Oxfordshire - Paranormal Database Records

 
Ouseley

Location: Ipsden - Area east of village
Type: Other
Date / Time: Early - mid seventeenth century
Further Comments: Ouseley was once a busy little village, until the day it mysteriously vanished without trace...


 
Manipulated Dream

Location: Ipsden - Watch Folly Tree (oak), SW of village
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The tree marks the site where a shepherd boy was murdered by a gang of footpads. If slept under, the dreamer witnesses the crime taking place.


 
John Thurlow Reade

Location: Ipsden - Icknield Way, white memorial stone
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1827?
Further Comments: John's ghost was seen by his mother on the spot now marked by the memorial stone - he had just died in India at roughly the same time of the sighting. The Icknield Way has several more ghosts reported along it, including phantom coaches, shucks, Romans and Boadicea's legion.


 
The Devil Helps Thrice

Location: King's Sutton - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Fourteenth century
Further Comments: This church is one of three in the area (Bloxham and Adderbury being the other two) that were paid for by three brothers. One of their workers who helped construct this tower never took any pay, never slept and never ate - he vanished as soon as the tower was built. The brothers were convinced that they were helped by Old Nick.


 
White Lady

Location: Kingham - Langston Arms Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1964
Further Comments: Her appearance preluded by coughing and shuffling sounds, this apparition of an old woman was seen by staff and customers as she passed down the corridors of the hotel.


 
The Blowing Stone

Location: Kingston Lisle - Blowingstone Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The village is said to have taken its name from when King Alfred used the stone to summon an army to fight the invading Vikings - when blown into, the stone can create a loud, deep note. Another legend says whomever can sound a note that can be heard from the Uffington White Horse Hill, shall be king of England. This may not be legally binding...


 
James Dashwood

Location: Kirtlington - Village pond
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghost that caused a great deal of grief locally, Dashwood was finally bound to the pond, but will be released if the small body of water ever dries up.


 
Faceless Woman

Location: Little Milton - Country Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000
Further Comments: Passing along this country road during the day, a driver passed a tall woman wearing old fashioned dark clothing. Looking back at her through his rear view mirror, the driver realised she had vanished.


 
Dancing Fairies

Location: Long Compton - The Rollright Stones - the King Stone and the Whispering Knights
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The King Stone was once a place where fairies danced around. Legend says that the monolith was once a King who was petrified by a witch (though which ruler is unclear). There are so many other smaller stones that it is said to be impossible to count them all. Another set of nearby standing stones known as the Whispering Knights are thought to be the witches aids, who conspired against the king but were turned to stone anyway.


 
Servant

Location: Mapledurham - Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The house is said to be haunted by a servant who was murdered by his short tempered master.


 
Lady Arabella

Location: Milton Common - Church of St Michael and All Angels
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1968
Further Comments: Dressed in Tudor clothing, this grey lady has been observed moving across the churchyard.


 
Grey Lady

Location: Minster Lovell - Mill and Old Swan public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Grey Lady unknown, other activities 2008 - 2011
Further Comments: The grey lady is said to be a former landlady who finds it hard to leave. Another woman haunts this site, after hiding in a chest and remaining undiscovered for several years (a la Thomas Haynes Bayly's The Mistletoe Bough). Staff have also reported a knife flying across the restaurant, footsteps and bangs from a locked room, and a man who stood by the bar after closing time who then vanished. Just outside the pub a black figure with no features other than white eyes was spotted.


 
Rosalind

Location: Minster Lovell - White Hart public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A Victorian lady, it is believed that Rosalind took her own life, hanging herself from the staircase. She now sheds tears, though her face is covered by a veil, in remorse for her rash course of action.


 
The Lovell Family

Location: Minster Lovell - Minster Lovell Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The spirits of two of the Lovell family exist here. The first, Francis, was trapped in an underground room when the rest of the building was pulled down on top of the trap door; his body was found 250 years later. William, the second Lovell, can be heard on blustery evenings crying for his bride, who died in a tragic accident while playing hide and seek on their wedding day.


 
Archibald

Location: Moreton - Brook Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: The occupier of the cottage reported seeing the figure of a man wearing a black cape and top hat. After encountering him several times, and learning to live with his knocking, the occupier nicknamed the ghost Archibald.


 
Ghost in Waiting

Location: North Leigh - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Not as yet!
Further Comments: Two effigies within the church, Sir William Wilcote and his wife Lady Elizabeth Blacket, are said to have once had their hands close together, but now they farther away. When the distance becomes too great, the Lady Blacket will return to haunt the village.


 
Mr Bonnell

Location: Oxford - Queen's College
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 18 November 1750
Further Comments: Bonnell's ghost appeared in the college a couple of hours prior to his death, his face bloated and red. He had been bed ridden for several days, and it was impossible for him to move. The upper library is said to be haunted by a clergyman known as Cuthbert Shields - he believed himself to be the reincarnation of Saint Cuthbert.


 
Singing Nuns

Location: Oxford - Godstow Nunnery, Wolvercote
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: As dawn breaks on the first of May, phantom singing can be heard coming from the empty chapel. The phantom of Rosamund Clifford has also been reported here, though she is not so fussy as when she should appear.


 
Bedroom

Location: Oxford - Merton College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1920s?
Further Comments: Now part of the library, a bedroom that once stood on campus was reportedly so haunted that no one could sleep soundly while staying in it. The library here is also thought to be haunted by Colonel Francis Winderbank, shot after surrendering to Cromwell in 1645.


 
Man with No Face

Location: Oxford - Gardens near Magdalen Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1947
Further Comments: A man walking through the gardens saw a misty figure that had no facial features. He ran when the entity approached him.


 
Pale Faced Man

Location: Oxford - New College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1962
Further Comments: The chapel is haunted by a figure, possibly a priest, with an unnaturally pallid white face.


 
White Nun

Location: Oxford - Oxford Playhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: The psychical remains of the nunnery that once stood here manifest in the form of this white figure that floats around the building with a thin veil covering her face.


 
Figure in Black

Location: Oxford - Magdalen College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1987
Further Comments: This dark, stealthy figure was observed a number of times, but never heard, as it ran about the college. When cornered by staff, the figure would suddenly vanish.


 
Pyre

Location: Oxford - Broad Street memorial
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996?
Further Comments: The site where several Bishops were burnt to death for their beliefs is now said to occasionally bust into phantom fire with shadowy figures within.


 
Blonde Woman

Location: Oxford - Teddy Hall, unstated room
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A ghostly young blonde woman who was spotted in one of the rooms here was identified by a local ghost hunter as from the seventeenth century.


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