Reports of Curses and Cursed Places in the UK and Ireland

 
 


Friar's Curse

Location: Great Malvern (Hereford & Worcester) - Ragged Stone Hill
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Falling insane after penance took its toll, a friar cursed the church and anyone who stood in its shadow. Another tale reports it is the rock summit of Raggedstone Hill that casts the cursed shadow.


 
 


Craven's Curse

Location: Hamstead Marshall (Berkshire) - Morewood House
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still active in twentieth century
Further Comments: A curse placed on the Craven family by a pregnant servant girl who was kicked out of the household states that no earl will survive beyond their fifty-eighth year. The family sold the house to try to rid them of the ill fortune during the late twentieth century.


 
 


Drowning Curse

Location: Helston (Cornwall) - Loe Pool
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that the body of water will take a life every seven years. There are also reports that a phantom ship is occasionally seen here.


 
 


Luck of Hintlesham

Location: Hintlesham (Suffolk) - Hintlesham Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A cursed mannequin was once stored here - if removed, it was believed disaster would soon follow, and the owner would lose possession of the hall.


 
 


Dafydd

Location: Holywell (Clwyd) - Flacgnallt Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: The skull of Dafydd Prince of Wales is housed in a box at the hall. A curse is said to befall the owners of the building if it is ever removed from the property.


 
 


Glint of King Edmund's Spurs

Location: Hoxne (Suffolk) - Goldbrook Bridge
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 870 onwards
Further Comments: Discovered hiding under the bridge after the glint of his spurs attracted the attention of a pair of newly weds, Edmund was taken and beheaded. The glint is still seen, and it is considered unlucky for newly wedded couples to cross the bridge.


 
 


Howgill's Revenge

Location: Kendal (Cumbria) - Grayrigg Hall (no longer standing, though some of the original buildings used by a local farm)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Seventeenth century
Further Comments: The hall's owner, Magistrate Duckett, sentenced the Quaker Howgill to spend time in Appleby prison. The Quaker cursed Duckett, saying his name would vanish from history and his house would be home to owls and jackdaws. Sure enough, Duckett's children died without bearing children of their own, and his home was reduced to rubble, used by only birds.


 
 


De Clinton Curse

Location: Kenilworth (Warwickshire) - Area around the former site of the abbey and the Church of St Mary (no longer standing)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Ongoing?
Further Comments: Geoffrey De Clinton promised that if anyone ever tried to take away the land around the church they would be cursed by God - a series of disasters befell many people and companies which tried to redevelop the land during the late twentieth century.


 
 


Dead Horse

Location: Kerris (Cornwall) - Kerris Roundago (Iron Age hill fort, no longer present)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several stones from the hill fort were taken to Penzance by horse, to repair the pier. Despite being healthy, the horses all died soon after.


 
 


Reappearing Skulls

Location: Lake Windermere (Cumbria) - Calgarth Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Sixteenth century?
Further Comments: Belonging to a married farming couple, the skulls came back to haunt the person who framed them for a crime that resulted in their execution. No matter how they were destroyed, the grinning skulls always returned to the hall, until the death of the man they cursed.


 
 


Luck of Eden

Location: Langwathby (Cumbria) - Eden Hall (aka Edenhall) Country Hotel and Restaurant
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present (but in the Victoria and Albert museum)
Further Comments: Stolen from fairies by a former butler, the fifteen centimetre tall cup was locked away deep within the house, before being moved to the V&A - a curse placed by the little folk in retaliation for the theft states that if the beaker breaks, so does the Eden Hall's luck. The hall is also reputedly haunted by an elderly lady, who may have been a maid, who has a habit of appearing as a reflection in a mirror.


 
 


Falling Branches

Location: Littlecote (Wiltshire) - Elm tree near the Manor House - current state unknown
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Marks a death in the Popham family
Further Comments: When a branch falls from a certain old elm tree near the manor house, a member of the Popham family (former owners of the house) is said to die. If the entire tree falls, a huge tragic event is believed to befall Littlecote.


 
 


Cursing Well

Location: Llanelian-yn-Rhos (Clwyd) - St Ellian's Well (no longer present)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Late Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Destroyed by the local clergy, the well which once stood here was used to curse one's enemies. The hex could be reversed if the pebble dropped into waters by the giver of the curse could be found and removed from the well.


 
 


Cursed Stairwell

Location: Loch Nell (Argyll and Bute) - Loch Nell Castle
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: The staircase was made from a tree considered holy, and a series of disasters befell all those who were involved in cutting it down and moving to the building. The castle is also home to phantom music.


 
 


Mr Anderton

Location: Lostock (Lancashire) - Lostock Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An unscrupulous landowner, Anderton refused to take rent money owing to him so he could reclaim some land he wanted, at the cost of a family living there - he was cursed to haunt that particular area for his sins.


 
 


Unlucky Tree

Location: Lowther (Cumbria) - Parkland
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A tree is this park has its branches propped up - a legend says that if the branches ever touch the ground, ill fortune will befall the Lowther family.


 
 


Webb's Portrait

Location: Ludgershall (Wiltshire) - Biddesden House
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A portrait of General Webb was at one time thought to be cursed, with ill luck befalling anyone who removed it.


 
 


Workman

Location: Luton (Bedfordshire) - The Alma cinema (no longer standing)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Pre 1960s
Further Comments: The Alma was thought to be cursed by locals who were forced to move from their homes so they could be demolished for the construction of the cinema. A construction worker fell to his death during the building work, and many felt that it was his ghostly presence that haunted The Alma.


 
 


Francis Downes

Location: Manchester (Lancashire) - Wardley Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This building is reported to have had a skull bricked up within its walls, to prevent it from accidentally being removed and condemning the house's occupiers to misfortune or death. The macabre relic is thought to belong to Edward Barlow, a Catholic executed by Protestants in 1640.


 
 


John Fothergill

Location: Market Harborough (Leicestershire) - Three Swans Hotel
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The portrait of John Fothergill that hangs above the bar is no longer touched - if removed from its spot a disaster befalls the handler or hotel.


 
 


Lady Montague

Location: Midhurst (Sussex) - Ruins of Cowdray House & Park
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1994
Further Comments: This wraith walks the gardens surrounding what's left of this once great house - the building was once cursed by a prioress, after its owner ransacked the local priory.


 
 


Cursed Castle

Location: Moreton Corbet (Shropshire) - Moreton Corbet Castle
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Fifteenth century
Further Comments: During its construction, the owner of this building was cursed by a neighbour for being uncaring, and the castle was never finished. It is also said to be haunted by an aging man and a younger gentleman, who were caught on camera in 2003. (Image 2006 Lawson Clout)


 
 


Cursed Chest

Location: Morwenstow (Cornwall) - Stanbury Manor
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: The chest is supposed to contain an evil presence that moves furniture around. Two old women who owned the chest prior to its delivery at the Stanbury are said to have been struck deaf when they first opened it and released the spirit hidden inside.


 
 


White Lady

Location: Naworth (Cumbria) - 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.


 
 


Bleeding Cat

Location: Near Clifton (?) - Oxenby Manor House (no longer standing?)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Elliott O'Donnell wrote that this manor house was haunted by a mutilated feline, which would slowly sink into the wooden floor and disappear - it was considered an ill omen as a death followed shortly after the creature was spotted. A ghostly pale face with yellow teeth was also seen by one witness. When the area was dug up years later, a number of bodies were discovered.


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