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Lancashire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Old Tram

Location: Bispham - Tram station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 02:30h
Further Comments: An old tram is said to travel along the tracks to the station at the same time every morning. A paranormal team known as Spirits and Sinners investigated, and while they did not see the tram, their electrical equipment played up and they spotted a strange light which illuminated a display teddy bear.


Location: Bispham - Rail tracks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy nights
Further Comments: Swinging his lantern, this ghostly lone figure walks slowly along the tracks.

White Dog

Location: Bispham - Bispham Hall, grounds of
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pale little hound has been reported hanging around the area of its grave.

Dorothy Southworth

Location: Blackburn - Samlesbury Hall (part of the building now a restaurant), and road outside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 May 2006
Further Comments: This pale female spectre haunts an area of the garden where her lover was killed. It is said she is sometimes accompanied by a knight. A bus driver travelling on the road by the hall reported stopping to let a pale girl climb on board, only for her to vanish. In May 2006, the owner of a newly opened restaurant within the building reported a white figure which ran past him, cross the road, and vanished into nearby fields.


Location: Blackburn - Old Infirmary
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - 2000s?
Further Comments: Cleaning staff in this building are reported to occasionally see figures through doorways, although one member of staff came face to face with a Victorian man wearing a top hat.

Galloping Horses

Location: Blackburn - Mill Hill area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A woman waiting for the bus watched a herd of horses stampede close by, but no one else had seen them. A few years later she discovered someone else had also, more recently, seen the herd in the same area.

Man in a top hat

Location: Blackburn - King George's Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: A local story says that a man died after falling into a large pipe in the organ room. In 2012 a ghost hunting team claimed to have seen a man in a top hat with a damaged face and children running around corridors.

Tina Turner Fan

Location: Blackburn - Fox and Hounds public house, Ewood
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1993
Further Comments: A poltergeist at work within this pub enjoyed playing Tina Turner's Be Tender with Me Baby on the juke box, as well as throwing items around and moving ornaments.

Young Child Running

Location: Blackburn - Entwistle Station - Entwistle Halt
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A child running around the fields was once commonly seen here just prior to the Second World War, even though he was killed on the nearby railway tracks as the First World War raged.


Location: Blackburn - BBC Radio Lancashire studios
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This radio station is haunted by a man who fell down a flour chute and snapped his neck in the days when a bakery once stood on the site.

Strange Trees

Location: Blackburn - Billinge Wood - Crow Wood
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: Current
Further Comments: Sounds of footsteps can be heard in the wood, even when no one is immediately visible. The trees are also said to dramatically change appearance.

Unnamed Problem

Location: Blackley - Unnamed nursing home
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: A council care worker was disciplined after drawing a crucifix on the wall of this home to try to reduce what she believed was paranormal activity. During the 1990s, a Catholic priest had been summoned to the same location to lay reported ghosts.


Location: Blackpool - Sea front
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After all the regular trams have stopped running for the night, a phantom tram is reported to travel slowly and silently down along the rails.


Location: Blackpool - Victoria Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Tugging in 2004, white coated man in 2018
Further Comments: While walking a particular ward, a worker felt a tug at her tunic, as if a small child were trying to attract her attention. She turned around but no-one was there. Several staff have shared the same experience at the hospital, including a cleaner who was so unnerved they ran off, leaving their floor polisher running. In a basement storage area, two staff independently witnessed a man in a white coat who vanished shortly after being briefly spotted.

Woman on the Stairs

Location: Blackpool - Unknown hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: The sounds of heavy furniture being dragged across wooden floors has been reported here, even though all the floors are carpeted. Doors are heard to open and close themselves, and an apparition of a woman has been spotted on the staircase.


Location: Blackpool - The Lobster Pot public house, Market Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom is said to grab female members of staff so hard it leaves red blemishes on the skin.

Coach Driver

Location: Blackpool - Royal Pavilion Cinema
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: This shade claimed to be a 1920s coach driver when contacted by a medium, which was called in after evening workers reported flickering lights and cold spots in the building.

Woman in Black

Location: Blackpool - Ripley's Odditorium
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: When the skull of a local girl was displayed here, several people reported seeing a spectral female figure standing by it. The skull's owner was convinced the item was cursed and died a week after finally giving it away.


Location: Blackpool - Residence in the FY2 0 area
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa 2016
Further Comments: Local press reported on a case in which a tenant requested the council rehouse him after he encountered his neighbour's dead sister in the property. The tenant provided photographs of the entity, although it was reported the council were able to reproduce the images using a 'ghost app'.

Drowned Nun

Location: Blackpool - Raikes Hall (currently a public house)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a convent, one of its former inhabitants who drowned herself nearby would once come back to visit from beyond the grave.


Location: Blackpool - Promenade
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 August 2014
Further Comments: While walking along the promenade, a witness watched as a cyclist slowly approached him. The witness looked away for a moment, and when looking back ready to move out of the way, the cyclist had vanished, with no visible exits for them to have taken. After the sighting, the witness realised that the cyclist and his bike had been a single colour, either dark blue or grey.


Location: Blackpool - Lytham Road, private house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This unscrupulous fellow returned after dying, still waving his storm lantern from the windows of his house.


Location: Blackpool - Illuminations Department building, Rigby Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Strange noises and cold spots have been attributed to a spirit named Ted within this building.

Moving Props

Location: Blackpool - Grand Theatre
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Strange sounds and light poltergeist activity have been reported from this theatre.

Laura Schoons

Location: Blackpool - Frenchman's Cove (former tobacco warehouse)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This building is said to be the home of a spirit by the name of Laura Schoons, who staff working late at night feel the presence of.

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