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Cornish Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

The Devil Can't Hide

Location: Veryan in Roseland - Round cottages in the village
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The round cottages found in the village were built thusly so the devil could not conceal himself in the corners. A cross was also placed in all the roofs, guaranteeing that he could not carry them away either.

Coach and Horses

Location: Wadebridge - Trewornan Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Once per year, on a night of a full moon
Further Comments: Moving at breakneck speed, a phantom team of horses pulling a coach race across the bridge before vanishing on the other side.


Location: Wadebridge - Exact location not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: September 2007
Further Comments: This medium-sized marsupial was spotted in Cornwall.

Coach and Four

Location: Wadebridge - Molesworth Arms Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Materialising in the courtyard, this phantom coach driven by a decapitated coachman leaves via the hallway. While some people are said to have seen the apparition, others can only hear it pass by.

Drunken Monks

Location: Wadebridge - Treneague Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small group of ghostly monks gather in the cottage to consume their home brew.

Male Voice

Location: Wadebridge - Pengenna Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A relative of an owner once had her named called out by a male voice. Upon searching the house, she found it to be empty. The site has been used by ghost hunting events teams, and it is claimed shadowy figures have been seen and disembodied footsteps heard.

Cold Hand

Location: Wadebridge - Lower Treneague Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom hand which tries to grab the hand of anyone who tries to settle down for the night may belong to a young girl who died nearby.

White Rabbit

Location: Wadebridge - Egloshayle church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nights of the full moon (reoccurring)
Further Comments: When the moon is brightest, the ghostly rabbit bolts across the churchyard and vanishes into the boundary wall. Another entity that haunts the churchyard is that of a man who tried to shoot the rabbit with a shotgun but managed to kill himself with the weapon instead!

Giant Grave

Location: Warbstow - Warbstow Bury hillfort
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A local giant, murdered by another large fellow, is said to be buried here. A storm is reputed to blow up if the grave is disturbed.

Reverend F W Densham

Location: Warleggan - St Bartholomew's Church, pathway leading to the vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s onward
Further Comments: The Reverend Densham was not a popular man within the local community, and after dying in 1953, it could be that his ghost is seeking redemption with the villagers.

Buried Treasure

Location: Wendron - Bodilly Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The original building which stood here was haunted by three ghostly figures, though they departed after one old lady spoke to them. Before leaving, as a reward for her kindness, the ghosts informed the woman that a wealth of treasure was buried under the farmhouse. Unfortunately, a series of accidents prevented the hoard being discovered, and now the area has been concreted over.

Crossroad Ghost

Location: Wendron - Crossroads about 800 metres from town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Buried at this junction after he committed suicide, this shade (named Tucker by some) came back. The ghost was soon laid to rest by the Rev Mr Jago.

Doctor John Pussey

Location: West Pentire - Manor House guest house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 28 April 2004
Further Comments: A former vicar, Dr Pussey now looks from the lounge window overlooking the garden. He also has a habit of moving items around the guest house and causing unexplained banging, as a married couple discovered while staying in the building while on holiday - the entire household was woken by a huge crash from the kitchen, though on investigation nothing was found broken or moved.

Officer on Horseback

Location: Wheal Vor - Godolphin Area
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two hunters reported seeing a locally known Captain riding his horse over the warren, even though several months had passed since the officer's death.

Wild Hunt

Location: Yeolmbridge - Village bridge
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local man once crossed the bridge as the wild hunt was coming the other way - he was warned that if he ever passed that way again, he would die. For many years he avoided the area, until the day he grabbed a lift from a stranger who crossed the bridge... He was found dead soon after.

Witch Haven

Location: Zennor - General area of Trewa (aka Trewey)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 23 June (or Midsummer Eve) (reoccurring), although activity ceased 1800s
Further Comments: Robert Hunt wrote that once a year the entire local witch population would meet in Trewa and travel around the surrounding area to light fires on all monoliths and standing stones in the area. One stone was known as the Witches Stone and anyone who touched it nine times at midnight was warded against ill-luck. The stone was removed at some point in the nineteenth century.

John Jones

Location: Zennor - Various locations around the town
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1800s
Further Comments: James Botterell, a former seaman who retired to the area, was haunted by former colleague John Jones. The ghost of John followed James everywhere he went, until one day James asked the ghost what he wanted. John's ghost replied he needed James to pay off his debts. Once James carried out this act, the ghostly John announced that he was off to Fiddler's Green and was never heard of again.


Location: Zennor - Zennor Cove
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2006, approximately 14:00h on a bright day
Further Comments: A visitor to the site spotted a woman in Victorian clothing with dark hair pulled back into a bun. The woman looked at the visitor and, in the visitor's mind, asked if they knew her name. The visitor said 'Mary Trelawney' and the woman vanished.

Poor Woman

Location: Zennor - Unknown property, Trewey neighbourhood (highly likely site no longer exists)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century
Further Comments: A woman living in poverty in this area bequeathed her shawl to a local young girl. When the wish was not fulfilled, the woman's ghost returned and started to stalk the girl. One witness challenged the ghost, and after being told the reason for the return, ensured the girl was given the shawl. Before vanishing forever, the ghost performed one last act - it carried the girl to the woman's grave (in Ludgvan), where the girl's shoe fell off. No one wanted to risk upsetting the ghost for a second time, so left the shoe on the woman's grave.

Storm Warning

Location: Zennor - Tinner's Arms
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Before stormy weather
Further Comments: This poltergeist could be little more than faulty wiring, as it only becomes active just before the area is hit by electrical storms.

Bloody Cyclist

Location: Zennor - Road leading to Foage Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Covered in blood, this man pedals quickly down the thin road, as if desperate to find someone to help him.

Witchcraft Giver

Location: Zennor - Giant's Rock (was a Logan Stone)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Midnight
Further Comments: If this stone were scaled nine times at midnight, without it shaking, the climber would be granted the power of witchcraft. The rock is no longer a Logan (or rocking) stone, which implies someone failed in their pursuit of the magical arts.

Giant Ammunition

Location: Zennor - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The massive granite boulders which covered the area were thought to have been summoned by giants, who could call them out of the earth. As a side note, the tin works in the hamlet was once believed to have predated the biblical flood.

Mathew Trewhella

Location: Zennor - Church and Sea
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 1400s?
Further Comments: A son of a church warden, Mathew Trewhella one day disappeared without trace. A sea captain later told the village folk that Mathew was with a mermaid, living under the sea.


Location: Zennor - Cairn which was known as 'Burning 'Mountain', on the road between Zennor and St Ives
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A serpent took up residence here and prevented people travelling to the St Ives market. The scrubland around the cairn was set ablaze, either killing the serpent or driving it away.

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