Tales of Phantom Horses and Horsemen from the Paranormal Database


Female in Long Dress with Highwayman

Location: Blythburgh (Suffolk) - A12 from Ipswich, towards Kessingland, near Blythburgh common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1700s onwards
Further Comments: Sometimes appearing with a horse, the two figures have been reported a number of times over the past two hundred years.


Black Toby

Location: Blythburgh (Suffolk) - Toby's Walks (recreational area)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A drummer in the army, one night Toby became so drunk he left the local public house to rape and murder the first woman he came across. He was hanged for the crime, and now haunts the nearby area. Some say he appears driving a coach pulled by four black horses, others state he just walks along banging his drum in regret. It is most likely 'Toby' was created by local smugglers to deter others from investigating their activities.


Cursed Stone

Location: Boat of Garten (Highland) - River Spey
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: When the waters are low, an inscribed stone can be seen in the river - it is believed cursed, and anyone who meddles with it is doomed. Adding to the treachery of the waters, a white horse is said to patrol the river, looking for people to drown.


The Devil and the Cobbler

Location: Bosava (Cornwall) - House no longer standing, location not known
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Built by a cobbler who made a deal with the devil and went back on his word, his house was haunted by both entities. A miller who lived nearby was losing money due to his proximity to the location, and asked a Parson Corker to banish both the cobbler's ghost and the Devil. The parson brought some friends, set up his magic circle and after a mighty battle (involving a storm which levelled most trees in the area) banished the Devil. The ghost was more difficult to banish, and in the end the house was demolished.


World War One Soldier

Location: Bournemouth (Dorset) - Bournemouth Town Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This incorporeal soldier appears here once a year to help himself to a drink of water. There are also a few reports of phantom horses and carriages being seen outside the building, while a ghostly cat is also said to haunt several of the town hall rooms.


Roman Battle

Location: Bowerchalke (Wiltshire) - Between village and Woodminton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Headless horses can be seen and the sounds of fierce fighting can be heard here - the area was the site of a battle between Roman legionnaires and the Britons.



Location: Bracebridge (Lincolnshire) - Bracebridge Hall & Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Buried at the nearby church, this knight materialises at the hall (by a portrait) and rides a spectral mare to the graveyard to ensure his body hasn't been disturbed. He also sometimes appears in the church itself.


Horse and Rider

Location: Bradfield Southend (Berkshire) - Cock Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A father and daughter driving home from school watched as an image of a horse and rider emerged from a hedge and crossed the road before disappearing.



Location: Bradford Peverell (Dorset) - Road west of village, near River Frome, leading towards Muckleford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer months at midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A coach that crashed into the river, killing the horse and driver, is said to periodically repeat the accident. Another report says that the coach overturned into a boggy area.


Margaret Vernon

Location: Bradwell Dale (Derbyshire) - Hazelbadge Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Margaret lost her mind after her lover married another woman - her shade is seen leaving the hall on horseback, riding off to the church where her boyfriend wed.


The 'Galloping Ghost'

Location: Bradwell on Sea (Essex) - St Peter's on the Wall church area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 1967
Further Comments: Several people have heard horse's hooves pass close by to them in this area, but have seen nothing. This could be the same entity as a roman soldier seen riding a horse near the site of a long gone roman castle.


Galloping Figure

Location: Bradwell-Juxta-Mare (Essex) - Former (?) Coastguards Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The cottage was once home to a phantom figure and another ghostly entity which galloped on horseback through locked gates and headed towards the church.


Gypsy and Horse

Location: Bramley (Surrey) - Chinhurst woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A crossroads near to the woods is haunted by an old female traveller and her aging mare.



Location: Bratton (Wiltshire) - Unknown road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom horse drawn funeral procession occasionally passes by the area.


Coach and Six

Location: Brechin (Angus) - Kinnaird Castle and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: James Carnegie, a former laird at the hall, was well versed in the black arts - this has resulted in his soul being doomed to travel in a black coach pulled by dark horses for the rest of eternity.


Sir Thomas Boleyn Drives Headless Horses

Location: Breckles (Norfolk) - Breckles Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The father of Anne Boleyn is said to be cursed with driving his coach over forty (or eleven) Norfolk bridges. One of the passing points is Breckles Hall, where the spectre once scared a poacher to death (another version states that the poacher was taken by the Devil because of his constant law breaking). Locals say that anyone who views the coach is dragged down to hell.


Grey Horse

Location: Brecon (Powys) - River Honddu
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Home of a Welsh water horse, this creature who tempt people to sit on it before terrifying the rider by dragging them over rough land and through the air.



Location: Bretton Clough (Derbyshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: Riding across the moorland with a pack of hounds, this phantom huntsman once ensured no one strayed onto his lands at night. The apparition was last heard by two friend who were unaware of the legend.


Young Man

Location: Briantspuddle Heath (Dorset) - Rimsmoor Pond
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer months (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Riding his horse, this lone figure slowly heads towards the pond where he vanishes. He was a local man who was thought to have drowned in the pond's waters, though his body never found.



Location: Bridgwater (Somerset) - A39 between Street and Bridgwater
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pocock was a highwayman who was badly injured in a fight but managed to escape, only to die of his wounds in a secret cave which has never been discovered. His ghost has been seen on horseback, curiously galloping on the spot, and has been blamed for several accidents in the area.


Squire Lighte

Location: Bridport (Dorset) - Bagley (or Baglake) House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This building was once believed to be haunted by the spirit of a squire who took his own life on the property. His ghost is also seen riding a horse towards the nearby river.


Knight in Armour

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - St Nicholas' Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Moonlit Nights (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Appearing on horseback, this knight clad head to toe in armour appears in the area of the church.



Location: Brimpton (Berkshire) - Lane running through village, leading to Able Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: One night in January (exact date not known)
Further Comments: Carrying its occupants to the ball, the coach was caught up in a storm that washed away Able Bridge - the coach plunged into the water, killing all the passengers. The event is heard once a year, marking the anniversary of the tragedy.


Sounds of Horses

Location: Briningham (Norfolk) - Mission Hall Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 10.30pm, irregular, (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The sounds of horse hooves have been heard moving around the house at night - at one time the property was a stable. The sitting room has experienced sharp falls in temperature, accompanied by strange smells.


Decapitated Horseman

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Ashton Court Estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Clear moonlit nights (horseman)
Further Comments: Ashton Court is best known for its ghostly headless horseman, though there are also reports of grey ladies and a phantom hound.

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