Cambridgeshire - Paranormal Database Records

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.


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, Firmary Lane and the cathedral lawn
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...

Footfalls along the Corridor

Location: Ely - Oliver Cromwell House, currently the Tourist Information Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1979
Further Comments: Footsteps have been heard moving along a corridor in the house, followed by the opening and closing of a door. A blue woman has also been seen in the house, and a woman claims to have developed bruising after a ghostly encounter.

Etheldreda's Blue Hand

Location: Ely - Prior's House, back staircase
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: With no body to guide it, the hand of Etheldreda is said to run up and down the banister of the rear staircase. The real hand is the only part of Etheldreda that remains, and is located in a nearby street. A nun has also been seen carrying a candle on the site, and a ghostly priest was reported by his living counterpart.

Spectral Group of Monks Crewing a Barge

Location: Ely - River Ouse towards Ely
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Misty evenings
Further Comments: Chanting hymns, these ghosts are said to escort an open coffin containing a body of a woman as they head towards Ely. The body is that of Saint Withburga, taken from her grave at East Dereham by monks acting on the orders of the Abbot of Ely.

Handless Dr Hudson

Location: Etton - Woodcroft Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1648 onwards
Further Comments: Killed at the fortification by Cromwell's soldiers in 1648, Doctor Michael Hudson's hands were severed as he tried to climb down the castle walls to escape. His handless ghost now haunts the grounds.

Nanny Izzard

Location: Eynesbury - 1 mile south of St. Neots - All over village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nights
Further Comments: A local witch, Izzard's ghost can still be seen in the skies over Eynesbury, flying her broomstick.


Location: Gamlingay - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009 - 2011
Further Comments: Footsteps have been heard moving up and down the staircase, while other sounds have come from the garage, although on investigation nothing has been found.


Location: Gorefield - Gorefield. Isle of Ely. Small House (?)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1923
Further Comments: For a brief period, a small house was plagued by poltergeist activity. Pictures fell from their hooks, furniture was rearranged, and stands were pushed over. After an exorcism, things returned to normal.

Lord Byron Swimming

Location: Grantchester - Byron's Pool
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lord Byron once enjoyed swimming in this pool, and it is reported that he still does.

Rupert Brookes walking towards Sitting Room

Location: Grantchester - Old Vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once occupied by the poet Robert Brookes, the footsteps which walk around the outside of the house and towards the sitting room are believed to be his. His shade has also been reported in the garden. Poltergeist-like activity has been reported in the top floor of the Vicarage, often moving literature from the book shelves.

Blue Lady

Location: Great Abington - Field next to the churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom blue lady is said to cross this field. Her journey starts at Great Abington church, where she floats straight over the river, and ends at Little Abington church where she is said to vanish.

The Infidel's Bible

Location: Great Gransden - Gransden Post Mill
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 1860s
Further Comments: A copy of The Infidel's Bible, a black magic book, was accidentally left in the mill and forgotten about. Within days the mill stopped working, and for three years no-one could figure out why. After that time, the book was rediscovered in the mill and burnt - almost immediately, the mill started turning once more.

Old Pork-and-Lard

Location: Great Staughton - Crown Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: 'Old Pork-and-Lard' was the nickname given to the ghost that haunted this building, in the belief that the entity was a former landlord who was also the local butcher. The landlord died just before the birth of his first child; because of this, some say his ghost remained earthbound, and his footsteps have been heard in empty rooms.

No Locks

Location: Great Staughton - Unnamed farm on the moors
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Owners of a farmhouse here were said to have once removed all the locks and bars from their doors, as a white lady would open all the doors at night, no matter how securely they were left closed. A workman called in to mend the roof encountered the ghost and refused to finish the job - another builder had to complete the repairs.


Location: Great Wilbraham - Mutlow Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A golden coach was thought to be buried under the hill.

Phantom Footsteps on Upstairs Corridor.

Location: Great Wilbraham - The Carpenter's Arms, High Street
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Varying times during the twentieth century
Further Comments: Footsteps are often heard on the upper floor of the public house, always stopping at the same place. Any investigation to find an intruder has failed.

White Lady

Location: Harston - Area between the Queens Head public house and Mill Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom woman is likely to be the same suicidal figure that haunts elsewhere in the village.

Suicidal Leap

Location: Harston - Road bridge en route to Haslingfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Here a white lady has been seen throwing herself off the bridge, but like so many other ghost stories, the reason behind it is unclear.

Giant Saxon Warriors

Location: Heydon - Heydon Ditch. 5 Foot high at its highest point, runs from Heydon to Fowlmere (3.5 miles in length)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Accounts of warrior ghosts seen at this sight date back hundreds of years, and during the 1950's a number of Saxon graves were found around the area.

The Holy Well

Location: Holywell - Churchyard
Type: Other
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The waters of the well were said to cure sore eyes, and teenage girls would throw money into the pool in the hope the face of the man they would marry would appear to them.

Juliet Tewsley, Her Love Unrequited

Location: Holywell - Ye Olde Ferryboat Inn, gravestone in bar
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 17 March (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: Juliet took her own life after being jilted by a lover. The pub was later built over her grave, and she is now seen in the form of a white lady, appearing near the Ferry Boat Inn and walking towards the banks of the river on the date of her death.

A Voice Asks for a Spade

Location: Horseheath - Money Lane
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Nights of a full moon
Further Comments: Supposed to house hidden gold, the street is haunted by a voice that, on nights of a full moon, tells any listeners to 'pick up your spade and follow me'. To date, nobody has accepted the challenge.

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