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Cornish Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Moving Stones

Location: Talland - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is reported that construction on the church began further inland, but each night the foundation stones were moved by unseen hands - hence the church now stands here.

Black Coach

Location: Talland - Bocaddon Moor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1731
Further Comments: This area of moorland was haunted by a black carriage pulled by two black, headless mares. The entity was never seen again after the Reverend Doidge exorcised the entity.


Location: Tintagel - Tintagel Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A place featuring in Arthurian legend (Arthur is said to have been born here), the cave under the castle is said to be the one time home of Merlin. His spirit now shows a reluctance to leave the place. A ghostly horseman was reported by one witness, who promptly named the spirit as King Arthur.


Location: Tintagel - Old Post Office
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: According to the custodian, a room in the former post office is haunted by a spirit known as Mrs Noah, a name which was spelled out in Morse code by a flickering light. A visitor once fled the building after seeing a ghostly old woman lying in an upstairs bed.

Silver Bell

Location: Tintagel - Nathan's Keeve (pool of water and waterfall two miles south of Tintagel, name may have changed since report)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Story circa mid nineteenth century
Further Comments: A silver bell was briefly found in this pool, but as one man blasphemed, the bell fell back in and could not be recovered.

Sea Serpent

Location: Tintangel - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1907
Further Comments: A student and a chaplain watched a large sea beast swim by while watching from this point.

Helen's Mother

Location: Torpoint - Antony House
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: October 1880
Further Comments: A maid watching over the very sick Helen Alexandra saw the woman's mother enter the room and stand by her daughter's side. The maid turned to measure some medicine, and when she turned back the mother had vanished. Helen died a few hours later, and two days after the death, Helen's mother arrived; the maid was able to point her out, though she had never seen the mother prior to the death of Helen.

Stone Thief

Location: Towednack - Church tower
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The tower's shortness is explained away by the story that Old Nick turned up each night during construction and knocked down the day's work. The builders finally grew tired of the conflict and put the roof on at the height is now.


Location: Towednack - Old mine known as Wheal Sperris
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The mine had a reputation of being home to spirits, but the finer points of the haunting are not known.

Shipwrecked Sailors

Location: Trebarwith Strand - Blackways Cove
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The spooks here are thought to have died on the nearby rocks, though one tale states that one of the ghosts is that of a jealous man who burnt down his brother's farm.


Location: Tredinnick - Lanivet (or Lesquite) Quoit
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The capstone of this dolmen was thrown into position by the Devil whilst playing quoits.

Dinky Men

Location: Tregoss Moor - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Named 'Dinky Men' by an older woman who lived in a cottage on the moor, these Cornish piskeys would help the woman and her grandchild when assistance was needed. Other visitors to the moor would be less fortunate; they would be pixie led into the bogs.

Piskie Kidnapping

Location: Treonike (now St Allen, Truro) - Nearby woodland
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young local boy was taken one night by the fairies but found several days later alive and well. He said that a beautiful lady had taken him into a fantastic palace where he had fallen asleep, only to wake up to see his rescuers.

Monk in Brown Habit

Location: Trethevy - Hotel and Old Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Murdered in the area hundreds of years ago, this shade has been mistaken for a 'flesh and blood' person several times.

Cliff Dancers

Location: Trevone - Newtrain Bay
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Before the cliffs eroded away, fairies were said to dance of the edge so often that the grass never grew, and tiny footprints could be seen in the dirt.

Young Girl

Location: Truro - The Star public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to have been murdered close by, this forlorn shade now occasionally pops up in the pub.


Location: Truro - William the Forth public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Built on the site of a friary, the former occupants of which appear reluctant to leave.

Sweet Stacker

Location: Truro - Sweet Inspirations (a sweet shop)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Spring / Summer 1999
Further Comments: This playful spirit took a liking to the 'pink shrimp' sweeties, using them to create little pyramids in a cupboard on the other side of the shop from where they were normally stored.

Red Coach

Location: Truro - Road between Truro and Mevagissey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This large red coach, drawn by four horses, charged at a motorist driving the opposite way down the narrow road - the apparition vanished just before impact.


Location: Truro - Comprigney field (outskirts)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: In this field once stood a gibbet - some say that the rattling chains of the device can still be heard late at night, and shadowy figures dart around the area.

Raining Stones

Location: Truro - Carlow Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: April 1821
Further Comments: A house along this road was bombarded with stones that fell from the air. Neighbours and the town mayor were so alarmed that the army was called out to protect the house from the 'people' who were throwing the missiles, but the source of the projectiles was not found.


Location: Truro - Woolworths (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-2008
Further Comments: When the shop was in operation, the attic was known as Annie's Room, named after the ghost which was supposed to haunt the store, and filling staff asked to work in there with dread.

Woman Speaking Olde English

Location: Veryan - Unstated road in village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 04 January 2004, midnight
Further Comments: This witness was chased by two strange characters: a man waving a flaming torch, and a woman groaning, and shouting about the end of the world. They appeared to be arguing, but when his presence was known, the figures chased him for several hundred metres - they made no sound while moving, but the witness stated that he could hear howling wolves.

Admiral Kempe

Location: Veryan - Crugsillick Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s?
Further Comments: The admiral occasionally revisits the manor where he once lived, dressed in a long coat with large brass buttons.

Treasure Boat

Location: Veryan Beacon - Barrow
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A golden boat with silver oars was once believed to be buried in the area. The craft was used by the Cornish giant Gerennius. The barrow was opened in 1855, and no treasure found.

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