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Liverpool Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Liverpool - 44 Penny Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Friday, Saturday & Monday nights (reoccurring), 1970s
Further Comments: It was reported in the local press during the 1970s that footsteps could be heard within this building coming from empty rooms, although a former worker at the site said that the story was a publicly stunt.

More of a skull than a face.

Old Woman

Location: Liverpool - 82 Wimborne Road, Huyton (house no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1958
Further Comments: A family living here were terrified by a phantom old lady who stood five foot tall, bend over with a walking stick. Her face was little more than a shrivelled skull. Builders working close to the site quit once they heard an exorcism had taken place. The house has since been demolished.

Small Woman

Location: Liverpool - 9 and 11 South Hunter Street (houses demolished in early 1960s)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1953
Further Comments: Seen by a mother and daughter on separate occasions, this phantom was described as a small woman wearing a lace cap and soft shawl. She was semi-transparent and vanished when approached.


Location: Liverpool - Adelphi Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970
Further Comments: George has been seen several times standing by beds on the fifth floor.

Glowing Ball

Location: Liverpool - Allerton Hall, Clarke's Gardens
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2014
Further Comments: The hall is reputedly haunted by former residents and ghost hunts on the site have turned up flashes of light and sightings of glowing balls. An 'orb' caught on camera featured in the press in 2014.

The Sarge

Location: Liverpool - Ambulance training centre, Quarry Street, Woolton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: For many years the building was reputedly haunted by an entity known as 'The Sarge' - a former policeman killed when the wheel of his patrol wagon struck a bollard and he was thrown to the ground. Ambulance crews reported phantom footsteps, breaking windows and doors which unlocked and opened themselves.

Flag Waver

Location: Liverpool - Area around former Otterspool rail station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Before closing in 1951, a teenager was saved by a man from being hit by a train, although the rescuer was killed in the process. He is said to wave a red warning flag in the area.

Time Slip

Location: Liverpool - Bold Street
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: On various dates, several people (including an off duty policeman) have reported slipping back in time along this road, finding them surrounded by people dressed in clothing of the 1940s, with a cobbled street and old style shops.


Location: Liverpool - Brookside Close
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: March 2008
Further Comments: It was reported in the local press that the cast of 'The Close', a low budget British horror film being filmed at the former soap opera site, regarded the set as haunted. Lights would flicker out at inopportune moments, items would disappear, and the final scene of the film was constantly cancelled as bad weather would come from nowhere.


Location: Liverpool - Coach and Horses public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former landlord, George still returns to keep a watchful eye on his former establishment.

Earl of Sefton

Location: Liverpool - Croxteth Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century, camera in April 2009, most recently July 2013
Further Comments: The Sixth Earl of Sefton has been sighted walking through the tearoom and in his former bedroom. An incorporeal young boy was once seen standing by the fireplace in the dining room, while other strange shadows have been reported drifting down various corridors. Footage from a CCTV camera in April 2009 reputedly shows a phantom figure moving across the grounds, though the image is more likely to be a close-up of an insect. Two people exploring the basement in 2013 encountered a short hideous figure in a cloak, before later spotting the figure on the staircase where he vanished.

Gin Runner

Location: Liverpool - David Lewis Northern Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Beaten to death nearby by Customs officers who caught the man trying to bring his illicit goods ashore, the ghost of the smuggler has been reported in the hospital that was built close to the site of his murder.

A nineteenth century illustration of Spring Healed Jack.

Spring Healed Jack

Location: Liverpool - Everton area
Type: Other
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This area was one from which this enigmatic creature/entity was reported.

Murdered Woman

Location: Liverpool - Former hotel along Sir Thomas Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s and 2001
Further Comments: A voice in an empty toilet was heard issuing warnings of future events, while a figure was seen passing a door and climbing the stairs when the three people in the building were accounted for. A local legend says that a woman was murdered on the staircase close to the toilets.


Location: Liverpool - Former police and fire station, Lark Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: Footsteps have been reported on the rear staircase and a heavy door opens and closes unaided, according to the Night Vision Investigations team.

Older Woman

Location: Liverpool - Former post office (currently a computer centre)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 2010
Further Comments: A woman in a checked red coat walked by two witnesses who were standing by a telephone box. The woman passed within thirty centimetres of the pair and proceeded to walk through the locked door to the post office.

Flying Glasses

Location: Liverpool - Head of Steam public house, Lime Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: Glasses are said to be thrown from shelves and people feel something following them upstairs.

Baby Bouncer

Location: Liverpool - House owned by Liverpool Housing Trust, Madryn Street, Toxteth
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late 1992
Further Comments: A family living here with a poltergeist reported that the entity picked up their young son and threw him from his cot. The polt would also move the washing machine around the kitchen, hide money, and mash ashtrays.

Purple Faced Girl

Location: Liverpool - Huyton, streets in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: One local myth says certain streets were home to a blue/purple faced young girl who would follow families with children.


Location: Liverpool - Knowsley Hall and Riding Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A phantom monk is said to haunt the area around the hall and the hill. A local legend says a secret tunnel ran from the monastery that once stood on the hill, and that the path the ghostly monk takes indicates the route of the passage.

Swinging Swain

Location: Liverpool - Lea Hall (or possibly Lee Hall) (no longer standing), Gateacre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Windy nights
Further Comments: A local villager who tried his luck with the squire's daughter found himself lynched from a tree close to the hall. On windy nights, the body could be heard swinging. A murder in the hall itself could be repeatedly heard, the moans of a woman and the laughter of her homicidal husband. A journalist who visited the hall between the world wars looking for ghosts to write about found himself frozen to the spot, surrounded by complete silence; he managed to escape and flee after hearing a clock striking in the distance.

Floating Torso

Location: Liverpool - Lime Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Sightings of the ghost of Lime Street are said to go back hundreds or years. One of the more recent witnesses described the entity as being quite tall, though the legs could not be seen, with the mouth silently moving. An unnamed hotel along the road is also haunted by the figure of a tall woman.

Thomas Campbell Black

Location: Liverpool - Liverpool Airport, formerly known as Speke
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Black died in an accident on the runway of the airfield in 1936 - his shadowy form has been seen walking around the area where the old hangars stood.


Location: Liverpool - Liverpool to Birkenhead tunnel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Killed in the middle of the twentieth century in the tunnel under the Mersey, this phantom hitchhiker is still occasionally seen.

The Devil in chains.

The Demons Below See

Location: Liverpool - Monk's Well, Wavertree
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present (but a flower bed)
Further Comments: This old well has the words 'Qui non dat quod habet, Daemon infra vide 1414' carved above it. It was said that any traveller passing would have no choice but to drink the waters and give a donation to charity, otherwise the Devil (chained under the well) would laugh.

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