The Vampire of Croglin Grange
Guest lecturer: Deborah Hyde
Recording of a lecture presented on Sat 9 January 2021.
A fully illustrated talk of approximately an hour, followed by a question and answer session with the speaker.
In 1875, a flame-eyed creature picked at the lead in a window pane to let himself in to a remote farmhouse in Cumberland. Thus started a campaign of menace against a young woman: a campaign which only stopped when her brothers tracked the creature down to its resting place in a local crypt. The Beast of Croglin Grange has entered our folklore as one of England’s very few homegrown vampires. So let’s take a look at the story see if we can work out what really happened.
Deborah Hyde is former editor of The Skeptic magazine (skeptic.org.uk), and a fellow of The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (https://skepticalinquirer.org/about/). She writes and talks about why people believe in the the malign macabre.