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Buckinghamshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Penn - Roads in the area, and area near Penn Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1880
Further Comments: Four farmers on horseback are said to have pursued the phantoms of a man named Clark and his mare. They managed to keep up with Clark until he reached the church - both ghosts evaporated into grey mist, and the farmers' mounts bolted with fear.

Man on Fire

Location: Pitstone - Railway bridge between village and Bulbourne
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom burning man was reported to haunt the bridge here, the ghost of a suicide victim. The figure is said to be an ill-omen, although by averting your glance, you can avoid the misfortune.

St Osyth

Location: Quarrendon - Holy waters
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Osyth was executed by Vikings; a spring burst forth from where her decapitated head landed, and she stood, picked up her head and walked off to a nearby convent where she died.

Arthur's Court

Location: Seer Green - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The village is reputed to have taken its name from when the court of King Arthur visited the area.


Location: Slapton - Carpenter's Arms
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two phantoms reputedly haunt this pub. One is a monk-like figure who is said to have died while breaking up a fight, while a female phantom haunts the kitchen area who can be spotted from outside the building.


Location: Slapton - Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The buckles on a pair of shoes belonging to a former rector are said to glint in in the night as his ghost runs to attend a long forgotten incident.


Location: Slapton - Old cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s-1993
Further Comments: Believed haunted by a former owner named Jesse, paranormal activity in this old cottage is reported to have involved possession and physical attacks on the occupant. An exorcism in 1993 resulted in no further occurrences.

Young Girl on Horseback

Location: Slapton - Road from Slaptonbury Mill (no longer standing) to farm on other side of the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1980
Further Comments: Legend says that the girl and her horse were both drowned when the mill stream flooded; the sound of the horse's hooves can still be heard. One driver reported seeing a well-dressed person upon a white horse as they travelled between Ivinghoe Aston and Slapton. They feared that they had hit the horse, so stopped, only to find no one there.

Disappearing Dog

Location: Soulbury - Road between Soulbury & Stewkley
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1880
Further Comments: A large black dog here often escorted a local farmer as he drove his cart to market. When a girl tried to pat its head, it vanished.

An old woodcut of a boar.

Snorting Boars

Location: St Leonards - Uphill and general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of running boars is reported here, snorting loudly as they go.

Driverless Coach

Location: Stone - Road towards Thame
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1994, late summer
Further Comments: A stagecoach with horses but no driver was seen by a witness in a car driving in the opposite direction along this road.

An old postcard of Swanbourne.

Elizabeth Adams

Location: Swanbourne - Area around St Swithin
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This green tinted lady died of the traditional broken heart after her husband was murdered - locals say her ghost continues to look for those responsible.

Headless Dog

Location: Tingewick - General area?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1916 (photographed)
Further Comments: A ghost of a little headless dog wagging its tail was taken at a tea party in the village early in the twentieth century. The photographer, an ex-Scotland Yard Inspector, claimed he saw nothing when taking the image.

Landlord's Wife

Location: Turville - Bull and Butcher public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: The sound of barrels being moved has been reported coming from the cellar, though on investigation everything is always in the correct place. A ghostly woman has been spotted a couple of times and is thought to be the shade of a publican's wife murdered in the 1940s.

Airman with Silk Scarf

Location: Turweston - RAF Turweston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Thought to be another casualty of the Second World War, this spectral airman was last seen by the base's cook.

An old postcard of Wendover Church.

Moved by Fairies

Location: Wendover - Church
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The church was planned to be built elsewhere, however the local fairy population had other plans, and moved the building materials to the place the structure now stands.

Large Black Cat

Location: Wendover - Main Exit to Woods
Type: ABC
Date / Time: September 2006
Further Comments: A driver reported passing along this road and slowing down for what they assumed was a large black dog. As they approached, they realised the creature was in fact a very large black cat.

Chiltern Puma

Location: Wendover - RAF Halton housing estate
Type: ABC
Date / Time: May 1983, and 2005
Further Comments: In May 1983, four women encountered the 'Chiltern Puma' while walking through the estate - the creature past within three metres of the group. The cat was seen a half dozen times during that year, in over a three week period, all within a thirteen mile radius. In 2005 another witness reported seeing a large black creature close to the old RAF hospital site.

Horse and Half A Rider

Location: Wendover - Steep road off the M40, though Wendover Woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: Recorded by the local press, a man reported that his wife had seen a horse pass in front of the car in which she was travelling, and upon the creature was the bottom half of a rider - the figure was not visible above legs. The driver of the car did not spot anything.


Location: West Wycombe - George and Dragon public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Susan was killed when a prank went wrong - she was so upset she attacked the people responsible and was mortally wounded as they defended themselves. She died in a guest room at the public house. Since then, the pale white form of Sukie (as she is affectionately known) has been observed in bedrooms and by the fireplace.

Paul Whitehead

Location: West Wycombe - West Wycombe Park, caves under the hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1781 onwards
Further Comments: West Wycombe was the location of a Hell-Fire Club, with Paul Whitehead a fully fledged and enthusiastic member. He has apparently found it hard to leave his membership behind post-mortem.

A phantom Buckinghamshire farmer.


Location: Westcott - Oxford to Aylesbury path
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown - twentieth century?
Further Comments: This farmer was said to often appear and be dressed in old fashioned clothing.


Location: Westcott - Westcott Sports and Social Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: The phantom has been nicknamed Mavis and is said to have been present since the site was the mess for the former airfield. Mavis is blamed for moving snooker balls, creating footsteps, and occasionally briefly manifesting.

Strange Spot

Location: Westcott - Westcott to Ashendon road, top of Lynch Hill
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown - twentieth century?
Further Comments: It was reported that dogs would react strangely at the top of the hill, their hair standing on end.

A phantom Roman soldier.

Roman Soldier

Location: Westcott - Westcott Venture Park (previously Westcott Airfield)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Roman soldier is said to march cross this area, parallel to Akeman Street, one of the UK's ancient Roman roads. He is said to glow in the dark.

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