Lancashire - Paranormal Database Records

Summoning the Dead

Location: Walton le Dale - St Leonard's Churchyard
Type: Other
Date / Time: 12 August 1560 (possible date)
Further Comments: John Dee, together with Edward Kelly, attempted to raise a dead man to discover the location of his hidden treasure. The dead man is supposed to have made several predictions about his former neighbours before returning to his grave. The 1825 publication 'The Astrologer of the Nineteenth Century' contains the most famous image of the event.

Impending Pregnancy

Location: Warton - Bride's Chair
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A local rocky outcrop known as the Bride's Chair is said to bestow child to any newlywed woman who sits on it.


Location: Warton (near Wrea Green) - Boggart House (no longer standing), on the road leading to the riverside public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Stormy nights, pre World War 2
Further Comments: Before the house was demolished to make room for landing strips for WW2 aircraft, locals believed it to be a haunt for dead sailors who had lost their lives in the nearby Irish Sea. It was also reported that a murder had once happened in the house, and the screams of the victim could still be heard.


Location: Waterfoot - Railway Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Jane is a tall grey ghost that is blamed for messing up bedcovers and other misdemeanours around the building.

Bleeding Ears Murph

Location: Weeton - Eagle & Child public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Only heard, never seen, Murph is reputed to chatter away to himself.

Gory Head of Mowbreak

Location: Wesham - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom floating appendage would scare anyone travelling the country roads in the area.

Lady in Red

Location: Westhoughton - Ex-Serviceman's club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The history of this rose-tinted shade is unknown.

Left Over Shadow

Location: Westhoughton - Wheatsheaf public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost that haunts this pub would vanish suddenly, leaving only a shadow which persisted for several seconds after the disappearance. A former landlord of the pub stated his dog would sit and bark at one room but would not dare enter.

Little Man

Location: Westhoughton - Wingates Grove
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A ghost that drove a family from their house in the early 1990s returned a few years later to haunt another building a little further down the same road. Both sets of occupiers reported items disappearing, windows opening, strange oil that dripped from the ceiling, and a ghostly figure that showed itself to the children of the household.

John Paslew

Location: Whalley - Former abbey, now a conference centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1964
Further Comments: This former Abbot still reportedly drifts around the area. Plainchant has also been reported coming from the site as it sits empty at night.

Mary Lane

Location: Whalley - Swan Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mary was a maid who took her own life after being pressured into giving her child away.


Location: Whiston - Delph Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost along this road slipped and fell into a quarry whilst returning to his ship - the fall killed him, and now he continually repeats his journey.

Dun Cow

Location: Whittingham - Dun Cow Rib Farm
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This farm contained a huge rib said to come from the Dun Cow - a large creature that gave free milk and never ran dry. Unfortunately, a cruel witch milked the cow into a sieve until the creature dropped dead.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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 number of figures had been seen on the site, as the inn was built on the site of a nunnery.


Location: Withnell - Moors and general area of the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: End of Lent (reoccurring), last seen 1926
Further Comments: Lizzie is said to haunt Bolton moors, and comes to visit the village once a year to mark the end of Lent.

Meg Shelton

Location: Woodplumpton - St Anne's Churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Meg was deemed a witch by the local populace, and after she died, a rather large rock was placed on her grave to prevent her digging her way out. Some say she is busy digging the other way, and will soon emerge in Australia to seek revenge.

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.

Old Thrutch

Location: Worsthorne - Bay Horse public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former landlady of the inn, her shade is said to still frequent the area. Another story says she was the miller's wife who drowned in the stream under the pub). The same area is haunted by a man who traded his soul with a shuck like entity.

Butter Makers

Location: Worsthrone - Jam Hole Well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies and other little folk would use this area to churn their milk into butter.

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