Reports of Curses and Cursed Places in the UK and Ireland

 
 


Curse

Location: Alloa (Clackmannanshire) - Alloa Tower
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1500 - 1800
Further Comments: One long, detailed curse resulted in the Erskines' losing their home (amongst other personal disasters), and now the castle remains empty.


 
 


Cursed Bottles

Location: Alnwick (Northumberland) - Ye Olde Cross public house
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A collection of bottles on display in the pub are reportedly cursed - the last person to touch them died soon after, and now they are covered up to avoid further mishaps.


 
 


Family Curse

Location: Anwoth (Dumfries and Galloway) - Cardoness Castle
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A curse placed on the castle ensured its ultimate ruin - three owners went bankrupt, and the forth and his family were drowned in the nearby loch when the ice cracked whilst they skated in winter.


 
 


Curse of Ballinacourty

Location: Ballinacourty (County Waterford) - Ballinacourty house (no longer standing), and general area
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A mother whose son was hanged by a local sheriff for being 'lazy' cursed all who lived in the area to endure the heartbreak she felt.


 
 


Green Wyrm

Location: Bamburgh (Northumberland) - Spindlestone Heugh (aka Spindlestone Crag)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Sixth century?
Further Comments: This area was, for a brief time, home to a large slimy serpent - it turned out to be the daughter of the king, transformed by a curse from her evil stepmother. The king's son discovered the truth, saved his sister, and turned his mother into a toad. Another variant of the story says a dragon held the king's daughter hostage until she was saved by a knight who came from overseas.


 
 


Druid's Curse

Location: Bingley (Yorkshire) - Ryshworth Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Circa 1990
Further Comments: A sixty centimetre stone head, thought to be Celtic, was deemed to be cursed after several people who came in contact with it became bankrupt, ill or died.


 
 


Gypsy Curse

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - St Andrews, Birmingham City Football Club
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that a community of gypsies were evicted from the land many years ago, enabling the construction of the stadium. St Andrews is one of several football grounds around the country that claims this gypsy curse is responsible for any bad luck they encounter.


 
 


Cursed Giant

Location: Blackgang Chime (Isle of Wight) - Cave in the area (no longer present?)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The chime was once a lush area, rich in vegetation and the hunting ground of a giant who feasted upon children. A holy man cursed the giant and the area, ensuring nothing would ever grow there again.


 
 


Woman in Black

Location: Blackpool (Lancashire) - Ripley's Odditorium
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: When the skull of a local girl was displayed here, several people reported seeing a spectral female figure standing by it. The skull's owner was convinced the item was cursed, and died a week after finally giving it away.


 
 


Cursed Stone

Location: Boat of Garten (Highland) - River Spey
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: When the waters are low, an inscribed stone can be seen in the river - it is believed cursed, and anyone who meddles with it is doomed. Adding to the treachery of the waters, a white horse is said to patrol the river, looking for people to drown.


 
 


Smuggler Curse

Location: Bognor Regis (Sussex) - The Old Vicarage, Sudley Road
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A curse was placed on this building after the vicar attempted to stop local smuggling activities. The building no longer stands, but the area (which now has shops built on top) is still said to be unlucky, and haunted by the sounds of footsteps.


 
 


Sir Thomas Boleyn Drives Headless Horses

Location: Breckles (Norfolk) - Breckles Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The father of Anne Boleyn is said to be cursed with driving his coach over forty (or eleven) Norfolk bridges. One of the passing points is Breckles Hall, where the spectre once scared a poacher to death (another version states that the poacher was taken by the Devil because of his constant law breaking). Locals say that anyone who views the coach is dragged down to hell.


 
 


Cursed Cranium

Location: Brougham (Cumbria) - Brougham Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Creating havoc whenever removed from the property, the skull was finally walled up in part of the building.


 
 


Cursed Skull

Location: Browsholme (Lancashire) - Browsholme Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1850s
Further Comments: When last removed from the hall (as a joke), this skull was blamed for spontaneous fires and family deaths. It was quickly returned, and has not left since.


