The phantom of a Wonderland worker is among thousands of reports of supernatural activity from around the UK.
PsychicWorld.com collated a list of 11,700 paranormal sightings to find the nation’s spookiest places in time for Halloween. That included at least fourteen sightings in Grimsby and Cleethorpes.
Among the spirits reportedly spotted is a phantom old man who haunts the site of Wonderland in Cleethorpes. Some people would hear their name being called, but if they saw the ghost it would disappear when spotted.
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According to a local legend, a workers lost his life in the ghost train and has haunted the site ever since. However, the spirit was said to be non-threatening.
Lincolnshire has more than 250 ghosts and other strange phenomena, according to PsychicWorld.com, which has collated a database of supernatural sightings.
They include an “ugly old man dressed in a monk’s habit”, who was blamed for turning on the gas taps at night at a property in Newton Grove. The case was reported in 1967 and led to a family fleeing their home. Another malevolent spirit was recorded in the 18th century in the chimney of Choof Cottage (no longer standing). It was said to whisper to locals to kill their loved ones. Supposedly, some did.
Scunthorpe is another hotspot, with 14 hauntings of its own. An “oppressive hill” in the Yaddlethorpe area is said to be haunted by the ghost of a person found with a stake through their heart. Another tale tells of the cyclist in Cemetery Road, who was terrified by a tall, white, cylindrical shape, which crossed the road in front of him before vanishing.
The figures, collated from paranormal databases tracking sightings across the UK, show that ghosts riding on phantom horses are the most common apparition. PsychicWorld.com tracked 526 examples of people witnessing this type of ghostly phenomenon.
One such example was heard, but never seen, at a former abbey in Grimsby. Further afield, the spirit of the killer Michael Morey – executed in 1736 for the shocking murder of his grandson – is reputed to ride a phantom horse around a barrow in the Isle of Wight at midnight. There is also a headless coachman said to haunt Abington in Northamptonshire, who returned from the grave wracked with guilt after deliberately driving his horses over his daughter’s lover in the 18th century.
The second most common paranormal phenomena are sightings of mythical creatures (451), followed by fairies (380 sightings), and shucks and hellhounds (374). Headless ghosts remain popular with 380 reports, while the classic image of a spectral “white lady” has also endured with 349 sightings to date.
Among the most bizarre paranormal reports are the 15 instances of “hell gates” – supposedly an entryway on Earth, into hell. While shows like Stranger Things and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have kept them in the public consciousness, reports of hell gates are extremely rare, with only 15 in the UK, including one said to lie at the bottom of a garden pond near a church in Albury, Hertfordshire, and another within the aptly named Hell Hole Wood in Burrill, Yorkshire.