Headless Ghosts

 
Headless Horse

Location: Burnham Green (Hertfordshire) - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The result of a Danish skirmish over a thousand years ago, this decapitated horse runs along the lanes surrounding the area.


 
Headless Airman

Location: Burtonwood (Cheshire) - Old airfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: An airman has been observed standing around with no head - it is thought that he was decapitated as he tried to bail prior to crash landing.


 
Headless Shadow

Location: Buxton (Derbyshire) - Newhaven Inn, between Buxton and Ashbourne
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One witness described this entity as a black and grey shadow without a head. Thankfully, the ghost is more likely to manifest phantom footsteps along the corridors.


 
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, although one source says that it had been laid, 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 Woman

Location: Carlton (Yorkshire) - Vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: This site was said to be haunted by a murdered woman whose headless ghost walked the area, although any witness accounts appear to be scarce.


 
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 Figure

Location: Catterick (Yorkshire) - Officers' Mess, Marne Barracks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: A headless figure wearing an old RAF uniform was reputedly seen holding their helmet under their arm.


 
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.


 
James Parnell, Quaker Martyr

Location: Colchester (Essex) - Colchester Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1656 onwards
Further Comments: Dying in captivity in 1656, Parnell was forced to climb a rope each time he wished to eat. He fell to his death in May (or April) of that year, and now haunts the dungeon. There is a story that a foolhardy man once stayed the night in the dungeons as a wager, only to emerge the following morning a gibbering wreak. Another tale states that the castle is haunted by a headless nun.


 
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!).


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