Haunted Sunderland

Ghosts of Sunderland: 13 of the most haunted buildings in the Sunderland area - and the spirits that walk them

Spectres in pubs, the famous Cauld Lad - and even a haunted Greggs.

There are plenty of tales about Sunderland's haunted buildings and the ghosts said to walk them. Here's a look at some of the spookiest spots in the area.

Reputedly Sunderlands most haunted pub, thought to be visited by victims of Mary Ann Cotton. Crying, screaming and singing have been heard, and apparitions of a young girl and a Victorian lady seen by staff and customers.

1. The Isis

Reputedly Sunderlands most haunted pub, thought to be visited by victims of Mary Ann Cotton. Crying, screaming and singing have been heard, and apparitions of a young girl and a Victorian lady seen by staff and customers.
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Reportedly plagued by an eerie cackling  attributed to to the ghost of Carry On legend Sid James, who suffered a fatal heart attack on stage at the venue in 1976.

2. The Sunderland Empire

Reportedly plagued by an eerie cackling attributed to to the ghost of Carry On legend Sid James, who suffered a fatal heart attack on stage at the venue in 1976.
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The front of house is also said to be haunted by the ghost of music hall star Vesta Tilley and a stage manager, Molly Moselle.

3. Other Empire ghosts

The front of house is also said to be haunted by the ghost of music hall star Vesta Tilley and a stage manager, Molly Moselle.
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Originally built as a church in the 1800s, the building was used as hospital throughout the First Word War. Ghostly footsteps are heard on stage and in the back stairwell, and full apparitions are seen at the back of the auditorium.

4. The Royalty Theatre

Originally built as a church in the 1800s, the building was used as hospital throughout the First Word War. Ghostly footsteps are heard on stage and in the back stairwell, and full apparitions are seen at the back of the auditorium.
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