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Cambridgeshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Caxton - Caxton Gibbet Inn, Room 5 (no longer standing)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Footsteps pacing around in the upper part of the building have been allocated to a former landlord (or his son) who killed several of the guests. Several other phantoms were also said to haunt the ill, although it has been gutted by fire and may not be rebuilt. The gibbet outside the ruins was made from timbers from a cottage demolition in the village of Caxton in the early 1900s, although it was not the one from which the murderer hanged.


Location: Caxton - Road from Caxton Gibbet to Graveley
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is rumoured that a phantom hitch-hiker thumbs his way between Caxton Gibbet and Graveley, but no witnesses appear to exist.


Location: Chatteris - Cross Keys Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly dog is said to remain at the hotel.

Spontaneous Fire

Location: Chatteris - Private residence, east of town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1983
Further Comments: While one family lived in this property, several strange events occurred. A semi-transparent woman, possibly a nun, was spotted gliding through the wall of the attic before disappearing through another wall. When one occupant was alone, they witnessed two children run up the staircase. A window would open itself, and in one instance, a fire started in an unused fireplace.


Location: Chippenham - Tharp Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2016
Further Comments: A friendly ghost was blamed after reports of disembodied footsteps and objects which seemingly moved themselves in the bar area and cellar.

Black Chrysler Hit by Express

Location: Conington - Railway junction (8m NE Peterborough)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 16 October, 4pm (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: 1948 saw the tragic death of Colonel Mellows, when he drove his car over the tracks only to be hit by a speeding train. Another explanation of the ghosts here says that a lorry of German POWs was hit during the Second World War, and that one of these soldiers now haunts the area.

Moving Away

Location: Cottenham - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Church still present
Further Comments: The church was due to be built in the middle of the village, but the Devil thought otherwise and moved the building materials to the outskirts.

Heavy Breathing

Location: Croxton - The Spread Eagle public house
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Heavy footsteps were said to haunt an upstairs passageway in this pub, and the sounds of a loud crowd of people were heard coming from an empty room.

B17 Crew

Location: Duxford - Imperial War Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The control tower is haunted by crew from a B17 which hit the building while attempting a landing. Other witnesses report hearing aircraft flying low overhead, though nothing can be seen, while hangar 5 is another paranormal hotspot.


Location: Elm - Elm Vicarage near Wisbech, now known as The Old Shires
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A disgraced monk known as Ignatius the Bell Ringer haunted this building; the phantom was seen dressed in a brown habit with sandals and could often be heard walking around the vicarage. His ghost departed the area after saving the life of a woman from the attack of another spirit.

The Rector's Wife Bell

Location: Elm - Elm Vicarage near Wisbech, now known as The Old Shires
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The wife of the rector was the only person in the village to hear the bell, but it always foretold a death within a couple of days of the tolls.

Harry Kirk

Location: Elton - Black House public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Harry Kirk, former full-time landlord and part-time hangman, was reputed to haunt this pub.

Footfalls along the Corridor

Location: Ely - Oliver Cromwell House, currently the Tourist Information Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1979
Further Comments: Footsteps have been heard moving along a corridor in the house, followed by the opening and closing of a door. A blue woman has also been seen in the house, and a woman claims to have developed bruising after a ghostly encounter.

Etheldreda's Blue Hand

Location: Ely - Prior's House, back staircase
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: With no body to guide it, the hand of Etheldreda is said to run up and down the banister of the rear staircase. The real hand is the only part of Etheldreda that remains and is located in a nearby street. A nun has also been seen carrying a candle on the site, and a ghostly priest was reported by his living counterpart.

River Ouse near Ely.

Spectral Brethren of Monks Crewing a Barge

Location: Ely - River Ouse towards Ely
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Misty evenings
Further Comments: Chanting hymns, these ghosts are said to escort an open coffin containing a body of a woman as they head towards Ely. The body is that of Saint Withburga, taken from her grave at East Dereham by monks acting on the orders of the Abbot of Ely.

Adrian with a White Shirt and Large Collar

Location: Ely - 7, 9 & 11 Silver Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s, 1990s
Further Comments: Once a single house, the three cottages now claim to share the same ghost. Nicknamed Adrian by one of the occupiers, the spirit has been heard crying upstairs and seen walking through the wall leading to house number nine.

Dog Hunting Friar

Location: Ely - Along fens between Ely and Walsingham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After saving a girl from an attempted rape by a friar, a local dog died from its wounds. It continues to hunt down its attacker.

Ely, Cambridgeshire.


Location: Ely - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Circa Seventh century AD
Further Comments: Etheldreda founded the monastery of Ely after leaving her husband King Egfrith of Northumbria (he requested to bed her, after twelve years of sexless marriage). Etheldreda is credited with saving Ely from famine using only the milk from two does.

Shadows in Monks Gowns

Location: Ely - Multiple Locations, including the High Street, 'Jumpers' clothing shop, Firmary Lane and the cathedral lawn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century, multiple times
Further Comments: Many parts of the town are reportedly haunted by monks, sometimes accompanied by poltergeist activity, sometimes leaving footprints in the snow, sometimes staring out of windows...

Handless Dr Hudson

Location: Etton - Woodcroft Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1648 onwards
Further Comments: Killed at the fortification by Cromwell's soldiers in 1648, Doctor Michael Hudson's hands were severed as he tried to climb down the castle walls to escape. His handless ghost now haunts the grounds.

Nanny Izzard

Location: Eynesbury - 1 mile south of St. Neots - All over village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nights
Further Comments: A local witch, Izzard's ghost can still be seen in the skies over Eynesbury, flying her broomstick.

Man in Light Jacket

Location: Foxton - A10 between Foxton and Royston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer morning, exact date not unknown
Further Comments: A driver expressed concern to their passenger as a man in a light-coloured jacket and dark trousers crossed the road in front of traffic. However, the passenger was unable to see the pedestrian, and as the man reached the other side of the road, he disappeared with no sign of where he could have gone.


Location: Gamlingay - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009-2011
Further Comments: Footsteps have been heard moving up and down the staircase, while other sounds have come from the garage, although on investigation nothing has been found.


Location: Godmanchester - Black Bull public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1980s
Further Comments: A ghostly highwayman is said to haunt this site, which also contains occasional poltergeist activity.


Location: Gorefield - Gorefield. Isle of Ely. Small House (?)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1923
Further Comments: For a brief period, a small house was plagued by poltergeist activity. Pictures fell from their hooks, furniture was rearranged, and stands were pushed over. After an exorcism, things returned to normal.

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