9 Haunted Places in Cambridgeshire
Stewart | On 31, Mar 2017
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux Room!
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Along Trumpington Street in Cambridge you’ll come to Corpus Christi College.
The college is the sixth oldest in Cambridge and was founded in 1352 by the Guild of Corpus Christi and the Guild of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Corpus Christi College has a reputation for being haunted…
In 1632 there was an outbreak of plague in Cambridge.
Dr Henry Butts was the Master of Corpus Christi at the time and looked after the sick.
Unfortunately he suffered from depression and tragically committed suicide by hanging himself from the door of the Master’s Lodge on Easter Sunday.
It’s now said that his ghost haunts the old Master’s Lodge.
Phantom footsteps, mysterious knocking and eerie sounds have all been reported to take place within the building especially in the rooms near to the kitchen.
In the early part of the 20th century the apparition of Doctor Butts was seen by terrified witnesses on a couple of occasions.
Apparently he had long hair and was dressed in white and had a gash on his neck!
An exorcism was attempted by students at the college in 1904 but it failed.
Butts ghost was last witnessed in 1967 in the passage between New Court and Old Court.
The kitchen is said to be haunted by the ghosts of Elizabeth Spencer and her lover who died in 1667.
Elizabeth was the daughter of the Master and was secretly seeing a student called James Betts.
One day Elizabeth had to hide James in her cupboard when her father visited unexpectedly.
Unfortunately James suffocated and died in the cupboard!
She was so distraught by his death that she committed suicide by throwing herself from the roof of Old Court.
It’s now said that their ghosts haunt the college every Christmas Eve.
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Cambridge
Studio 1a in the old Hills Road BBC Radio Cambridgeshire building had a reputation for being haunted…
Staff at the radio station reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a friendly man sitting in the presenter’s chair.
Apparently he was dressed in beige and had grey hair.
And once told a presenter to ‘calm down’ just before her morning radio show!
This wasn’t the only occasion staff members heard someone ghostly speak to them…
A film editor heard somebody say to him ‘Hang on, wait for me’ whilst he was alone in the car park behind the studio.
And whilst coming down the stairs one day a broadcast assistant heard someone say ‘hello’ to her even though she was totally alone at the time!
An apparition of a tall man dressed in dark clothing was seen walking into and out of the library.
And the breakfast team would often see a ghostly figure in the shape of a little old lady standing in the corner of the studio.
The Imperial War Museum Duxford, Duxford
In 2003 paranormal investigators spent the night in the Duxford control tower.
Apparently some of the investigators actually witnessed a terrifying ghostly scene of an American Second World War B17 aircraft crashing whilst attempting to land!
It’s now said that the control tower is haunted by the American crew of that ill-fated aircraft.
Witnesses have also reported hearing the sound of wartime aircraft flying low overhead even when nothing can be seen in the skies.
The control tower isn’t the only building at Duxford which is said to be haunted…
Hangar 5 and a workshop near the base mortuary are said to have eerie atmospheres whilst the ghostly apparition of a wounded soldier has been witnessed inside the ambulance at the Land Warfare Museum!
Slamming doors and phantom footsteps have also been heard by spooked members of staff in many of the old hangars at the museum.
Girton College, Girton
You’ll find the red brick Victorian Gothic style Girton College off the Huntingdon Road to the south of Girton village and just to the north-west of Cambridge.
It dates back to 1869 and was one of the first residential colleges for women in England but has now become coeducational.
The college has a reputation for being haunted…
It’s built on an ancient Anglo-Saxon burial ground.
Whilst some excavation work was taking place at the burial ground a spooked student reported seeing what they described as an apparition of a Roman soldier.
Some people believe that they actually saw a ghost of an Anglo-Saxon warrior!
Keeping to the theme of ghostly soldiers…
The hospital wing at Girton is said to be haunted by soldiers from the Great War.
The building was used in the First World War to treat wounded soldiers coming back from the front!
The most infamous ghost at the college is that of the Grey Lady…
In fact the Grey Lady staircase at the college is named after their infamous ghost.
