Tales of Phantom Horses and Horsemen

 
Bloody Horseman

Location: Staindrop (Durham) - A688 between town and Raby Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom rider on a white horse has his face covered in blood. The entities are said to slowly descend into the ground.


 
The Baron on Horseback

Location: Stainton (Cumbria) - Baron's Hill (local name?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter nights (reoccurring), but last seen nineteenth century?
Further Comments: A baron who took over the land on which a monastery stood had the building dismantled and the stones used to construct his manor house. He was cursed by monk, however, and fell off his horse and broke his neck before the house was finished. His shade still rides around the neighbourhood.


 
Turpin

Location: Stilton (Cambridgeshire) - Bell Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: It was once believed that the ghost of Dick Turpin passed by this inn on Wednesday nights - the thud of horse's hooves could be heard, and some people reported seeing a man on horseback just outside of the building.


 
Scarlet Rider

Location: Stockport (Cheshire) - Bramall (also known as Bramhall) Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This figure on horseback, dressed in an unmistakable red, appears once a year - in 1630 he is said to have taken the life of the owner of the hall.


 
Wild Hunt

Location: Stogumber (Somerset) - Main street through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960
Further Comments: Hounds, horses and hunters all pass through the village while chasing the souls of the damned. It isn't known for sure whether the hunt last passed through this way in 1960 as no one dared peek out from their windows.


 
Coach

Location: Stoke Abbott (Dorset) - Between Stoke Abbott and Beaminster
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Driving a phantom coach over road and field, an angry ghost of a former squire is doomed to relive his journey over and over.


 
Horseman

Location: Stow on the Wold (Gloucestershire) - A429 Fosse Way, heading towards Warwick
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September or October 2006, early evening
Further Comments: A driver reported glancing at her rear view mirror and seeing a horseman wearing a long black cape leap out into the road. The horseman was so close, the driver thought the rider would hit the car, but he vanished.


 
White Horse

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon (Warwickshire) - Walton Hall Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 09 October, every five years (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This pale riderless horse gallops over the gardens, twice a decade. The hotel itself is haunted by a young man, who some speculate to be the rider of the aforementioned creature.


 
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.


 
Coach & Horses

Location: Sturminster Newton (Dorset) - Stock Gaylard House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says a phantom coach haunts this area.


 
Danny Grimshaw

Location: Sutton Courtenay (Oxfordshire) - Hobbyhorse Road and near the local power plant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghostly figure, charging around the roads on the back of a white horse whilst waving a bloody, straight edged razor, has survived at least one exorcism attempt.


 
Jeremiah Abershaw

Location: SW19 (Greater London) - Wimbledon Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: No wombles here, only a ghostly padfoot looking for victims after being hanged for his crimes two hundred years ago. Abershaw is sometimes heard on horseback, hooves heard thumping on the ground, yet the animal never appears.


 
Brown Bear

Location: SW3 (Greater London) - Glebe Place, Chelsea
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Bears, brown, white and black in colour, have all been reported in this area - an once popular place for bear baiting. A man on horseback has also been sited, riding in the area.


 
Highwayman with Horse

Location: Syderstone (Norfolk) - Village Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Appearing under the light of the full moon, the ghostly highwayman on horseback is reported to say 'Your money or your life', and other such cliché expressions.


 
Running Rein

Location: Sywell (Northamptonshire) - Sywell House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A race horse, Running Rein was put down on the property when he became part of a legal dispute, and his owner became unwilling to hand the mare to another trainer. The creature can still be heard at night, galloping around the site.


 
Battle of Bramham

Location: Tadcaster (Yorkshire) - Bramham Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of horses galloping on the field is thought to be those forever fleeing the nearby site of battle, which took several hundred lives.


 
Black Coach

Location: Talland (Cornwall) - Bocaddon Moor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1731
Further Comments: This area of moorland was haunted by a black carriage pulled by two black, headless mares. The entity was never seen again after the Reverend Doidge exorcised the entity.


 
William Doggett

Location: Tarrant Gunville (Dorset) - Eastbury (house ruins)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Having borrowed large amounts of money to build the house, William Doggett committed suicide when he realised he could never pay off the loan. Doggett's ghost was heard walking around the house, and blamed for opening and closing doors. It was also seen, headless, driving a coach in the grounds.


 
Drake

Location: Tavistock (Devon) - Road between town and Plymouth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pulled by black headless horses, Sir Frances Drake drives a dark hearse down these roads whenever his drum beats (see Yelverton (Devon) entry).


 
Headless Group

Location: Tenby (Dyfed) - Between Tenby and Sampson Cross
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Every night (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A headless team of horses driven by a headless coachman carries a headless lady in a coach along this road every night. As they reach the crossroads known as Sampson Cross, some ten miles from their starting point, they all disappear in a large explosion. Some people believe the entities have been laid, and now rest in a nearby lake.


 
Heinous Horse

Location: Termonfeckin (County Louth) - Road passing Rath House
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1966
Further Comments: Two young adults driving along this road witnessed an otherworldly horse with the face of a man, the creature's eyes bulging from their sockets. The manifestation stood in the road, blocking their path for two minutes before vanishing.


 
Headless Horseman

Location: Thaxted (Essex) - Gibbets Cross, crossroads
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A local farmer told his friends that he had seen a headless horseman sitting upon a white steed pass by this crossroads.


 
Funeral Possession

Location: The Wansdyke (Wiltshire) - Various places along the post Roman dyke
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A wooden wagon bearing a coffin, pulled by jet black horses, has been spotted along this old dyke. The spectacle vanishes if witnesses become too close.


 
Little George

Location: Thetford (Norfolk) - St George's Nunnery - Nun's bridges
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Sixteenth century?
Further Comments: The seven year old George fell from a wooden horse in May 1559, cracking his skull on the wall of the bridge and dying from his injury. The young ghost haunted the area for a number of years (riding around on a headless wooded horse) before being exorcised.


 
Mustard Coloured Coach

Location: Theydon Bois (Essex) - Hill Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 May, Midnight (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: On the stroke of midnight, a mustard coloured coach is believed to drive down the driveway of the ruined building. Its owner is thought to be Duke de Morrow, who lived in the building at the beginning of the twentieth century.


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