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Flying Coin

Location: Salford - Black Lion Public House, Chapel Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008 (and ongoing)
Further Comments: Figures of men, women and a child have been reported in this public house, as well as disembodied voices, opening doors, furniture and glasses moving unaided, and a coin which threw itself across an empty room.


Location: Salford - Adelphi Building, University of Salford campus
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: A member of the facility said that some security guards would not enter parts of this building because they could hear disembodied footsteps at night.


Location: Salford - Flat along Lower Broughton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977
Further Comments: This flat was haunted by a scratching sound from the floor, walls and ceiling - one former resident described it as 'a dog slipping on lino'. Sheets would be pulled off the bed, and the sensation of hands or paws would be felt moving up the body when lying down in the bedroom.

Coded Knocks

Location: Salford - Private residence along Tully Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 24 December 1959 - February 1960
Further Comments: For a two month period a family living here were plagued by knocking which would carry on throughout the nights. Psychical researchers realised that the knocks were spelling out messages for neighbour Mrs Roberts, and they appeared to be from her recently deceased father-in-law. After a special service was conducted in the house the knocking ceased.

Dark Figure

Location: Salford - Private residence along Eccles New Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999-2007
Further Comments: As well as a shadowy figure spotted in the hallway, there have been minor poltergeist like activity, such as items moving and rapping.


Location: Stockport - Thatched House public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lurking in the cellar, this female shade is said to horrify anyone who encounter her. Another ghost, Doctor James Briscall, is said to sit at the bar - the doctor set the building up as the town's first infirmary.

Back Slapper

Location: Stockport - White Lion public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: A DJ reported feeling someone slap his back and head, although there was no one close by. Reporting it to the landlady, he was told that other DJs had told her similar stories.

Figure in Hat

Location: Stockport - Stockport Grammar School, Victorian convent house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1964 and onwards
Further Comments: A group photograph taken at the school in 1964 shows a figure in a hat standing at the rear of the group, at an angle otherwise impossible to be caught on film. Witnesses say that the convent house is haunted by footsteps coming from empty parts of the building.


Location: Stockport - Star and Garter public house and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young boy who was murdered nearby in 1861, George is still said to play with living children.

Glowing Lady

Location: Stockport - St Thomas's Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to a death
Further Comments: This radiant woman appears dressed as either a nurse or a nun, and always just before the death of a patient on a certain ward.

Open the Window

Location: Stockport - Private flat, central Stockport
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2016-2019
Further Comments: The people who lived in tis flat had several experiences. One person heard a man whisper 'open the window' close to their ear, leaving them terrified. Another person felt down the stairs, convinced that they had been pushed by small hands. EVP picked up the voice of a teenage boy.


Location: Stockport - Gardener's Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A former member of staff claimed the pub's cellar was haunted by a ghost named John - failure to say 'good morning' to the ghost would result in him wolf whistling in your ear. The phantom would also object it the cellar was rearranged and would move things around and turn taps on.


Location: Stockport - Dukinfield Chapel
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1646
Further Comments: During a service in the chapel, an invisible entity moved around the church, drumming so loud the sound drove all the congregation away.

Scarlet Rider

Location: Stockport - Bramall (also known as Bramhall) Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This figure on horseback, dressed in an unmistakable red, appears once a year - in 1630 he is said to have taken the life of the owner of the hall.

Dwarf Attack

Location: Stockport - Abney Hall, Cheadle
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1998
Further Comments: A small group of students reported being attacked by a dwarf-like alien wearing martial arts clothing. Some believed that the entity was trying to drain their life-force.

Smart Man

Location: Wigan - The Mount and Premier Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2008
Further Comments: One witness awoke to see a man dressed in a 1960s suit in the room. The man vanished when the witness cried out. A manager at the inn said that a few figures had been seen on the site, as the inn was built on the site of a nunnery.

Flying Plates

Location: Wigan - Private flat, Woodford Street, Pemberton (former police station)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late 2010 / early 2011
Further Comments: Wigan Today reported that poltergeist activity in this flat ceased after Dead Connections paranormal team exorcised the site. Occupier Holly Taylor had experienced plates flying around, disembodied footsteps and other strange activities. The site also had a reputation of being haunted when it was a police station, with a former officer claiming that bangs and footsteps were heard by staff.

Beer Puller

Location: Wigan - Minorca public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: This alcoholic phantom would pull pints of beer, though was never seen to drink it.

Young Woman

Location: Wigan - Ince Hall (no longer standing), on road between town and Bolton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed by her uncle who wanted her inheritance, the girl's ghost returned and slowly drove the murderer mad - he spent the remaining years of his life in a sanatorium.


Location: Wigan - Haigh Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The Spirit Seekers group, spending a night at the hall raising money for the Anthony Nolan Trust, reported picking up a voice on recording equipment that said, 'Stop laughing, I don't want you here'. The group's medium felt the presence of a man named David, described as short with a moustache.

Tall Figure

Location: Wigan - Fire Station (old building)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2015
Further Comments: A tall grey figure was reportedly seen by several people at different times, moving down the corridor by the watch office. Disembodied footsteps were also heard in the kit room.

Father Arrowsmith's Hand of Glory

Location: Wigan - Bryn Hall (also known as Brynne Hall), but no longer standing)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Created some point after 26 August 1628, was still being used 1736
Further Comments: Hanged for either his religious beliefs or rape, depending on the source, Father Arrowsmith requested that his right hand be removed. Many believed that the hand, which was stored at the hall for many years, had the power to heal, and in 1736 it was used on a twelve year old boy who could no longer use his limbs. After the hand was applied to the boy's back, he was once again able to walk. The hand was finally moved to Garswood, and then on to Ashton-in-Makerfield, though its current location is not known.

John Dee

Location: Worsley - Kempnough Hall
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The court philosopher Dee only spent seven years in this building, but the oppressive atmosphere that is sometimes detected is often blamed on him.

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