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Tyne and Wear Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Former Vicar

Location: Boldon Colliery - Hedworth Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa March 1896
Further Comments: Churchgoers reported being able to see a figure standing at the windows of this building. The ghost was said to resemble a former vicar and had regularly returned for over a month.

Black Shape

Location: Gateshead - Three Tuns public house, Sheriffs Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2017
Further Comments: A member of staff was left in tears after being approached by a black shape. An article in the local paper claimed that there had been a hundred incidents over the years which resulted in people encountering something or leaving the site out of fear.

Sitting Man

Location: Gateshead - Golden Lion public house, Winlaton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 12 December 2004
Further Comments: A photograph taken in this pub purports to show a strange man sitting in the background, slightly out of proportion to the rest of the environment. As the floor in the pub had just been raised, it has been suggested that this is the reason why the image looks slightly strange.

Plate Smashing

Location: Gateshead - Bronte Street, unknown house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1963 / 1964
Further Comments: Poltergeist disruption in a council house here was said to be so bad that the tenant fled after bottles were smashed and their crockery broken. An exorcism was performed on the site.

German Officer

Location: Gateshead - Angel of the North
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One author has claimed that this modern piece of art is haunted by the ghost of a Nazi recruiting officer from the Second World War, though the reason why is not properly explained.

Charlie Gordon

Location: Gateshead - Albion Inn, Bill Quay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Charlie enjoyed the hospitality of this public house that he returned to it two years after dying. Seen dressed in a grey suit by the new landlady, she had no idea who he was until she described him to a couple of (living) regulars.

Cats' Eyes

Location: Houghton-Le-Spring - Seven Sisters Round Barrow
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 17 December 2019, 21:00h
Further Comments: While walking along the track passing close to Seven Sisters, a witness spotted cat's eyes reflecting in their torch beam. The witness turned off the light, and when they turned it back on about a minute later, the torchlight reflected multiple pairs of eyes. The witness said the eyes were between knee and waist height and moved very fast.

Woman in Black

Location: Houghton-Le-Spring - Robbie Burns public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: One of three ghosts reportedly haunting this building, the woman in black would be observed disappearing into a wall. A male shadow has been seen darting across the bar area, and finally, a young fair haired boy has also been spotted.

Venerable Bede's Chair

Location: Jarrow - St Paul's Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Newlywed brides who sit in this famous chair soon fall pregnant, according to local legend. Another version of the legend says that anyone to sit on the chair is granted three wishes.

Black Shadow

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Newcastle Keep
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 2006
Further Comments: A four foot tall black mass was photographed here during a ghost hunt, seemingly coming out of a wall.

Woman's Voice

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Blackie Boy public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A woman's voice was heard screaming 'Get out! Get Out!' from an empty cubical in the men's toilets, causing a member of staff in the room to flee.

Faded Nun

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Private residence along Bentinck Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: A woman and her child moved away from this property after seeing the faded figure of a nun drift down a passage before vanishing. The woman had experienced poltergeist-like activity in the property prior to the sighting, including toys being activated in the early hours of the morning without cause and items vanishing for several days at a time.

Man with Dog

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Old George public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly man and his dog have been spotted in the bar, vanishing if approached. Another ghostly figure has been seen sitting in a chair, while elsewhere footsteps without feet go about their business.

Small Child

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Newcastle Keep, the Black Gate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006 onwards
Further Comments: A small child is reputed to haunt this area. Steve Taylor, the local ghost walk organiser, reported several strange occurrences, including stone throwing, growling sounds and strange black shapes. People on the site have experienced being bitten or scratched by unseen perpetrators.


Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Maisonette built over an old coal mine, near Battle Hill
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: Reported on BBC Northeast, the occupants of several maisonettes were haunted by strange sounds, unexplained footsteps and moving objects. One family took to leaving at night and sleeping elsewhere. Another man reported his golf clubs and balls were scattered across a room - he fled from his home. A BBC sound engineer speculated that the building's construction could be responsible for creating and amplifying the sounds.

Door Opener

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Lit and Phil Library
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 October 2012
Further Comments: Video footage released showed a fire door opening on its own accord, although a gust of wind or change in air pressure are the more likely mundane explanations. The building is also used by ghost hunt organisers.


Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Hancock Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2004
Further Comments: It was reported in 2004 that this Egyptian mummy's ghost is still active, and now walks around the museum at night.

A Hound Follows

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Belief circa nineteenth century?
Further Comments: It was believed that a phantom dog would follow midwives as they travelled around the city. If the dog laughed as the midwife reached her destination, all would be well, but if the hound howled, then complications would follow. One report described the hound as Mastiff-like.

Joseph the Monk

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Former La Dolce Vita nightclub (now closed)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A lover of dance when he lived, Joseph's shade would appear to have been kick-started when a nightclub opened near his grave. The tall monk dressed in his robes was seen dancing in the club several times by both staff and customers.

Edwardian Man

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Robinson's Wine Bar, Cloth Market
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid-twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghostly figure was seen leaning against a wall within the bar. A manager who witnessed the entity described it as a tall man with grey hair, wearing Edwardian clothing.

Furniture Mover

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Board Room public house, Stevenson Road
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Landlord Richard Bell reported shattering glasses, moving pictures and upset furniture at his pub.


Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Sallyport, Carpenter's Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This soldier died fighting against the Scots in 1644. His phantom reportedly gazes from the tower window. One witness watched him float from the ground into the air, disappearing into the ceiling - she was later told that a spiral staircase stood where she had seen the apparition.

Martha Wilson

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Area around Broad Chare
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom woman haunting the area has been named as Martha Wilson, a suicide who was buried at a nearby crossroads. One man who encountered Martha said she wore a veil - she lifted it up as he approached, in time for him to realise she had no face.

Jack the Beadle

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - All Saints Church, Quayside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Jack was a well-liked member of the community before being caught and tried for removing and selling lead from coffins. A local legend now places Jack's ghost in the churchyard.


Location: Newcastle upon Tyne - Carriage public house (former station), Archbold Terrace
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: George was said to have worked for the railways and died in an accident on the track. He is said to haunt the pub and is blamed when things fall or break. A woman and man are also said to haunt the site - they were killed while standing on the platform when a bomb exploded nearby during the Second World War.

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