Tales of Phantom Horses and Horsemen from the Paranormal Database


Black Dog

Location: Castleton (Derbyshire) - Peveril Castle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A shuck is said to walk the area near the castle, while a phantasmic knight stands motionless on the ramparts. Author Wayne Anthony reports that an old lady and a phantom horse have also been reported in the area.


Silent Stagecoach

Location: Chalfont St Peter (Buckinghamshire) - Amersham Road and Greyhound Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Misty nights
Further Comments: An old fashioned stagecoach pulled by a team of ghostly horses passes along this road and vanishes as it pulls up at the Greyhound Inn.



Location: Challacombe (Devon) - Broken Barrow (exact location not known)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man who tried to break into this barrow was driven mad by the sound of horses - each time the robber reached into the hole he had made, the sound of horses could be heard, though they could not be seen. The man lost his sight and hearing, and died three months later.


Horse and Cart

Location: Chalton (Hampshire) - Village road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom horse pulling a cart is said to haunt this road.


White Stallion

Location: Charlbury (Oxfordshire) - Countryside around village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Roaming riderless, this white (or grey, according to other reports) horse jumps large hedges and runs wild in the area.



Location: Chatwall (Shropshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1965
Further Comments: The ghost of a Royalist on horseback is said to ride silently around the lanes leading to this village.


Galloping Horses

Location: Chellington (Bedfordshire) - Carlton Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A pair of galloping horses are said to charge down the hill, vanishing as they approach the bottom.



Location: Chiddingstone (Kent) - Chiddingstone Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This female ghost is rumoured to ride her horse along the lanes that lead to the castle, recognisable by her three corner hat.



Location: Chingford (Essex) - Chingford Mount Cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: People have reported the sounds of footsteps walking on the grass behind them - though no-one is present when the witnesses look around. A spectral man dressed in black rides on horseback between the graves, occasionally dismounting before vanishing.


Headless Horse

Location: Chorleywood (Hertfordshire) - Near J29 on M25
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 28 March 2010
Further Comments: A woman and her daughter reported seeing a headless horse in a field close to Junction 29.


Major Smalman

Location: Church Stretton (Shropshire) - Area around Wilderhope Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1965
Further Comments: A diehard Royalist, Smalman's home was once besieged by Roundheads during the latter stages of the Civil War. The Major managed to escape on horseback, his ghost now seen galloping away from the building. The manor itself is also reported to be haunted by both Smalman and the shade of a young girl who smiles at any witnesses before screaming horribly.



Location: Churchstanton (Somerset) - Merlan Corner
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The clip-clop of phantom hooves has been reported in this area, normally accompanied by a strange pale mist which (it is said) sometimes transforms into a horse with a headless rider.



Location: Churchtown (County Cork) - Fort Field
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While on his way home with his dog, Mr Sampson watched two men on horseback riding around the fort. His dog immediately ran home, leaving Sampson to watch the figures as they dismounted and vanish (special thanks to the Churchtown Village Renewal Trust, from their 'The Annals of Churchtown').


Guarded Secret Tunnel

Location: Cissbury (Sussex) - Hillfort
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Leading to an untold amount of wealth, the tunnel hidden in this hillfort is guarded by a pair of snake-like dragons. The ghost of a druid is reported to haunt the site looking for this treasure, and the sound of phantom galloping horses have also been reported.


Horse and Cart

Location: Clayton (Staffordshire) - Aynsley Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2009
Further Comments: Walking his dog one early morning, a man watched a horse and cart appear from nowhere. The man was frozen to the spot. The cart was driven by a weathered man, and appeared quite solid, although old fashioned. After the cart had passed the witness, he composed himself and turned to follow the vehicle, but it had vanished.



Location: Clonlara (County Clare) - Bridge (may no longer be standing), two miles south west of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: A dark shadow-like horse was named by some to be a pca, although it would appear no one stayed around long enough to find out for sure.


Old Man

Location: Coate (Wiltshire) - Path across field heading towards Pond House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972?
Further Comments: This pathway is reputedly haunted by a little old man dressed in old fashioned clothing.


Horse in Chains

Location: Cockpole Green (Berkshire) - Area around Putters Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An old work horse still draped in the chains it used to drag a plough around the fields still manifests and scares the unwary.


Simon Cunliffe

Location: Colne (Lancashire) - Wycoller Hall
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Once a year, middle of winter (reoccurring), sound recorded 26/07/1996
Further Comments: Simon rides the area where he once lived, blowing his horn prior to a tragedy. It is said that he scared his wife to death by riding up the staircase of their home, chasing a fox that had ran inside to escape the hunt (ghost hunters Colin Veacock and Peter Crawley recorded a sound similar to a riding crop here in 1996). Another tale states that the horseman isn't Simon but an assassin, killed by a manservant before he could murder the master of the hall. The young daughter of a family living here during the twentieth century told her mother that a 'white woman' would visit her during the night - the sightings stopped when the child changed bedrooms.


Phantom Coach

Location: Coltishall (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring) (coach)
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. A headless Black Shuck is also reputed to cross this bridge once per night.


Monks with Body

Location: Colwall (Hereford & Worcester) - Road near village green known as 'Haunted Lane'
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 February 1940
Further Comments: A woman cycling along the lane encountered a procession of cowled monks carrying the body of a young man draped in black. Peddling away from the scene, the woman was overtaken by a ghostly horseman who was also galloping from the monks. Man and horse vanished as they reached the railway bridge in the village.


Sir George Sydenham

Location: Combe Sydenham (Somerset) - Hills around village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Daily, midnight to dawn (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Sir George is reported to ride his headless horse up and down the hills near the village. Combe Sydenham is also a place where the Wild Hunt has been reported, always heard as locals were too afraid to look (and rightly so!).


Marbury Lady

Location: Comberbatch (Cheshire) - Marbury Park and former hall (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Exact date unknown, but reported to be around 22:30h (female ghost)
Further Comments: An Egyptian maid was pushed down the staircase of the old manor house, dying in the fall. Her ghost was said to haunt the old hall, though when it was demolished, the spirit changed location and took up residence in the park. A phantom mare named Marbury Dunne is also said to haunt the park.



Location: Compton Abdale (Gloucestershire) - Puesdown Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man on horseback, considered to be a highwayman, reportedly haunts this building.


Headless Woman

Location: Corfe (Dorset) - Corfe Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Woman and horse unknown, male figure seen 15 May 2009, around 01:30h
Further Comments: The terrifying shade of the headless woman walks the hill near the gateway of where this castle stands. The same ghost may also be responsible for the lights that flit across the ruins at night, or they could be caused by phantasmal Royalists that used the castle in 1643. The sound of a galloping phantom horse has been heard at the bottom of the castle hill. A cloaked figure with a brown floppy hat was observed by a local man in 2009 while he was picking worms for fishing. The figure was in the middle of a field, but vanished after the witness took his eyes off the man for a few seconds.

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