Headless Ghosts

 
 


St Osyth

Location: Quarrendon (Buckinghamshire) - Holy waters
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Osyth was executed by Vikings; a spring burst forth from where her decapitated head landed, and she stood, picked up her head and walked off to a nearby convent where she died.


 
 


Decapitated Figure

Location: Quorndon (Leicestershire) - Footpath between Quorndon and Barrow upon Soar
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A headless phantom has been reported in this area.


 
 


Christopher Bloor

Location: Rainham (Kent) - Lane leading to Bloor Place (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Christopher had a reputation for being a seducer of women; unfortunately this proved his undoing after being decapitated by a posse of local men with wives whom Bloor had slept with. The lane is now haunted by the headless Bloor, driving his coach pulled by headless horses.


 
 


Headless Men

Location: Ramsbury (Wiltshire) - Road close to Hare and Hounds
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Carrying a coffin, these two headless men were said to walk close to the old Hare and Hounds pub.


 
 


Headless Anne Boleyn

Location: Rochford (Essex) - Rochford Hall, and roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twelve days following Christmas (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: At the family home of Anne Boleyn the former queen's decapitated ghost walks briefly around the building after Christmas.


 
 


Alice Lisle

Location: Rockford (Hampshire) - Area around Alice Lisle public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Alice Lisle was the last woman to be executed by decapitation, at the hands of Judge Jeffreys. Her ghost rides around the area in a driverless coach, pulled by headless horses.


 
 


Mrs Rokeby

Location: Rokeby (Yorkshire) - Rokeby Hall, Mortham Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A former owner of the hall believed his wife to be having an affair - he severed her head, and tried to conceal his crime by hiding the body in the local river. Her ghost followed him home, however, and the headless shade has haunted the building ever since.


 
 


Headless Rider

Location: Rusthall (Kent) - Hurst Woods, path from Broomhill Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1966
Further Comments: While walking along this footpath, a man heard the sounds of a horse galloping behind him. Turning, he was quite surprised to see a headless horseman dressed in Cromwellian battledress - needless to say, he fled the area.


 
 


Grey Lady

Location: Ruthin (Clwyd) - Ruthin Castle (hotel)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Clear nights
Further Comments: This spook was married to a fifteenth century steward at the castle - she decapitated her husband when she discovered him with a younger woman. In turn, she was beheaded for the act of revenge, and now makes fleeting appearances at the former fortress. A man in armour is also occasionally reported.


 
 


Misty Horseman

Location: Ruyton (Shropshire) - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Sometimes, around midnight, a thick mist rolls into the churchyard. Soon after, a headless horseman rides in, vanishing into the mist, heading towards an old castle keep.


 
 


Funeral

Location: Saint Martin (Guernsey) - Lanes around the area of Le Hurel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: All members of this ghostly funeral procession were said to be headless.


 
 


Duke of Buckingham

Location: Salisbury (Wiltshire) - Debenhams' department store
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Executed in the fifteenth century, the headless apparition of the Duke terrified a British Telecom employee who was working on the site - he refused to re-enter the building.


 
 


Coach & Four

Location: Sandford on Thames (Oxfordshire) - 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.


 
 


Black Hounds

Location: Savernake Forest (Wiltshire) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The forest is reported to be home of several black dogs which bring ill fortune to any witnesses. There are also stories of a ghostly white deer which darts between the trees, a headless woman riding on horseback, and a coach and horses which leaves the forest and heads towards a nearby farm.


 
 


Headless Woman

Location: Scarborough (Yorkshire) - Three Mariners (formerly an inn)
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This headless phantom would appear as a warning to any sailors staying in the building not to go to sea - those who did see her but ignored the warnings normally drowned.


 
 


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.


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