Cornwall - Paranormal Database Records

Red Witch

Location: Kenidzhek - Local well
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure has been reported standing by the well. She is believed to have terrorised the village many years previous, though it is unknown why she now only loiters by the pool.

Dead Horse

Location: Kerris - Kerris Roundago (Iron Age hill fort, no longer present)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several stones from the hill fort were taken to Penzance by horse, to repair the pier. Despite being healthy, the horses all died soon after.

Bell Ringer

Location: Ladock - St Ladoca's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century (bell ringer), bird not unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly figure is often spotted out of the corner of one eye, before disappearing. A local legend says that a large, evil bird set up home in the bell tower, interrupting services with its noise - the creature was displaced after the vicar cast a spell with the help of the local community.


Location: Lamorna - Rosemerryn House, Lamorna Valley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This building has a history of the owners disappearing or dying mysteriously. The footsteps which have been heard moving around otherwise empty parts of the building are thought to belong to at least one of them.

Pekinese Puppy

Location: Land's End - Beach and cove
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid nineteenth century
Further Comments: The body of a Chinese princess is buried somewhere in this area, protected by the ghost of one of her dogs. If anyone tries to disturb the woman's resting place, the phantom puppy will bite the perpetrator, resulting in death soon after.

Fairy Fairs

Location: Land's End - Cliff edges
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Only visible from the sea, flickering lights on the cliff side indicate where the little people are celebrating and partying.


Location: Land's End - Off Coast
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This mythical land was once said to connect Cornwall to the Scilly Isles - as recently as the early twentieth century, people claimed to be able to see flooded woodland between the two land masses. Some legends say that Merlin sank Lyonesse as Mordred's men tried to escape across it.

Thick Monster

Location: Land's End - Off Coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1906
Further Comments: The crew of an American ship reported seeing a long snakelike creature with a thick body and fierce looking teeth in the water off the coast.

Little Girl

Location: Lanner - Stile and footpath near Murtons Terrace
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: The ghost of a little girl trampled to death by horses during the late 1800s is said to haunt this area - she may have been seen by the stile in 2008, upsetting the horses nearby.

Funeral Coach

Location: Lanreath - General area (Blackadown Moor?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1750s
Further Comments: A funeral coach pulled by headless horses was said to terrify people in the area. Rev Richard Dodge was summoned to banish the entity. Searching for the apparition, he found the coach parked on the moor, a phantom coachman standing beside it, and by the phantom's feet, the local vicar lay unconscious. Dodge said a prayer, the coachman fled in his vehicle and the vicar recovered (after a few days in bed). The coach was never seen again.

Black Cockerel

Location: Lanreath - Punch Bowl Inn
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature is said to still be imprisoned within the walls of this public house - it contained the spirit of an angry local rector who died after falling (or being pushed) down a flight of stairs. In his cockerel form, the rector attacked everyone he met; a maid at the inn finally managed to trap the creature in an oven, and a builder bricked it up.

Freight Train

Location: Launceston - Area near the old railway station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Though the tracks have been removed, several people have reported hearing the phantom sounds of a long goods train passing through the area.

Nicholas Herle

Location: Launceston - Dockacre House
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Before a death (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Before the death of an owner of the building, Nicholas plays his ghostly flute. He sometimes puts in a visible appearance, which isn't considered so lethal to the witness, as does his wife who starved herself to death.

Dancing Woman

Location: Launceston - Oak tree at Trebursye (unknown if still present)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A woman who fell from this tree while dancing from it died from her injuries. Her ghost returned to continue the dance, and after upsetting passing horses and local foot traffic, the vicar of Launceston was called to lay the phantom.


Location: Launceston - St Mary Magdalene Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature, similar to a ghoul, reportedly frequents this plot of land. Another local myth told of this graveyard is a morbid remedy for a stiff neck - during the last three days of May, the inflected person should visit the grave of the most recently deceased of the opposite sex to collect dew to be rubbed on the sore area.

Crying Woman

Location: Leedstown - Duke of Leeds house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This woman was tricked into giving her lover the deeds to her house - he promptly sold them and ran off to America. The woman went insane. She has been seen post mortem crying and playing with her hair.


Location: Lelant - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During construction, the Devil moved the stones each night to where the church now stands.

Gold Guardians

Location: Lelant - Trencrom Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This hill was formed when a giant buried his treasure, leaving a troupe of warrior fairies to protect it. They have been called into action at least once, appearing as a would-be treasure hunter arrived armed with pick and shovel.


Location: Lemorna - Mermaid's Rock
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to sinking
Further Comments: Although this creature has not been seen, it can be heard singing - a ship will sink nearby exactly seven days later.

Red Eyes

Location: Liskeard - Park Fenton, Liskerrett Road and surroundings
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 1990
Further Comments: Staying on what was a traveller's site, this witness felt a strange 'force' swarm over their van. The benevolent energy remained for around a minute before leaving. The witness ran out of the van and into their friend's coach to share the story, only to find out it had happened to other people who had parked in the same spot. Other travellers had reported red animal eyes looking through their windows, and one other person had seen a procession of ghostly figures down nearby Lake Lane.

No Gold

Location: Little Bosullow - Men Scryfa Menhir
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Standing stone still present
Further Comments: It was thought that a golden hoard was concealed under the stone, though searches have found nothing.

Small Robed Figure

Location: Little Petherick - Road near the Rosehill Country Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century, summer
Further Comments: This short entity has been seen several times, laying in the road and appearing to be scrabbling at the surface. One witness realised the figure had no face before it vanished.

Bridge Builder

Location: Lizard - Loose, rough stones in the area (was known as the Apron String), Rill Point
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An evil spirit wanted to build a bridge to France to aid smugglers, however the spirit's apron string broke as it moved the stones required for the task, so gave up.

Old Sailors

Location: Lizard - Pistol Meadow
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Several hundred men are buried in the field, killed in the sixteenth century when their transport ship went down off the nearby coastline. The shade of at least one of them has been reported in the area.

Turning Stone

Location: Looe - Cock-Crow (or Cockcrow) Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: This hunk of rock rotates three times on hearing a cock crowing in the morning. The treasure under the stone should be accessible during this time, but hampered by the fact that only one particular cock will animate the rock.

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