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Dorset Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Murdered Woman

Location: East Lulworth - Between village and (former?) military base
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: A woman took to haunting a stretch of road where she was murdered; her killer dumped her body into a pit and carved her face into a stone along a park wall.

Flying Figures

Location: East Stour - Path between Great Narry Pit and Woodville
Type: Other
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: A post office worker with two friends walking along this route spotted two other people on the path. The trio called out 'good evening', but the other two people did not acknowledge them. The postal worker, believing he recognised one of the pair, approached them, only to see them both rise into the air and disappear over some trees. The worker's friends also witnessed the figures rise.

Duke of Monmouth

Location: East Woodyates - Old coaching house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Duke is said to return to the place where he rested while escaping to the coast after the Battle of Sedgemoor. The grounds of the inn are also said to be haunted by the disembodied head of a white horse.

Drinking Lions

Location: Evershot - Melbury House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Midnight
Further Comments: The pair of lions that stand by the gates of this house are said to visit the nearby lake and drink their fill once every twenty four hours.

Highwayman

Location: Evershot - Acorn Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This sixteenth century inn is said to be home to a phantom highwayman.

Rocking Lady

Location: Ferndown - Old Thatch public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen in this pub on a rocking chair, this phantom elderly lady caused one former landlord to run out of the building in fear.

Horseman

Location: Fifehead Neville - Dark Lane T-junction close to the bridge and ford crossing the River Divelish
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom horseman has been reportedly seen in this area.

Moving Stones

Location: Folke - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: During construction of the church
Further Comments: The construction of the church started in Broke Wood, but every night the work which was done was undone and the building materials moved to where the church now stands. Another version of the story says the Devil moved the stones to prevent any work being done but failed.

Water Fairies

Location: Furzebrook - Blue Pool
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a clay pit, the hole was left to fill with water. Some say that it has become bottomless, and that fairy folk live within the water waiting to drown those who are too curious. Others say it the Devil who pushes people in.

Coffin

Location: Gillingham - Unknown road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A motorist is said to have encountered a ghostly coffin as it lay in the road. A local story says that the funerary box accidently fell from a horse drawn cart, and occasionally reappears.

Earl of Shaftesbury

Location: Gussage All Saints - Lanes in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Earl of Shaftesbury, who died in 1683, is said to drive his coach around the lanes in the area, looking for souls to take.

Highwayman

Location: Gussage All Saints - Drovers Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom highwayman is said to haunt this pub's cellar.

Coffin

Location: Gussage St Michael - Long barrow
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Another barrow that is said to contain a gold or silver coffin.

Saint Juthware

Location: Halstock - Judith Hill (aka Abbots Hill), and area near the Quiet Woman Inn (now a guest house)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 November, 01:00h (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The headless phantom of Saint Juthware is reported to walk towards the church with her head in her hands. She was beheaded by her step-brother, tricked into doing so by his mother. The inn was also haunted by a female shadow which vanished as soon as it was seen.

Glowing Windows

Location: Hampreston - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Named as haunted by Elliott O'Donnell, though the ghost hunter admitted that the windows which sometimes glowed at night could just be reflecting the light of the moon.

Battle

Location: Handley Cross? - Exact location unknown
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local tradition says that the Queen of the Iceni fought a battle here, though there is no evidence to confirm this.

Horseman

Location: Hengistbury Head - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: It was said that a phantom horseman was seen in this area during the 1980s. Another story claimed a ghostly woman could also be occasionally seen throwing herself off a cliff.

Table

Location: Hillcombe - Well in the village
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This well is said to contain a table made either of silver or gold that no one has yet managed to recover.

Shadowy Form

Location: Hinton Martell - Old Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about the spook which loiters at the Old Rectory.

Roman

Location: Hinton St Mary - Area around the Roman Villa
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1963 onwards
Further Comments: After the ruins of a Roman villa were discovered in 1963, a phantom figure dressed in a toga began to appear in the area.

Coach

Location: Holnest - Hunter's Bridge, heading towards Broke Wood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An accident resulted in a team of horses and their coach crashing into the stream - their phantom forms are said to remain.

Moved Materials

Location: Holnest - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: During church construction
Further Comments: The first choice location of the church was ruined night after night, when the building materials were taken to the place where this church now stands. A variation of the story has the Devil moving the stones while trying to prevent any construction from occurring.

Large Eyes

Location: Holt - Unnamed farmhouse (unlikely to be standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: As well as the traditional disembodied footsteps, this area was also haunted by a pair of eyes as large as 'basins'.

Caesar's Stag

Location: Holwell - River Lydden, Vale of Blackmore
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A white hart killed by Sir Thomas de la Linde was said to be a magical, immortal creature which carried a golden ring around the neck placed there by Caesar.

Flying Cross

Location: Holworth - Skies over Moigne Down
Type: UFO
Date / Time: October 1967
Further Comments: Two police officers chased a large cross-shaped UFO in this area as it flew low overhead. Another witness observed the craft later in the evening hovering and spinning on the spot.

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