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|We had a very active resident ghost
at our Spooktacula shop in Walkley. Activity witnessed
by several people.
|by Brenda Diskin (© copyright Brenda
When we had our shop in Walkley, Sheffield we were blessed
with our own ghost. From the very first day we moved in
we had 'spooky' goings on. I am a medium, so you might
say that this is not unusual but these goings on were
witnessed by several people.
The first day in the shop I was downstairs in the cellar
cleaning up. The shop was empty and Mick had gone off
to buy something from a local shop. The door was locked
so no one could have come in without a key. I distinctly
heard someone open the shop door and walk across the floor
of the shop. I shouted to Mick thinking that he had returned
but there was no answer, on going to investigate there
was nobody there.
Since that moment we caught glimpses of a man, had things
moved and put back in the same place the following day,
heard bangs, knocking, had lights left on, things thrown
about, and various other occurrences. A lot of things
were witnessed by Mick who is quite the sceptic.
During an evening of clairvoyance in the shop the lid
on a heavy casserole dish moved on its own and when I
tried to recreate this happening by various methods, including
jumping up and down on the floor to see if it was vibration,
I was unsuccessful. When I commented on the casseroles
dish a curtain moved (although there was no draught) these
things were witnessed by at least 10 people.
Several people saw things move or fall for no apparent
About 8 of us did a mini investigation for
the RSPCA charity in June 2006. We sat in vigil in the
cellar and picked up on a man of about 50ish who we believed
to be called Dan from about 1600's. There was a lot of
movement in the cellar on this night witnessed by most
of the people attending. We also had a strange photo taken
in the shop (not an orb).
One day when we arrived to open the shop we found two
chairs had been moved in front of the coffee shop doorway
stopping us from opening the door. There was no other
way into this room as the window was security locked and
Our ghost also stood a candle rack on its edge without
knocking any candles off.
He rolled an oblong log along the floor
long ways and knocked my legs with it, tapped on the display
cabinet glass to let us know we had customers, rung the
bell above the shop door several times without the door
opening and left doors open after they were closed. He
was constantly hiding Items then placing them directly
in front of where you had just searched. We had been finding
two pence pieces on the floor on a regular basis, a gift
from Adam? (Could have made it £20 notes).
On numerous occasions something had fallen
down in the shop when no one was in there. We had an obnoxious
talking toy bear in the shop, one day it started talking
on its own even though it had been turned off at the switch
since the Xmas before.
One week was particularly active as follows:
Monday - door on soap cupboard was open when we went in
and I saw someone walk across kitchen, made me jump thought
someone had walked in back door.
Tuesday - light was on in hall when we went in.
Thursday - shop door bell rang but the door hadn't opened
Friday - Caught a glimpse of someone stood by counter
when no one was in shop
Saturday - Someone tapped me on shoulder, thought Mick
had come back from running errands. One of our customers
had candles thrown at him and a few weeks after a candle
was thrown on the floor, when picked up and replaced on
the shelf, it was thrown down again. This happened four
times on the trot, one of which was witnessed by a customer.
One morning when I went in a picture was on the floor.
According to one of our customers, Walkley stands on Ley
Lines. I would like to know more about this.
We would be interested in finding out any
information about the shop (which was on Howard Road),
the land it stands on and the surrounding area. If anyone
knows who our ghost might be we would love to know.
We were used to having him there; he was quite a character
and seemed to have a sense of humour. He had been known
to turn the books on the shelves upside down. We nicknamed
him Adam when we moved into the shop and he seemed to
respond to it so we didn't change it even though we later
thought his name may be Dan.
If you have any information for us we can
be contacted at www.sheffieldparanormal.co.uk or email