Cumbria - Paranormal Database Records


Location: Birdoswald - Cambogianna
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The countryside here is another place speculated to be the final battleground of Arthur and Mordred.

Sleeping Place

Location: Blencathra (aka Saddleback) - Concealed under the peak
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Blencathra is another location that may contain King Arthur and his troops, ready to be awoken when Britain requires them most.


Location: Brampton - Capon Tree (a memorial stone now marks the location)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1746 onwards, said to occur once a year in October, but exact date unknown
Further Comments: Six of Bonnie Prince Charlie's supporters were hanged from the tree that once stood here. Their ghosts were said to appear once a year on the date of their deaths.

Headless Woman

Location: Branthwaite - Exact location unknown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This decapitated entity moves through the area moaning and crying, according to a local rhyme.

Joseph Wilson

Location: Brigham - Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid Eighteenth century to mid Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Wilson was a hangman who finally killed himself out of depression. A stone rope was engraved on his headstone as a tribute to his career choice, but after it was stolen, Wilson started to haunt the area. The ghost disappeared after his grave was desecrated.

Cursed Cranium

Location: Brougham - Brougham Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Creating havoc whenever removed from the property, the skull was finally walled up in part of the building.

Scalded Woman

Location: Broughton Moor - Wood House (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This woman was killed in the boiler room of a house which once stood here - her shade returned and screamed so much that the occupiers fled and the house could not be sold on.

Bele Sheephead

Location: Broughton Moor - Moor and roads in the area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story recounts how a young girl found her pet lamb killed by a fox - instead of mourning, she drank the blood of the lamb and was turned into a human/sheep hybrid (humeep?). This entity has now achieved urban legend status, preying on unsuspecting motorists and killing them if given the chance. The moor is also said to be haunted by a figure known as Bible John, as he carries a bible in which is hidden a pistol.

Corpse Candle

Location: Caldbeck - Bushay House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: On several occasions a ghostly light was seen flickering around the garden.

Chained Person

Location: Caldbeck - Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While never seen, this ghost can be heard rattling its chains, trying to escape from unknown bounds.

The British Roswell?

Location: Caldbeck - Cumbrian fells - exact area not known
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 04 March 1954
Further Comments: A disc shaped alien spacecraft crash landed in this area. Three people witnessed the event; a farmer and son who were held by military personnel for two weeks, and a poacher who claimed to have seen two bodies, with 'faces like the Devil's' (the poacher had a breakdown soon after). The RAF (?) removed all evidence of the incident from the area.

Black Dog

Location: Caldbeck - Lane leading to Branthwaite
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Very little is known about the hound that is said to have frequented this area, other then it was black and large.

Black Tom

Location: Camerton - St Peter's church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Black Tom was a former lord, some comparing him to Robin Hood, who is said to have constructed secret tunnels around Camerton. The lord and his whippet are said to haunt these tunnels.


Location: Cark - Victorian farm, Quarry Flats
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1967
Further Comments: Harry Wood told the local press that he was too afraid to go up to his bedroom as voices would keep him awake at night. Harry's sister reported seeing a white shape which pushed open a door - it floated around for a bit before leaving.

White Woman

Location: Carlisle - Carlisle Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1842
Further Comments: This phantom lady was once challenged by a soldier on guard duty - she faded in front of him, and he died of shock several hours later. It is believed the ghost may have belonged to a body found in 1835, bricked up in a castle wall.


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.

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 - 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.

Horace Wimpole

Location: Carlisle - Woodland near Heatherleigh Hall
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century?
Further Comments: A former owner of the property wrote that he saw the ghost of Horace riding on a black horse several times, always just prior to the death of a loved one.

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.

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.

Margery Jackson

Location: Carlisle - Botcherby area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: A farm cottage on top of a hill, long since demolished, was said to be haunted by an old woman. Jackson always wore old clothing and wooden clogs and was thought to be poor, though when she died she was found to have hidden away 50,000. it is thought her ghost was seen in one of the houses since built on the site of her home.

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.

Victorian Woman

Location: Carlisle - Rented house along Borland Avenue, Botcherby
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2008
Further Comments: While photographing her daughter, Stephanie Harty caught what she believed to be a ghostly Victorian woman in the background of the shot.

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