Cornwall - Paranormal Database Records

 
 


Peggy Bray

Location: Altarnun - King's Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former landlady of the pub, Peggy has been known to return to ensure all is running smoothly.


 
 


Mary the Housekeeper

Location: Altarnun - Penhallow Vicarage (now a private house)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Mary had an affair with the Revenant Tripp - she ended the relationship by drowning herself in the nearby river. Her grey dressed ghost has been seen standing by the back door and in one of the bedrooms, while the phantom footsteps heard pacing around late at night are thought to belong to Tripp.


 
 


Knockers

Location: Bedruthan - Beach, cliff top, & Bedruthan Steps
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Some believe these creatures to resemble mutant dwarfs (two foot high, large eyes with deformed and twisted heads), while others call them the ghosts of those killed while being forced to work for the Romans... Either way, they can be heard mining and picking away at the rocks underground in these areas.


 
 


Grunting

Location: Bodmin - Bodmin Jail (no longer a prison)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: After spending a night at the jail, a ghost hunting group reported recording EVP containing a strange grunt. Members of the organisation also reported having stones thrown at them, even though they were alone.


 
 


Beast of Bodmin

Location: Bodmin - General area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: Ongoing
Further Comments: Another famous cryptid, the Beast of Bodmin is though by some to be a large black cat, while others believe the creature is more paranormal in nature. Regardless, dozen of sightings span years.


 
 


Grey Lady

Location: Bodmin - Lanhydrock House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity haunts the gallery and the drawing room, the only parts of the original house that still stand (a fire in the nineteenth century destroyed the rest of the house). The building is also said to be haunted by a man who was hanged by Royalists during the Civil War.


 
 


Jan Tregeagle

Location: Bodmin Moor - Dozmary Pool
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: As punishment for killing his wife and children, Jan's ghost returns to the pool every night, attempting to empty the contents with a broken shell. A pack of ghostly wild dogs watch over him should he try to escape. One version of the same tale states he did escape, but now he sweeps the sand from Porthcurno Cove to Mill Bay; he can be heard screaming as the sea washes the sand back again. The Pool is also the supposed location where Sir Bedivere returned Excalibur.


 
 


Kobolds

Location: Bodmin Moor - Goonzion Down mine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One tin mine shaft was nicknamed the Roaring Shaft after the many bangs and thuds heard emanating from the empty tunnel. Kobolds or Bucca were held accountable.


 
 


Loud Footfalls

Location: Bodmin Moor - Manor House inn, Rilla Mill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Heard coming from upstairs, these footsteps are always tracked down to the same empty bedroom.


 
 


Golden Cup

Location: Bodmin Moor - Rillaton Barrow
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Locals told of a ghostly druid that walked this area offering all he came across a drink from a golden cup that could never be fully emptied. When the barrow was excavated in 1818, a gold beaker was recovered next to a skeleton, both thought to be at least 2000 years old.


 
 


Monks

Location: Bodmin Moor - St Nectan's Glen
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This area of woodland has produced an abundance of supernatural sightings over the years, the majority pertaining to ghostly hooded monks. A stooping old man has been observed standing by the water. In July 1981, one witness saw a burning human skull in a tree after hearing many whispering voices, although being alone.


 
 


Drinking Sailor

Location: Bolventor - Jamaica Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A sailor who was murdered nearby reportedly returns to the public house to finish his last drink; he has been seen sitting on the wall outside the building. There have also been reports of a ghostly floating cloak, while outside there was a report of a phantom man hanging by his neck from a nearby tree.


 
 


Green Car

Location: Bolventor - Road between town and Five Lanes
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: Seen by at least two independent witnesses at different times, this old fashioned car contains four men who appear to be laughing, before the vehicle vanishes.


 
 


The Devil and the Cobbler

Location: Bosava - House no longer standing, location not known
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Built by a cobbler who made a deal with the devil and went back on his word, his house was haunted by both entities. A miller who lived nearby was losing money due to his proximity to the location, and asked a Parson Corker to banish both the cobbler's ghost and the Devil. The parson brought some friends, set up his magic circle and after a mighty battle (involving a storm which levelled most trees in the area) banished the Devil. The ghost was more difficult to banish, and in the end the house was demolished.


 
 


Spinning Maid

Location: Bosava - Trewoof Manor House (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shade was said to have been laid in a room which was subsequently bricked up, though released many years later by a curious night worker who could hear noises coming from behind the brickwork...


 
 


Plucker

Location: Boscastle - Napoleon Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Nicknamed Plucker, this poltergeist moves small items, causes pictures to fall off walls, and tugs at people's clothing.


 
 


Tolling Bell

Location: Boscastle - Smugglers Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Last heard late twentieth century?
Further Comments: The tolling of a phantom bell said to either foretell a shipwreck in the area, or the sound itself comes from an old sunken ship.


 
 


Coachman

Location: Boscastle - Wellington Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This figure, complete with frilly shirt and ponytail, has been watched as he disappears though a wall near reception. The ghost of a young lady who committed suicide by leaping from a tower attached to the building has also been seen drifting forlornly in the area.


 
 


Fairy Cow

Location: Bosfrancan - Field called Park-an-Ventan (no longer there?)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local farmer once kept a cow that was used by fairies after dark - the little folk were driven away, and the farmer's luck changed from good to bad.


 
 


Arthur's Table

Location: Bossiney - Bossiney Mound
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 20 June, midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Once a year, King Arthur's table is said to surface from the mound, briefly waiting for the man to sit at it once more.


 
 


Dorothy Durant

Location: Botathan (nr Launceston) - Field named Higher Broomfield
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: January 1665
Further Comments: A young boy encountered the same female ghost on his way to school, as he crossed Higher Broomfield, for several days. He fell ill, and told his family about his encounters. They in turn told his teacher, the John Ruddle, Vicar of Alternan. The Vicar walked with the boy across the field, and also encountered the girl. By convincing other local people to join him, Ruddle identified the girl as Dorothy Durant. Ruddle also became aware that Dorothy was trying to speak, but the words were so faint that no one could hear them. The vicar exorcised the ghost, upon doing so he was able to hear what she said - a great pestilence would descend upon the land.


 
 


Hang Proof

Location: Bridge - St Ruth's Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A local legend says that any child baptized in the well water here will not be hanged.


 
 


Sea Serpent

Location: Bude - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: October 1883 and/or October 1911
Further Comments: This creature was reported by the vicar of the local parish - he reported it moved at around 25 miles per hour, and left an oily wake.


 
 


Robed Figure

Location: Cadgwith - The Corner House (holiday home)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1988
Further Comments: This black, monk like figure was seen to rise and float along a corridor near the bathroom


 
 


Cure for a Cough

Location: Callington - Dupath Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This well is reported to cure whooping cough.


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