In 1876 Thomas Taylor paid for the building of an additional study block at the college which became known as the Taylor Knob.
His daughter was set to study at the college but tragically she became very ill and died before she could start her studies.
Shortly after her death terrified students witnessed an apparition of a grey lady on the spiral staircase of the Taylor Knob building.
Many believed that it was the ghost of the young Miss Taylor!
In the early hours of one Christmas morning a porter at the college witnessed a ghostly apparition of a woman in the lodge.
Apparently she was wearing a grey blouse and long grey skirt with a belt and a bunch of keys.
The man said hello to her at which she disappeared into thin air.
RAF Alconbury, Huntingdon
RAF Alconbury was originally called RAF Abbots Ripton and from 1938 to 1942 it was under the control of RAF Bomber Command.
During the rest of the Second World War it was used by the USAAF Eighth Air Force.
Since then the United States Air Forces in Europe have continued to use the airbase up until present day.
Recently it has been announced by the Pentagon that the US Air Force will be withdrawn from RAF Alconbury in 2015.
Surprisingly, the first haunting I’m going to tell you about isn’t by the ghostly spirits of past personnel from the base.
In the 1970s security personnel on night watch duties often reported hearing the sound of phantom children playing on the base.
Many believe that these spirit children are the ghosts of six youngsters who were tragically killed in an 1876 train crash at nearby Abbotts Ripton.
Spooked witnessed at the Rod and Gun Club on the airbase have reported seeing ghostly apparitions of men in Second World War flying gear.
The building which houses the Rod and Gun Club was said to have been used as a mortuary during the Second World War.
Concerned security personnel at the base would also report that lights would be mysteriously turned off in buildings which were supposed to be secure.
Searchlights would also have the habit of suddenly switching themselves off for no apparent reason.
The airbase also has a legend of a strange unearthly creature associated with it…
In the 1970s a couple of the airbase’s personnel saw a strange creature near the north side of the airfield.
One of the men was so scared by what he saw that he jumped into the cockpit of a nearby aircraft and refused to come out!
On another occasion the strange creature was seen climbing over the security fence and heading into the North Woods.
One serviceman actually pursued the creature in his vehicle and described it as being about 5ft 9? in height with a flat nose, large ears and human-like eyes.
There’s another story from the 1970s about an aircraft mechanic who was found dead in the back seat of a phantom jet…
Apparently he had been frightened to death!
Elton Hall, Peterborough
The Grade I listed baronial Elton Hall is located to the west of Peterborough and just to the south of the small village of Elton.
It’s been the ancestral home of the Proby family since 1660.
Before the Proby family the medieval hall was the family home of the Sapcote family from the time of the Norman Conquest.
Local legend says that the ghostly apparition of Robert Sapcote appears from time to time in the grounds of the hall.
Apparently he’s dressed in a large black cloak and has a large black dog accompany him.
Robert Sapcote was the last member of the family to live at the hall.
It’s said that he was a terrible gambler who didn’t like to lose…
If he lost too much money he would order his servants to mug his gambling guests on their way home!
Well, as you can imagine his guests soon got tired of this treatment and arrange for a group of local thugs to give Sapcote some of his own medicine.
Unfortunately the thugs went too far and Sapcote tragically died from the beating he took.
Today his ghost is said to roam the estate grounds with revenge on his mind!
Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough
Local legend says that the cathedral’s magnificent Early English Gothic West Front is haunted by a former stonemason who worked as man and boy on it.
It’s said that he was a man in his fifties and that he wanted to see the building completed before he died so much that he would often work into the early hours of the morning.
One night he plunged to his death after his candle went out and he lost his footing whilst trying to descend the scaffolding in the dark!
Witnesses passing the West Front late at night have reported seeing a candle light in one of the upper windows above the left-hand arch.
Many say that it’s the ghost of the former stonemason still working late by candle light on his beloved cathedral!
Many terrified visitors to the cathedral have reported witnessing ghostly apparitions of monks…
On a summer’s evening in 1996 an American tourist was taking some twilight photos of the cloisters when she saw a hooded monk appear in one of the doorways.
