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Cumbria Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Sobbing Child

Location: Carlisle - Residence along Mardale Road, Raffles
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: September 2007
Further Comments: Allison Marshall and her four children left their home after the building developed strange cold spots and small items began flying across the rooms. The occupants also reported hearing a child sobbing at night. The Carlisle Housing Association, who own the property, said they had arranged for a vicar to visit Alison.


Location: Carlisle - A6, Barrock Hill near Carlisle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An infamous highwayman, Whitfield was finally caught and hanged for murder - but the rope was not tight enough and several days later a passing coachman heard Whitfield crying and moaning, dangling from the noose. To end the suffering, the coachman shot the hanging man; Whitfield's ghost can still be heard today crying for help.

Woman in Old Fashioned Clothing

Location: Carlisle - Private flats, Norfolk Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: The man who spotted the woman in old fashioned clothing originally mistook her for a real person. She ignored his greeting and she walked into a room. The witness later found out the room she entered was empty, padlocked, and had not been unlocked for many years.

Tunnel Dweller

Location: Carlisle - Friar's Tavern
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A secret tunnel that connects the Friar's Tavern to the cathedral is thought to be haunted by an entity that constantly travels between the two locations - strange sounds and knockings have been heard, even though parts of the passageway have been blocked.


Location: Carlisle - Diesel Loco 37069
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While running as Thornaby TMD, this locomotive was said to be haunted by a driver who was killed when an object smashed through the window. The horn is still said to blow unaided, and a phantom figure reputed to occasional appear.

Unlucky Art

Location: Carlisle - Cursing Stone, Carlisle Museum
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 2001 onwards
Further Comments: Since the installation of artist Gordon Young's sculpted granite 'Cursing Stone' inscribed with a 16th century curse in one of Carlisle's museums in 2001, misfortune has plagued the city - local farm stock were wiped out by foot-and-mouth disease, a devastating flood occurred, several factories have closed, a boy was murdered in a local bakery and Carlisle United football team dropped a league.

Solway Spaceman

Location: Carlisle - Coastal marshland NW of town
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 24 May 1964
Further Comments: Jim Templeton, while taking family photographs, caught on film a strange white figure wearing what appears to be a spacesuit floating behind his daughter. Jim stated that the figure was not visible at the time of taking the photograph.


Location: Carlisle - Citadel Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid to late twentieth century
Further Comments: A tall black shape was seen emerging through a wall, pouring itself onto the ground. An old woman wearing grey was also seen here.

Headless Man

Location: Carlisle - Carlisle Railway Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several entities were reported in the Cumberland News to haunt this station, including a headless man on platform eight, another man who points towards the Undercroft, and a woman in a veil who travels along corridors.

Labrador-Sized Cat

Location: Carlisle - Bypass close to wooded area near Asda
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 04 August 2012
Further Comments: Raymond Sant reported seeing a large black cat with a long tail, the size of a Labrador, as he and his wife drove to Asda.

Little Man

Location: Carlisle - Brown Lane, opposite the Cathedral
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Circa 1868
Further Comments: Two people watched a little man dressed in brightly coloured clothing with large silver buckles on his shoes vanish into the proverbial thin air.

White Blob

Location: Carlisle - Simply Food & Drinks, Durranhill Road, Botcherby
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 02 March 2010
Further Comments: Reported in local news, staff at this shop reported a white entity which could be seen on CCTV camera. The white shape entered and left the front door of the shop several times over an hour, unnerving the staff, although the 'entity' is more likely to have been an insect close to the lens or light flare.

Scot's Building

Location: Carrock Fell - Stones on top of the fell
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The site of an Iron Age hill fort, the rocky remains were once said to have been constructed by local wizard Michael Scot. Some legends replace the builder with the Devil.

Man in Tall Hat

Location: Cartmel - Priory Gatehouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure has been observed standing in the grounds, disappearing if spoken to. Monks are also reported to haunt the area, named as those who have died trying to help people lost and stuck in the nearby sands.

Woman who Calls

Location: Cartmel Fell - North of area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This woman's lover, a charcoal burner, was struck by lightning and died. She slowly pinned away, and now can be heard calling out for her partner.

Caller of Claife

Location: Claife - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to appear at dusk
Further Comments: A phantom figure would often be heard shouting across the lake, causing fear to all those who heard it. One man foolish enough to investigate was found petrified, and he died within 24 hours. Even though the entity was exorcised by a monk, the hooded figure is now said to silently appear by the water's edge. A phantom boat is also said to traverse this area on Windermere.


Location: Clappersgate - Grey Friars Lodge hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom friar has been spotted walking down nearby lanes. The hotel itself is reportedly haunted by a bishop, described as an older thin man dressed in purple who sits in the dining room.

Treasure Guardian

Location: Cockermouth - Tallentire
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A decapitated female ghost was reported to stand guard over a hidden hoard of gold near the tower of this building.

Grey Lady

Location: Cockermouth - Lorton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Between 5 - 7.30 in the morning
Further Comments: The rustling of a dress has been reported in the early hours of the morning, believed to belong to the lady dressed in grey, who has been seen in the building. She has been identified as Elizabeth, the disabled daughter of the Bragg family who resided here.

Woman in Blue

Location: Cockermouth - Isel Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The phantom woman wearing a blue silk dress only appears to men in a particular bedroom. The entity sits on the end of the bed, waking the occupier.

Dog Walker

Location: Cockermouth - Castlegate Drive
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Walking to catch a bus early one morning, two men spotted another man in period clothing walking a lurcher-type dog. Laughing and believing that he was coming back from a fancy dress party, the two men turned and continued to watch the man as he walked up a hill. However, he slowly disappeared, as if walking up a hill with a shallower gradient.

Hidden Fairies

Location: Cockermouth - Castle How - hillfort
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Children digging in the area were said to have unearthed a small fairy house - it later vanished, along with their digging equipment, though two small figures were observed in the area for several days afterwards.


Location: Cockermouth - Bridge on Mill Fields
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 August 2010
Further Comments: One person claimed to have seen a man and woman walking on the bridge before they vanished. A short time later the same witness watched a lady in grey clothing flee from the direction of the castle, again vanishing, but reappearing by the river, headless.


Location: Coniston - Simon's Nick rock face
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Simon was shown a secret seam of copper by fairies - he mined it, but bad luck followed - he was blown up when a keg of gunpowder exploded. Simon's shade is said to hang around the rock face that now bears his name.

Radiant Boy

Location: Corby - Corby Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1800s onwards
Further Comments: Appearing early in the morning, this ghostly child has golden hair and glows like an angel. Some believe that those who see him are blessed with wealth and power but also cursed with a violent death. Drumming is also said to be occasionally heard; some speculate this to be created by the radiant boy.

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