Cumbria - Paranormal Database Records

Eleven Men

Location: Morland - Skellaw Wark
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, likely to have been early nineteenth century
Further Comments: A small group of girls walking home witnessed these men walk by in single file, glowing with a weird yellow light and waving their fists in anger. Their skeletons were discovered in 1827, their wrists covered with golden bands. Another phantom, that of a dark skinned man, was said to drift between the rocks which once stood in the area.

Headless Carpenter

Location: Muncaster - Muncaster Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered by a jester on the orders of the then owner Sir Ferdinard Pennington, the carpenter (who made the mistake of falling in love with Sir Ferdinard's daughter) was beheaded in the garden, where he now haunts. The jester has also been reported on the site, holding a severed head. The ghost of King Henry is another reported to haunt the castle, hiding from those who took him to London to be murdered, and finally the shade of Mary Bragg, hanged by the front gate as a joke turned tragedy, manifests as a white woman.

White Lady

Location: Naworth - Naworth Castle
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Falling in love and becoming pregnant by the lord of the castle, a local girl committed suicide after being shunned by him after their love affair. Though her mother then cursed the evil lord (resulting in his death, and that of the estate's future heir), the young lass still returns to the site.

Blaming the Boggle

Location: Orton - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After a the boggle caused trouble and misery to the villagers, they requested the help of a preacher in exorcising the entity. Half way through the procedure, the religious man received such a hard slap from the boggle, he gave up and left. What became of the boggle is unknown.

Several Arm

Location: Overwater - Overwater Tarn
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Winter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The severed arm of a Jamaican woman (see Ireby - Overwater Hotel, for more information) is said to prevent ice forming on the tarn. As the temperature drops, the arm punches upwards and breaks apart any frozen water.

Strange Presence

Location: Penrith - Beacon Edge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century?
Further Comments: A local myth states that prior to being urbanised, a heavy, strange presence perforated the area. One author states that it was once believed that unmarried mothers would leave their babies here.


Location: Penrith - Gibbet Hill (aka Beacon Hill), six kilometres outside of Penrith (gibbet marked by a stone)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter nights (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Hanged for the murder of his godfather, Nicholson's body was left dangling throughout the winter of 1766 / 1767 as a deterrent to others... Some say it still makes an appearance during harsh winters, his skeletal remains hanging from a gibbet.

Disappearing Guest

Location: Penrith - Greystoke Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A guest here once vanished without trace, leaving all his clothing and belongings. The ghost of the man has been reported several times, reappearing in the same room. Rapping on the wall in the same room has also been reported, thought to belong to a monk who was bricked up alive in the basement.

Snooker Player

Location: Penrith - Melmerby Hall
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity is said to move the balls around on the snooker table after everyone has retired for the night.

Fast Moving Victorian

Location: Penrith - Road near Flusco
Type: Other
Date / Time: May 2013
Further Comments: A driver was forced to stop in the road when a man dressed in Victorian clothing refused to move aside. When another car approached from the opposite direction, the man ran off into a wooded area 'faster than Usain Bolt'.

Giant's Grave

Location: Penrith - St Andrew's Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Large stones mark the place where a giant is buried - he is thought to be Sir Ewen (or Sir Ewain), a great boar hunter.

White Blob

Location: Penrith - Wolfe Pub
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 September 2010
Further Comments: A CCTV camera recorded a white shape hover over a table before moving off towards the ceiling where it vanishes from view. As with many of these CCTV captured images, the object resembles a small creature close to the camera, possibly a spider.


Location: Plumpton - A6 close to the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A known accident black spot, some blame the ghost of a murderer named Toplis who was shot and killed by police as he tried to escape.


Location: Ravenglass - Roman ruins
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Eveling, King of the Fairies, along with his daughter Modron lived in the Roman ruins found here.


Location: Ravenstonedale - Kings Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 2000s
Further Comments: The pub was said to be haunted by three 'friendly' ghosts, although it is not known whether the entities have been encountered since the building closed and reopened a couple of years later.

Nanny Trotter

Location: Ravenstonedale - Pinska Gill (a narrow stream or ravine that may no longer exist)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Nanny Trotter murdered her illegitimate child in this secluded gill; people reported seeing a figure in a grey cloak wandering around the area.

Lord Wharton

Location: Ravenstonedale - Road to village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lord Wharton was involved in the establishment of the Ravenstonedale Dissenters group - whether this is the reason he haunts the road is unknown.

Former Owner

Location: Ravenstonedale - Ruins of an old coach inn (likely to be currently on private land)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Farmers working the land are said to have seen the former owner of this inn wearing a three corner hat, gazing from a ruined window and waiting for coaches that never arrive.

Glowing Light

Location: Ravenstonedale - Trees near Rigg End
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: An old man once went from his home at Rigg End for a pitcher of milk. On his return, at Dubb's Gate, he was accosted by a boggle who knocked him down, split his clogs and broke his pitcher. A neighbour sent for Doctor Farrar, who went to Rigg End and laid the evil spirit under a large stone. It remained there for many years until a later resident removed the stone for building purposes, and the boggle was released into the trees surrounding the land. In 1877 is was written that a curious light shone from the trees, reported to be coming from the boggle.

Woman in White

Location: Reagill - Country lanes in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: It is not clear if the woman in white, a large black hound and a black hog which once haunted this area were all the same entity. The phantom (or phantoms) would all grow in size once seen, and pursue any witness.


Location: Reagill - Former School House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1959
Further Comments: After moving in, Mr and Mrs Anderson both spotted a female figure wearing a stiff necked top with her hair pulled up in their bedroom. The figure walked around the bed before vanishing at its foot.


Location: Renwick - Church
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1733?
Further Comments: This mythical creature, made up of pieces of dragon, serpent and cock, took up residence in the church when it fell into ruin. A local man named John Tallantire (or Tallantine) killed the creature using a branch from a rowan tree (or hawthorn), though some locals say it is still seen flying about at dusk.

Stubborn Figure

Location: Scaleby - Scaleby Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though little is known about this ghost, legend says it refused to leave for seven years after an exorcism.

Failed Bridge

Location: Seascale - Carl Crag
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Evidence still present
Further Comments: The Devil once tried to build a bridge between Seascale and the Isle of Man - his apron split and all but one of the stones were lost at sea. The remaining rock remains, with two white seams showing where the apron strings were once wrapped.

A Knock and a Ring

Location: Seaton - Camerton Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Mr H T Graham was dared to knock on the door of this empty church late one night - the moment he did so, the bells began to toll.

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