There have been at least 30 paranormal sightings in Cambridge — including one as recently as 2014.
Historic tales include accounts of witches, statues coming to life, and the floating head of Oliver Cromwell.
More recent stories include a resident who kept seeing a young boy in 20th century clothing in 2014.
She researched her neighbourhood and found that ten people, including children, had died in a bombing accident.
These are just some of the many unexplained events in Cambridge listed on The Paranormal Database — a collection of historical and recent spooky sightings that have taken place in Britain and Ireland.
Other phenomena include a witch haunting a building that was then turned into a Woolworths, and two lion statues outside the Fitzwilliam
Museum coming to life at night and drinking water from a nearby gutter.
The Paranormal Database contains reports of nearly 16,000 paranormal events across Britain and Ireland, and includes the location, the time
and other details of what was seen.
Reports include stories of strange creatures such as sea monsters, and cursed objects that cause misfortune if moved from the buildings
Events range from as far back as the ninth century to the present day, and include 306 UFO sightings, 183 Dragons and 33 Vampires.
Britains most haunted city is Brighton, with at least 140 reports originating from the seaside destination.
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[A SELECTION OF SPOOKY SIGHTINGS IN CAMBRIDGE]
Title // Location // Date // Details
Sounds of Murder // Cambridge, Sweet Shop, East Street // 1970s // A
sweet shop was supposed to be haunted by the sounds of screaming from
someone being murdered with an axe. As a side note, around the same
time two other shops along the road were also said to be haunted,
although one had been demolished and the other was empty and run down.
Young Boy // Cambridge, Private residence, Petersfield area // Late
2014 // A residence who started seeing a young boy in mid-twentieth
century clothing researched her neighbourhood and found ten people,
including children, died in a bombing accident.
Large Furry Penguin-Like Creature // Cambridge, Newmarket Road //
Unknown // Once seen in Merton Hall, this strange creature has been
more recently reported waddling along the Newmarket Road. A local
paranormal group examining the case came to the plausible conclusion
that the ghost may be that of a doctor in a cloak, wearing a beak-like
mask which they believed would protect them from the plague.
Pink Light // Cambridge, Guest house in the area // 1970s // A guest
here reported their room was filled with an intense pink light after
they switched off the bedside lamp. When the lamp was turned on again,
the pink light vanished.
Witch // Cambridge, Former home on site of former Woolworth's shop //
Unknown // A phantom witch was reputedly haunting a building which was
demolished and replaced with Woolworth's.
Animated Stone Lions Drink from the Gutter // Cambridge, Fitzwilliam
Museum // Midnight (Reoccurring) // On the stroke of midnight, the
lions that stand outside the Fitzwilliam Museum leave their posts to
drink from the gutters a few meters away. Other sources say they
disappear inside the building they guard.
Open Window // Cambridge, Eagle public house // Window still present,
poltergeist late 1970s? // One story says a window in the upper part
of the pub is cursed; if it is ever closed then ill fortune follows.
Like so many other pubs, the site was also once home to a poltergeist.
Second World War Pilot // Cambridge, Cambridge Airport // Late
twentieth century // A number of buildings on this site have reports
of phantom pilots in their flying gear or RAF uniforms. Sounds of
footsteps in empty areas are not uncommon, and there is also a story
of ghostly singing.
Womaniser // Cambridge, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, studio 1a // 2003 //
The studio is reportedly haunted by an old man who was renown for his
womanising ways – he is never seen, though his presence felt.
Drug Induced Ghost // Cambridge, Addenbrookes Hospital // Unknown //
The story is that a ghost appears to those who are being administered
morphine; the psychological effects of the drug would appear to be
ignored in this tale…
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