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A Ghost Hunter’s Guide to Cambridge

Published on October 26, 2021 by

With the arrival of October, our minds turn to Halloween. Here in Cambridge, locals, students and visitors alike enjoy entering into the playful spirit of the season. The University of Cambridge is famed as a bastion of scientific thinking. Nevertheless, what’s more its eight-hundred-year-old history has produced a number of ghost stories. Besides, this features chilling sights and sounds, which cannot be rationally explained. If you want to learn more about the creepy characters you could meet in the famous Cambridge colleges at this time of year, read on…


Dr James Wood at St John’s College – Haunting

James Wood was a student at St Johns in the late 18th century. He was very poor and could not afford to keep his bedroom lit. So each night, he would sit on the ‘O’ staircase and use the light from other rooms to see his work. Dr Wood went to serve as Master of the college and supposedly still pays a visit from time to time. Many students, returning to their rooms at night, have seen his apparition haunting the staircase.



Mr Round at Christ’s College – Ghost Sighting

In the extensive gardens of Christ’s College is a centuries-old mulberry tree which new scholars traditionally dance around after a formal dinner. Those who venture out to the tree at midnight under a full moon should be careful, however, as they may see the ghost of Mr Round. A former fellow of the college. He drifts through the grounds lamenting the death of his lover, Lady Mary Clifford, and rival for her, Philip Collier. Both mysteriously drowned in the college pool… Is the phantom Mr Round grappling with guilt that will not stay buried?


Barrett at King’s College – Ghostly Noises

The Gibbs Building in this prestigious college is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a man named Barrett. Barrett was an eccentric with many quirks and unusual hobbies who kept a coffin in his room. One night, terrible screams were heard coming from his residence. When people rushed to investigate, they found Barrett dead inside his coffin. The question of what happened to him was never resolved. But it is said that each year on the anniversary of his death, his blood-curdling cries echo through the college once more.



If you want to hear more of the spine-tingling tales Cambridge has to tell, contact Rutherford’s Punting, who offer ghost tours along The River Cam all year round. In addition, to guarantee catching sight of some spooks, why not take part in Cambridge’s annual Halloween bike ride? This free, family-friendly event will take place on the 30th October 2021 organised by Cambridge Bike Party. Again, everyone is welcome to join in, dress up and ride through the streets while enjoying fiendishly good music.


Your Space team is thrilled to see increasing numbers of people coming to the city again as global pandemic restrictions ease. Our serviced apartments provide a home-away-from-home to guests from all over the world visiting for both work and pleasure. Taking advantage of Cambridge’s status as an international hub for business. Enjoying its wealth of attractions and supporting the fantastic local shops and eateries that make our historic city come to life.

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