Dorset - Paranormal Database Records


Location: Thorncombe Woods - Roman Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969
Further Comments: A phantom contingent of Roman legionnaires are still said to match along this piece of ancient road. A single Roman soldier was spotted by a group of youths and two adults camping in the woods.

Jumping Devil

Location: Thornecombe - Trees between village and Birdsmore Gate
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil is sometimes thought to exercise by jumping over the trees located between these two locations.

Little Girl In Victorian Clothes

Location: Throop - Throop Mill river (River Stour)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: The mill is supposed to be haunted by monks and young people or children. One witness said that he had encountered a little girl n a Victorian dress in 2004 and again in 2012, accompanied by the sound of crying.


Location: Todbar - Churchyard and road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1920s?
Further Comments: Walking away from the churchyard, two ghostly men carry a coffin covered over in black cloth.


Location: Trent - Trent Barrow, pool
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Pool still present
Further Comments: This pool is said by some to be the location of King Arthur's Excalibur.

Bolting Horses

Location: Trent - Trent Barrow, pool
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather dependent: Stormy weather
Further Comments: The pool was once the scene of a tragedy when a horse drawn carriage crashed into it, drowning all on board. This mishap can still occasionally be heard.


Location: Tyneham - Boatswain's Coppice, between village and Lulworth
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This small piece of woodland was the home of a phantom dog that would physically prevent anyone from walking between the two villages.


Location: Tyneham - Oak tree near Baltington Farm - known as the Coffin Tree
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A dairymaid who committed suicide is said to be buried under an oak tree that has a coffin carved in the bark. Her wistful spirit walks the area.


Location: Tyneham - Unnamed cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Feb 2003
Further Comments: Bournemouth man Christopher Grist photographed what appears to be the phantom figure of a soldier while in the village, though some believe the image to be a simulacrum formed by shadows.

Self Opening Gate

Location: Ulwell - Old toll gate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witch, who had taken the form of a black cat, was killed while sitting on the gate. Since then, the gate is said to open for those who travel late at night.

Duke of Monmouth

Location: Uplyme - Road leading to Yawl
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Around midnight, though date of last sighting unknown
Further Comments: Riding a white horse in the pale light of the moon, the Duke is sometimes accompanied by several ghostly guards.


Location: Verwood - The Verwood Stone (aka Hoarstone, aka Stephen's Stone)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: Under this stone is said to be a golden container. A large black bird protected the treasure, scaring away any tomb raiders. There have been reports of unnatural cold spots in the area.


Location: Wareham - Hills around Creech Grange
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1678
Further Comments: Several thousand men were said to have been seen in the area, the sound of battle filling the air. The event is said to have been witnessed by around one hundred people.

Two Adrian Browns

Location: Wareham - Undisclosed area of road
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: A security worker, Adrian Brown tells the story of driving his van down a road in the area, only to see himself driving the same van in the opposite direction. He was reportedly slightly freaked out at the time.

Headless Driver

Location: West Lulworth - Coach Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly coach pulled by horses and driven by a headless coachman reportedly travels along this lane.


Location: West Lulworth - Daggers Gate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hare that haunts this area is thought to be the ghost of a witch. In life, she enjoyed turning herself into a Lepus.

Bloodied Ghost

Location: West Stafford - Local lane (exact location not known)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 1894
Further Comments: A party of ghost hunters patrolling an alleged haunted lane in the village encountered a white figure covered by a sheet. One member of the group urged the others to attack it, which they did using sticks and clubs. The ghost fell to the ground. Once the sheet was removed, it was realised the ghost was actually a local man, who was taken to hospital for his fractured skull to be treated.

Pitch Forked Dog

Location: West Woodyates - Manor
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmhand discovered a dog laying in the hay - he poked it with his pitchfork, causing the entity to vanish. The sound of a coach has also been heard as it stops by the front of the house, though nothing is seen.

Raining Snails

Location: Weymouth - All over the area
Type: Other
Date / Time: Early seventeenth century
Further Comments: Small snail shells rained down in Weymouth, with people finding the coloured carapaces gathering in their hats as they walked.

Sea Shanties

Location: Weymouth - Boot Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: One owner of the inn reported hearing old sea shanties being sung at night in deserted rooms and heavy footsteps walking around. A seaman has also been reported, who vanishes without trace.

Horrid Old Woman

Location: Weymouth - Corner seat along promenade
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Visible only to a select few, one witness who spotted the old woman on a seat said she reeked of death. The witness's fiancée later sat in the exact spot and died of a heart attack.


Location: Weymouth - Fleet, general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Stories perpetuated by smugglers told of phantom drowned sailors walking the roads of Fleet.

White Figure

Location: Weymouth - Nothe Fort
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A mysterious apparition is said to walk along the parapets of this building.

Like a Sea-Horse

Location: Weymouth - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1990s and 1757?
Further Comments: A creature which had the top half of a sea-horse but with the bottom part silver and covered in fins was spotted here by one witness who was reportedly hesitant in speaking of the sighting until they came across an earlier account describing a similar creature.

51 Vikings

Location: Weymouth - Ridgeway Hill, site of 2012 Olympics sailing centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2009
Further Comments: Self professed psychics were quick to announce that the discovery of 51 bodies, most likely Vikings who were executed by Saxons in the tenth century, would lead to paranormal activity.

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