Cumbria - Paranormal Database Records

Failed Bridge

Location: Seascale - Carl Crag
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Evidence still present
Further Comments: The Devil once tried to build a bridge between Seascale and the Isle of Man - his apron split and all but one of the stones were lost at sea. The remaining rock remains, with two white seams showing where the apron strings were once wrapped.

A Knock and a Ring

Location: Seaton - Camerton Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Mr H T Graham was dared to knock on the door of this empty church late one night - the moment he did so, the bells began to toll.

Black Dog

Location: Sedbergh - Area around Capelthwaite farm (no longer present or renamed)
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This dog, known as the Capelthwaite, is the harbinger of death, and anyone who spots the creature will either lose their own life or that of someone close to them.


Location: Selside - Selside Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre electricity
Further Comments: An invisible ghost would rage around the hall at night, blowing out all lamps and candles. The phantom couldn't quite figure out electric lights though, and fell quiet soon after their installation.

Cat with Long Tail

Location: Shap - M6 motorway near to junction 39
Type: ABC
Date / Time: August 2001
Further Comments: A number of Alien Big Cat sightings have been reported along this stretch of motorway. The ABC reported in this instance was described as possessing a big head and a very long tail.

Expected Accident

Location: Shap - A6, Shap Fell
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This large black dog would run across the road before leaping over a cliff that dropped several hundred feet. A few days later a serious accident would occur at that spot.

Uther Pendragon

Location: Shap - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A large man on horseback seen galloping around on winter nights is said to be Uther Pendragon, though his motivation for being here is unclear.

Drowning Elopers

Location: Skinburness - Waters of the Solway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy nights
Further Comments: Skinburness was one of the places that couples travelling to Gretna Green would pass through, hoping to find a ferryman to take them across the Solway. Such a couple and their boatman were drowned when a sudden storm sprang up as they crossed the water, and now their screams and cries can be heard when the weather is right.

Army Marching On

Location: Souter Fell - Side of Mountain visible from Wilton Hall
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 June 1744 (reoccurring?)
Further Comments: Over two dozen witnesses saw a mass of troops ascending the mountain on horseback, though there were no real soldiers in the area. The ghostly army had been seen twice before, always on the same date.

One Man and his Dog

Location: Souter Fell - Exact place unknown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1745
Further Comments: Two men witnessed a man with a hound, pursuing several horses along a steep rocky ridge. Man and beasts suddenly vanished - the witnesses were at first concerned that they had all fallen over the edge of a cliff, though were unable to find any bodies.


Location: Southerfield - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Ghostly horses and their riders are reported to haunt this region.

Headless Lass

Location: Stainmore - Stainmore Pass
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1937
Further Comments: A driver stuck in snow on this pass went for a quick walk on the moorland while waiting for help. He reported seeing a headless woman sitting upon a white horse. A legend claims this to be the daughter of a Norman landowner who was killed by a Saxon chieftain after kidnapping her.

The Baron on Horseback

Location: Stainton - Baron's Hill (local name?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter nights (reoccurring), but last seen nineteenth century?
Further Comments: A baron who took over the land on which a monastery stood had the building dismantled and the stones used to construct his manor house. He was cursed by monk, however, and fell off his horse and broke his neck before the house was finished. His shade still rides around the neighbourhood.

Maggie Stobbart

Location: Talkin - Blacksmith's Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century?
Further Comments: Stobbart was the landlady at the pub at around the Victorian era - her form has been reported since her death.

Sunken Town

Location: Talkin - Talkin Tarn (lake)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small but wealthy town once stood here. The greed of its residents was legendary, and an angel was sent to investigate, disguised as a beggar. The angel was driven out of town, and it was only on the outskirts that an old woman who lived alone offered him help. As punishment, the town was submerged, but the old lady was spared.

Lady in Blue Dress

Location: Tebay - Cross Keys public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This ghostly entity has been seen in a bedroom within the inn, and often moves makeup and toiletries around. Some have named her as Mary Baynes, a local witch who died circa 1811, who was upset with a former landlord after his dog killed the witch's cat.

Cloaked Figure

Location: Tebay - Railway tracks, exact location unknown
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1967
Further Comments: David Johnson, a steam train enthusiast, accidentally caught a ghostly figure on film as he photographed a locomotive in the village.

House with Glowing Windows

Location: Thirlmere - Armboth Hall & Thirlmere lake
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring), Wedding party occurs
Further Comments: After a murder of a newly wed bride, this house was left to fall into ruin - though some people reported that a glowing candle moves past various windows and a wedding party occurs. The Hall is now lost below the waters of the flooded valley of Thirlmere Lake, which is home to a phantom dog which swims through the water.

Leathes Family

Location: Thirlmere - Dalehead, road above
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: In Haunted Britain, Coxe says that a member of the Leathes family haunted this region, but by whom and the exact reason why are unknown.


Location: Thirlmere - Castle Rock
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Gerald Findler, in his book Ghosts of the Lake Counties, alludes to Castle Rock being haunted, but does not state by what.

Teleporting Relic

Location: Threlkeld - Threlkeld Place
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The home of a skull with history unknown, the relic returned home despite several attempts by the property owners to dispose of it. They finally stopped trying, and bricked it up behind a wall.

Thomas Lancaster

Location: Threlkeld - Sawrey Casey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1671 onwards
Further Comments: Lancaster was found guilty of poisoning his wife, her three sisters, her father, her aunt, her cousin and a servant. He was hanged from his own doorway at Hye Wrey before his body hung from a gibbet at Sawrey Casey. Even after his body was removed from the gibbet, people still reported seeing him there.

Wolf Victim

Location: Ulpha - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman who was killed by wolves is still said to haunt this area.


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.

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