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BOGGLES

corpse road

The Corpse Road between Wasdale and Eskdale

BOGGLES is the Cumbrian word for a ghost, a poltergeist, a spectre ... well, anything odd at all! The Dalehead Park Boggle, for instance, was described as a giant slag heap. And on another occasion it was described as the "fellside on fire" - although the 'fire' vanished when the farmer approached the scene. More typically, boggles are ghosts of people or animals.

Jemmy Boggle was the ghost of 'bad Lord Lowther' who haunted Lowther Hall to such an extent that it became almost uninhabitable. He was eventually laid to rest by a Catholic Priest under Wallow Crag (also known as Walla Crag) to the east of Derwentwater, near Keswick. The Henhow Boggle which haunted the countryside near Martindale was a "walking, talking" ghost which helped solve a murder. A man met the female ghost whilst out walking one night and she told him how she had been seduced by a clergyman while alive and gave birth to their child. He gave them both 'medicine' which was actually poison. The next day the farmer told fellow villagers about his encounter and older residents recalled the death of the woman - and the identity of the clergyman.

There are many ghosts in Cumbria - but only a handful have the term 'boggle' associated with them. Others are termed dobbies or bargheists. Check out our Google Map of Cumbrian boggles.