Cornwall - Paranormal Database Records

 
Killer Octopus

Location: Sedmouth (Sidmouth?) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1890s
Further Comments: An octopus was said to have killed several people along the coast here during a year in this decade, although the story is likely fake.


 
Anne George

Location: Sennen - First and Last Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: Anne was the wife of a fence who profited from smuggling. She turned king's evidence against her husband's 'business' partner, but was drowned by several villagers who were also involved in the trade. Anne continues to haunt the inn, manifesting in black clothing, and has been observed many times by the current owners.


 
Young Boy

Location: Sennen - Penrose Farm
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Seventieth century?
Further Comments: After his father and brother were believed to have drowned at sea, the remaining young son (and heir to a medium sized estate) was murdered and buried in a shallow grave by his uncle who wanted the property for himself. However, the other brother was washed up safely to the shore, and was led to the hidden grave by a phantom voice. The uncle hanged himself in the house before he could be arrested.


 
Hooper

Location: Sennen Cove - Coastline
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to a storm
Further Comments: This misty spirit, also known as Hooter, would manifest prior to a storm out at sea and warn fishermen not to venture out.


 
Slipping Woman

Location: Sennen Cove - The Irish Lady rock, Cowloe Rock
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This rock is named after the woman who held on to it after her ship ran aground nearby and all hands were lost - she slipped off after a couple of hours and was drowned before rescuers could save her. Her shade has been seen struggling to remain on the outcropping.


 
Dorcas

Location: St Agnes - Old mine, Polbreen
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This woman who committed suicide near the mine was often seen drifting around the site, and once saved the life of a miner by calling his name, preventing him from being buried by a rock fall.


 
Stones

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.


 
Chef

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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
Dando

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.


 
Monk

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.


 
Neptune

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.


 
Galloping

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.


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