Forget Whitby’s Count Dracula connections. Cumbria’s own Eden Valley has had its share of batty experiences. Two villages in particular have suffered attacks by supernatural beings……..
First let’s visit Croglin , a pretty fell side settlement, about ten miles south of Carlisle. Here the houses are rosy stoned and few. There is a pub called The Robin Hood and a little church.
The Vampie Of Croglin Grange is a retelling of a story told at a dinner party to a collector of horror stories, a Victorian writer called ‘Dr Augustus Hare’.
The story goes that two brothers and a sister rented the property called Croglin Grange in the village. One hot summers night the siblings retired to bed. Unable to sleep, the sister Amelia watched the moonlit night from her bedroom window, noticing a couple of moving lights heading from the nearby church yard, towards the house.
Suddenly Amelia found herself frozen to the spot. A wizened gnarled figure with long boney fingers was scratching at the lead around the window. Before long the glass window fell through and the terrifying figure flung itself onto Amelia, biting her neck. Her petrified screams awoke her brothers who came to her aid, one of whom chased the creature , losing sight of it in the church grounds.
Amelia’s brothers took her to Switzerland to recover. Being a non superstitious trio the three returned to the grange ( I think I would have stayed away 🙄) to carry on with their tenancy. Unfortunately Amelia was not to be left in peace. Her persistent attacker returned!
This time the brothers managed to shoot the figure , tracking it down to a vault in the cemetery. They waited until daylight to surprise the ‘vampire’ who they found resting in a coffin, a fresh bullet wound in its leg. They then dragged the creature outdoors into the churchyard and burned it. 🦇
So is The Vampire Of Croglin Grange a true story? There does not appear to be a building called Croglin Grange in Croglin. However is it coincidence that another Eden valley village, not to far from Croglin, has a peculiar legend too…..
Renwick is a red sandstone built small settlement, formerly known as Ravenwick, there is a Raven Beck running through the village.
In the early 1600s residents of Renwick suffered the appearance of the Renwick Cockatrice. The extraordinary tale is mentioned in William Hutchinson’s ‘ The History Of The County Of Cumberland’ , published many years later in 1794.
Workmen were dismantling the old village church in order to build a new one on the site we see today. Suddenly a vicious winged creature flew up from the vaults and started attacking the villagers. It apparently resembled half cockerel/half lizard, known in legend as a ‘ cockatrice’. As a bite or even a glare from a cockatrice was said to be deadly, people ran for cover.
Only one villager was brave enough to fight off the beast. John Tallantire of nearby Scale houses slayed it with a Rowan branch. His reward was that he and his family were let off paying rents for years and years after.
The cockatrice has also become known as ‘The Renwick Bat’ …and apparently last made an appearance in the 1950s!
Is it possible that the Renwick Cockatrice was simply an oversized bat disturbed by the demolition of the church? We shall never know, as like the Croglin Vampire, the villagers burned the evidence..
29 thoughts on “Eden Valley Villages ~ A Vampire & A Cockatrice.”
Ooohh those two stories sent shivers down my spine, very nerve tingling. Ideal for the dark nights that are coming and Halloween. Loved this post! xx
Thanks Christine. These villages aren’t far from our caravan, so hoping no batty beings come to see us. 🤪X
Maybe only bsts visiting. ☺ Great stories though x
Weird indeed! X
I think the storytellers were a bit batty, myself 🤢 (well, someone just had to say it 😂)
Haha, they did!
Scary! 🦇 Fascinating but of local folklore, and looks like a lovely place to wander as well. X
Both villages are very pretty, and the fascinating folklore is an added bonus. 🙂 X
I’ve never believed in stories like these, I think the inventors must have been on the waccy baccy, but it’s a bonus if they add to a place’s intrigue. The cottages look nice and I like the sun dial bird 🙂
I love that sun dial bird. ☀️ X
Adds intrigue to those villages, lovely as they are. X
Such weird and wonderful stories to have been retold over the years on a dark and stormy night:)
I love them. X
Fascinating. Thanks for posting. I will Be more careful visiting the Eden Valley in future.
Haha, yeh, keep a Rowan stick with you. 🙂
I had never heard about this vampire story. It looks like a nice place to visit anyway.
They are quiet communities, nice walks up into the fells from croglin. X
Oh wow – that was really interesting!
Thanks Kate. 😊
Love a good vampire story – or two 😊 x
A most enjoyable read, I hope you are suitably armed with a rowan branch.
I keep an eye out for Rowan trees everywhere now. 😅
Love old tales like these. I’d heard of the Croglin one previously, but not the other one.
Batty tales indeed!
I HAVE BEEN THERE ASWELL! The story’s are usually made by the folks near the cathedral, so it’s up to you to believe it…
Haha, that’s probably true, but fun to believe. 🙂