Perhaps the best-known of the town's ghost stories is that of the Grey Lady, legend has it that the Grey Lady will appear in front of you if you run round Boston Stump three times while the bells chime for midnight. She is understood to be the ghost of a woman widowed when her husband died shortly after she had given birth to their first child, stricken with grief and wanting the family to be reunited she threw herself off the Stump tower with the baby. But her actions saw her damned and left to live in limbo.
Like the Grey Lady, Sarah Preston is another woman who committed suicide by leaping off the Stump. Legend says that she believed herself responsible for bringing the Black Death to Boston by inviting a sailor to her home while her husband was away.It was he who gave her the Black Death (which is believed to have claimed 400 lives here) which she passed on in the town before taking her own life in guilt. In one version of the ghost story, Sarah is seen to leap from the tower of the church holding a young child, vanishing just before hitting the ground, another variation has Sarah dying of the plague.
A few years ago paranormal investigators spent a night at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex and say they discovered a monk-like male figure and a young girl haunting the halls.One photograph taken showed a monk and a male ghost is also said to have rested his hand on one of the group's shoulders. In response to a medium saying 'I think I'm picking up a little girl here', a female's voice clearly said 'yes' said one of the group.Visitors to the site swear they have previously seen a male monk figure walk through walls and across the pool and there have also been reports of mugs in the admin office smashing themselves in the past.
In 2010 a man was driving home between Kirton and Boston, it was about midnight and he saw what he thought was an articulated lorry with no lights at the rear. As he got closer he could see it was the back of a guards railway van. He thought it was on a low loader... but there was no low loader and he pulled out to have a better look... and then he could see it was an old-fashioned steam train pulling several carriages!! As he came toward the street lights, it disappeared! The road he was on (the A16) was originally a railway line, closed in the1960's and made into a road in the 1990's.
Father Michael - or Micky the Monk – is a ghost believed to haunt Blackfriars, Spain Lane site. The site has also been claimed to have been a burial site, while monks' graves were also uncovered on the nearby Boston Grammar School site in recent years. Father Michael is said to walk with a cloak shrouding his head.
The following sent to me by Andy B.
The most convincing Boston ghost story I heard came about 20 years ago when a
friend, his wife and another couple were coming home from the quiz night at the
Oak Tree (now Malcolm Arms) at Antons Gowt. They came down Tattershall Rd and
where there is a right turn for Boston there used to be a little Island in the
middle of the road......on that island they saw a figure dressed in a Medieval
jesters outfit just stood there......all 4 witnesses say it just stood still and
looked at them and as the car turned right it just vanished. Bear in mind the
driver was sober and the passengers had very little to drink with it being a
The following sent to me by Rob.
Pilgrim Hospital is said to be home to number of these apparitions. The one that
I know about from my time working in and out of the original A/E dept is as
A very kind and helpfull A/E porter called Willie ----- sadly
died from an incurable illness. Soon after this several of the nurses who worked
nights said that they had seen him still dressed in his brown porters smock this
was always in the corridores between the original A/E and the X Ray dept. This
put the wind up quite a few of the night staff and if a patient had to go from
A/E for an X Ray in the early hours they would ask if one of us (Ambulance
Staff) would go with them. Then one day about dinner time the Charge Hand Porter
( a very sensible man) went to the A/E store room for supplies and saw that a
person dressed in a porters smock was already in there, he asked him what he was
doing, the person turned around and he saw that it was Willie who he had known,
he rushed back into the dept in something of a panic and was so shaken up that
he was unable to continue at work and had to be taken home by another
I never saw Willie myself but all the people who did were
sensible and quite hard nosed people and all were convinced that it was him, so
I had no reason to not believed them.