‘Haunted’ street where ghostly figures appear with phantom noises and smells

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A quiet side street is the scene of supposed paranormal activity, with locals claiming they’ve heard strange voices, seen ghostly figures and felt like they’re being watched.

Short Street is a little-known cobbled road in Stoke-on-Trent which houses three cottages, formerly occupied by employees from the now-defunct Enson Works.

Located just off Uttoxeter Road, in Longton, some insist they have smelled phantom cigarette smoke, heard voices, and even seen a cat that vanishes on approach, reports StokeonTrentLive.

Some have described a feeling of stepping back in time when walking down the street, which sits near the Gladstone Pottery Museum.

One man, named Gary, told Supernatural Staffordshire columnist Damon Simms about his eery encounter.

He said: “I remember thinking that the houses looked out of place and yet looked quite quaint.

“There was shouting coming from one. I didn’t want to be too nosy but the door to one of the houses was open and there was a woman sitting on the doorstep.

“She looked like she was in fancy dress in a very old-looking dress with her hair tied up. She looked at me and smiled and I smiled politely back and said hello. She replied hello.

“I just presumed that she must have been doing some kind of play of the olden days at the nearby Gladstone pottery museum.”

But after walking a few more steps and turning back to check on the woman, the frontages of the homes were all false and closed, with no lady in sight.

Stoke reporter Ruby Davies decided to experience the street for herself.

Short Street is located just up from Gladstone Pottery Museum and walking along it, the first thing she appreciated was its history and lack of change over the years.

The street has retained a lot of its original features including the cobbles that lead you to the grade II listed workers’ cottages.

They would have been lived in by workers from the nearby Enson Works. Enson Works’ original bottle kilns can still be seen from the street and its workers would live in the Short Street cottages just a few steps away.

The cottages themselves are very small and it’s hard to imagine a large family living in each of them. They are now boarded up and not open to the public.

She kept an eye out for the vanishing cat, but it sadly did not appear and she also couldn’t smell any cigarette smoke or hear any voices.

However, she did bump into Robert Baker who was showing Short Street’s history to his seven-year-old nephew Dave Eyre and five-year-old niece Eden Eyre.

The 49-year-old, from Werrington, said: “The reason why we’ve come here today is because I recently came with a friend of mine who told me all about this street and that it’s the oldest street in Stoke-on-Trent.

“I wanted to show my nephew and niece this area because there’s things that they know about other cultures, but they don’t know enough about their own.

“It takes me back to the 1970s when I was a toddler with my mum.

“A lot of the houses like these have been knocked down now. Not enough people know about this street.

“My nephew Dave said he feels like he’s going back in the past. He supports Stoke City and he’s learnt today why Stoke-on-Trent is called the Potteries.

“He’s learnt all about it and he’s seeing history. I’ve been explaining to them about the cobbles before tarmac and concrete.

“I wanted to show them the past. My mum worked in the pot banks and she was carrying me while working in the pot banks, but that industry vanished eventually. Now when they see the kilns they know what they are.”

Anita Harris has run her pottery business on Short Street for the last nine years. She says she has seen many ghost hunters looking for signs of paranormal activity in the street, but she has never experienced any herself.

The 65-year-old said: “It’s such a load of codswallop. I’ve been here for nine years and people come along on a foggy day and take a photo and say it’s all paranormal. There’s a garage up here just behind the cottages, but people put the noises down to paranormal activity.

“A lot of ghost hunters contact me wanting to do seances in here and I just say ‘no thank you’. I’ve worked through the night here on my own and I’ve never felt a presence.

“I had heard about the stories before I moved here, but it didn’t bother me. It’s a happy, friendly and welcoming place.

“I feel quite honoured and humbled to be working here because of the history to the street and the buildings and I love it. I think we’re lucky to be in this spot.

“The only presence we’ve got is gifts of pottery.”