Tales of Phantom Horses and Horsemen from the Paranormal Database

 
 


Young Girl on Horseback

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Monument on a grassy hill next to the M32
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This female jockey broke her neck in a fall while attempting to ride down the hill - her shade, still on horseback, has been seen since her death.


 
 


Shocked Lady

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Purdown area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed by a sudden bolt of lightning while out horse riding, this phantom can still be seen galloping by.


 
 


Headless Horseman

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - University of Bristol and Tyndall, Avenue area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Students have reported seeing a headless horseman patrolling this area late at night.


 
 


Funeral Possession

Location: Broadwindsor (Dorset) - B3162, leading from Drimpton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A hearse pulled by four black horses, followed by a large crowd of people, is said to head into the village, though the possession suddenly vanish before reaching the church.


 
 


Coach

Location: Brooksby (Leicestershire) - Brooksby Agriculture College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The sounds of a coach being pulled by horse can be heard in the hall here - the building was rebuilt in the nineteenth century, the hall being placed where a road once lay. A phantom woman also reportedly roams the building.


 
 


Dullahan

Location: Bryansford (County Down) - Hill between Bryansford and Moneyscalp
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Riding headless on a black horse, the Dullahan are said to be bearers of ill-omen. The entity carries his severed, decaying head in his right hand. Wherever the Dullahan stops, it is said that a mortal will shortly die on that spot.


 
 


Aunt Charlotte

Location: Bryanston (Dorset) - Portman House, currently the school
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: The shade of Aunt Charlotte was so prevalent the first building here was pulled down and rebuilt solely to rid the living of her ghost. This may have worked, however a phantom horse and carriage now haunts the drive instead.


 
 


Phantom Coach

Location: Buckland Newton (Dorset) - Park Lane, between village and Glanvilles Wootton (aka Wootton Glanville)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The origins of this phantom coach and team of horses is unclear.


 
 


Lady Bolingbroke

Location: Bucklebury (Berkshire) - Manor House, and general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After her husband escaped to France with another woman, Lady Bolingbroke (nee Frances Winchcombe) died of a broken heart. Her ghost has been reported at the manor house, while the streets of the village are home to her coach.


 
 


Riders

Location: Buckstones (Yorkshire) - A640, near the Nont Sarah public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1968
Further Comments: A policeman returning home after a late shift spotted a small group of horsemen dressed in Cavalier-style clothing riding along this road. He drove past the figures three times to prove to himself that they were not a figment of his imagination.


 
 


Grizelda the Highway Woman

Location: Buckton (Northumberland) - Roads in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: At the end of every month (reoccurring), last seen 1987
Further Comments: Dressed as a male highwayman, this girl has been seen still riding her midnight black horse. She reportedly held up a stage coach carrying an execution order condemning a friend of hers, which bought him enough time to escape the noose.


 
 


Horseman

Location: Bunbury (Cheshire) - College Lane
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly man on horseback is said to cross the lane before vanishing.


 
 


Horses and Coach

Location: Bungay (Suffolk) - Road between Ditchingham and Bungay at Lions Grave
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Reported by at least one driver, a coach with a team of horses haunt the road, seemingly charging at incoming traffic and turning away at the last possible moment.


 
 


White Horses

Location: Burnham Green (Hertfordshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Galloping around the neighbourhood at night, these creatures are thought to be connected to a battle fought more than a thousand years ago.


 
 


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.


 
 


Lady O'Hagan

Location: Burnley (Lancashire) - Summit area of Manchester Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The last owner of nearby Towneley Hall, the woman now drives her horse and trap in the area. It is said you can hear the hooves pounding on the cobbled streets, even though the stones have been replaced with modern materials.


 
 


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.


 
 


King Arthur

Location: Cadbury (Somerset) - Cadbury Castle, and road between North Barrow and South Barrow villages
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Escorted by mounted knights carrying lances, King Arthur of the Britons traverses this route back to Camelot (as Cadbury is thought to be) on this day in June. One witness said that on 23 June 1995 they encountered an armoured man (more dark age than medieval) holding a standard on horseback - the figure disappeared around a corner, though there was no place that he could have gone. One legend says a door opens every seven years in the hillside so that Arthur and his company can leave to feed their horses.


 
 


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.


 
 


Coach

Location: Calcutt (Wiltshire) - Bridge in the area (A419?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This coach, pulled by a team of four horses, crosses a bridge close to Calcutt.


 
 


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, 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.


 
 


Horace Wimpole

Location: Carlisle (Cumbria) - Woodland near Heatherleigh Hall
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century?
Further Comments: A former owner of the property wrote that he saw the ghost of Horace riding on a black horse several times, always just prior to the death of a loved one.


 
 


Knight in White

Location: Castleton (Derbyshire) - Peveril Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The knight has been observed standing by the keep, while his riderless horse trots around nearby. Banging and clanking has been reported in the castle after dark, with searches revealing no apparent source.


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