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Bedfordshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Man with Pointed Beard

Location: Pulloxhill - Cross Keys public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: Several entities reputedly haunt this pub, including a cavalier with a pointed beard and large plumed hat, a woman in grey, and a landlord who worked here during the 1930s.

Old Woman

Location: Ravensden - Lane north of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in long black clothing, this elderly woman's face is said to pure evil - it is considered unlucky to meet her. Some say during her lifetime she was falsely accused of witchcraft and died after being forced out of her home.


Location: Riseley - Eastfield's Corner
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmer heard a galloping horse rapidly approaching him, even though he could not see the creature. Moments later, there was a crashing sound, and a large gust of wind passed the man, even though the creature remained invisible.


Location: Riseley - Fox and Hounds public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A nurse knocked over and killed by a coach near to the pub was taken here after the accident. Her spirit is thought to remain and is held accountable for phantom footsteps and flicking of light switches.


Location: Riseley - High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, said to occur at 02:00h
Further Comments: The sound of a horse can sometimes be heard trotting down the High Street in the early hours of the morning.

The spirit of the pond.


Location: Riseley - Tom Knocker's Pond
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: This pond is reputedly haunted by Tom who drowned in its waters. The Luton Paranormal Society carried out a few vigils on the site and experienced strange sounds and smells.


Location: Roxton - Chequers Inn (no longer open)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1980s
Further Comments: A former maid on the site, Mabel was blamed when a member of the bar staff felt a hand on their shoulder when they were alone. Footsteps would also be heard in the cellar, and a white shape was spotted disappearing through a wall. Another entity was described as a man who held his cap in his hand.

Legless Man

Location: Salford - Road between Marston Moretaine and Milton Keynes
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2009, around 23:00h
Further Comments: A driver retuning his girlfriend home had to brake sharply after turning a corner and finding a figure standing in the road. The figure had a featureless face and no legs. It wore a scarlet jacket and a white/cream bloodstained tunic and black Cavalier-like hair. The entity moved across the road and vanished into bushes.

A ghostly figure checking his gold.

Knocking Man

Location: Shillington - Knocking (or Money) Knoll
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The tapping sounds that are said to emerge from this mound come from a man hidden inside, rapping on his treasure chest to ensure it is still full. Other reports say that the ghostly figure walks up to the knoll and taps on the grass before vanishing.

Elizabeth Grey

Location: Silsoe - Old George public house, High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s?
Further Comments: Lady Elizabeth Grey was drowned in a coaching accident down the road from this public house. She had been using the building as a hideout while escaping her father who had prevented her marriage to the man she loved. Her grey form was reported several times by the landlady.

Pale Hitchhiker

Location: Stanbridge - Station Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1979
Further Comments: Mr Fulton, returning from a darts match, stopped and picked up a young man dressed in shirt and trousers who was thumbing a lift here. A few miles down the road the driver turned to offer his passenger a cigarette, only to find that he had vanished.

Cloaked Figure

Location: Stevington - Church of St Mary the Virgin
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This church is home to a spectre that wears a cloak and old fashioned hat. The site also possesses a holy well that is reputed never to freeze over.

Green Man

Location: Stotfold - Fairfield Hospital (was The Three Counties Asylum), now private flats
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: A member of staff reported seeing a man wearing a green staff uniform walking towards the hospital who vanished without trace. Footsteps would also be heard from empty rooms, wheelchairs moved unaided, door handles turned without human hand nearby and locked windows would be found open.

Blue Man

Location: Studham - Studham Common
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1967
Further Comments: This bearded figure, short in stature and wearing a tall hat, vanished into a strange yellow mist while watched by seven boys.

Time for Breakfast

Location: Thurleigh - Thurleigh Airfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: One man reported smelling a full English breakfast being cooked, though he was in the middle of an empty car park. He was later told that the location where he stood was once the site of mess tents. Other places on the airfield have their own ghosts. The Officer's Mess is home to ghostly footsteps, while policemen patrolling the airfield once peered into an empty hut, only to see a group of wartime airmen playing cards!

The Captain

Location: Toddington - Bedford Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: More often heard walking in the upper parts of the building than seen, the few witnesses who have spotted 'The Captain' say he is a large man with a beard who wears a seafaring uniform.

Even witches love pancakes.


Location: Toddington - Conger Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Shrove Tuesday (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The church bell is rung between 11:00h and 11:15h every Shrove Tuesday. During this time, if one places their ear to the ground on Conger Hill, a witch can be heard boiling her cauldron and preparing her pancakes.

The Landlord's Daughter

Location: Toddington - The Bell public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Poltergeist activity in the kitchen is blamed on a former landlord's daughter who died in the room after a fit. It is reported that one landlord left in 1995 after being repeatedly woken at night by an unseen presence, and his replacement actually spotted the girl's apparition.


Location: Totternhoe - Five Knolls (barrows)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Barrows still present
Further Comments: There are seven barrows at Five Knolls and legend has them contain former kings. During a seventeenth century witch trial, local woman Elizabeth Pratt claimed to have met the Devil at the site.

Phantom woman in black.

Former Witch

Location: Wilden (sometimes incorrectly called Willesden) - Road between Wilden and Ravensden
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1873
Further Comments: This phantom old woman, dressed in black clothing, haunts the road between her former village and the neighbouring one. Her face is said to be pure malevolence. The entity may have been last seen gliding along a grass verge by a mother and daughter.


Location: Willington - Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to belong to a man whose body was found buried on site, these footfalls are often accompanied by a soft ringing.


Location: Woburn - Antiques centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghost dressed in Victorian attire is reputed to haunt this antiques shop.

White Lady

Location: Woburn - The Inn (was the Bedford Arms Inn)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The misty white lady is not alone in her haunting of this building. A ghostly figure is also reported to sit by the fireplace smoking a pipe, a little phantom dog by his side.

A phantom monk lurking in a crypt.


Location: Woburn - Woburn Abbey, Crypt
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Witnessed by the Duchess of Bedford, a man in a brown habit was watched walking around the crypt. The area is also haunted by a man sporting a top hat, who may have drowned in the nearby lake - it is unknown whether this was accident, suicide, or murder.


Location: Wootton - Chequers Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A few staff have seen a potential customer, standing at the bar, out of the corner of their eye. Turning to serve them, the figure has always vanished.

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