The life-like figure crossed the cloister and disappeared through another doorway.
The American tourist finished taking her photographs and decided to follow the monk to see if he was taking part in a service opened to the public.
To her amazement she discovered that he had actually exited a doorway which was bricked up and had entered the other doorway which had a locked door!
During a couple of the annual medieval re-enactment events held near the cathedral witnesses have reported seeing a very solid looking hooded monk walking around.
They are often shocked to discover that there have been no re-enactors dressed up as monks during those years!
The ghostly apparition of a young tired and hungry looking monk has been seen by witnesses actually inside the cathedral.
He’s said to be about eighteen years old, dressed in a black habit and is seen to walk up the nave, stop, look behind him and then run off in terror disappearing into thin air near the front of the nave.
Visitors to the cathedral have often reported hearing a phantom male choir singing.
Many believe this may well be the singing spirits of former monks as the witnesses often say that the singing sounds like it’s in Latin.
The West Range is a row of historic buildings situated opposite the stunning West Front of the cathedral.
A lot of the West Range buildings have a reputation for being haunted…
A house in the Minister Precinct is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen looking out of the first floor window of the house.
Witnesses have described her as being a girl about seven years old with long dark hair wearing a Victorian dress.
She has only been seen by people outside the building, the residents of the house have never witnessed her!
The ghostly apparition of a man dressed in dark cloak and a wide brimmed hat has been seen by terrified residents walking through the walls of the top floor flats of the building.
The brick vaulted cellars under the buildings of West Range are said to be haunted by a ghostly monk.
When the Tourist Information centre was located in the cellars the members of staff blamed the ghostly monk for turning lights on and off and for pushing a mirror off a shelf.
One of the staff members saw the monk standing by a desk one day.
She described the ghostly figure as being semi-transparent and dressed in a hooded brown habit.
This ghost is also said to haunt another building across the yard where he’s been seen on the stairs and in the upstairs photocopying room.
The ancient graveyard to the north of the cathedral is said to be haunted by a number of ghosts.
Phantom monks have been seen near the gateway as well as walking through the graveyard.
Witnesses have seen a ghostly apparition of a hooded monk with a lantern in the area around the ruins of the old abbey infirmary near to the monk’s cemetery.
Woodcroft Castle, Peterborough
Woodcroft Castle is a Grade II* listed castle which dates back to the 13th century.
During the English Civil War it was held by Royalists but was eventually taken by Parliamentarian forces in 1648.
At this time, Woodcroft Castle was the home of Dr Michael Hudson who was chaplain to King Charles I.
Hudson and a band of men would partake in surprise attacks against the Parliamentarian troops in the area.
One day, Hudson’s attack went wrong and the Roundheads chased Hudson and his men back to the Woodcroft Castle were they besieged him.
Eventually the Parliamentarians forced themselves into the castle.
Hudson retreated to the roof of the castle and tried to hide by hanging off the ramparts on the side of the roof.
Unfortunately he was spotted by the roundheads, as he hung from the ramparts they cut off his fingers and he plunged down into the castle moat.
Some say that he survived the fall but was finished off by musket fire!
Today the castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of Hudson…
Eerie sounds of phantom musket fire and men fighting with swords are heard on still nights echoing around the castle walls.
Visitors to the castle have reported hearing the screams of a man crying for mercy over and over again!
Weston Colville Hall, West Wratting
On the outskirts of West Wratting is the 18th century Grade II listed Weston Colville Hall.
The hall was first built in 1725 for a wealthy farmer gentleman but was later split up into three different buildings.
In 1973 a family moved into part of the hall.
One evening their in-laws were coming down the stairs when they got the shock of their lives…
They saw a ghostly apparition of an elderly woman who hurried to the kitchen window, looked out of it and then turned to face them!
The old lady frowned at them and then turned back to the way she came.
Apparently she was wearing a long black dress with white collars and sleeves and had greying red hair.
The ghostly old lady was seen a couple more times by different witnesses both in the kitchen and in the spare room.
The ghost is believed to be the spirit of one of the two elderly women who once lived at the hall during the Second World War.
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