Cambridgeshire - Paranormal Database Records

 
 


Animated Stone Lions Drink from the Gutter

Location: Cambridge - Fitzwilliam Museum
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Midnight (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: On the stroke of midnight, the lions that stand outside the Fitzwilliam Museum leave their posts to drink from the gutters a few meters away. Other sources say they disappear inside the building they guard.


 
 


Grey Lady on Staircase

Location: Cambridge - Girton College, Taylor Knob Staircase
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1800s
Further Comments: The Grey Lady was seen in the late 19th century, and hasn't been seen since. She is rumoured to be Miss Taylor, a young girl who died before starting Girton. The college was also briefly home to a Roman Centurion when first built, though little has been heard from this soldier since.


 
 


Monkey

Location: Cambridge - Gog Magog Hills
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom monkey which haunted this region was reported in the dim and distant past.


 
 


Pink Light

Location: Cambridge - Guest house in the area
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A guest here reported their room was filled with an intense pink light after they switched off the bedside lamp. When the lamp was turned on again, the pink light vanished.


 
 


Man in Top Hat

Location: Cambridge - New Court, Trinity
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1922
Further Comments: Author T C Lethbridge reported seeing a ghost during his time at university. He mistook the figure as a porter, though upon reflection realised that the man was wearing a top hat (which porters only did on a Sunday, and it was not Sunday!). Lethbridge's friend, who was in the same room during the sighting, failed to perceive the figure.


 
 


Large Furry Penguin-Like Creature

Location: Cambridge - Newmarket Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once seen in Merton Hall, this strange creature has been more recently reported waddling along the Newmarket Road. A local paranormal group examining the case came to the plausible conclusion that the ghost may be that of a doctor in a cloak, wearing a beak-like mask which they believed would protect them from the plague.


 
 


Francis Dawes

Location: Cambridge - Peterhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: Dawes was a former Peterhouse bursar who hanged himself in the 18th century after an election scandal. He took his life near the Combination Room where his ghost was seen (normally a series of knocks denote his imminent appearance). It is unsure whether the entity seen in 1997 was Dawes or the ghost of Max Perutz, a Nobel Prize winner.


 
 


Man Moaning

Location: Cambridge - Private building along Newmarket Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: A former student who stayed in this residence reported that one particular room (her bedroom) was always freezing cold. The witness also reported hearing a moaning sound close to her head as she lay in bed, unsettling her so much she couldn't stay in the room any longer, and moved out of the building soon after.


 
 


Woman in Green

Location: Cambridge - Private house along Trumpington Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1890s
Further Comments: Several witnesses were said to have encountered a ghostly woman wearing a green dress with a red feather in her hat. One man commented on a portrait of the woman that hung in a room he had just left, only to be told that no such painting existed.


 
 


White Lady

Location: Cambridge - Sherratt & Hughes, Trinity Street (closed in 1991)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once said to be the oldest bookshop in the UK, the building claims to have a white lady who walks silently down the aisles. Her history is unknown. There are also reports of a man in Victorian evening dress.


 
 


Pale Yellow Head without Ears

Location: Cambridge - Sidney Sussex College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: The spectral floating head is alleged to be that of Cromwell - this part of his body was finally laid to rest in the building in 1960. Nothing has been seen of this strange sight recently, though there are other reports of an elderly University Don dressed in grey who moves from this campus towards Christ's College.


 
 


College Cat

Location: Cambridge - St. Johns College
Type: ABC
Date / Time: November 1996
Further Comments: Both a caretaker and the groundsman saw a massive black cat on the grounds.


 
 


Face with Pointy Beard

Location: Carlton - Village Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth Century
Further Comments: This ghost of a previous rector murdered by his butler was exorcised in the 1870s, and the spirit trapped in a bottle and locked in a cupboard. An accident in the 1920's smashed the glass container, and the ghost returned, peering though windows and banging at night.


 
 


Murderer

Location: Caxton - Caxton Gibbet Inn, Room 5 (no longer standing)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Footsteps pacing around in the upper part of the building have been allocated to a former landlord (or his son) who killed several of the guests. Several other phantoms were also said to haunt the ill, although it has been gutted by fire and may not be rebuilt. The gibbet outside the ruins was made from timbers from a cottage demolition in the village of Caxton in the early 1900s, and is not that from which the murderer hanged.


 
 


Hitch-Hiker

Location: Caxton - Road from Caxton Gibbet to Graveley
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is rumoured that a phantom hitch-hiker thumbs his way between Caxton Gibbet and Graveley, but no witnesses appear to exist.


 
 


Black Chrysler Hit by Express

Location: Conington - Railway junction (8m NE Peterborough)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 16 October, 4pm (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: 1948 saw the tragic death of Colonel Mellows, when he drove his car over the tracks only to be hit by a speeding train. Another explanation of the ghosts here says that a lorry of German POWs was hit during World War Two, and that one of these soldiers now haunts the area.


 
 


Moving Away

Location: Cottenham - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Church still present
Further Comments: The church was due to be built in the middle of the village, but the Devil thought otherwise and moved the building materials to the outskirts.


 
 


Heavy Breathing

Location: Croxton - The Spread Eagle public house
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Heavy footsteps were said to haunt an upstairs passageway in this pub, and the sounds of a loud crowd of people were heard coming from an empty room.


 
 


B17 Crew

Location: Duxford - Imperial War Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The control tower is haunted by crew from a B17 which hit the building while attempting a landing. Other witnesses report hearing the sound of aircraft flying low overhead, though nothing can be seen, while hanger 5 is another paranormal hotspot.


 
 


Ignatius

Location: Elm - Elm Vicarage near Wisbech, now known as The Old Shires
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A disgraced monk known as Ignatius the Bell Ringer haunted this building; the phantom was seen dressed in a brown habit and wearing sandals, and could often be heard walking around the vicarage. His ghost departed the area after saving the life of a woman from the attack of another spirit.


 
 


The Rector's Wife Bell

Location: Elm - Elm Vicarage near Wisbech, now known as The Old Shires
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The wife of the rector was the only person in the village to hear the bell, but it always foretold a death within a couple of days of the tolls.


 
 


Adrian with a White Shirt and Large Collar

Location: Ely - 7, 9 & 11 Silver Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s, 1990s
Further Comments: Once a single house, the three cottages now claim to share the same ghost. Nicknamed Adrian by one of the occupiers, the spirit has been heard crying upstairs and seen walking through the wall leading to house number nine.


 
 


Dog Hunting Friar

Location: Ely - Along fens between Ely and Walsingham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After saving a girl from an attempted rape by a friar, a local dog died from its wounds. It continues to hunt down its attacker.


 
 


Etheldreda

Location: Ely - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Circa Seventh century AD
Further Comments: Etheldreda founded the monastery of Ely after leaving her husband King Egfrith of Northumbria (he requested to bed her, after twelve years of sexless marriage). Etheldreda is credited with saving Ely from famine using only the milk from two does.


 
 


Shadows in Monks Gowns

Location: Ely - Multiple Locations, including the High Street, 'Jumpers' clothing shop, and Firmary Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century, multiple times
Further Comments: Many parts of the town are reportedly haunted by monks, sometimes accompanied by poltergeist activity, sometimes leaving footprints in the snow, sometimes staring out of windows...


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