Headless Ghosts

 
Headless Horseman

Location: Onecote (Staffordshire) - Road from Leek to Onecote, and Butterton Moor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This headless horseman is said to either be a murdered pedlar or a knight killed in combat with the Scots. Either way, the figure is said to be unlucky (with witnesses either dying or losing livestock) and an exorcism once performed on the phantom horseman by seven preachers failed.


 
The Ghosts' Promenade

Location: Outer London: East Barnet (Greater London) - Church Hill Road
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: So many phantom encounters along this road led to a Justice of the Peace to name it 'The Ghosts' Promenade'. The ghosts were said to include headless humans and dogs, and phantoms in the trees.


 
Phantom Coach

Location: Oxnead (Norfolk) - Oxnead 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.


 
Headless Horses

Location: Penryn (Cornwall) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Christmas Time (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Pulling a coach, this team of headless horses has a tendency to manifest around the season of goodwill. Legend states if stared at, it will whisk the witness away to the nether realm.


 
Headless Horseman

Location: Pettistree (Suffolk) - High Street?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Witnessed by at least two different people since 1990, a headless horseman has been seen trotting down the high street during the early hours.


 
Woman with Child

Location: Portadown (County Armagh) - Former bridge over the River Bann
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1641
Further Comments: No one knows how many people were murdered on the bridge - woman and children were forced to cross it before it was set alight, with everyone either burnt to death or drowned. For weeks after the incident, the water ran red with blood, decapitated heads (impossible to net) bobbed in the water, and a ghostly woman with child stood by the smoking ruin.


 
Headless Woman

Location: Poulshot (Wiltshire) - Lemon's Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman carrying her head under one arm was said to emerge from around the farm. Her story is unknown.


 
Six Pallbearers

Location: Powerstock (Dorset) - Road leading to North Poorton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Six decapitated men carrying a coffin are said to slowly move along the country lanes.


 
Charging Horseman

Location: Prestbury (Gloucestershire) - Shaw Green Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 04 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Killed by a Lancastrian arrow in the 1400's, this glowing messenger is doomed to carry his cargo forevermore. Another story says he was decapitated by a thin wire that was placed across the road.


 
Headless Dog

Location: Preston (Lancashire) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that the town was once haunted by a headless black hound, appearing when danger threatened the town.


 
Scratching Monkey

Location: Puddletown (Dorset) - Athelhampton House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Home to several ghosts, the monkey was accidentally bricked up behind a wall and now tries to escape. Headless figures allegedly sit around the dinner table, duellists re-enact their last fights outside, and a grey lady walks through walls in the east wing.


 
Headless Horseman

Location: Pulham Market (Norfolk) - Mill Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom coach and horses is driven down this lane by a headless horseman. His whip sparks as he cracks it.


 
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.


 
Hearse

Location: Quidenham (Norfolk) - Bridge close to a church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A headless coachman drives his coffin laden carriage and horses across this bridge.


 
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.


 
Woman with Child

Location: Redbrook (Gwent) - Swan Pool
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heralded by the sounds of a baby crying, a phantom woman holding a baby is said to slowly emerge from this pond. Soon after, a large black dog, which may or may not be headless, circles the pool before heading to a nearby ruined kiln.


 
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 (Durham) - 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.


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