Dorset - Paranormal Database Records

 
Burning Woman

Location: Stalbridge - Stalbridge Manor (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century
Further Comments: A serving girl who was due to be married to the son of the manor owner was pushed into the fireplace to prevent the union. It is not clear whether the burning figure that haunted the building was that of the girl or the murdering mother who was determine to retain her son's status.


 
Stone Lions

Location: Stalbridge - Stalbridge Park
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Midnight
Further Comments: The pair of lions that stand on the gateposts to the park leave their positions and drink from a nearby pond when they hear the church bells ring.


 
Thomas Hardy's Grandfather?

Location: Stinsford - Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December 1919
Further Comments: After placing a sprig of holly on this grandfather's grave, a figure in eighteenth century clothing appeared and said 'A green Christmas'. Hardy replied 'I like a green Christmas', and watched the figure enter the church. Hardy followed, but found the church to be empty.


 
Coach

Location: Stoke Abbott - Between Stoke Abbott and Beaminster
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Driving a phantom coach over road and field, an angry ghost of a former squire is doomed to relive his journey over and over.


 
Soft Ringing

Location: Stourpaine - Church
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little people ring the church bells after covering them with dew, ensuring the soft ringing is seldom heard by mortals.


 
Dog That Still isn't There

Location: Stourpaine - Village square, heading out towards the hills
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: Heard dragging chains as it ran, this phantom hound is never seen. It is thought the dog died while escaping from a master who mistreated it. A similar story is told in Pimperne, Dorset.


 
Missed

Location: Studland - Agglestone (aka Devil's Anvil, aka Devil's Nightcap)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Rock still present
Further Comments: The Agglestone came into being when the Devil, angered by Corfe Castle obstructing his view from Needles Rock (in the Isle of Wight), removed his nightcap and threw it in an attempt to knock the towers over. He failed.


 
Harry

Location: Studland - Cliffs
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The cliffs around this area are known as Old Nick's Ground, while sea stack made from chalk is called Old Harry (Harry being another name for the Devil). Another rock stack that stood here was said to be the Devil's Wife (or Daughter), but it collapsed during a storm in the 1890s; the remains of the stack is just visible during low spring tides. The caves in the cliff are said to still be warm as Harry likes to spend time there.


 
Excalibur

Location: Studland - Little Sea
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This body of water has been named as one of the places that Arthur may have disposed of his legendary sword.


 
Pale Donkey

Location: Studland - Newton Heath
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Around Christmas (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A small white donkey haunts the area where its master was robbed and murdered while travelling across the heathland. While the owner's body was found, the donkey vanished without trace, now only appearing briefly before Christmas once a year.


 
Woman in White Coat

Location: Studland - Pathway from Studland beach to road near The Banks Arms pub
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 12 August 2004, and August 2008
Further Comments: A woman wearing a white coat, white trousers and hair down to her shoulders walked past a group of four friends, telling them that 'I have just been for a swim' before disappearing from view. Four years later, one of the group was talking to a couple who experienced the exact same thing in the same area.


 
Maiden

Location: Studland - Woodhouse Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area, formally a Roman camp, is said to be haunted by a British maiden and her Roman lover.


 
Slipping Bells

Location: Sturminster Marshall - White Mill Hole, aka Bell Hole
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After stealing a bell from the Knowlton church tower, the thieves hid it in the River Stour at White Mill after becoming fearful their crime had been discovered. Local legend says that there have been three attempts to pull the bell from the river, but each time the rope has mysteriously snapped, leading to the belief that 'all the devils in hell, could never pull up the Knowlton bell'.


 
Cat or Dog?

Location: Sturminster Newton - Castle ruins and Newton Hill
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Reports vary on whether the creature that haunts this area is a large dog or very large cat. Either way, the entity was said to have large, saucer shaped eyes, and people went out of their way to avoid the area.


 
Running Man

Location: Sturminster Newton - Plumber Manor (currently a hotel)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former lord of the manor is said to have been killed and eaten by his hunting hounds. His ghost is said to run out of the building, his pack of hounds with a hungry look in their eyes, close behind.


 
Coach & Horses

Location: Sturminster Newton - Stock Gaylard House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says a phantom coach haunts this area.


 
Suicide

Location: Sturminster Newton - Swan Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: An inn keeper who took his own life in the late eighteenth century is said to still keep an eye on his former establishment.


 
Woman

Location: Sturminster Newton - White Hart Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The White Hart is said to be haunted by a woman who quietly goes about her business in the bar area.


 
Female Form

Location: Swanage - Godlingston Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This manor house is haunted by a creepy lady with no known history.


 
Shadowy Figure in Bowler Hat

Location: Swanage - Hillcrest area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 7 December 2005
Further Comments: A strange shadowy figure carrying a sickle and wearing what appeared to be a bowler hat was spotted walking along this road.


 
Crying Girl

Location: Symondsbury - Lane between village and Bridport
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This country lane is said to be haunted by a young crying girl. She is said to vanish if approached.


 
William Doggett

Location: Tarrant Gunville - Eastbury (house ruins)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Having borrowed large amounts of money to build the house, William Doggett committed suicide when he realised he could never pay off the loan. Doggett's ghost was heard walking around the house, and blamed for opening and closing doors. It was also seen, headless, driving a coach in the grounds.


 
Velvet Chain

Location: Tarrant Gunville - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An invisible dog runs around this area, with a chain as soft as velvet. One would imagine this makes it one of the hardest entities to detect in the whole of the UK. A legend says that a clump of yew trees in the region of the village conceal a silver table.


 
Legionnaires

Location: Thorncombe Woods - Roman Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969
Further Comments: A phantom contingent of Roman legionnaires are still said to match along this piece of ancient road. A single Roman soldier was spotted by a group of youths and two adults camping in the woods.


 
Jumping Devil

Location: Thornecombe - Trees between village and Birdsmore Gate
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil is sometimes thought to exercise by jumping over the trees located between these two locations.


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