Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England


The Vampire of Berwick-upon-Tweed

According to Brooks, the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed was troubled by a vampire sometime during the Middle Ages. However, although the legend is named such, it appears to be more of a ghost than a vampire in the traditional sense of the word.


In life, the vampire had been a wealthy merchant, although made his fortune by rather dubious affairs. Following his death, legend states that his apparition lurked the streets in company with a pack of spectral dogs, causing all sorts of upsets. The locals decided to exhume the body in order to cut it up and cremate the remains. When they dug the corpse up, a spade accidently sliced into the body, causing blood to spurt out. The petrified participants concluded that this was a sign of vampirism, and duly dispatched the corpse as they intended.


For further information, please read Britain's Haunted Heritage by J.A. Brooks.


Visitor Information

Berwick-upon-Tweed is a town in Northumberland, England.

It is is the northernmost town in England, 2 1⁄2 miles south of the Scottish border at the mouth of the River Tweed on the east coast.

Pictured left is a view of Berwick-upon-Tweed courtesy of Shermozle. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.