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An old painting of Catherine of Aragon.

Catherine of Aragon

Location: Kimbolton - Kimbolton Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1536 onwards
Further Comments: The first wife of Henry VIII was imprisoned here for the last two years of her life. Legend says Catherine of Aragon's ghost walks the gallery, after dying in one of the rooms in 1536. Another shade, belonging to a young child, began to haunt the building after she was thrown from the battlements. The paving slab which the child landed on is said to glow blue on the anniversary of the event.

Old Man in the Corner

Location: Linton - Dog and Duck public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1999
Further Comments: This ghost, sometimes seen sitting in the corner of the pub, has often moved around the chairs in the bar during the night, and is said to tap people on the shoulders when something annoys him.

Legless Man

Location: Linton - The Bell public house (no longer open)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Cut off at the knees, this Elizabethan gentleman was said to be not an uncommon visitor to the pub. During a period of renovation, it was discovered the old floor of the public house was fifty centimetres lower than it currently was.

Secret Tunnel

Location: Little Abington - Jeremiah's Cottage and Old House
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Visible during snow
Further Comments: A secret tunnel used by highwaymen is said to connect these two properties. When it snows, the snow is said to melt above the tunnel, revealing its location.

Wall Banging

Location: Little Abington - Private house along Hogh Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1956
Further Comments: A poltergeist outbreak here resulted in doors opening and closing unaided, books being thrown across rooms, and loud banging on the walls.


Location: Little Abington - The Old Cottage and nearby bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to appear around dusk
Further Comments: A figure dressed as a highwayman has been observed in the garden of the building and crossing an old bridge.

Grey Lady

Location: Little Downham - Vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early/mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A grey lady once haunted this building. She manifested before a young child who promptly to the entity to 'go away'. The entity vanished and never returned.

Stabbed Bulldog

Location: Littleport - Bulldog Bridge, which connects Littleport & Shippea Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Dusk
Further Comments: After saving a local girl from a friar who attempted to rape her, the dog was killed by her attacker. It can now be seen crossing the bridge.

Jessop's Dream

Location: Littleport - House around 300 metres from the bottom of Little Ditchment Close (no longer present)
Type: Other
Date / Time: 29 July 1853
Further Comments: James Jessop had three dreams in one night, in which he heard the cries of murder; after each dream he awoke before falling back to sleep. The following evening the body of a woman was recovered from the area.


Location: Longstanton - Exact location unknown
Type: ABC
Date / Time: May 1996
Further Comments: One of many ABC sightings in East Anglia during 1996.

Faceless Man

Location: Longstanton - Road through the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unstated
Further Comments: While driving home, a witness spotted a shadowy figure standing on the side of the road. The driver manoeuvred to give the figure plenty of room as he passed, and then noticed the figure had no facial features. Looking back his rear view mirror, the driver could see that the figure had vanished.

Dark Figure Crossing

Location: M11 - Area close to junction 13
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 27 June 2015, 12:15h
Further Comments: A driver watched a dark figure cross the busy motorway, walking as if the road was devoid of traffic. The driver was convinced that no one could cross the road without an accident occurring.

Party with Ugly Young Man

Location: Madingley - Madingley Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Varies: 24 December Lady Ursula seen. Party reported in September 1963
Further Comments: One witness claimed to have heard a ghostly party, followed by the sighting of a stuffy young man, whose face resembled that of a skeleton. Others have also reported similar occurrences, describing the man as having a decaying green face. Lady Ursula Hynde also returns to the hall once a year, upset at her son's actions - he pulled down a church, and used the wood to finish construction of Madingley Hall.

Former Supervisor

Location: March - Ambulance Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: This site is said to be haunted by a former supervisor, who still wears and old uniform with peaked cap, and continues to keep an eye on the site. His presence is denoted by disembodied footsteps and doors heard opening and closing.

South of the River

Location: March - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Church still present
Further Comments: The villagers of March wanted their church in the village, but the Devil felt so passionately about his fenland he moved the construction materials across the river.

Jack O'Lantern

Location: March - Fens - North of Chatteris, West of March, South of Thorney
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghost light has been reported drifting deep in the fens, trying to attract the unwary to their doom.

Chamber Maid

Location: March - Ye Olde Griffin Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former employee of the hotel was said to have found it hard to let of her job.

Fen Tiger Returns

Location: Melbourn - Fowlmere Road
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 05 December 2012, 05:45h
Further Comments: Cyclist Gavin Elliott-Turner encountered two large black cats in the snow while travelling to work. The creatures ran off across fields, leaving clearly visible footprints.

Miss Howard

Location: Melbourn - Private residence, High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1964 - 1970s
Further Comments: Children of two different families living at this house encountered a ghostly female figure who would be identified as Miss Howard, a former resident. Footsteps would also be heard moving around empty parts of the building.


Location: Milton - Crossroads turning off to housing estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though there are no reports of fatal accidents at this location, the area is reportedly haunted by a car that hits vehicles, bumping them, but leaving no marks.

Oliver Cromwell

Location: Murrow - Ghost Hill, somewhere on fenland
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghost matching the description of Cromwell has been reported on Ghost Hill, a small, isolated area of fenland.

Fast Walker

Location: Oakington - Crossroads
Type: Other
Date / Time: Late 1970s
Further Comments: A member of the BSIG observed a person with their arms folded moving along the road at an impossible speed.

Little Old Lady Attracted to Wives

Location: Offord Cluny - Manor house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of an unknown lady soon appears to any female who has been newlywed when they first move into the house.


Location: Offord Cluny - The Swan Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The poltergeist which once took up residence here was given the nickname Edna.


Location: Papworth Everard - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997-1998
Further Comments: While living in this property for eighteen months, a witness experienced the sounds of a radio playing, of someone moving around an empty area, running footsteps, and the sound of the front door opening, although nothing would be found on investigation. Mild poltergeist activity included the video recorder turning itself on and off, while a plate flew off the kitchen work surface.

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