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Nottingham Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Wet Prints

Location: Nottingham - 1 Queens Street, British Transport Police Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977 and 2007
Further Comments: An officer who was working alone at night in 1977 heard a heavy door slam. Going to investigate, he found a set of wet footprints leading to the toilets, even though the weather was dry outside. Following the prints into the toilets, he found the room empty. Thirty years later, another officer spotted a man walk into the toilets - realising that he and his colleague should have been the only people on site, the officer investigated the room and found it empty.

Charles Watkin Williams

Location: Nottingham - 23 North Street (now Forman Street)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early / mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A high court judge who allegedly died while with a 'working girl' was once said to haunt the upper part of this building.

AA Man

Location: Nottingham - A52 (or A42) road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s onwards?
Further Comments: A patrolman belonging to the Automobile Association is said to ride his motorbike along this road. It is not known whether he stops to help broken down motorists.


Location: Nottingham - All over the city
Type: Other
Date / Time: 27/28 May 2017
Further Comments: Many across the city heard roaring during the night, with one describing the noise like a blow torch.


Location: Nottingham - Ambulance Station, Wilford Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: This station was home to phantom footsteps and opening doors. Two witnesses watched a shadowy man enter the toilets; concerned he was a trespasser they followed him in, only to find the area empty.

A ghostly miner at Babbington Colliery.

Victorian Worker

Location: Nottingham - Babbington (occasionally spelt Babington) Colliery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: It is unclear whether this former mine was haunted by one miner or several. In one case a miner wearing old-style clothing was spotted walking into an area that was being sealed off. In another incident, a group of miners watched a figure wearing coal dust covered clothing, apart from a bright white scarf. As they approached him, the figure faded from view; a dirty white scarf lay at the spot he had vanished.


Location: Nottingham - Belgrave Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: At least one witness has reported seeing spectral Roundheads on horseback ride through this area.

Robert Jackson

Location: Nottingham - Bell Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The ghost of Robert is said to walk through the restaurant, which is also haunted by two men who are seen sitting at a table before disappearing. The women's toilets are home to a female phantom, while a jester is said to stand outside the front door.

Figure in a Hat

Location: Nottingham - Bonington House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: At least one member of staff has spotted a figure wearing a wide brimmed hat and long cloak pass through a wall in the upper part of the building. Mild poltergeist activity is reported here (such as turning off beer taps in the cellar), and some speculate that Richard Bonington himself is still here.


Location: Nottingham - Bonington Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1982 onwards
Further Comments: During the construction of the complex where the theatre stands, the skull and bones of a female were discovered. It is thought that the bones belonged to 'Edna', an active spirit who opens doors, moves items around, and can be heard walking around in parts of the building that should be empty.

Man in Long Black Coat

Location: Nottingham - Bridlesmith Gate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969 onwards?
Further Comments: Since a secret cave was found by workmen under a shop in 1969, this pedestrianised street has become home to a phantom man wearing a long black coat and tall black hat. His connection to the cave is unknown.

Cold Man

Location: Nottingham - Castle Rock Brewery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 February 2011
Further Comments: An employee reported seeing a male figure walking across the cold storage area, although he could not be found when the room was checked. Over the years other staff have reported seeing 'things' out of the corner of their eyes.

Old Lady

Location: Nottingham - Church Cemetery (also known as Rock Cemetery)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Old lady unknown, Victorian in 1960s
Further Comments: An elderly phantom lady is said to haunt this area, fading away after being spotted. The area is also haunted by a Victorian woman, who when last seen, vanished suddenly.

Underground Figures

Location: Nottingham - City of Caves, Broadmarsh shopping centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: This network of caves is said to be haunted by several figures. Dark indistinct shadows have been seen darting around, and an upset woman in Victorian clothing has been spotted. It has also been reported that a few people have heard explosions overhead - the caves were used as bomb shelters during the Second World War.

Lady in White

Location: Nottingham - Colwick Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1831 onwards
Further Comments: Seen wandering around the gate of the church, this woman in white is thought to be looking for an unknown item. The ruined church itself is home to a tall man who has been seen standing at the location the altar once stood.

Chaworth Musters

Location: Nottingham - Colwick Hall Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2009 (Shouting / poking)
Further Comments: One of two ghosts said to visibly manifest in this area, Mrs Chaworth Musters reputedly hides behind trees on the land, concealing herself from the mob that stormed the hall in 1832. The second phantom is named as Mary Ann Chaworth, and she quietly haunts the corridors. Less quietly, the sounds of footsteps, children's laughter and voices have all been heard from the servants' quarters. One witness awoke to the sounds of shouting and the feeling of being poked by an unseen presence.

Ghostly children in the woods.


Location: Nottingham - Colwick Woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghosts of a white woman and of two children have been reported in this wooded area. While the woman in white has been named as Mary Chaworth Musters, the children are thought to have been murdered by their father William Saville, hanged for the crime in 1844. The sound of horses has also been reported.

Brown Haired Girl

Location: Nottingham - Cumberland Place - old Children's Hospital and then a laboratory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1949
Further Comments: Two female technicians, and one of their sisters, watched a nurse in an old fashioned uniform glide through a door before vanishing. They said the entity had a pretty face and golden brown hair.

Singing Spirit

Location: Nottingham - Denewood Crescent
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 1968
Further Comments: This entity made a couple of appearances in this house and was also heard to sing.

Average Man

Location: Nottingham - Fanum House, and neighbouring building, Lenton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: A female employee in Fanum House spotted a figure standing in a doorway that suddenly vanished. The building has a history of hauntings, going back to the 1960s, when an 'average looking' man was seen by staff. This figure would also quickly vanish. There was also a brief poltergeist outbreak in the kitchen - tea urns would transport themselves from one side of the room to the other. The polt outbreak also affected the neighbouring building, where the owner stored fruit machines. He came in one morning to find all the machines moved - a feat only achievable by a team of several strong men.

Flying Glasses

Location: Nottingham - Ferry Inn, Wilford
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: An exorcist was brought in to deal with the poltergeist that slid glasses around on the bar and created loud banging.

Lady in Grey

Location: Nottingham - Flying Horse Hotel (now Flying Horse Walk, a shopping arcade)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: While staying at the hotel, one male guest refused to re-enter his room after encountering a grey lady passing down a corridor. The beer cellar was also said to be haunted, with lone staff reporting feeling a tapping on their shoulder.


Location: Nottingham - Food shop (since closed), Oakdale Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s, 2000s
Further Comments: It was said that footsteps could be heard in empty parts of the food store. After it closed, it reopened as a new business, which experienced doors slamming shut on their own accord and hand driers in the toilets being switched on and off repeatedly.

Young Girl

Location: Nottingham - Former antiques shop, Mansfield Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1975/6
Further Comments: This young girl, said to be around ten years of age, had a pale face and large eyes. She wore dark clothing, a white pinafore, and her boots had holes in the toes. A medium was called to the shop, after which the phantom disappeared.


Location: Nottingham - Former Police Station, Canal Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1976
Further Comments: This building, while being used by a private company, was said to be haunted by moans and groans, banging and by a light being switched on by an unseen hand. The manager of the firm was not impressed with the stories and discovered that all strange activity (except the moaning) could be stopped by changing the electrics.

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