 
 


Maude Carew

Location: Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) - St Mary's Churchyard
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 24 February, 23:00h (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Cursed by a monk after Maude murdered the Duke of Gloucester in 1447, her shade is now said to appear once a year. The alleged ghost often brings dozens of people to the area in the hope of seeing her.


 
 


Petrified Sack of Corn

Location: Caistor (Lincolnshire) - Fonaby Top
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The large rock on top of the hill was once a sack of corn owned by a selfish farmer. The farmer refused to give a handful of grain to a passing holy man, who turned the sack into stone as punishment. A curse is said to fall on anyone who tries to move the stone - this was experienced by Gentleman John Walls, who used four shire horses to move the rock to his front door at Corn Sack Farm after taking a liking to it. Misfortune soon befell him, and he moved it back soon after (only requiring one horse for the return trip).


 
 


Unlucky Art

Location: Carlisle (Cumbria) - Cursing Stone, Carlisle Museum
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 2001 onwards
Further Comments: Since the installation of artist Gordon Young's sculpted granite 'Cursing Stone' inscribed with a 16th century curse in one of Carlisle's museums in 2001, misfortune has plagued the city - local farm stock were wiped out by foot-and-mouth disease, a devastating flood occurred, several factories have closed, a boy was murdered in a local bakery and Carlisle United football team dropped a league.


 
 


Toppling Tower

Location: Chelmondiston (Suffolk) - St. Andrew's church
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Varies (see below)
Further Comments: St. Andrew's church tower was cursed by a local witch. First it burned down, and when rebuild was struck by lightning and burned down again. To prevent this from happening a third time, a large square tower was built, only to be hit by a bomb during World War 2.


 
 


Mermaid Curse

Location: Colmonell (Ayrshire) - Knockdolian Castle
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The mistress of the castle ordered the destruction of a black rock which stood just a short distance away, in order to prevent a mermaid sitting upon it and singing. As revenge, the mermaid cursed the family, ensuring they all died without leaving an heir for the estate.


 
 


Bloody Handprint

Location: Condover (Shropshire) - Condover Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Sixteenth century onwards
Further Comments: Knyvett, lord of the manor, was murdered by his son even though the finger of blame was pointed at the butler. Just before being hanged, the manservant cursed the descendants of Knyvett's family, vowing that they would not prosper while living in the hall. Knyvett's bloody handprint, left on a wall where he fell, could not be washed away so the stone was chipped away. More recently, the sound of footsteps and doors closing have been at night, and a couple dressed in Victorian clothing spotted.


 
 


Lost Monk

Location: Coombe (West Midlands) - Coombe Abbey (currently a hotel)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Twentieth century?
Further Comments: Seen by witnesses as he floats around the grounds of the abbey, this monk is thought to have been murdered in 1345. Phantom footsteps have also been reported on the stable yard cobbles, and are thought to belong to a young gypsy girl who cursed the family after they mistreated her. Finally, a phantom cyclist, thought to be a Victorian woman, has been observed on the road just by the former abbey.


 
 


Curse of Crowland

Location: Crowland (Lincolnshire) - Crowland Abbey
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 870
Further Comments: The monks here embraced pagan ideals, and for their sins, the Devil appeared and told them that a new abbey would soon be built on the site, but all present would die before it became so. Soon after, a Viking raid levelled the building, and all the monks died.


 
 


Cursed Building

Location: EC4 (Greater London) - 71 Queen Victoria Street
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1990 onwards
Further Comments: After several unconnected and violent deaths of people who worked at 71 Queen Victoria Street, the company which was based at the address closed down.


 
 


Curse of the Mummy

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - 15 Learmouth Gardens
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: The figure of an ancient priest was seen in the building after the family returned from a trip to Egypt - it was said that the ghost had accompanied a bone that had been illegally removed from a tomb by a family member. When the piece of skeleton was destroyed, the haunting stopped.


 
 


Poor Curse

Location: Ettrick (Borders) - Ettrick Hall (no longer standing, was located top of Ettrick Water)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1700 onwards
Further Comments: Legend has it that James Anderson demolished several cottages in order to clear space for the construction of the hall. Left homeless and penniless, the villagers cursed the building, saying that the structure would not stand for long. Indeed, all trace of the hall has long been removed.


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