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Dorset Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Nun

Location: Horton - Site of former abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The field where an abbey once stood is now home to a ghostly nun.

Lad

Location: Horton - Road leading north-west from village, close to Horton Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young boy, thought to be from the time of the English Civil War, plays in the lane. His darting in front of incoming traffic is said to unnerve drivers.

Shawled Woman

Location: Horton - Horton Hollow area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December 1920
Further Comments: A shawled woman was mistaken for a real person until she drifted through a hedge and vanished into a muddy pit. Another witness claimed to have seen a nun-like figure at the same spot. A local farmer was said to have been frustrated by the belief in the figure, as it prevented workers using the road after dark.

Red Eyed Dog

Location: Horton - Bagman's Lane and Pot Lane
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lane is home to a local shuck; with red eyes and fur black as coal, his passing is to be taken as an ill-omen.

Duke of Monmouth

Location: Horton - Woodlands - Monmouth Ash Tree
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 16 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Even though the Duke was executed at the Tower of London, his ghost now frequents the area he was captured after his failed rebellion. The ghost is said to carry his head in his hands.

Thirsty Bells

Location: Ibberton - Church and village pond
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Midday
Further Comments: At midday, the church bells were said to grow thirsty and cross the lane to drink from the village pond.

Tow Dog

Location: Isle of Portland - All over Island
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shaggy dog that stands six foot tall has an unusual trait for a shuck - it only blocks people from passing, never injuring them. The hound is also known as the Row Dog.

Murdered Smuggler

Location: Kimmeridge - Worbarrow Bay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nights of a waning moon (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Killed on the beach by a revenue man who liked the shooting part of his job a little too much, the screams of the smuggler can be heard at night. Sometimes a shadowy figure is seen waste deep in the ocean.

Old Woman

Location: Kingston - Scott Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The pub is thought to be the haunt of an elderly female character.

Tormented Nun

Location: Knowlton - Road between village and Hinton Martell
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The shadowy figure of a nun is reported to walk along the road between two villages.

Protective Ditch

Location: Knowlton - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The legends state that this building, constructed in the middle of a pagan temple, is haunted by dozens of spirits. The ditch which surrounds the building is not to keep intruders out, but to rather keep the ghosts in.

Drinking Cross

Location: Langton Herring - Ancient cross
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 31 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This stone hewn cross moves to the nearby Fleet lagoon to drink.

Headless Figure

Location: Langton Long Blandford - White Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lane was once believed to be haunted by a male figure who carried his head under his arm.

Coachman

Location: Langton Matravers - Road passing the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly coachman is said to drive past the church.

Pistol Cracks

Location: Langton Matravers - Dunshay Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Various knocks and sounds have been reported at this building, the most dramatic being the sound of gunfire - it is said that a former occupier shot himself.

Gold

Location: Langton Matravers - Wilkswood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A golden hoard is said to be concealed around this area. It is unclear whether this treasure relates to the phantom Romans said to walk the area.

Headless Women

Location: Leigh - Pool in the area, exact location unknown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Having drowned in the pool when their horse and coach fell in, these four headless women (still in their coach) rise from the water at midnight and travel around the area.

Hound

Location: Leigh - Bailey Ridge
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This is another site in Dorset reported to be home to the large, black devil dog.

Little Folk

Location: Lewesdon Hill - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Cat and fairies unknown, headless horseman during late 1970s
Further Comments: The second highest peak in Dorset is said to be home to an extended family of fairies. In recent years, there have been reports of a large black cat living in the area. In the late 1970s, a woman and her two children all witnessed a headless horseman emerging from a fog bank.

Headless Hound

Location: Leweston - Junction north of Stokebridge Farm
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom dog with no head is reputed to cross a country lane close to the farm.

Solid Gold

Location: Littlebredy (aka Little Bredy) - The Grey Mare & Her Colts (long barrow)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: Hidden under the Grey Mare is reputedly a coffin made from solid gold. There is also a local legend that connects the barrow to a phantom horse that runs around the area.

William Light

Location: Litton Cheney - Baglake House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mr Light committed suicide within the walls of the building in the 1740s, and now his spirit is finding it hard to rest. Another presence has been reported, always denoted by the sound of rustling silk.

Headless Man

Location: Loders - Yellow Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The lane is said to be haunted by a coachman who lost his head while travelling too fast - he hit an overhanging branch, decapitated him in an instant.

Coach

Location: Long Bredy - Kingston Russell House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The driveway of the house is said to be haunted by a coach containing a headless footman and four headless passengers, driven by a headless coachman, pulled by a team of four headless horses.

Horse & Cart

Location: Longham - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 July 2012. 04:30h
Further Comments: While overtaking a slow moving lorry, a driver spotted a grey horse and cart to the side of the bridge ahead of him. When the driver reached the bridge, the horse had vanished.

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