Headless Ghosts

 
Phantom Coach

Location: Buxton (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A ghostly coach and four passes over this bridge once a year. It is said to be driven by a headless Sir Thomas Boleyn, and is one of eleven bridges that he passes over on the night of his daughter Anne's execution.


 
Coach Circling the Courtyard

Location: Caister-On-Sea (Norfolk) - Caister Castle, one mile west of Caister-On-Sea
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Warning of a death in the family
Further Comments: Warning about the encroaching death of a family member, a horse drawn hearse driven by a headless horseman passes through the gates of the castle and circles the courtyard seven times.


 
Walter Calverley

Location: Calverley (Yorkshire) - Calverley House (or is it currently called Old Hall?), surrounding countryside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A temporary fit of madness resulted in this Elizabethan gentleman killing two of his children and stabbing his wife (who escaped by feigning death). His regretful spirit rides the countryside on a headless horse, while poltergeist-like activities have been reported at the house.


 
Headless Horseman

Location: Cannington (Somerset) - Cannington Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Galloping across the parkland under the light of the moon, this rider could be searching for his missing appendage. Some also say that the area is haunted by a coven of witches.


 
Headless Horseman

Location: Cantley (Norfolk) - Road into village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Emerging from a deep pit near to Cantley, this headless spirit on horseback rides off towards the nearby village.


 
Headless Man

Location: Carlisle (Cumbria) - Carlisle Railway Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several entities were reported in the Cumberland News to haunt this station, including a headless man on platform eight, another man who points towards the Undercroft, and a woman in a veil who travels along corridors.


 
Headless Figure

Location: Castel (Guernsey) - Fauxquets Valley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December (reoccurring), between 22:00h - 00:00h
Further Comments: A tall headless figure is said to haunt the valley during the winter months.


 
Headless Monk

Location: Chertsey (Surrey) - Thorpe Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 2011
Further Comments: A water ride at the park was moved after staff reported encountering a headless monk amongst other paranormal phenomenon. The foundations of the ride were said to have intruded on an ancient burial site. The park has been accused of holding a publicity stunt, having used another ghost story two years previous to promote its 'Saw' ride.


 
Royalist

Location: Chester (Cheshire) - Tudor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A headless Royalist soldier is said to haunt the building where he lost his head after a canon ball hit him during his stay. The site is also reputed to be haunted by a grey lady.


 
Lord Shaftesbury

Location: Chettle (Dorset) - Thickthorn Down
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The first Lord Shaftesbury is driven in his coach by a headless horseman around this area. The horseman has his head under one arm, which still wears his hat!


 
Headless Horse

Location: Chorleywood (Hertfordshire) - Near J29 on M25
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 28 March 2010
Further Comments: A woman and her daughter reported seeing a headless horse in a field close to Junction 29.


 
Trotting

Location: Churchstanton (Somerset) - Merlan Corner
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The clip-clop of phantom hooves has been reported in this area, normally accompanied by a strange pale mist which (it is said) sometimes transforms into a horse with a headless rider.


 
Sound of a Horse

Location: Clytha (Gwent) - Road on the hillside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Autumn 1898
Further Comments: The driver of a horse and cart and a passenger were left shaken after encountering the sounds of a horse which passed them, and although nothing could be seen, the sounds were accompanied by a cold gust of wind. A murder had occurred along the road a few years previous, where a woman on horseback was decapitated by a former lover.


 
Couple

Location: Cockermouth (Cumbria) - Bridge on Mill Fields
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 August 2010
Further Comments: One person claimed to have seen a man and woman walking on the bridge before they vanished. A short time later the same witness watched a lady in grey clothing flee from the direction of the castle, again vanishing, but reappearing by the river, headless.


 
Treasure Guardian

Location: Cockermouth (Cumbria) - Tallentire
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A decapitated female ghost was reported to stand guard over a hidden hoard of gold near the tower of this building.


 
Headless Nun

Location: Colchester (Essex) - Area close to Birch Brook, no longer accessible
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Estimated mid - late twentieth century
Further Comments: A witness reported that, while taking a short cut across the area at night, he spotted a figure dressed as a nun, but with the head missing. The figure stopped and vanished in front of the witness. The witness later told a friend who said that his brother has also encountered the entity.


 
Phantom Coach

Location: Coltishall (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring) (coach)
Further Comments: A ghostly coach and four passes over this bridge once a year. It is said to be driven by a headless Sir Thomas Boleyn, and is one of eleven bridges that he passes over on the night of his daughter Anne's execution. A headless Black Shuck is also reputed to cross this bridge once per night.


 
Headless Hound

Location: Coltishall (Norfolk) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The black shuck which walks this area is instantly recognisable as the creature is missing a head.


 
Sir George Sydenham

Location: Combe Sydenham (Somerset) - Hills around village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Daily, midnight to dawn (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Sir George is reported to ride his headless horse up and down the hills near the village. Combe Sydenham is also a place where the Wild Hunt has been reported, always heard as locals were too afraid to look (and rightly so!).


 
Headless Woman

Location: Corfe Castle (Dorset) - Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Woman and horse unknown, male figure seen 15 May 2009, around 01:30h
Further Comments: The terrifying shade of the headless woman walks the hill near the gateway of where this castle stands. The same ghost may also be responsible for the lights that flit across the ruins at night, or they could be caused by phantasmal Royalists that used the castle in 1643. The sound of a galloping phantom horse has been heard at the bottom of the castle hill. A cloaked figure with a brown floppy hat was observed by a local man in 2009 while he was picking worms for fishing. The figure was in the middle of a field, but vanished after the witness took his eyes off the man for a few seconds.


 
Headless Piper

Location: Corsock (Dumfries and Galloway) - Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: How this piper is able to pipe without a head has yet to be answered, but such is the story...


 
Lady Snagge

Location: Cranfield (Bedfordshire) - Wood End Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While riding her horse, Lady Snagge was decapitated by a thin piece of rope pulled across the road by robbers who plundered her body before leaving it. Snagge's ghost is still reported as it repeats her final journey, sometimes with head intact, and sometimes without.


 
Horse

Location: Crockerton (Wiltshire) - Church Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A headless horse is reputed to gallop along in this area.


 
Possibly Mary

Location: Crossford (Lanarkshire) - Craignethan Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The headless woman reported in the castle grounds could be Mary Queen of Scots, though her relationship with the building appears to be minimal.


 
Green Lady

Location: Curdworth (West Midlands) - St Nicholas Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly tall woman, wearing a green dress, is said to search the graveyard for the remains of her Royalist husband. The second myth from this church concerns a great treasure that is said to have been buried here along with human remains from a Civil War battle. Unfortunately the hoard is protected by a headless phantom that intervenes if anyone comes too close to discovering it.


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