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Cambridgeshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Snailwell - Country road between Snailwell and Chippenham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2012, around 17:00h
Further Comments: During home in thick fog a driver had to slowly pass a US airman walking in the middle of the road. As the driver passed, they noticed that the airman did not appear to see the car and seemed to be glowing.

The Voices

Location: Soham - Soham Lodge Motel, Room 11
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: Staff at the motel reported hearing voices around empty corridors, furniture moving on its own accord, and a clock which 'jumped' from a wall. Guests have complained of sleeping badly in Room 11. Jessica Penberth, a medium, visited the location and claimed there were three men haunting the place; a teenager who died on the road outside in the early 2000s, and two older gentlemen.

Ammunition Train

Location: Soham - Approach to the station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 02 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Every 2 June an accident that cost the lives of two people is re-enacted. An ammunition train caught fire, the explosion shattering every window in Soham and destroying the old station. The rebuilt tracks no longer follow the scene of the accident.

Causeway House, image copyright Sarah Morley.

Mary Fordham (nee Pollard)

Location: Soham - Causeway House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: A guest at the house claimed to have spotted the ghost of an old lady wearing a long black dress, standing still with her arms crossed, staring blankly into space. The description of the phantom matched that of Mary, who once lived at the house and who suffered from what today is acknowledged to be catalepsy (image copyright Sarah Morley).

Strange Voices

Location: Soham - Press Mouldings Ltd
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1970s
Further Comments: Night workers at this factory complained of shadowy figures and of hearing uncanny voices. The Managing Director of the company stayed one night to investigate.

Joseph Hempsall

Location: Soham Mere - Between Soham Mere and Wicken
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Joseph Hempsall's last mortal night on earth was spent drinking heavily - his body was discovered soon after in a bog near his farm. His friends claimed Joseph's ghost appeared and guided them to the spot his corpse laid. However, burial of the body has not stopped sightings of the spirit in the area.

Wolfhound Howls and Doom Follows

Location: Southery - Near ruins east of the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 May (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: Belonging to one of those who built the original church at Southerly, the dog was mistakenly killed by a soldier. The phantom hound now hunts the area, and it is believed that upon hearing the howls, the listener will die within a year.

Green Lady Removes Bedcovers

Location: St Ives - Golden Lion Hotel, Room 13 (or 14, depending on source)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: With a habit of opening and closing doors and removing sheets from beds, the Green Lady has been seen many times in room 13.

The Abbot's Chair

Location: St Ives - Norris Museum, the Hurstingstone (aka Psalm Stone)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Nicknamed the Abbot's Chair because of its shape, the chair is reputedly haunted, though descriptions of the haunter are not forthcoming. It is also said that if the stone sinks under the earth, the streets of Blantisham will run with blood.

Tall Man

Location: St Neots - Coach House (was The New Inn)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: The ghostly figure of a tall man, thought to be the Earl of Holland, has not been reported for quite a while.

Terrible Smell

Location: St Neots - The Royal Oak, 38 High Street
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Pre-1960s?
Further Comments: This ghostly presence was exorcised during the 1960s, after the owners of the building grew weary of the stench which periodically manifested and accompanied the phantom.


Location: Stapleford - Wandlebury Hillfort
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1930s, early 2000s
Further Comments: Large black dogs run about this area, a witness from the 1930s claiming to have seen one the size of a pony. A later witness said they had spotted the entity on more than one occasion during the early 2000s, and that the large hound was non-threatening.


Location: Stapleford - Wandlebury Hillfort, Gog Magog hills
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: According the legend, if a warrior cries out 'Knight to knight come forth' on the hilltop at midnight, a spectral figure in black armour emerges ready to fight. He has only once been bested in battle.

Elizabeth Pateman

Location: Steeple Morden - Cheyney Water
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1750 onwards
Further Comments: Though it was widely believed she was murdered by a local farmer with help from his wife, the killer of Elizabeth Pateman was never brought to justice and her ghost has been seen on the site where she once lived. The phantom appears to be wringing her hands.


Location: Steeple Morden - Cottage at Moco Farm (no longer exists)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1901
Further Comments: While at home, a gamekeeper, his wife, and a shepherd heard someone in pain, followed by a thud and the sound of a gunshot emerge from the corner of the room. It was said that a murder (or two) had previously occurred in the cottage.


Location: Stilton - Bell Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: It was once believed that the ghost of Dick Turpin passed by this inn on Wednesday nights - the thud of horse's hooves could be heard, and some people reported seeing a man on horseback just outside of the building.

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 an aircraft flying low as if to land, though no aircraft would touch down.


Location: Thorney - Dog in a Doublet public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom woman is said to walk past just outside the pub. The building is also home to the traditional poltergeist which moves small items around.

Lady in Red

Location: Thorney - Unidentified farmhouse on the Duke of Bedford's estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1907
Further Comments: A phantom lady in a red chintz dress was said to haunt a bedroom in this farmhouse and would be seen pointing up to the ceiling. When the beams above the area were (eventually) searched, a will was discovered which belonged to a farmer who had died one hundred years previous.

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 past 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.

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