Terror of the Bolton Poltergeist


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BECKY KEANE tells us how a Bolton poltergeist terrorised a family during the 1990s

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Confirmed poltergeist activity is uncommon and rare, but over the years several cases like the Enfield Poltergeist had even the most professional of people dumbfounded. During the 1990s in my hometown Bolton, a family living in Westhoughton reported such activity was terrorizing them.

Bolton poltergeist horrifies family

The family experienced such a horrifying time that council bosses were summoned to their family home. They witnessed an ornament hurling through the air and other activity. So baffled by what they had seen they offered to re home the family. Once the family had moved a few doors away from their old house activity began again.

Pools of water and an oil type liquid running down the walls was seen and reported. The ceiling became wet, fearing a leak repair men arrived to find no reason for the problem. objects disappeared of the their own accord and the toddler would talk of a little man, who would sit on his bed in the night and stand in the corner of his room.

The spirit would communicate stories to him, or want to play. The toddler was never upset or disturbed by these late night visits. The other children were deeply terrified to even venture upstairs. The father reported seeing a dark figure often standing at the bottom of the stairs.

Samples of wet wallpaper and the liquid were sent off for analysis but unfortunately the tests couldn’t be carried out as there wasn’t enough of the sample.

The central heating had a life of its own and would regularly break down and switch itself on and off. Workmen who arrived to fix the family’s problem, would find no physical causes wrong. Other workmen simply refused to go to the house given its reputation.

The mother contacted the medium who had carried out an exorcism on the family’s original house. The medium told her that the poltergeist may have lay dormant and re-attached itself.

The family subsequently moved house after the breakdown of marriage, which is said happened a lot regarding other families on the street. Residents reported an eerie feeling atmosphere outside.

It’s said that the activity was caused after someone performed a Ouija board sitting. The new tenant who resided at the house after the family moved out reported all was quiet, apart from a window mysteriously opening on it’s own. Other activity in street has been reported from beds shaking and spooky voices in the dead of night.

In recent years, it’s been reported that all activity has ceased and is now quiet.

Read more about British poltergeist hauntings here.


  1. I was working for Bolton Council during the time this happened. The Housing department would shut down all internal questions about this case. In some dark storeroom, in a paper file somewhere in Bolton Town Hall there are inspectors notes relating to this event.

    • Dear BB I’m looking into a haunting myself from many years ago from a council property and would you know do they keep these records and if so which department I could write to to see if they have them?
      Kind regards


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