Cornwall - Paranormal Database Records


Location: St Agnes - St Agnes Beacon
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: The stone formation at the top of the hill were carried up by either Saint Agnes or a giant's wife. Another account says that Agnes managed to turn the Devil into stone, where he still remains.


Location: St Blazey - Cornish Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: The poltergeist found in this establishment enjoys ringing a bell in the kitchen which then sounds a different tone, and pinching the bottoms of female staff. Voices have also been heard in an empty bar. A clairvoyant identified the entity as a former chef.

Noisy Dog

Location: St Blazey - Road near town
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This large black dog (some say it is a bear) is said to have sounded like a horse trotting, startling the witnesses who had expected to see a pony.

Scraping and Bumping

Location: St Buryan - Moorcroft Semi detached bungalow, exact location unknown
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1968
Further Comments: Sounds of something large being moved plagued this family of three for a number of months. The source was never discovered.

Petrified Maidens

Location: St Buryan - Stone Circle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stones still there
Further Comments: This stone circle and the surrounding monoliths were once maidens, two pipers and a fiddler (so the legends say) who were turned into stone.

Frank Lenine

Location: St Buryan - Churchyard
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The son of a farmer, Frank fell in love with one of the servants, a young lady named Nancy. Horrified at his son's choice of potential bride, Frank's father sent him to Australia. A few years later Frank came back, but was drowned as his ship wrecked off the coast. He was buried in St Buryan's churchyard. The night after the funeral, Frank appeared to Nancy, taking her from her home to his grave on horseback. She died two days later.

Fairy Cow

Location: St Buryan - Field called Park-an-Ventan, Bosfrancan (no longer there?)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local farmer once kept a cow that was used by fairies after dark - the little folk were driven away, and the farmer's luck changed from good to bad.

Nine Maidens

Location: St Columb Major - Standing Stones
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: These ten stones are said to be nine maidens and a fiddler who were turned to stone for making merry on the Sabbath.

Raining Blood

Location: St Dennis - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Prior to disaster
Further Comments: The rain of blood is said to have first fallen here when St Dionysus was murdered in France. It now falls at times of national disaster.


Location: St Germans - Erth Hill, near the rivers of Tiddy and Lynher
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Circa fourteenth century?
Further Comments: Dando was a monk and a bit of a rogue - he enjoyed hunting on a Sunday. One Sabbath he was out hunting for hare when the Devil appeared and grabbed all the game Dando had hanging from his horse. Old Nick ran, Dando in hot pursuit - unfortunately the monk lost his balance on the bank of the Tiddy and fell in. The waters turned to steam, and Dando was taken to hell.


Location: St Germans - Port Eliot Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A phantom monk is said to have appeared in this building while a party was underway - he was seen by many of the attendees, which led to the celebration ending prematurely. The ghost is said to be seen mainly by children, and is described as a harmless and sad-looking figure.

John Penneck

Location: St Hilary - Exact location unknown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This former preacher is blamed if the area is hit by large storms, on account of his fiery temper (during life).

Lady with the Lantern

Location: St Ives - Beach
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom is said to be that of a shipwrecked woman who lost her child in the accident - she now patrols the beach looking for the youngster, and spotting her is considered an ill-omen. Another local story tells of a sinking ship that was once seen off the shore. When rescuers closed in to help survivors, the ship suddenly vanished into thin air.

Well Dressed Lady

Location: St Ives - John Knill's House, Fore Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A room in this building was sealed off to prevent the inhabitants disturbing the ghost of a wealthy lady that lurked within.

Young White Girl

Location: St Ives - Smeaton's Nook Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Dressed in a Victorian smock, this phantom girl was seen to emerge from a wall and drift down the staircase.


Location: St Ives - St Ives Head
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This old ship has been reported off the coast many times. It is also believed that before the Neptune sunk here, the area was haunted by another unnamed ghost ship. Phantom bells have also been reported coming from the deep waters.

Dancing People

Location: St Just - Carn Gluze barrow
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Traditionally the homes of fairies, this barrow is one of many in the area and the little people have been seen dancing around it.


Location: St Just - Road between St Just & Tregeseal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy weather
Further Comments: The sounds of horses pulling a carriage have been reported coming from this stretch of road during stormy nights.

Sky Ships

Location: St Just - Skies over town
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: October 1754
Further Comments: Witnesses watched a fleet of ships in the sky above the area - soon after, this vision vanished and was replaced by two armies engaged in action. The whole scene lasted for around fifteen minutes.

No Mine

Location: St Keverne - General area
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When St Keverne lived here he was shown little respect by the locals, so he cursed the area with 'No metal will run within the sound of St. Keverne's bells'. Hence, no mines within the area.

Missing Lover

Location: St Levan - Hella Point, overlooking the sea
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Waiting for her lover who was lost at sea, this young lass mysteriously vanished one night, only to reappear as a spectre soon after.

Ship at Full Sail

Location: St Levan - Line between coast and Porthcurno
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly galleon heads towards the shore at full sail, and then continues to move overland before slowly fading from view before reaching the village of Porthcurno.

End of the World

Location: St Levan - St Levan's Stone, in village churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: St Levan hit the rock with his bare hands, and broke it in two large pieces. He declared that when the gap grew big enough to let a horse through, the world would come to an end. In another part of the graveyard, one can find the tombstone of Captain Wetherel, who can be heard ringing his ship's bell from within his coffin.

Mowing Contest

Location: St Mabyn - Exact location not known
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil and the village smith had a hay mowing contest in the village. Unbeknown to Old Nick, the smith planted obstacles (most likely iron stakes) in the Devil's half of the field, ensuring the Devil's scythe quickly became blunt. Enraged, Old Nick threw his whetstone at the smith - it missed and landed in a farmer's field, where it remained for some time before being removed.


Location: St Mawgan - 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.

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