Curious Happenings in Wakefield
Over the years there have been many instances of strange happenings or occurrences in Wakefield. Many locals have reported sights and sounds and even a few photographs with figures in them, which no one can explain.
In 2009 Amanda West was walking her dog across Denby Dale Road Bridge when all of a sudden she could hear horses coming up behind her. The noise from them was so loud she froze as she was sure she was to be run over. The sound seemed to pass so she looked around and there were no horses to be seen, a moment later she heard a loud splash below her and the sound of horses panicking and men shouting. Amanda did some research into that bridge and found out the bridge had collapsed in 1836 and a coach with a large team of horses had been pulled into the waters. The horses and coachmen all drowned and seemingly still haunt the bridge where they lost their lives.
In East Ardsley, the old tracks are still visible from where horse and carts used to transport the coal from the mine over a hundred years ago. It has long been said, by walkers and passers-by, that on a quiet night you can still hear the cartwheels turning along the road and the voices of the miners along the paths.
When plague struck Yorkshire in the mid-1300’s many people lost their lives. There have often been reports of a ghostly figure that wanders around the Old Vicarage Bookshop on Zetland street in Wakefield. It is clear from the sight of his form that he died of the plague. It’s no wonder as this is one of the older parts of Wakefield and in 2005 a dog helped uncover underground tunnels when it went to chase a rat down a hole. The owner went after the dog down the tunnels and found himself in a 16th-century cellar, “I couldn’t see a thing, so I followed the wall with my hands and I could hear the dog running around in front of me.” After the dog had been retrieved he did not venture down there again but the cellar links up to tunnels that lead to the cathedral.
Have you had a local paranormal experience? Maybe you have heard to horses on the bridge or seen the plague-ridden figure? Let us know in the comments.