Venture out of the historic centre of Cambridge and the locations you’ll visit on the Cambridge Ghost Tour, and you can head down the lonely roads of East Anglia to the Most Haunted locations in Cambridgeshire...
Where: Grantchester Rectory
Story: A short walk from Cambridge is the picturesque village of Grantchester. The Rectory was built in 1685 as housing for the Master and Fellows of Corpus Christi College. The building is haunted by the WWI poet and King’s Scholar, Rupert Brooke (pic. left), who rented a room there for a short time before his tragic death en route to Gallipoli. The ghost has been seen wandering the top floor of the building he immortalised in his famous poem ‘The Old Vicarage’.
Fun Fact: The Rectory is now owned by infamously scandalised politician turned author, Jeffrey Archer and his wife, Mary.
Where: Abbey House, Cambridge
Story: Masses of strange hauntings have occurred at Abbey House since it’s construction in 1580. Sightings include a ghostly nun, a womans disembodied head and some spectral animals, including a mischievous red squirrel and a phantom hare! Over the years, the house became a choice place of study for supernatural investigators and professors of Psychical research.
Fun Fact: Abbey House is still considered one of the world’s most haunted buildings, however, it is now occupied by ‘Friends of the Western Buddhist Order’, so we expect it’s all pretty zen there now...
Where: The Cambridgeshire Fens
Story: Black Shuck or the Devil Dog is a large phantom hell hound, reportedly seen in the dead of night, along the banks of the River Ouse and through the mist of the Fens in East Anglia. He is portrayed with a black shaggy coat, flaming red or yellow eyes and can be as large as a calf. The myth dates from the 16th century and a few months ago archaeologists unearthed the skeleton of a 7-foot canine dating from that time.
Fun Fact: The legend of Black Shuck is thought to be the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’
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Where: Caxton Gibbet, Cambridge
Story: In the Village of Caxton, there stands a once haunted Inn, feet away from a replica of the old hangman’s gibbet. Throughout history, highway robbers and cattle thieves were commonly hanged there as a public example. Even now, ghostly bodies are said to be seen swinging from the beam, on the days they died. An 18th Century Landlord of the Inn was famously accused of multiple murders, before being strung from the gibbet in a metal cage, and left to rot.
Fun Fact: The site of the Inn is now a chinese restaurant
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Where: Madingley Hall, Cambridge
Story: A few miles from the centre of Cambridge is Elizabethan manor house, Madingley Hall. It’s currently the home for the Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, but it has a mysterious haunted past…
Lady Ursula Hynde haunts the corridors of the house her husband began constructing in 1543. It is said that she is still restless with shame for the blasphemy her son committed when he used timber from an old church to build parts of the hall. He also sold valuables from the church to help pay for Madingley’s maintenance, much to his mother’s distress. She is often seen around the grounds, wringing her hands in grief.
Fun Fact: In 1860, Queen Victoria rented the entire house as a residence for her son, The Prince of Wales, whilst he studied at Cambridge University.