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Black Heddon

This area was haunted by a bright glowing ghost female ghost. This type of ghost has acquired a name due what it wears and is known as a Silky. She would appear in silken attire and according to An Encyclopaedia of Occultism by Lewis Spence, would be "rattling in her silks". The spirit would terrify travelers foolish enough to venture into the night.  Read More »

Boldon Lane, South Shields

The following article by Mike Hallowell entitled Strange goings-on in ‘Spooky Valley’ was published in the Shields Gazette on 21 February 2013. Read More »

Ghost Taverns Of The North East by Darren W Ritson and Michael J Hallowell

Ghost Taverns Of The North East

Well, anyone that knows me knows that pubs and ghosts are two of my favourite things so luckily this book on Ghost Taverns of the North East handily combines the two. Read More »

Hylton Castle

The Grade I listed ruin of Hylton Castle, seat of the Hylton (previously Hilton) family was built by Sir William Hylton (1376–1435) shortly after 1390. This small four storey gatehouse styled castle, replaced the earlier wooden fortification of Henry de Hilton, which had been built on this site around 1072. Read More »

Jolly Sailor, Whitburn

The following article by Mike Ollier entitled ‘Haunted pub's 'resident ghosts' appeared on the BBC Wear website on 26 October 2009. ‘Walk into the Jolly Sailor in Whitburn and you'll receive a warm welcome from mine host, the ever-smiling Vic Hanson. Read More »

Marsden Grotto

The Marsden Grotto is a pub and restaurant found within a cave on the South Shields coast and is probably only one of a few such 'cave bars' in Europe, if not the only one. Apart from its unique location, the Marsden Grotto is also famous for its many reputed ghosts. Read More »

South Shields UFO (1966)

On 7 March 2013 Mike Hallowell published the article below in the Shields Gazette entitled ‘Did Barry have close encounter with a UFO?’ In the article the article he gives Gazzette reader Barry Alton’s account of a UFO he saw in 1966. Read More »

Stevenson Street, North Shields

The following account first appeared in Catherine Crowe’s The Night Side of Nature, or, Ghosts and Ghost Seers (1848) and was repeated in The Haunted Homes and Family Traditions of Great Britain by John Ingham (1897). The case concerns a residential property being leased by Mrs L in the early 19th century. Read More »

The Black Bull, East Boldon

The following reference to the a haunting at The Black Bull, 98 Front Street, East Boldon was made in an article promoting ‘Ghost Taverns of the North East’ by Mike Hallowell and Darren Ritson, that appeared in the Read More »

The Black Horse, West Boldon

In an article promoting the excellent ‘Ghost Taverns of the North East’ by Mike Hallowell and Darren Ritson, that appeared in the Read More »

The Lookout Inn, Lawe Top

The Lookout Inn stands opposite the partially reconstructed Arbeia Roman Fort which dates from around 120AD and served as a maritime supply base for the garrisons on Hadrian’s Wall. We probably should not be surprised to hear of a Roman ghost haunting The Lookout Inn. Read More »

The Marine, South Shields

On Thursday 14 June 2012, the following story by Mike Howell entitled ‘High spirits at South Shields pub’ was published in the Shields Gazette. ’THE Marine is no ordinary pub. Read More »

The Toby Carvery, Cleadon

Formerly known as The Britannia, this old coaching inn dates from the 17th century and has a reputation for being haunted. Read More »

UFO Spotted During Morning TV Broadcast

The following article concerning a UFO being caught on a live BBC broadcast appeared on the Telegraph Newspaper website 7 August 2009. Read More »

Vickers Yard, Elswick

The following article entitled ‘Yard was foreman's favourite haunt’ appeared in the Shields Gazette on Tuesday 19 June 2007 and concerns a ghost that haunted the Elswick facilities of the Vickers Armstrong Ltd a manufacturer of aircraft, artillery, ships and military vehicles.
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Washington Old Hall

Washington Old Hall is a small 17th century manor owned by the National Trust and is reputedly haunted by a woman in a grey dress. Although not the original building, it is the ancestral home of George Washington's (first President of the United States) family though they then moved to Sulgrave Manor around1613. Read More »

Whiteleas Ghost Plane

The following account of an experience with a phantom aircraft was published in the Shields Gazzette on Wednesday 4 February 2009 in an article entitled ‘Did Dougal see a ghost plane?’ Read More »

Willington Mill

Owned by Unthank and Proctor, Willington Mill (Also known as Kitty's Mill) was built in 1805 and was one of the first steam powered corn mills in Europe. It is however the adjacent, yet separate Mill House that is of interest to this website as in the 19th century it developed a reputation as being very haunted. The story of the Willington Mill haunting has been retold many times. Read More »



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