Dorset - Paranormal Database Records

Shapeless Mass

Location: Wimborne - Barley Mow public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The pub is haunted by an unearthly dark shape which hovers in the bar area. No one is too sure what exactly is it or what is represents.

Quarter Jack

Location: Wimborne - Church - West Tower
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Midnight
Further Comments: Quarter Jack sits within the West Tower and chimes the quarter hours. At midnight, he is said to climb down from the tower and wander the market town.


Location: Wimborne - Dickens House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: This former man of the cloth is said to step out of a bricked up doorway wearing black and holding a bible.


Location: Wimborne - Griffin Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Around Christmas (reoccurring)
Further Comments: One room in the hotel is filled with sobbing around Christmas - some say the cries belong to a girl upset at her father's death. A grey haired woman in a brown skirt has also been reported in the hotel, and was seen near Bedroom 4 during the 1940s.

Percy Newall

Location: Wimborne - King's House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 06:00 (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This former reverend walks around the building early in the morning holding a bible, before disappearing into a room in the upper part of the building.


Location: Wimborne - Mill Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A former mill worker, Annie drowned in the River Allen while running away from the mill. Employees at the Riverside Café reported seeing the ghostly figure of a woman wearing a long dress in the area.


Location: Wimborne - Minster
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghostly figure of a monk has been reported walking around the Minster.

Edwardian Boy

Location: Wimborne - Onslow House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A young boy in Edwardian attire reputedly haunts this building. He has been mistaken for a real person on at least one occasion.

Hooded Woman

Location: Wimborne St Giles - St Giles Estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - nineteenth century
Further Comments: A phantom woman in white, with a hood covering her face, was seen to rush into a hedge. Following this, the sounds of a horse and cart could be heard travelling through woodland, though nothing could be seen.


Location: Winterborne Abbas - Nearby hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 June 1662?
Further Comments: Two men out riding spotted, from a distance, many horsemen sporting military colours upon the hill. Expecting to cross paths with the army further down the road, they were surprised when they did not, and upon further investigation, there was no other sightings or reports.

Frozen Figures

Location: Winterborne Abbas - Nine Stones (stone circle)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The stones are said to be either children (or maidens) who were petrified for dancing on the Sabbath, or the Devil, his wife, and his children.


Location: Winterborne Kingston - Barrow
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Dismissed 1858
Further Comments: It was once thought that a golden coffin was buried here, though a dig in 1858 discovered a lead one containing a Roman body.


Location: Winterborne Monkton - Pool of water off the A354 near Winterborne Monkton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An accident resulted in a coach, passengers and a team of horses all drowning in this pool. The accident is said to periodically reoccur.


Location: Winterborne St Martin - Maiden Castle (hill fort)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s?
Further Comments: Phantom soldiers have been reported in this area, while legend says this Iron Age hillfort was built by a race of giants.


Location: Winterborne Whitchurch - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Church still present
Further Comments: Construction on the church at this village began in Round Meadow, but the stones were all moved to another field by an unseen hand. Villagers (wisely) decided to finish the building in the new locale.


Location: Witchampton - Area around the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once the site of an abbey, this area is now haunted by a former monk who disappears into the entrance of a concealed tunnel.

Ghostly Dog

Location: Woodcutts - Ruins of Priory
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: A large black hound has been observed here several times, recognisable from its lack of ears and saucer-sized eyes.


Location: Wool - Hethfelton House and / or stone bridge close to Bindon Abbey
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Midnight, prior to disaster (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This horse drawn coach drawn by four horses drives by the house, heading towards the River Frome (or Bindon Abbey passing over the fifteenth century stone bridge over the river. Only those who have Turbeville blood can view the phantom.


Location: Wool - Ruins of Bindon Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom woman wearing a flowing grey dress is said to be quite beautiful, and walks from the ruins to the nearby River Frome.

Phantom Coach

Location: Wool - Woolbridge Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mentioned in the novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles, a phantom coach is reputed to cross the bridge by Woolbridge Manor at night with only members of the Turberville family can see it. Some believe that John Turberville and Anne Howard are within, rebelling against their parents and eloping.


Location: Worth Matravers - Priests Way (aka Priests Track)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An army is said to march along in this area, though no description is forthcoming.

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