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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 and, 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, its eight-hundred-year-old history has produced a number of ghost stories, featuring chilling sights and sounds, which cannot be rationally explained.

Read on to learn more about the creepy characters you could meet in the famous Cambridge colleges at this time of year…

Dr James Wood at St Johns College

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 of the Second Court and use the light from other rooms to see his work. Dr Wood went on to serve as Master of the college and, supposedly, still pays it a visit from time to time. More than one student, heading back to their room on a dark night, claims to have seen his ghostly apparition haunting the staircase where he once studied.

Mr Round at Christ’s College

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, Mr Round reportedly appears wearing a beaver hat as he drifts through the grounds lamenting the death of his lover, Lady Mary Clifford, and a rival for her affections, Philip Collier, who 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

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, and, when people rushed to investigate, they found Barrett dead inside his coffin wearing a strange, yet peaceful, expression on his face. 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.

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, or, 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 and is organised by Cambridge Bike Party : everyone is welcome to join in, dress up and ride through the streets while enjoying fiendishly good music.

While we may not be so keen on Cambridge’s more ghostly visitors, the 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 who visit for both work and pleasure: taking advantage of Cambridge’s status as an international hub for business, enjoying is wealth of attractions and supporting the fantastic local shops and eateries that make our historic city come to life.

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