Cornwall - Paranormal Database Records

 
Contemporary Person

Location: Helston - Beehive Inn, Market Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This entity, normally seen only briefly out of the corner of ones eye, appears to be normal in every respect. Another ghost reportedly haunts the upper part of the pub; an old lady who rocks gently in her chair.


 
Drowning Curse

Location: Helston - Loe Pool
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that the body of water will take a life every seven years. There are also reports that a phantom ship is occasionally seen here.


 
Grey Van

Location: Helston - Road between St Teath and town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2001
Further Comments: The roads in the area may be haunted by a phantom grey van which drives around in broad daylight.


 
Foul Language

Location: Helston - Poldark Mine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: Mostghosts, a Helston based team of paranormal investigators, claimed to have recorded a phantom voice which curses while telling people to leave the mine.


 
Dropper of Fire

Location: Helston - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large rock on the outskirts of this town is said to have been dropped by a huge dragon as it passed overhead.


 
Tall, Dark Figure

Location: Helston - Trevarno Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005 / 2006
Further Comments: A couple of workers were reported to have seen a tall dark figure, resembling a monk, standing close to the track. Small coloured lights are also said to have been observed close to a cutting.


 
Tom

Location: Higher Brea - Brea Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The poltergeist here has been nicknamed Tom, and is blamed for hiding and moving small items.


 
Sea Monster

Location: Isles of Scilly - 30 miles NNW of islands
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 11 August 1976
Further Comments: Travelling to Kinsale (Co Cork) in his sloop, Patrick Dolan spotted a worm-like creature, some twelve metres long, with a two metre neck lifted above the water. The creature was visible for 20 minutes.


 
Storms

Location: Kelsey Head - Barrow, Cubert Common
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Barrow still present
Further Comments: Anyone who tries to dig at this site will summon a large storm.


 
Harris

Location: Kenegie - Old mansion house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century
Further Comments: The ghost known as Harris would return home once a year, although the date was keep secret from those outside of the family, and failure to leave the front door open to him would result in misfortune for the Harris family. When the family moved away the ghost gave up its annual visit. The Harris family also endured a phantom servant, who caused poltergeist-like antics in the kitchen before being bound in a hidden room, and 'Wild Harris' who rode around the neighbourhood on horseback until laid by a Parson from St Ives.


 
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.


 
Footsteps

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.


 
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.


 
Lyonesse

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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
Kergrim

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.


 
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.


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