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Stone Dogs

Location: Blandford - Bryanston gates
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The stone hounds sitting upon the gatepost are said to occasionally animate at night, going to the nearby river to drink. A floating white figure was reputedly seen along the road near Bryanston woods by a dog walker.


 
 


Snooker

Location: Blandford - Coupar House (now British Legion)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This building is said to experience the moving around of small items in the bar, and snooker balls which roll under their own impetus.


 
 


Woman in Black

Location: Blandford - Crown Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wearing a black crinoline dress, this ghostly woman has been observed on the first floor. One of the cleaning staff spotted a woman in black enter a room, but upon investigation, the room was devoid of life. The hotel is also home to a phantom highwayman who hangs about in the courtyard.


 
 


Woman in White

Location: Blandford - Exact location unknown
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1837
Further Comments: A child told her mother that she had seen a white woman drifting towards the house. Her mother dismissed the claim, until they received word that her father had drowned around the same time as the sighting.


 
 


Flying Bottle

Location: Blandford - Nelson's Wine Bar
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: It is speculated that the presence that has been known to throw around bottles was a female prisoner. There are also reports of children crying in the upper part of the building.


 
 


Fred or Mary

Location: Blandford - Royal Signals Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: Once known as Fred, the ghost that moves small objects and creates phantom footsteps and cold spots was renamed Mary. It is believed she was a local woman who was due to marry a US serviceman during World War 2, but was murdered just before her wedding day in the area where the museum was constructed.


 
 


Sheep

Location: Blandford - Sheep Market Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A herd of phantom, ruminant animals are reputed to walk along this street; the sheep are said to be headless.


 
 


Footsteps

Location: Blandford - The Old House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: When devoid of occupants, a neighbour reported hearing loud footsteps and dragging sounds from within the house. Police were called but found nothing untoward.


 
 


Hunt

Location: Blandford - Woods in the area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to be part of a phantom hunt, these ghostly dogs have been heard running and yelping through woodland. It is also thought that a headless shuck haunts the area, though it is less sure whether the entity is connected to the hunt pack.


 
 


Teenage Girl

Location: Blandford Forum - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: While laying in bed hoping to fall asleep, this witness spotted a teenage girl wearing jeans and a striped top standing by a bookcase. The figure vanished and the witness screamed, The witness's parents ran in and told the witness that it was a dream, although the witness was adamant that they had been awake for some time.


 
 


Normal Treasure

Location: Bloxworth - Barrows on private field (currently in varying states of damage)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that treasure still remains under these barrows, though there is no evidence to support this.


 
 


World War One Soldier

Location: Bournemouth - Bournemouth Town Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This incorporeal soldier appears here once a year to help himself to a drink of water. There are also a few reports of phantom horses and carriages being seen outside the building, while a ghostly cat is also said to haunt several of the town hall rooms.


 
 


Figures in Brown

Location: Bournemouth - Branksome Park estate
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen in a garden on this estate, several little people dressed in brown played in and around the bushes before being scared off.


 
 


Smuggler

Location: Bournemouth - Gullivers public house (was The Dolphin), Kinson
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980, and 2008
Further Comments: When this public house was known as The Dolphin, one witness reported waking during the night to the sounds of clinking. Leaving their room to investigate further, they came across the apparition of a man perched on a chest, counting gold coins. More recently, mild poltergeist activity has been reported, including glasses and pool cues being thrown around, and footsteps heard in empty parts of the building.


 
 


Lillie

Location: Bournemouth - Langtry Manor Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1970s
Further Comments: The grey form of Lillie Langtry was spotted several times by the hotel's chef - the building was once her home.


 
 


White Lady

Location: Bournemouth - Millhams Lane, and surrounding Longham area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February (reoccurring); last confirmed in 1970s, but legends say she continues
Further Comments: The area around the A348 bridge is reportedly haunted by a ghostly white (or grey) woman, who was killed when hit by a horse and trap along the road. One story says she tries to entice men to jump off the bridge.


 
 


Emily

Location: Bournemouth - Pavilion theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: An actress who died in the 1930s, Emily is blamed for the disembodied footsteps heard on the empty stage. One member of staff was reputedly chased along a corridor by a ghostly figure wearing a bonnet.


 
 


Don't Move the Painting

Location: Bournemouth - Private house in the area of Talbot Woods
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa 1988
Further Comments: Poltergeist activities were said to occur if a painting of an older woman was removed from the wall. Whether the painting or polt are still there is not known.


 
 


Smugglers in the Tunnels

Location: Bournemouth - St Andrews Church, Millhams Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The graveyard here is said to contain blocked off tunnels once used by the smuggling community to move their contraband away from the coast. The ghosts of these men are still reported to flit around the area.


 
 


Shadows

Location: Bournemouth - Talbot Woods
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A shadowy hound, said to be slightly larger than a Saint Bernard dog, was reported to haunt this area. The creature has never seen directly, but only from the corner of the eye. Scraping sounds resembling claws on concrete can also be heard, always behind the witness.


 
 


Heavyset Man

Location: Bournemouth - Two Counties Radio station, Southcote Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A presenter working alone in the building reported seeing a man of compact build reflected in the window of the studio he was in. The presenter turned to see who the figure was, but realised that he was actually alone.


 
 


Puma

Location: Bournemouth - West Cliff Road
Type: ABC
Date / Time: August 2005
Further Comments: Salesman Kevin Hamersley from Wiltshire said he spotted saw a puma along this road, just one of many sightings in the region. It is speculated (and highly unlikely) that the creature lives in the nearby Alum Chime.


 
 


Woman in flowing dress

Location: Bournemouth - West Howe Baptist Church, Anstey Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s (?)
Further Comments: One witness observed a lady in a long white dress that appeared from behind a tree, crossed the path, and then promptly walked through the garden wall.


 
 


Tasmanian Wolf

Location: Bournemouth - Western Avenue, Branksome
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 07 April 1974
Further Comments: A strange cat-like creature spotted by a female driver was later identified by her as a Tasmanian wolf, though the creature is thought extinct.


 
 


Herman the German

Location: Bovington - Bovington Camp - Tank Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: The area around the Tiger tank on display is reportedly haunted by the German commander of the vehicle, who has been seen by staff at the museum.


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