Oxfordshire - Paranormal Database Records

 
White Monk

Location: Oxford - Wadham College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 28 December 1968
Further Comments: Often heard moving around, this ghostly monk has been seen a couple of times, most recently by a night porter at the chapel doors.


 
Old Lady

Location: Oxford - Radcliffe Infirmary (closed 2007)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1999 / January 2000
Further Comments: After several nights of experiencing something bump against his bed and feeling as if 'someone' was there, a patient mentioned it to nurses. They told him that the room was haunted by an old lady who would sit by the side of the bed as if giving her support. The heating would always be broken in the room - even after repairs, the system would break within the day.


 
Mary Blandy

Location: Oxford - Westgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Executed 06 April 1752, last sighting unknown
Further Comments: Mary was hanged for poisoning her father and now walks the area where she was hanged (though some believe she was executed at Castle Yard). A local legend says that a blackbird perched on a beam of the scaffold during the hanging, and since then no blackbird has sung in the area.


 
Bowling Archbishop

Location: Oxford - St John's College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Beheaded in London in 1645 and his body returned to St John's in 1663, Archbishop William Laud now haunts the building - his ghost is renowned for pulling his head from his neck and rolling it at any witnesses..! He is also said to drift 20mm from the ground, where the pavement has worn down since his death.


 
Charles I

Location: Oxford - Christ Church College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The former king has been observed around the college grounds both with and without his head. A shade belonging to a former royalist commander also lurks here - he was shot for treason on the site.


 
Grey Lady

Location: Oxford - St Giles' Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This unnamed woman willed her money to charity, but her greedy family accessed her wealth first and hid it away.


 
Hanging Boy

Location: Oxford - St Edmund Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The staircase at St Edmund Hall is believed to be haunted by a former student who hanged himself.


 
John Crocker

Location: Oxford - Exeter College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Standing in a yellow jacket and brown breeches, the ghost of John haunts the area of the chapel where his tomb is located.


 
Napier

Location: Oxford - Banbury Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Found guilty of heinous crimes, Napier was executed and his body cut into segments that were scattered around the city boundaries. Napier's ghost has found all his body but not his head, and now travels along Banbury Road searching for the missing piece.


 
Obadiah Walker

Location: Oxford - University college
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Walker was a master at University three hundred years ago, and is said to continue to haunt the room he resided in. His footsteps can also be heard walking the eighth staircase.


 
Prudence Burcote

Location: Oxford - Magpie Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The former bank that stands on the corner of the lane is reputedly haunted by Prudence. She died of a broken heart after her Cavalier lover ran away.


 
Rosamund the Fair

Location: Oxford - Trout public house, Wolvercote
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Now manifesting as nothing more than a shadowy figure, Rosamund was a nun murdered in the twelfth century by queen Eleanor jealous of her husband's special relationship with the woman.


 
Sounds of a Pig

Location: Oxford - Black Drummer Inn (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A room here was haunted by 'piggy' sounds, and a leather bag was found partly eaten by something with large teeth. The spirit was destroyed when the corpse belonging to the presence was dug up from a nearby churchyard, hacked to pieces and burnt by a wise man.


 
Twins

Location: Oxford - St Peter's College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This college was founded by the Bishop of Liverpool, and the ghostly male twin undergraduates who haunted the building are thought to be his sons.


 
White Figure

Location: Oxford - All Souls College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This robed figure drifts from the rear of the chapel to the library, where it vanishes without trace.


 
Mr Jenner

Location: Oxford - Jesus College
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: 1910
Further Comments: Two students claimed to have seen one of their teachers walking around at one night, between the chapel and dining hall, before vanishing through a brick wall - it later turned out he was visiting friends many miles away at the time.


 
Mother in Black

Location: Oxford - Trinity College
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1959
Further Comments: Appearing to her son only once, this shade made an appearance to the verger as he was patrolling the grounds at night. There is another report of the New Court being haunted by a ghost dressed in hunting kit.


 
Night Fisherman

Location: Oxford - River along Angel and Greyhound Meadow
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: An old man dressed in white was spotted by two friends fishing at dusk. As the man moved towards the pair, they realised his facial features were indistinct. He stopped a short distance behind the witnesses, and as one turned to say hello (still believing the figure to be 'real'), the old man vanished.


 
Father Dominique

Location: Pishill - The Crown public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Dying while defending the name of the girl he loved, Father Dominique can be heard moving around the upper parts of the building. Some say his shadowy form with wide brimmed hat can be seen in the corner of the bar.


 
Coach & Four

Location: Sandford on Thames - Fields around the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Driven by a headless horseman, a coach moving at breakneck speed pulled by four horses tear around fields near the village on the night before Christmas.


 
Sandyman

Location: Sandford on Thames - Catherine Wheel public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed all in black other than a white shirt, this short phantom is thought to be a former landlord and has gained the nickname 'Sandyman'. He sometimes leans against the bar.


 
Smoking Train

Location: Shipton-on-Cherwell - Body of water near a railway bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 22 December 2009, 21:30h
Further Comments: While fishing next to a railway bridge, a witness watched a steam train pass by which came from 'out of nowhere'. The train did not make a sound and disappeared further down the track. The witness said that the carriages looked liked they were on fire with black smoke pouring out of the windows. The witness later discovered there was an accident on 24 December 1874; a train derailed on the bridge killing 34 and injuring 69.


 
Mr Naylor

Location: Souldern - Rector's Cottage library
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1706
Further Comments: Mr Naylor, dead for five years, appeared to the rector here; they sat and chattered for ninety minutes. The ghost finally announced that the rector would soon pass away himself, and a few days later the man of the cloth died mid sermon.


 
Woman in Beige

Location: Stadhampton - Private cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1960s - early 1970s
Further Comments: Two sisters growing up in the cottage would encounter a dark haired woman in a long beige dress. One sister spotted her crying, while the other once awoke to find the figure holding her hand. The fiancÚ of one of the sisters also spotted the ghost, who had kept quiet about the entity in fear of no one believing them.


 
Lady Alice Harcourt

Location: Stanton Harcourt - Pope's Tower and nearby pond
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered in the tower, Lady Alice's protesting ghost returned only to be laid in the nearby pond. At least she has company - another female shade was laid to rest in the same place. However, when the pond dries out, they are allowed to briefly return and haunt the area.


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