Reports of Curses and Cursed Places in the UK and Ireland

 
 


Seat of Defeat

Location: Thirsk (Yorkshire) - Thirsk museum
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The museum houses a cursed wooden chair which brings death to any who sit on it, and is even said to bring misfortune if touched.


 
 


Hob of the Hurst

Location: Todmorden (Yorkshire) - Barcroft Hall, Walk Mill
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity would help the family with their chores, until it was given a gift - this freed the spirit and it became more hostile and antagonistic. As if this was not bad enough, the Barcroft family was once cursed by one of their sons who was imprisoned in the basement, who declared that the family name should die out.


 
 


Homely Skull

Location: Tunstead Milton (Derbyshire) - Flagg Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The home of another screaming skull, the building would echo with the sounds of cries and moans if the morbid item was removed.


 
 


Cursed Motorway

Location: Twyford (Hampshire) - Twyford Down (now area of the M3)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1992
Further Comments: A week after a motorway construction team disturbed the graves of eighteen men, some two metres tall, two of the men suffered fatal heart attacks and a night watchmen dropped dead at his post. People protesting against the construction of the motorway pronounced the incidents 'the curse of the giants'.


 
 


Soothsayer Curse

Location: Urray (Highland) - Brahan Castle, former site of
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Before being boiled alive in a cauldron of tar, a local soothsayer predicted the downfall of the family that owned the castle. His every word came true...


 
 


Fire

Location: Vale (Guernsey) - L'Ancresse Bay - large stone (no longer standing)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown - pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Despite dire warnings from locals, Mr Hocart of Belval had workers cut this former monolith into stone for his new house. The day the building work had finished, a fire broke out, killing two servants. Two ships which carried spare stone to the UK sank within the year, and even though Hocart moved into a second house to Alderney, the fire curse followed him, destroying that dwelling also. Hocart finally returned to Guernsey, but just prior to landing, some rigging fell and landed on his head, killing him instantly.


 
 


Marcus Beck

Location: WC1 (Greater London) - University College Hospital
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Before being stolen in January 2001, the portrait of Beck was considered cursed. People who fell asleep under the painting quickly became ill, and in some cases died. It was also said that if the shutters were not closed on the painting at night, a patient would unexpectedly die.


 
 


Crop Curse

Location: Wetherden (Suffolk) - Field between Wetherden and Woolpit
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: Robert Rosier was burnt to death in this field in 1556 by a former friend; since that day, no one has been able to raise a successful harvest in that pasture.


 
 


Cursed Hoard

Location: Wherwell (Hampshire) - Exact location unknown
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Somewhere in the village, a fabulous treasure is hidden; searching for it will do little good, however, as anyone who finds it will die.


 
 


Sir Laurence Tanfield

Location: Whittington (Gloucestershire) - General area
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former landowner in the area, Sir Laurence returned after dying and can be seen driving a coach pulled by four black horses. It is said that bad luck falls on any witnesses.


 
 


Blue Lady

Location: Winterbourne Dauntsey (Wiltshire) - Manor House
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A painting of a blue woman (who died after being banished from the property) that hanged in the manor house was thought to have been cursed, with the destruction of the property a promised result of any movement of the work.


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