Ghosts

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Nightmare Nana

The date is 1972, in Springwell Road, Sunderland. The nana of the family had been dead for some three months. Then, one of the boys started to see her at the top of the stairs every night when he was going to bed. He said he could see her and she only disappeared after his little sister appeared. He became so scared that after that, he used to make someone go upstairs with him when he went to bed.

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Nuisance Of Newbottle

The Robbie Burns Inn, in Newbottle Street, also has a ghost which haunts it. Indeed, in one incident, a landlady said she came under attack by unseen hands in the cellar. Also, upstairs there have been sightings of a lad with fair-hair. Then there are sightings of an old lady that dresses in black and a man drifting round the bar. In essence, some believe the man drifting around the bar is the ghost of a barman. In this case, he died in an accident in 1876.

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Raby Castle’s Three Ghosts

Indeed, the beautiful Raby Castle is home to quite a few ghosts. However, here we highlight just three of them. But if you know of others, let us know.

Charles Neville, 6th Earl of Westmorland, has been seen in Raby Castle floating upstairs to the Baron’s Hall. In 1569 he sat at the head of a huge table and planned the Rising of the Northern Earls. His company had decided against it when Neville’s wife stormed into the hall. She called them cowards and knaves and that they would not dare fight for their faith.
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So, angered by her foolish words, they did fight and lost. Charles Neville fled to Scotland and then on to Holland. The Neville’s lost everything they owned including Raby Castle and their titles.

Charles Neville now lies buried in Dutch soil by day, but all night and every night, he is back at Raby Castle. Henry Vane the Younger is another ghost with a grudge from the grave. He was imprisoned when the Stuarts returned to Raby Castle under a trumped up charge of treason. He was found guilty and sentenced to be executed. They wouldn’t let him speak to his people at the execution and the sheriff ordered the trumpeters to blow loud so that the sound of his voice could not be heard. He was still speaking when his head rolled off. Now, every night Sir Henry is said to sit writing at his desk in the library of Raby Castle.

Strange Indeed

There is something strange about him of course, his body ends at the shoulders. Indeed, his head sits on the desk facing him, and the lips move as if dictating a letter or making a speech. Raby Castle’s most often seen ghost is that of the first Lady Barnard, she was also known as ‘Old Hell Cat’. She is said to be a fearsome old lady who stalks the castle every night with wild glowing eyes. She is also seen knitting with white hot needles, as she thinks and remembers how her son Gilbert married against her wishes.

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Such a Tale

In a house in Thrift Street, South Shields, a servant girl on her way down to the cellar one night was shocked and amazed to see what she called an ancient lady. The lady asked the servant girl to return the following night and she would hear something to her advantage, if she returned without her candle.

The next night, the servant girl decided to return to the cellar, but she still took her candle for safety. When the girl got to the cellar, the lady told her that if she had not brought the candle she would have told her such a tale. However, because the girl had returned that night as asked, the lady decided to give the girl something anyway. The servant girl was told to put her hand into a certain crack in the wall, and as she did this, she found a purse full of money along with the deeds to the house. What happened to the deeds to the house is not known. However, the servant girl left her job, took the purse full of money, and became a grand lady for the rest of her life.

South Shields, of course, has a lot of history. So, tell us if you know of other ghosts from the area.

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Sunderland Empire Ghosts

The Empire Theatre, in High Street West, Sunderland, indeed has a ghost called the White Lady. Moreover, the ghost frequents the bar area. As a matter of fact, one barmaid said she heard doors banging. And she also said she’d heard unseen people walking about and she felt an ice cold presence. Moreover, some have speculated that the ghost could have a link to the disappearance of a female member of staff. Indeed, this disappearance is from the 1940s. With this in mind, could this story have a link to ‘Missing Miss Molly’, take a look at her story and you decide!

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Of course, many people believe that the ghost of Superstar, Sid James haunts the Empire Theatre. This is because while he was performing in Sunderland, he died. Indeed, another famous star, Les Dawson insists that he had a strange experience there.
If you know of other ghosts to haunt the Sunderland Empire Theatre, make a comment or two.

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