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Cave Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Caves are not places to be explored lightly... this is a list of folklore and ghost stories - please ensure you do not become one of the latter.

Person Asleep

Location: Tynemouth (Durham) - Wizard's Cave (exact location not known)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Wizard's Cave is said to contain a person who is in a magical sleep.

Paul Whitehead

Location: West Wycombe (Buckinghamshire) - West Wycombe Park, caves under the hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1781 onwards
Further Comments: West Wycombe was the location of a Hell-Fire Club, with Paul Whitehead a fully fledged and enthusiastic member. He has apparently found it hard to leave his membership behind post-mortem.

Concealed Treasure

Location: Whitchurch (Hereford & Worcester) - King Arthur's Cave
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Arthur hid much of his loot in this cave, which Merlin then protected with a spell, ensuring the treasure would never be found.

Witch of Wookey

Location: Wookey Hole (Somerset) - Cavern
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Cottage haunting occurred 1947-1954, diver seen 1998
Further Comments: It was once believed that an old hag lived in this cave, cursing anyone who tried to visit her. She was finally turned to stone by a monk. A cottage on the site was briefly haunted by an old woman wearing black and white; the ghost vanished after the site was blessed by a vicar. A tour group in the cave in 1998 reportedly observed a figure in an old fashioned goldfish bowl helmet silently moving through the caves. When they checked with the tour guide the group was told it was the ghost of a diver who had been seen several times previous.

Giant Eel

Location: Wookey Hole (Somerset) - Flooded Caverns
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A huge eel, some ten metres in length was chased into this cave system by angry fishermen.

Dunny

Location: Wooler (Northumberland) - Cave in Cockenheugh Hills, and Fowberry Bridge (and occasionally Tower)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Either a former Border reiver or someone who committed suicide (or maybe both), this entity would manifest as a dun coloured horse and scour the area for his lost treasure.

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