Cumbria - Paranormal Database Records

Black Tombstone Shape

Location: Mealsgate - Low Mill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A black shadow resembling a tombstone would appear in one of the bedrooms here, emanating an evil presence. On one occasion malicious laughter was heard coming from the dark shape. There were also reports of objects disappearing for weeks on end, only to turn up in predominant places.

Grey Horse

Location: Millbeck - Stone water trough
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1955
Further Comments: Author Alasdair Alpin MacGregor reported encountering the phantom of a grey horse at an overgrown water trough near Kirkandrews upon Eden. MacGregor relayed his sighting to a local postmaster, who told him reports of the apparition were not uncommon.

Dragging Sounds

Location: Millom - Commodore public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of heavy dragging likened to that of furniture being moved has been reported here.

The Hob

Location: Millom - Millom Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Like many of his siblings, this hob helped keep the area clean and tidy. The creature left when a man offered him a hooded cloak to wear during winter.

Floating Woman

Location: Millom - Railway Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990, 23:00h
Further Comments: A local story says that a woman leapt from the bridge during the Second World War after hearing that her husband had died in battle. Some fifty years later, a witness spotted a woman in old fashioned clothing hovering above a hedge next to the bridge. The figure appeared to be missing her legs.

Sinking Church

Location: Millom - Sunkenkirk (aka Swinside) stone circle
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: A church is said to have once stood here, but the Devil appears and dragged it underground - all that remains are fifty five stones that form a circle.

Murdered Man

Location: Miterdale - Area where the Nanny Horton Inn once stood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century onwards
Further Comments: Murdered in a farm house, this man returned with such ferocity that no one could live in the building and it fell into ruins. The phantom's influence also resulted in the local Inn also falling into decay, and some believe that he still remains in the area.

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.


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'.


Location: Penrith - Site of old monastery, Scotland Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2014
Further Comments: The site where a monastery once stood was said to remain the home of a phantom monk.

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.

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: 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.

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