These are the 13 scariest and most haunted places in Sheffield
Demon children, haunted canines and an unexplained presence on the site of a grisly murder – welcome to haunted Sheffield and 13 of the city’s most spooky places.
Sheffield, it turns out, has a few skeletons in its closet - and according to paranormal experts, there's plenty of creepy goings-on across our city.
Here’s a rundown of the 13 most haunted places in Sheffield – read on if you dare...
1. Bunting Nook, Norton, and its big black dog
Dark black fur, snarling fangs and eyes blacker than the dead of night, the dog apparently roams the streets around Bunting Nook, Norton, hunting for men to savage in the dark.
The huge black dog appears in an instant in front of people's cars, and it targets men. But it is not the driver who is at risk. The dog makes the car stall, before preying on the passenger, according to legend. It was last sighted in 2007...
2. The Northern General's Vickers corridor
This spooky old corridor at Sheffield's main hospital has apparently had many reports of ghostly patients walking up to nurses and doctors asking them to help them to sleep.
But when the staff reach out to them, they disappear.
They have also had what had been reported as '˜the knife and fork incident', where a canteen suddenly decided to throw its own cutlery and trays around in front of staff working a night shift.
According to the stories, that particular kitchen was closed and never used again.
3. The Hartshead area
Campo Lane, in the city centre near the Cathedral, is the dividing line between ‘old Sheffield' and the newer half of the city.
Right in the centre, the old area is known as Hartshead, and it's allegedly home to many ghosts thanks to being built on the site of an old well from Celtic and Roman times.
4. The Old Queen's Head, Pond Hill
The oldest domestic building in the city, dating from 1475, it was always bound to attract attention from those interested in the paranormal.
The Old Queens Head is said to have a Civil War soldier who stands in front of the fireplace and has been seen by the general public.
Then there's a medieval child who's known by the name 'Pierre' who loves blonde-haired women and pulls on their hair to get their attention.
There is also apparently a large hunting hound that sits on people's feet and lays across their laps if he likes them.
Even more spooky, a lady in white sits upstairs and watches celebrations has been seen on several occasions, dressed in a beautiful 1920s dress.
5. Cavendish Court job centre, Meetinghouse Lane
This building is said to be home to a lady dressed in a beautiful purple dress, Victorian in style, who walks through the place to her death.
She has been chased before and disappeared at the back of the building.
There's also the little man in the brown suit who asks for a shop with certain windows and he's been seen in the job centre downstairs holding a half-pint of beer.
When he's asked to remove it and himself, he just gets up and walks away into nothing, and he's been seen by clients as well.
6. West Bar Roundabout
Several disturbing tales have been told by men working in buildings along West Bar and near the roundabout; and the vast majority have been put down to a strange, ethereal vision known only as Mr Porter.
Mr Porter was allegedly an attendant at the old cinema which once stood on West Bar roundabout, now the site of Armadillo Self Storage.
When the place was being refurbished, two electricians saw him walking past them into the toilet upstairs.
One of the men followed him to tell him it was closed off and to ask why he was there – but when he got to the toilet Mr Porter had vanished. The electrician called down to his mate to ask if he'd seen him pass him, but he said he hadn't seen anyone.
The staff reported to the manager that they'd seen flashing white lights coming out of the old projector room, but when they investigated the room was empty of any machinery.
They contacted Mr Porter's old apprentice, whom they invited to the shop to explain about Mr Porter.
When he entered the shop, he asked the staff if they were running the old projectors as he could feel the vibrations through the floor.
He was then told the room was empty, but he insisted that he see the room for himself.
When they got to the door, the sounds were loud as if they were running, but when they opened the door the room was empty and it had been burned out in an accident earlier in the week.
7. The old John Watts building
Then there's a tale of builders having a fright in the former John Watts cutlery works on Lambert Street.
When it was being redeveloped into a residential property, a few incidents of ghostly activity were reported. But the most alarming is the one where a lump of concrete was thrown at builders.
They were clearing an area when a child was seen in the main clearing zone.
She was shouted at to get out and away because of the danger of being hurt.
She then looked at the builders and ignored their shouts – instead she looked over to a pile of rubble and made a chunk fly at the machine driver. The builders watched the lump hit the machine and when they turned back to where the child had been, she was nowhere to be seen.
The men walked off site and didn't return until they'd been assured she wouldn't try to kill them again.
8. Stocksbridge Bypass
Probably Sheffield's most famous haunted locale, the road connecting Sheffield and the Peak District has been well documented by those interested in spooky goings-on.
There are countless reports of dark figures and shadowy beings spooking drivers.
“It looked like someone was trying to cross the road, but as I got nearer I could see it was like a man in a long cloak,” one witness said. “Then I realised it had no face and was just hovering above the road.”
Several tales tell of grim events in the area. A monk buried in unblessed ground was apparently disturbed by the construction of the bypass.
9. Carbrook Hall Pub
Billed as Sheffield's most haunted pub, this former watering hole, now a Starbucks, is nevertheless said to be home to many a restless spirit.
The ghouls that inhabit this old inn have been known to throw open doors, smash bottles and even lock people in the toilets against their will.
10. The White Lady of Highcliffe Road, Ecclesall
A phantom woman who lurks along the road at night.
Little is known about her, or why she remains, but the road was once known as Dead Man's Lane.
Ecclesall is also said to be home to another restless spirit. Ecclesall Woods houses a haunted grave, that of a woodsman who burned to death in a strange, unexplained accident. He returns to the woods at dusk, his screams still echoing in the dead of night.
11 Endcliffe Hall
Endcliffe Hall, a 19th-century, 36-room mansion situated on Endcliffe Vale Road is a Grade II* Listed building and has been the site of many unexplained events.
The present hall was built between the years of 1863 and 1865 by the Sheffield architects Flockton & Abbot for the Sheffield industrialist John Brown. It is the largest private residence ever to have been built in Sheffield.
12 Mosborough Hall
The Lord John Darcy Suite is said to be haunted by the White Lady of Mosborough Hall. The story of the White Lady, goes back to the late 1600’s. A governess at the Hall had flirted with the squire and found herself to be pregnant. He promised her monies and a small cottage, but finding himself in some financial restraint had finally refused. The angry voices are reputed to be their last bitter argument when the girl’s final threat to tell his wife led to her tragic death. He had visited her room on the pretext of keeping his promises and in one moment of desperation had slit the poor girl’s throat. It was told she kept a large dog and that the dog pined to death at the side of her body.
13 The former Star building in York Street
The Star's former headquarters – now being turned into apartments – has two ghosts.
The first is a little girl who loves to play with customers in the reception area, and touches ladies of a certain age ‘as if they were her mother'. The building behind The Star's former office has a room below ground that people don't like to use, they feel as if there's a presence pressurising them, watching them.
Even the service industries refuse to go below into the cellars to put the phonelines in, they're unusually above ground in that building. Whatever it is that's living below the ground there, it's apparently an old spirit and it's used to being worshipped - the old well that sat at Hartshead was filled with gold and silver items from Celtic and Roman times.