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Cumbria Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Upper Wasdale - Exact location unknown
Type: Other
Date / Time: 16 March 1860
Further Comments: Pieces of ice so large that 'it looked like a flock of sheep from a distance' fell here during a period of snow.

Long Creature

Location: Wast Water - Water of the lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: England's deepest lake is reportedly home to an unknown creature several metres in length.


Location: Whitehaven - Rum Story Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2004
Further Comments: Staff named this ghostly entity Henry and blamed him for creating strange sensations, and unexplainable occurrences during ghost hunts on the site.

Two Miners

Location: Whitehaven - Unnamed old mine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A supervisor due to be fired took his replacement deep into the mine where they were both overcome by poisonous gases. Their arguing voices could be heard for many years afterwards.

Roman Trio

Location: Whithaven - Moresby Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: Populated quite heavily by the dead, the three Roman soldiers are thought to be accompanied by a Jacobite rebel, a cavalier, and possibly the ghost of a young child found hidden on the site in the late twentieth century.


Location: Workington - Travellers' Rest public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2010-2013
Further Comments: Licence holder Linda Pettit claimed in the local press that the pub had experienced glasses flying off shelving, a vanishing key, and doors which closed or opened themselves. A former occupant of the pub had also reported being pinned down by an unseen force.

Luck of Workington

Location: Workington - Workington Hall
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This was one of the places which Mary Queen of Scots took refuge in when escaping from the English. To show her thanks, she gave Sir Henry Curwen a wine cup, and it was this item that was deemed to bring the owner great luck. It is worth noting that the hall is now ruined, and the cup now resides in a bank vault.

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