The following Cambridgeshire News story by Nicola Gwyer was published 4 October 2019. There has been a report of a “quite annoying” ghost spotted on Mill Road. The spooky spirit was spotted just outside...
Country and County: Cambridgeshire
According to tradition Slough Hill Lane and the area between between Balsham and West Wrattling was haunted by a black dog with the face of a monkey. It was described in James Wentworth Day’s ‘Here are Ghosts & Witches’ (1954) as ‘a cross between a big rough-coated dog and a monkey with big shining eyes.
Wicken Fen is a wetland area which has been cared for by the National Trust since 1899. A Black Dog is said to haunt the area around Wicken Fen.
THERE once came to England a famous foreign professor, and before he came he gave notice that he would examine the students of all the colleges in England. After a time he had visited all but Cambridge, and he was on his road thither to examine publicly the whole university.
Here’s an interesting piece of Cambridgeshire folklore I found in a book called "Folktales of the Fen Country". Joseph Hempsall was a true born "Fen Slodger". He lived in a small cottage on the Soham side of Wicken Fen during the late 17th century. Every evening Hempsall would cross the fen, known locally as "Big Bog" to drink with his friends at tavern in Wicken.
The Peterborough Museum is based in an old mansion on Priestgate that dates back to 1816 and with several reported ghosts including an Australian soldier, it is thought by some to be the most haunted building in the city.
In her 1848 publication ‘The night side of nature, or, Ghosts and ghost seers’, Catherine Crowe describes an apparition witnessed at the apartment of a Cambridge University student. Unfortunately in the account repeated below there is no indication as to the exact location where this experience took place or when it happened.
In a History of the Supernatural (1863), William Howitt mentions a haunting associated with Trinity College, Cambridge. He had obtained the information from the poet William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850), who in turn had been informed of it by his youngest brother, Christopher Wordsworth (9 June 1774 – 2 February 1846), The Master of Trinity.
A strange experience concerning a potential haunting was recounted in the The Diary of Abraham de la Pryme, the Yorkshire Antiquary, published 1870. This haunting seemed to have made an impression on 17th century Cambridge though given the way in which the activity ceased it is very possible that the events were hoaxed.