the castle, while Lady Lumley walks within the castle's corridors and grounds. An Australian cricket player reported seeing the monks in 2005, while in 2017 a witness claimed to have photographed two ghostly faces in the windows.
Chester Le Street - River Wear
Unknown, likely to be early twentieth century
A ghostly woman was said to haunt this stretch of waterway.
Chester le Street - South Biddick Hall
This shade has been reported drifting around the hall.