16 of East Yorkshire’s most chilling paranormal sightings – including UFOs and sea creatures – Hull Live

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Hull and East Yorkshire are known for their fair share of haunted hotspots.

From ancient ghosts of the Old Town, to the mysterious sea creatures, there have been plenty of paranormal sightings over the years. The Paranormal Database keeps tracks on all things spooky from across the country, and we’ve picked out the most chilling hauntings from across our area, with cases dating all the way back to the 1850s.

While not everyone may believe in ghosts, even some of these stories are sure to have you sleeping with the lights on. From haunted pubs to UFOs, East Yorkshire sure is one spooky place.

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Here are some of the creepiest paranormal experiences in the our area:

Stone Thrower

  • Location: 22 Pennington Street, Hull (no longer standing)
  • Type: Poltergeist
  • Date: December 1854

People living at this address called police after they were bombarded by lumps of coal and stones. Police were unable to find who was responsible and the attacks carried on for several days. A poltergeist was later blamed. The area is now home to industrial firms. You can read more about this story here.

Footsteps

  • Location: George Hotel, Hull
  • Type: Haunting manifestation
  • Date: July 2013

The new owners of this ancient building reported hearing footsteps in the empty rooms above them and feeling a rush of air as something invisible ran by them.

Something felt by dogs

  • Location: Bessingby Fields, Bridlington
  • Type: Other
  • Date: Circa 2014

Dogs are reported to behave strangely in a specific part of the park, where it is speculated that a Roman road once ran.

Harold Hill

  • Location: Bessingby Road, Bridlington (private house)
  • Type: Haunting manifestation
  • Date: 1998

A bearded old man, once a former owner of the property, still occasionally returns, even though the current family have had the house blessed.

Red and orange spheres

  • Location: Dotterel junction area, Bridlington
  • Type: UFO
  • Date: March 2007

Witness David Hinde reported two spherical lights in the sky, glowing red and orange. He watched them for 10 minutes while they darted around, defying the movements of conventional aircraft. Just last year, East Yorkshire was announced as the best holiday destination for UFO sightings.

Ghost ship

  • Location: Sea off Bridlington South beach
  • Type: Haunting manifestation
  • Date: Early December 2014

A couple walking their dog spotted an old sailing ship anchored off the coast. One of the witnesses, a ship enthusiast, thought it to be a modern replica. Periodically looking back at the vessel while walking away, as the witnesses stepped off the beach, they realised the ship had vanished. The enthusiast used ship tracking websites to try to identify the ship, but no such vessel was in the area.

Green serpent

  • Location: Off the coast at Easington
  • Type: Cryptozoology
  • Date: Late 1930s

A snake-like sea creature, possessing a flat head, was spotted. It appeared to gasp for air as it skimmed across the waves.

Floating Charlie

  • Location: Hull New Theatre
  • Type: Haunting manifestation
  • Date: Twentieth century

A man with dark straggly hair, name unknown, wears a long grey coat. He has been seen several times and is often heard banging or walking around the theatre.

Thick Necked Creature

  • Location: Hull – off the coast
  • Type: Cryptozoology
  • Date: 1927-1930s

While travelling along the coast in heavy fog, the crew of a steamship spotted what they first mistook for a mast jutting out of the water. The “mast” then moved to the side of the ship, the men realising that it was the neck of a large creature. It drew a large black body from out of the water, then dived and vanished. Sightings of the creature continued for several years.

Mr Yates

  • Location: Old Grammar School, Trinity Square, Hull
  • Type: Haunting manifestation
  • Date/time: Most likely to be seen at 8.40pm

A former vicar at St Mary’s church, Lowgate, Mr Yates is considered an unlucky ghost, and those who have seen him drifting along the first floor corridor are said to have suffered misfortune.

Shaking wardrobe

  • Location: Private residence, Hull
  • Type: Haunting manifestation
  • Date: 1980-2000

Friends and family were reported to have witnessed figures reflected in mirrors and objects that moved unaided by human hand. A wardrobe took to violently shaking and was chained shut by a family member.

Dancing people

  • Location: Stonebridge Avenue playing fields, Hull
  • Type: Other
  • Date / time: August 9 1977, 1.30am

A policeman reported seeing several strangely dressed people dancing around a maypole in a circle – they disappeared soon after. The following day the Hull Daily Mail sent two reporters to capture the spectacle on camera but when they saw nothing all night they ended their story with “The latter description could fit Old Mother Riley. If it is you, why so shy, Arthur?”

This story then developed into one of Hull’s longest enduring urban myths: that Arthur Lucan, an actor whose most famous character was Old Mother Riley. leaves his grave in Eastern Cemetery at night and dances around it.

Elizabeth Clark

  • Location: Trinity Almshouse, Hull
  • Type: SHC
  • Date January 1905

Elizabeth Clark spent the night at Trinity Almshouse, Posterngate, and was discovered in the morning covered in burns so bad they later claimed her life. No one heard any noises during the night, and although covered in the ash from her nightdress, the bed itself was not scorched.

Drowned smugglers

  • Location: Ye Old Black Boy pub, High Street, Hull
  • Type: Haunting manifestation
  • Date: Unknown

Legend has it that this pub was once connected to the docks via secret tunnels used by smugglers. One stormy day, the story goes, the tunnels were flooded with sea water and several smugglers drowned. They now haunt the pub. Bottles have flown off the shelves, and several people have seen ghostly hands materialise through panels on the wall.

Freda

  • Location: Ye Olde White Hart pub, Hull
  • Type: Haunting manifestation
  • Date: Still present

It is said that the skill displayed behind the bar belongs to Freda and if it is moved, the former owner returns and haunts the building until the skull is replaced. You can read more about this haunted pub here.

Burning Spitfire

  • Location: Pocklington airfield
  • Type: Haunting manifestation
  • Date: Unknown

A phantom burning spitfire was claimed to haunt this airfield. Another ghost reputedly at home here is a pilot who frequents the control tower, although his history is unknown.

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