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Gloucestershire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Dancing Women

Location: Nympsfield - Unknown hill in the area
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: A teenager standing on this hill looked down into a clearing in the woodland to see women in period costume. They appeared to be wearing very tall cone hats and dancing. The women vanished without warning.

Queen Margaret of Anjou

Location: Owlpen - Owlpen Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: Last seen by a group of children during the Second World War, the wife of Henry VI is said to pine for her dead son Edward. More recently, poltergeist like effects and the sounds of phantom footsteps have been reported, as have the sounds of phantom children.

Ninety Nine Yews

Location: Painswick - Churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Ninety nine yew trees stand in this churchyard. It is said that it is impossible to grow another yew tree in the churchyard, as the devil always comes and removes it. . .

Fawn Coloured Cat

Location: Podsmead - Widden Field
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: A witness spoke to the local newspaper about observing a fast moving, Alsatian-sized creature which was fawn in colour in a field close to her home. The witness said friends had seen a similar creature in the area.

The Black Abbot

Location: Prestbury - Church and churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Varies: Christmas and Easter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Maintaining the same route every year, this ghost materialises in the church before crossing the churchyard and disappearing through a wall in the High Street. It was photographed in 1990 by a Mr Stafford.

Strangler

Location: Prestbury - Cleeves Corner
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly figure supposedly loiters around the area, ready to choke anyone who it takes a disliking to.

Little Old Lady

Location: Prestbury - High Street and Mill Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Several witnesses have seen strange figures drifting in and around these roads, and though differ slightly in appearance, it is suggested that they are all the same entity.

Three Guests

Location: Prestbury - Plough public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2013
Further Comments: A medium who visited this pub claimed there were three spirits here - a man named Jack and two women. The landlady also reported in the local press that she had experienced poltergeist activity.

Trotting

Location: Prestbury - Prestbury House Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Phantom hooves are said to been heard moving around this area, while legend states a ghostly young girl moves around the garden. In June 2012, owners Linda Gardner and David Miller said that the site was not haunted, and that a former owner had invented the stories to increase trade.

Royalist Courier

Location: Prestbury - Road through the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Galloping through the village, this Royalist rode into a rope strung across the road and was killed. His shade is still said to linger.

Charging Horseman

Location: Prestbury - Shaw Green Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 04 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Killed by a Lancastrian arrow in the 1400's, this glowing messenger is doomed to carry his cargo forevermore. Another story says he was decapitated by a thin wire that was placed across the road.

Rising Woman

Location: Redbrook - Swan Pool
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story says a woman and her young child were murdered near here, and the bodies thrown into the pool. Her shade now rises from the water, holding a crying baby. The area is also said to be home to a phantom coach, which has (a different?) woman peering from the window.

Headless Horsemen

Location: Rodmarton - Church
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This church was said to have been relocated due to the intervention of headless horsemen.

Golden Coffin

Location: Rodmarton - Windmill Tump
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This is another location where a golden coffin is reputed to be buried.

Lavender Lady

Location: Sheepscombe - Butchers Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The pub and the surrounding area are haunted by a woman dressed in lavender or mauve coloured clothing. She is thought to be the woman who was responsible for closing several local pubs at the start of the nineteenth century.

Whispering

Location: Shipton Oliffe - Frogmill Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940/50
Further Comments: Still considered haunted today, though to a much lesser degree, the inn was home to strange mist and whispering voices. Three ghostly card players once appeared to a guest in one of the rooms.

Hidden Treasure

Location: Slad - Area known as Pan's Wood (may no longer exist or has been renamed)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Accidents or sudden death is said to have prevented treasure hunters from finding the hoard hidden somewhere here. Even if people have come close to finding it, strange noises have caused them to flee.

Man in Black

Location: Sling - Gattles Cross (aka Gattles Stone), Clearwell Meend
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early to mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A ghostly man in black was seen close to this 1.5 metre tall stone.

Elizabeth Davis

Location: Sling - Miners Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth / early twenty-first century
Further Comments: Formally known as Old Nell, this ghost had a name change after being identified as a landlady from the 1880s. She is described as friendly and enjoys moving items around the building.

Hooded Figure

Location: Snowshill - Snowshill Arms, and priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Haunting both these locations, the figure is widely believed to be a monk. Its presence is believed to upset passing animals.

Footfalls of Charles

Location: Snowshill - Snowshill Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s onwards?
Further Comments: This building was donated to the National Trust in 1951 by Charles Wade; staff believe that the sounds coming from behind closed doors are those of the former owner, though some think that the haunting predates his death.

Grey Figure

Location: South Cerney - Road towards village from Kemble
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 09 December 2016
Further Comments: A five foot tall tornado/human-like figure was narrowly missed by a driver who swerved to avoid it. The witness said the entity was hovering about thirty centimetres off the road, was pointed at the base and formed human-like features further up, with a tail-like bit above the head.

Ghostly Monk

Location: St Briavels - George Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Human inhabitants at the pub have learnt to share the building with the spirit of this former monk.

Bleeding

Location: Staunton - The Long Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: If this stone is pricked with a pin at midnight, it is said to bleed. If bored, it is sometimes seen moving across nearby countryside!

Horseman

Location: Stow on the Wold - A429 Fosse Way, heading towards Warwick
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September or October 2006, early evening
Further Comments: A driver reported glancing at her rear view mirror and seeing a horseman wearing a long black cape leap out into the road. The horseman was so close, the driver thought the rider would hit the car, but he vanished.

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