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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

1947, Newton-Le-Willow, Lancashire, U-K., Mrs. E. Waywell and Mrs. P. Hardman:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

British "ghost stories books" author Harry Ludlam wrote in 1996 that in 1947, a "White Lady" was seen as a white shape by Mrs. E, Waywell, wife of a Newton-le-Willow butcher, and Mrs. P. Hardman, wife of the Newton-le-Willow librarian, while they were out walking in the woods.

He added that according to the local popular belief, this "phantom" of the open road made a number of recent appearances as "the ghost of Castle Hill", on the boundaries of Golborn and Newton-le-Willow, and it was reported in the area for centuries.

This later entered in an event more succinct manner in a "skeptical" ufology catalogue.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001789
Date of event: 1947
Earliest report of event: 1966?
Delay of report: 19 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ghost stories book Harry Ludlam.
First certain record by: Ghost stories book Harry Ludlam.
First alleged record type: Ghost stories book.
First certain record type: Ghost stories book.
This file created on: October 22, 2018
This file last updated on: October 22, 2018
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Lancashire
Type of location: In the woods near Newton-Le-Willow.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None.
Witnesses numbers: 2
Witnesses ages: Adults or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Two local married women.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Shape
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: N/A or white.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Not reported.
Entities/witness interactions: None reported.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable misinterpretation, not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. hl11:] HARRY LUDLAM:

This author said that in 1947, a "White Lady" was seen as a white shape in the woods by Mrs. E, Waywell, wife of a Newton butcher, and Mrs. P. Hardman, wife of the Newton librarian, while they were out walking.

According to the local popular belief, this "phantom" of the open road made a number of recent apearances as "the ghost of Castle Hill", on the boundaries of Golborn and Newton-le-Willow. But it was reported in the area for centuries.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

1947.

NEWTON-LE-WILLOWS (LANCASHIRE : ENGLAND)

Mrs E Waywell and Mrs P Hardman were walking in the woods near Castle Hill when they encountered a white humanoid shape.

Ludlam 1966 p870 [sic, 87]

Points to consider:

Harry Ludlam wrote novels: "The Coming of Jonathan Smith" (1964), "Witch's Curse" (1969), nonfiction book: "A Biography of Dracula: The Life Story of Bram Stoker" (1962), "The Mummy of Birchen Bower and other True Ghosts" (1966).

This case is just a story of two ladies in the forest seeing "a white shape". It could have been just about anything, from some misinterpreted person in white to a purely invented "ghost story" for entertainment purpose. The poverty of the report, the lack of context information, make it so anecdotal and impossible to evaluate that I wonder was this is supposed to prove.

Of course there is no UFO involved and no reason to believe this has anything to do with "UFO occupants."

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
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Evaluation:

Probable misinterpretation, not UFO-related.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 22, 2018 Crwation, [hl1], [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 22, 2018 First published.

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