Published on April 10th, 2021 | by All Things Warrington


Warrington Ghosts

Warrington has more than its fair share of ghost stories. ‘Bunkum!’ I hear you shout, ‘There’s no such thing as ghosts.’ Personally, I couldn’t agree more. However, sceptic or non-sceptic, what cannot be denied is the stories in themselves are real; somebody took the time to tell them and somebody like me got scared when hearing them for the first time. Tale tales, urban myths or facts? I’ll leave that for you to decide…

Title (click on the title to read the poem)First known sighting
Spring Heeled Jack1927
The Angry Headteacher of Bluecoat School1987
The Ghostly Augustinian Friar of Friars Gate1850 (approx)
The Old Tramp of Padgate Iron Bridge1925
The White Hart Pub Singer1984

Interested in local history? Even the most dubious of the above tales have an element of truth about them. Most are linked to people or places that really did exist and those that aren’t typically have something in them that will make you giggle. Even non-believers may get something out of reading them!

A dedication

This section of All Things Warrington is dedicated to the memory of Warrington’s most prolific ghost story writer, Wally Barnes. In addition to revisiting and adding new historical detail to a small selection of Wally’s 200+ tales by way of tribute, this section also features some less familiar stories compiled using information supplied from a variety of sources. 

If you’ve got a tale worth telling, why not contact me with the details?

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