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Berkshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Grey Woman

Location: Holyport - White Hart public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen carrying a small baby, this woman dressed in grey was often heard walking about just prior to manifesting. The sounds of a horse passing outside have also been reported.

Lady on White Stallion

Location: Hungerford - A338, south of town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1957 (white horse)
Further Comments: Appearing during the day, this female rider has been observed galloping across the road only to disappear once reaching the other side. The same area is haunted by a spectral coach being pulled at breakneck speed by four horses, and by a hooded man riding a bicycle.

Disturbed Monks

Location: Hurley - Ladye Place, once one building, but now several homes and zoned areas
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: These monks were said to appear if too many people trample over their former lands - it is unclear if they are still protesting.

Molly Tape

Location: Hurst - Road between village and Hinton, Tape Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Easter (reoccurring?)
Further Comments: This shade made local news in 1971 when she appeared drifting down the road wearing very little in the way of clothing. It is thought that the woman hanged herself from a tree in the lane following a disastrous romantic engagement with a farmer.

John Head

Location: Ilsley - Area around the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After upsetting the Duke of Cumberland, John mysteriously vanished. His decapitated body was discovered many years later. His funeral match is still reported to occur in the village, four tall men carrying his headless corpse.

Headless Figure

Location: Inkpen - Barrow located on Sadler's Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The barrow is said to be either haunted or protected (or both?) by a headless figure. At least one barrow in the village is said to contain a solid gold (or silver) coffin, though when the barrow was dug up in the early twentieth century, nothing was found.

Cloaked Man

Location: Kintbury - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wearing a dark cloak and wide brimmed hat, this figure will fade away to nothing if approached.

Woman with Dog

Location: Knowl Hill - Seven Stars Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman dressed in white escorted by a ghostly dog are said to haunt this inn. Other spectres reported here include a headless lady and a man dressed in black.

Victorian Boy

Location: Lambourn - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: A Victorian boy, often wearing clothing relating to chimney sweeping, has been spotted a few times at a home in the village. A nearby property is said to be home to a ghostly man in black who wears a hat.

The Man in the Coat

Location: Lambourn - Park Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1951
Further Comments: Disembodied footsteps and other strange noises were noticed by members of staff and the family at this farm, and eventually an entity wearing a long coat and hat was seen. Two vicars performed a blessing on the site soon after, and all traces of the haunting stopped.

Chest of Wealth

Location: Little Wittenham - Money-Pit, The Clumps
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This chest of fabulous treasure is buried somewhere in the area and is protected by a large black raven. This bird once told a would-be treasure hunter that the wealth belongs to one man and one man alone.


Location: Littlewick Green - Bowsey Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This wooded area is thought to contain all the lost souls from the surrounding lands.

White Lady

Location: Littlewick Green - Boundary Elm, Green Lane, Cold Harbour and Knowl Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This female apparition closely follows the same route as she calmly drifts through the area.

White Hound of Feens

Location: Littlewick Green - Wooded area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1985 / 1986
Further Comments: A legend says this hound, which can be heard howling in the night, is sometimes accompanied by a young lady in grey on horseback. She, in turn, has been known to ride with a wild hunt called the Dorcas Noble, while trying to win the heart of a former boyfriend. A large white hound was seen in the area during the 1980s - the size of an Irish Wolfhound, during one encounter the creature vanished as if running behind a black sheet.

Bicarbonate of Soda

Location: Long Wittenham - Co-Op Store
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: November 1962
Further Comments: This mischievous spirit moved food about in front of the staff, floating the bicarb in front of their startled faces. The outbreak lasted for eight days.

Grey Lady

Location: Maidenhead - Harlyford Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977
Further Comments: A witness who lived at this caravan park for several months reported a phantom woman who would appear once a year. A photograph taken of an empty field revealed either an exposure error or a ring of fire which was not visible with the naked eye.

Floating Head

Location: Maidenhead - Ockwell Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: The floating head has been seen in the garden, though most people report extreme cold spots. The sounds of phantom hooves pounding the earth have also been heard.


Location: Maidenhead - Hobgoblin Public House
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late twentieth century?
Further Comments: As well as the normal polt tricks, Bob is sometimes heard walking around the building when it is almost empty.

Grey Lady

Location: Moneyrow Green - White Hart public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom woman is sometimes seen along with her young child. The road outside the pub is haunted by a racehorse which occasionally gallops by, more often heard than seen.


Location: Mortimer - Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1778
Further Comments: A phantom army is said to have appeared on the common land here, vanishing when approached.

Chained Man

Location: Newbury - Enborne House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1936
Further Comments: Florence Loury purchased the building and converted it into a guest house, but soon lost all her customers after word was spread that the place was haunted. During a court appearance over non-payment of rates, she described encountering the ghost - an old man with shackled arms and legs. Another witness she he had seen a slim figure wearing a skirt. The court displayed no sympathy and forced Florence to repay the rates.


Location: Newbury - Roads around the White Swan Pub
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1955
Further Comments: A First World War airman was spotted by a driver and his passenger walking by the roadside one night. They stopped to offer the uniformed figure a ride, but he had disappeared. Both stopped at the nearby White Swan Pub and told their story, and received the distinct impression that locals knew of the airman but were unwilling to say anything more on the subject.

Hair Puller

Location: Newbury - Jack O'Newbury public house (was known as The Catherine Wheel)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: The phantom at work in this pub is said to pull hair, unlock doors and move items around. CCTV footage from February 2011 shows two glasses falling from a shelf without human aid.

Falling Pictures

Location: Newbury - Highclere Castle
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: Newspapers reported that Shirley MacLaine claimed to have had paranormal experiences while filming Downton Abbey at Highclere, although the experiences appear to be 'pictures falling from walls'.


Location: Newbury - Donnington Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This incorporeal trooper stands by the remaining gatehouse, quickly vanishing after being seen. A white dog haunts the hill on which the castle stands, often bounding towards the nearby woods where it disappears.

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