Cornwall - Paranormal Database Records

Well Dressed Lady

Location: St Ives - John Knill's House, Fore Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A room in this building was sealed off to prevent the inhabitants disturbing the ghost of a wealthy lady that lurked within.

Young White Girl

Location: St Ives - Smeaton's Nook Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Dressed in a Victorian smock, this phantom girl was seen to emerge from a wall and drift down the staircase.

Dancing People

Location: St Just - Carn Gluze barrow
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Traditionally the homes of fairies, this barrow is one of many in the area and the little people have been seen dancing around it.


Location: St Just - Road between St Just & Tregeseal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy weather
Further Comments: The sounds of horses pulling a carriage have been reported coming from this stretch of road during stormy nights.

Sky Ships

Location: St Just - Skies over town
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: October 1754
Further Comments: Witnesses watched a fleet of ships in the sky above the area - soon after, this vision vanished and was replaced by two armies engaged in action. The whole scene lasted for around fifteen minutes.

No Mine

Location: St Keverne - General area
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When St Keverne lived here he was shown little respect by the locals, so he cursed the area with 'No metal will run within the sound of St. Keverne's bells'. Hence, no mines within the area.

Ship at Full Sail

Location: St Levan - Line between coast and Porthcurno
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly galleon heads towards the shore at full sail, and then continues to move overland before slowly fading from view before reaching the village of Porthcurno.

End of the World

Location: St Levan - St Levan's Stone, in village churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: St Levan hit the rock with his bare hands, and broke it in two large pieces. He declared that when the gap grew big enough to let a horse through, the world would come to an end. In another part of the graveyard, one can find the tombstone of Captain Wetherel, who can be heard ringing his ship's bell from within his coffin.

Missing Lover

Location: St Levan - Hella Point, overlooking the sea
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Waiting for her lover who was lost at sea, this young lass mysteriously vanished one night, only to reappear as a spectre soon after.

Mowing Contest

Location: St Mabyn - Exact location not known
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil and the village smith had a hay mowing contest in the village. Unbeknown to Old Nick, the smith planted obstacles (most likely iron stakes) in the Devil's half of the field, ensuring the Devil's scythe quickly became blunt. Enraged, Old Nick threw his whetstone at the smith - it missed and landed in a farmer's field, where it remained for some time before being removed.

Large Black Puma

Location: St Mawgan - RAF St Mawgan
Type: ABC
Date / Time: April 2004
Further Comments: Military surveillance equipment was set up around the airbase following several reports of a large black cat seen on the site. A spokesperson said that the RAF would make 'every possible attempt to ensure it is captured humanely'. Even though a professional tracker was called in, the creature was never caught.


Location: St Mawgan - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During construction, the Devil moved the stones each night to where the church now stands.


Location: St Michael's Mount - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The mount was once home to this legendary beast (named by some as a seven foot giant), thought to have a single eye. It crossed to the mainland at low tide, helping itself to cattle for its food.

Four Poster Bed

Location: St Michael's Mount - Castle
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A four poster bed in the castle is reported to be cursed - any child who sleeps in it never wakes up.

Horned Figure

Location: St Neot - Area around Hobbs Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Varies - see main text
Further Comments: An antlered figure of a man has been spotted in a nearby lane twice, once in 1998 and the other during the mid 1940s. ABCs have also been reported in the area, and were last spotted in 2004 (even though sheep were attacked and eaten by a large carnivore in 2005). A pack of dogs were seen in 1992, which metamorphed into falling leaves, and finally a farmer in the 1960s observed two elderly figures in old fashioned clothing standing by the edge of a field - they disappeared when the farmer climbed out of his tractor to speak to them.

Elderly Lady in Flowery Dress

Location: Stithians - Kennall Vale woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2004
Further Comments: Two people out for a walk in the woods watched an elderly lady bending down ahead of them, appearing to be picking something up from the ground. The witnesses looked away from the woman briefly, during which time she quickly vanished. The area is also said to be haunted by mill workers.


Location: Stratton - Blanchminster Castle (were ruins in a field, current status not known), located at Binhamy grounds
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When this knight returned from the crusades he discovered his wife had thought him dead, and remarried. He spent his remaining days living rough in the land around the castle, and his ghost can be seen in the former moat. One version of the story says that his ghost takes the form of a hare.

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.

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 - 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 builder's finally grew tired of the conflict and put the roof on at the height is now.

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.

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