Headless Ghosts

 
Lord John Angerstein

Location: SE10 (Greater London) - Trafalgar Road to Vanbrugh Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lord John's coach, pulled by four headless horses and driven by the lord himself, is said to leave Trafalgar Road and return to his former home on Vanbrugh Road.


 
Headless Worker

Location: SE19 (Greater London) - Tunnel between Crystal Palace and Gipsey Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This poor rail worker lost his head in an accident while working on a section of track here - the ghost remains on the material plane searching for the lost item.


 
Headless Monk

Location: Shepperton (Surrey) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: In life, this monk eloped to the village and began living with a local lass. His brothers were less than happy with the breaking of vows, so tracked him down and decapitated him. The headless ghost is said to run through the village, trying to escape ecclesiastic law.


 
Shock

Location: Sheringham (Norfolk) - From the sea
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The black dog known as Shock to residents of the town would emerge from the sea and run up the hills. The entity was said to be headless, with white cloth covering the stump.


 
Headless Sister

Location: Sherston (Wiltshire) - Pinkney Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The house connected to the park is home to a skull of a woman - it is believed to belong to the ghost of a young girl who carries her head under her arm, killed by her own sister. Another legend connected to the park is the 'Elm-Ash' tree, a single tree comprising of both types of wood given in its name - it was said to have grown from the grave of a male suicide into which two wooden stakes were thrust to ensure he did not return.


 
Peasant Girl

Location: Silverstone (Northamptonshire) - Whittlebury Forest
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A knight took his own life after having his love rejected by a peasant girl. Lying in his own blood, the knight cursed her, and she died soon after. The peasant's ghost remains in the forest. Another entity reported to haunt the area is the wild hunt, complete with headless horseman.


 
Headless on Headless

Location: Skipsea (Yorkshire) - Roads around town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The headless highwayman seen around this area rides a headless horse. A road on a hill south of the town is haunted by a woman wearing black, who quickly vanishes just before reaching a hill.


 
Silent Woman

Location: Slaithwaite (Yorkshire) - Silent Woman public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The pub is named after the headless ghost that resides between the canal and a viaduct that carries the railway.


 
Headless Man

Location: Sneem (County Kerry) - Blackwater bridge, between village and Kenmare
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This bridge was the traditional haunt of a headless male figure. One legend says that the headless phantom was attacked by another ghost, although the outcome of the fight is not known.


 
Headless Gunner killed by Exploding Cannon

Location: Southwold (Suffolk) - Gun Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After losing his head when a cannon backfired, the soldier is reported to return once in a while to stand by the old guns that face the sea. There are also reports that fairies once camped in little tents on the hill.


 
Headless Raiders

Location: Spanish Head (Isle of Man) - The Chasms
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Twenty four soldiers sent to kill the king met their demise at this location. Their headless ghosts were said to have encountered a farmer looking for a lost sheep. The farmer passed out as the spirit's daggers touched his neck, and when he awoke he found a red mark there that never faded.


 
Headless Kidnapper

Location: Spurstow (Cheshire) - Dead Man's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A member of the Spurstow family was beheaded as a kidnap attempt that he had masterminded went wrong. His headless shade now walks along the road that the body was taken.


 
Headless People

Location: St Peter Port (Guernsey) - Lane east of La Longue Rocque (aka Grande Pierre) (standing stone)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Dark winter nights
Further Comments: Several headless people are said to hurry up and down this lane during the winter months.


 
Headless Dog

Location: St Peter Port (Guernsey) - Ville-au-Roi
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large black headless dog was said to patrol this road at night. Those brave enough to strike out at it hit nothing but air.


 
Headless Horseman

Location: St Saviour (Guernsey) - Road between Le Gron and Les Piques
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Moonlit nights
Further Comments: The reason for this horseman dashing along the road is long forgotten.


 
Lady Matthias

Location: Stackpole Elidor (Dyfed) - Stackpole Court (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A headless coachman driving headless horses pulling a headless lady in a coach would travel around the former court building. The woman in the coach was said to be Lady Matthias, and one story has it that she was exorcised many years prior to the demolition of the building.


 
Headless Lass

Location: Stainmore (Cumbria) - Stainmore Pass
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1937
Further Comments: A driver stuck in snow on this pass went for a quick walk on the moorland while waiting for help. He reported seeing a headless woman sitting upon a white horse. A legend claims this to be the daughter of a Norman landowner who was killed by a Saxon chieftain after kidnapping her.


 
Teenager

Location: Staithes (Yorkshire) - Boulby Cliff
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This young woman was killed in 1807 when the cliff path gave way, a large, heavy rock crushing her skull. Her headless shade still walks the path as it once was, several metres out from the current one.


 
Headless Nectan

Location: Stoke (Devon) - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The church is built on the location where St Nectan had his head chopped off - he bent down and stuck it back on his neck before walking off!


 
Headless Horseman

Location: Stourton (Wiltshire) - Road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 January (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This headless horseman travels with a large black hound. The man is said to have broken his neck after being thrown from his horse, trying to travel from Wincanton Market to Stourton in less than seven minutes.


 
Headless Page Boy

Location: Stowford (Devon) - Hayne (or Hayne) Manor
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to death of owner
Further Comments: The boy was murdered by a butler on the site - the young shade now appears with his head under the arm, warning of impending death. A wish hound has also been reported around the area.


 
Outline of Coach

Location: Stroud (Gloucestershire) - Rodborough Common, road running alongside and apartments built near Rodborough Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A couple out walking watched in amazement as the ghostly outline of a horseless coach passed them. Other witnesses have seen the phantom, and others have reported headless horsemen or of hearing galloping.


 
Steam Engine

Location: Stroud (Gloucestershire) - Woodchester Mansion, near the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2001
Further Comments: A film crew spending a night in the building reported loud disembodied banging, which climaxed as the sounds of a stream train charged through the house. The house is also reported to be haunted by a white lady, and the park surrounding the building is home to a Roman soldier, a figure resembling a monk, two American servicemen in Second World War uniforms, a phantom coach, a headless horse and a dwarf which somersaults along the driveway.


 
Lancaster Pilot

Location: Strubby (Lincolnshire) - WW2 RAF base
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This decapitated shade nicknamed 'Strubby' is the result of a Lancaster bomber crash near the hanger area during the Second World War.


 
Headless Man

Location: Sutton Coldfield (West Midlands) - New Hall Hotel and Wylde Green Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1820s onwards
Further Comments: This headless figure is thought to have been a local man mistakenly found guilty for being a Jacobite spy. The man was executed and his head left in an oak tree where it remained until the 1820s - the tree was cut down and the skull rediscovered. Since then, the headless phantom is said to walk around the area.


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