In a city with history on every corner, it’s no surprise that Cambridge has its fair share of ghosts.
From floating cops to phantom pilots, there are many ghost stories haunting our streets.
So draw the curtains, grab a flashlight, and get ready to learn more about Cambridge’s weird history.
Please note, however, that CambridgeshireLive is not responsible for nightmares caused.
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The hapless man of Arbury Road
According to folklore, the dogshell was a ghostly black dog that roamed the East Anglia countryside.
One of the terrifying beasts is said to be wandering off Arbury Road, bringing bad luck to anyone who finds it.
Floating Police on Chesterton Road
The spooky ghost once appeared to witnesses outside an ordinary office building on Chesterton Road.
They reportedly looked up to see an officer in a 1940s uniform floating eerily above them.
the murderous mr round of christian college
If you linger in the Mulberry Gardens at Christ College at midnight on a full moon, you might be intimidated by a terrifying figure.
Mr Round was a tall, elderly gentleman in a beaver hat who often walked regretfully in the garden.
Legend has it that Round lamented the deaths of his lover Lady Mary Clifford and rival Philip Collier, who drowned in a university swimming pool under suspicious circumstances.
Thirsty Lion at Fitzwilliam Museum
What’s scarier than running into a pair of lions in the street? Hit two ghost lions?
If you’ve ever wandered past the Ftizilliam Museum at midnight, you might have been lucky (or was that unfortunate?) enough to see its two lion statues come down from their pedestals and drink from a nearby drain.
The lion then wandered into the building and disappeared.
Newmarket Road Penguins
Not all penguins are harmless and lovable, suggesting that reports of a furry creature waddled around Newmarket Hall were disturbing.
A local paranormal group believes the animal figure may actually be a cloaked ghost doctor wearing a beak-like mask once used to ward off the plague.
Anyway, don’t get too close!
Abbey House’s stubborn shenanigans
Abbey House is said to have been plagued by a spate of bizarre events over the years.
Visitors find a prank, the rattle of chains, a ghostly housekeeper, a woman in white, and even a hare and a squirrel.
Despite an exorcism performed more than a hundred years ago, the return of a mysterious grey lady from the ’60s suggests it’s an ongoing obsession.
Head of Spectroscopy at Cromwell, Sidney Sussex College
The fate of Oliver Cromwell’s mutilated head has been the subject of speculation since his death in 1658.
Cromwell’s horrific face stares at passers-by in London’s Westminster Hall after his body was ordered to be exhumed by the good-natured Charles II.
The head eventually disappeared into private hands and was finally laid to rest at Sidney Sussex College in 1960.
Rumor has it that Cromwell’s disembodied head can be seen floating in the Academy buildings.
Phantom Pilot at Cambridge Airport
Cambridge Airport was built before World War II and served both civilian and military flights.
There have been reports of Phantom pilots being seen in many buildings throughout the large site.
Lively men in RAF uniforms with echoing footsteps crossed the open area, blowing ghostly tunes.
Depressed Dr. Butts at Corpus Christi College
The tragic Dr. Butts has haunted Corpus Christi College since 1904.
On Easter Sunday in 1632, the doctor was found hanging from a garter belt in his room after suffering from depression.
Always dressed in white, with long hair and a horrific wound on his neck, Butz has appeared to witnesses several times over the years.
The academy is doubly cursed, haunted by the ghosts of James Betts and his lover Elizabeth Spencer, who suffocates while hiding in a kitchen cupboard, shortly after she recovers from her old age. The courthouse roof jumped off.
moaner on newmarket road
Eerie, mysterious moans have petrified residents of an unknown address on Newmarket Road.
A student living in the house reported that one particular bedroom was always cold.
Another terrified resident had to move out quickly after being disturbed by the moaning man’s cries.
Cinderella at Girton College
Girton’s Grey Lady first appeared in the late 19th century, but has not been seen since. Her apparition is said to have appeared on the Taylor Knob staircase at the academy.
She was rumored to be a young “Miss Taylor”, a student who tragically passed away before Girton was founded.
Time will tell if she makes a surprising reappearance…
black cat at st john’s college
You’ve heard of Bodmin Beasts, but have you heard of St. John’s College Cats?
A groundskeeper and a keeper both reported sightings of a huge black beast in the 90s.
It is not known if there have been any sightings since then.
Strange Seal of Emmanuel College
Rumors that the stomping sound of a suicide person echoing around the academy building has plagued residents for years.
*This article was originally published in 2019 and has been updated with new links.