The 13 weirdest events to happen in Cheshire

Over our years reporting on Cheshire, we’ve seen plenty of weird and wonderful things.

We’ve had our fair share of funny tales that have raised a smile in our own newsroom and amongst our audience.

We’ve rounded up some of the most bizarre things to ever happen. If we’ve missed any out, let us know in the comments section.

The Plague Doctor

What the Plague Doctor figure looked like

On a quiet week in Chester city centre an eerie figure was spotted which alarmed many residents.

A spooky Plague Doctor was seen roaming the streets at night, sending social media into a frenzy with many speculating who the strange figure could be.

The figure didn’t speak or make a sound as it wandered the dark streets.

When great epidemics of plague hit towns and cities in the UK, the plague doctors would use walking sticks to examine patients from a distance.

But all wasn’t as it seemed.

The Plague Doctor was actually part of heritage and archaeology company Big Heritage’s filming for its Sick to Death exhibition.

Swimming nightmare

Congleton paddling pool

Swimmers got more than they bargained for when they entered the pool at Congleton.

A strange incident caused the popular pool to close for a week leaving many families and amateur swimmers disappointed.

Congleton Paddling Pool was closed due some defecating in the water.

It was the first ‘faecal incident’ the pool had seen in 10 years.

The pool had to be drained, cleaned and refilled.

Visitors from another galaxy

UFO
(Image: Getty Images/Nicholas Eveleigh)

Crop circles and vanishing aircrafts are just some of the many strange sightings to have been reported to police in Cheshire over the years.

In April 2014 it was reported that someone from Ellesmere Port had a close encounter outside their home – stating they saw a ‘dazzling green round light bigger than a aeroplane’.

Another Ellesmere Port resident believed they spotted three UFOs flashing white and blue in the sky.

Ghostly figure

Is this the face of a ghost in the city's Bombay Palace restaurant in Upper Northgate Street?
Is this the face of a ghost in the city’s Bombay Palace restaurant in Upper Northgate Street?

After an Indian restaurant on Upper Northgate Street in Chester shut up shop for the night a ghostly figure decided to make an appearance.

The co-owner of the Bombay Palace at the time, Aaron Ali, captured a ghoulish face peering out of the darkness.

He was sitting in the dark at the front of the eating house about 3am one day, just before last Christmas, when he heard the sound of a door banging.

Everybody else had gone home, except for the waiter who had retired to his upstairs living quarters, and Mr Ali decided to film the scene on his mobile because he was slightly unnerved by the noise.

However, his mobile was set on stills camera mode and he took a snap shot which looked innocuous at first. However, on zooming in he spotted the creepy looking face in the background, positioned where the gents toilet mirror is located.

Naked walker

Stanney Oaks, Ellesmere Port
Stanney Oaks, Ellesmere Port

Residents of Stanney Oaks in Ellesmere Port got a shock when a naked teenager was spotting roaming the streets.

The strange spectacle involved a 16-year-old boy who was caught wandering around the Stanney Oaks estate with no clothes on.

At the time, police believed he was under the influence of an internet-bought psychedelic drug.

Ghosts ‘who can cure arthritis’

Jeanette Wilson, 56, who is touring the UK holding ‘psychic surgeries’
(Image: Jeanette Wilson, Creative Commons licence)

The strange revelation came at an event in Chester where a TV psychic medium claimed ‘ghost doctors’ could heal pain from conditions such as arthritis.

Jeanette Wilson, who was once a bank manager, told an audience in Chester that she could heal their pain with the help of ‘spirit guides.’

Ms Wilson, originally from the UK but based in New Zealand, told a recent audience in Chester that she would only “talk off camera” about the “best thing for scar tissue” so that “trading standards don’t become all uppity.”

In one part of the show, Ms Wilson speaks to a woman complaining that she has arthritis, and tells the audience: “I have been doing this for 25 years, I haven’t met yet a person that all arthritis can’t be completely removed.”

Dolphin in River Dee

The dolphin spotted leaping in the River Dee between Saltney and Chester Racecourse
The dolphin spotted leaping in the River Dee between Saltney and Chester Racecourse
(Image: Picture: Environment Agency)

Meanwhile a strange sight was spotted in the River Dee in Chester.

A lone dolphin was seen swimming close to the shoreline in what experts say is a rare sighting.

Russell Baker captured some amazing images of the mammal circling the River Dee next to Connah’s Quay docks as it headed to Saltney and then came as close to the city centre as near Chester Racecourse.

Coastguards initially feared the dolphin had been left stranded but further investigations revealed it was free to swim back into deeper water.

Manhole explosions

Man hole covers, like this one, were seen flying through the sky

Properties were plunged into darkness in Crewe after an almighty bang.

Back in 2011 many residents lost power to their homes and some eyewitnesses saw flames shoot 12 feet in the air as a manhole cover was blasted skywards.

The explosion had knocked out traffic lights and shut down a major road in the town.

People were warned to keep away from manhole covers until the incident was resolved.

Canal collapse

Part of the canal which had collapsed

When walking along a canal you expect to see scenic views and plenty of wildlife in the water below.

But last year a section of the Shropshire Union Canal collapsed, causing water to drain into the River Wheelock and leaving up to 20 boats stranded.

The collapse affected part of the canal which leads to an aqueduct over the river near Nantwich Road in Middlewich, Cheshire.

A man was seen saving a carp from the draining waterway, while many tried to rescue their boats.

The canal was drained between Stanthorne Lock and Wardle Lock, on the south side of Middlewich town centre.

Creepy sign

The Marlbororough Arms in St John Street
The Marlbororough Arms in St John Street

The misspelling of one of Chester’s most famous pubs is no strange thing or accident.

The Marlbororough Arms on St John Street is said to be haunted.

According to tales, the 19th century sign writer was so spooked by the ghost of a former landlord who had slit his own throat that he rushed to finish the sign and didn’t even notice his mistake.

You can listen out for the landlord who still makes himself heard in the basement.

Roman soldier

Chester's historic City Walls
Chester’s historic City Walls
(Image: Ian Cooper)

Some claim a strange man is often seen on the ruins of Chester’s city walls.

A Roman legionnaire is said to appear between the amphitheatre and Newgate.

Having fallen in love with a local Celtic girl he often left his post to see her.

The girl’s parents took advantage of this and one night when he was with their daughter killed the sentries whom he had left on guard, grabbing as much loot as they could.

On his return, the mob murdered him.

Earliest known sightings of the Roman ghost date back to the late Tudor times.

Demonic figure

The imp inside Chester Cathedral

This figure is a strange addition inside Chester Cathedral.

The Chester Imp comes from a local legend that a monk or priest was terrified to see the Devil himself gazing at him through one of the cathedral’s windows.

The clergy responded by having an image of Satan wrapped with chains carved next to the window to frighten him off or show him what would happen should he return.

Ghosts of the Grandstand

Chester Racecourse
(Image: Ian Cooper)

As the oldest r acecourse in the land, it’s no surprise that there have been many reports of ghosts and ghouls over the years.

There are four recurring sightings in the County Grandstand boxes which have led to the infamous ‘ghosts of the grandstand’.

The first strange sighting is that of ‘the nasty old man’ who is said to live in the photo finish box and often slams doors and disturbs passersby.

Others include a little singing girl and the ‘nice old man’.

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