Cumbria - Paranormal Database Records

 
 


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.


 
 


Nicholson

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.


 
 


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.


 
 


Toplis

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.


 
 


Eveling

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.


 
 


Three

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.


 
 


Woman

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.


 
 


Cockatrice

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: HT 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.


 
 


Blower

Location: Selside - Selside Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre electricity
Further Comments: An invisible ghost would rage around the hall at night, blowing out all lamps and candles. The phantom couldn't quite figure out electric lights though, and fell quiet soon after their installation.


 
 


Expected Accident

Location: Shap - A6, Shap Fell
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This large black dog would run across the road before leaping over a cliff that dropped several hundred feet. A few days later a serious accident would occur at that spot.


 
 


Uther Pendragon

Location: Shap - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A large man on horseback seen galloping around on winter nights is said to be Uther Pendragon, though his motivation for being here is unclear.


 
 


Cat with Long Tail

Location: Shap - M6 motorway near to junction 39
Type: ABC
Date / Time: August 2001
Further Comments: A number of Alien Big Cat sightings have been reported along this stretch of motorway. The ABC reported in this instance was described as possessing a big head and a very long tail.


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