Cambridgeshire - Paranormal Database Records

Grey Lady with Basket

Location: Stuntney - A142 - near Stuntney, where the old and new roads cross
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: Appearing towards dusk, the woman is believed to be the wife of Robert Cromwell, father of Oliver. Oliver's mother once lived in a long gone hall in the village.

Pilot in the Fog

Location: Sutton - RAF Mepel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1960
Further Comments: An RAF police officer encountered the apparition of an RAF pilot in full flying gear in the fog. The phantom dissolved before him. The witness tried to report it as an incident and was told not to bother as it had been seen before. Others on site had heard the sound of an aircraft flying low as if to land, though no aircraft would actually touch down.

Moved Again

Location: Thriplow - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Church still present
Further Comments: The village folk wanted their church in a hollow by their homes, but the Devil had other plans, and moved it to the hill.

Jospeth Hannath's Wife

Location: Tydd St Giles - Hannath Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1850s onwards
Further Comments: Devastated by the death of his wife, Hannath refused to let anybody touch the corpse. For nearly two months it lay in a room in Hannath Hall, until Jospeth finally gave up the body. A spirit has been seen in the area where the body lay. A maid connected with the Joseph Hannath incident committed suicide soon after it was over, and her spirit also walks the corridors of the hall. Finally, a young boy is also said to haunt the building.

Return of the Father

Location: Upwood - Upwood House
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1757
Further Comments: The daughter of Thomas Hussey wanted to marry a captain, but as the officer had no money, Thomas refused. A short time passed and Thomas went to London on business. His daughter, and a maid sharing the room, awoke late one night to see Thomas opening a curtain and smiling. The following day news reached the house that the man had died the previous night, his last words asking his daughter to marry the captain.

Open Doors

Location: Wansford - Nene Valley Railway Depot
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The depot is said to be home to a ghostly passenger who has been seen on the platform and by the toilets. Some figures have been picked up on CCTV, and doors have opened unaided by human hand.

Snowy the Cat

Location: Wansford - Yarwell tunnel, Nene Valley Railway (13m west of Peterborough)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Snowy's owner, the stationmaster, was killed by a train while out looking for his pet. The cat is doomed to haunt the area in which it disappeared until found by the stationmaster.


Location: Warboys - Tick Fen
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 26 April - 8 May 1897
Further Comments: A cottage belonging to a beekeeper was subjected to raps which manifested from the bed of a sick girl. The sounds became so loud that they could be heard in the neighbour's home, some 450 metres away. An article in the Cardiff Times said that 'hundreds' of people had visited the site to find the source of the raps, but all failed.

Small Boy

Location: Waresley - Vicarage Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1965
Further Comments: This child is said to have died in 1921, and although the SPR investigated the case with tangible results in 1965, the entity has been quiet of late.

Animals Feel 'It' at 20:20 Each Evening

Location: Waterbeach - Denny Abbey, A10 north from Waterbeach
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty past eight in the evening (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: Noticed by people who live near the Abbey, animals are supposed to act defensively at evening, as if a stranger was walking passed. Years before this was noticed, a local tale stated that the sounds of somebody using a non-existent well could be heard on the site - this was long before two old wells were actually excavated.

Old Man

Location: Waterbeach - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980 - 1990s
Further Comments: A witness recalled staying at this home on several occasions, during which he would wake up during the night and see an old man standing in the corner of a bedroom. The upstairs was reported to have an oppressive atmosphere and a strong smell of pipe tobacco, even though no one in the house smoked.


Location: Wendy - Bridge over stream between Wendy and Shingay
Type: Other
Date / Time: August 1976, circa 23:30h
Further Comments: Travelling home on motorbike during a clear, hot summer's night, a man passed through a dense mist which had gathered just before reaching the bridge. Upon entering the mist, the rider became instantly aware of an evil presence - he quickly accelerated away, although felt something was following him.

Elderly Lady

Location: West Wratting - Weston Colville Hall (divided into apartments)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973 - 1976
Further Comments: This phantom old lady, with greying red hair and wearing a black dress was seen several times by the tenants of one of the homes. She is thought to be one of the two elderly women who lived at the hall during World War Two.

Charlie Presence

Location: Whittlesey - The Black Bull public house, Market Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about the ghost affectionately known as Charlie Presence.


Location: Whittlesford - Barrows (no longer present)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: These prehistoric barrows were destroyed to make room for farmland, though one story states that one farmhand found and removed a human skull from the site, only to have the rest of the skeleton visit him during the following night, demanding the return of its head.

The Not Quite Dead

Location: Whittlesford - Churchyard
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: 24 April (St Mark's Eve) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: All those who will be buried in the churchyard over the next twelve months appear here and lay in the correct place, before being absorbed into the ground.

Victorian Road Crossers

Location: Whittlesford - Whittlesford Road to Cambridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1980s, 04 January 2005
Further Comments: In 2005, a driver reported three male figures dressed in Victorian clothing which walked across the road in front of his car. The vehicle went straight through them, leaving the witness cold, sick and very shaken. A few years prior to this, a man was thrown from his horse after he briefly spotted three Victorian men on the road. After the rider picked himself up, the men had vanished, although the horse refused to walk in the direction their were heading.


Location: Wicken - Wicken Fen
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A calf-sized dog bringing death to all that see it runs this area of the Fen, which is currently a nature reserve.


Location: Wicken - Wicken Fen, Northwest of Wicken - farm called Spinney Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Named after a priory that stood long ago on the site, Spinney Abbey is haunted by a monk believed to have been murdered in 1406. Plainchant has also been heard in the area.

Big and Black

Location: Willingham - Exact area unknown
Type: ABC
Date / Time: February 1996
Further Comments: This typical large black cat seen at some distance.

Demonic Mice

Location: Willingham - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One time owner of the mice, Jabez Few, sold his soul to the devil, and left his mice to look after themselves. Locals say they have done ever since.

Corpse in Bedroom

Location: Wisbech - Hanneth Hall (4 miles north of Wisbech)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1800s onwards
Further Comments: Local legend states that sometime during the 1800's the owner's wife died, and lay in the now haunted bedroom for six weeks while the owner went through his denial.


Location: Wisbech - Shoe shop along the High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Phantom footsteps could be heard moving around on the staircase and in the upper part of the building during one Christmas season.

Mischievous Man in Three Pointed Hat

Location: Wisbech - The Bowling Green Tap pub, Chase Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Known to the bar staff as 'Charlie', the ghost and the associated poltergeist activity has been known to shift from jovial to dangerous in a matter of minutes.

Bomber Trying to Land

Location: Wittering - Wittering RAF base, airfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: World War Two onwards, last witnessed 1990?
Further Comments: Crashing into the control tower during the Second World War, the bomber is said to re-enact the fatal accident, either silently descending until it reaches ground where it disappears or else it hits the Control Tower. Ghostly airmen have also been seen around the site of the crash, and a former MP reported feeling a presence and lights coming on and unexplained loud bangs in the control tower. They also heard footsteps in the empty building corridor in what was the old hanger for 1 squadron, together with observing shadows moving into rooms.

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