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Hampshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Lake with Sword in a Stone

Location: Beaulieu - Exact location unknown, somewhere in the New Forest
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 1951
Further Comments: A family driving in the New Forest while on holiday passed a mist covered lake, with a sword set in a large stone a few metres off the shoreline. The lake had disappeared when they drove back and, to the best of our knowledge, has never returned.

Loud Whispers

Location: Beaulieu - Palace Lane Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: This cottage was haunted by loud whispers and footsteps heard in empty rooms. The presence also opened and closed doors around the building.

Mrs Waggs

Location: Bentley - Jenkyn Place Vineyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former housekeeper, Mrs Waggs is said to haunt this location. Another phantom, a woman in white still loiters in the garden, and finally an unseen coach pulls into the driveway.

Cloaked Woman

Location: Bishops Waltham - Claverton Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969-1971
Further Comments: Over three years three people spotted a phantom girl at the farm. She wore a grey hooded cloak, though her face could be seen beneath, and was described as young with pretty, brown eyes.

Screaming Animal

Location: Bishops Waltham - Folly Field
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1975
Further Comments: Setting off to his paper round, a teenager heard an animal in pain running through undergrowth, closely pursued by the sound of a horse. Nothing could be seen, but the noises lasted for around fifteen seconds.

Green Mist

Location: Bishops Waltham - St Peters' Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1992, around 23:00h
Further Comments: Walking home through the churchyard, a witness heard movement behind them. Turning around, they watched as a misty green shape fall to the ground and vanish with a thud.

Woman with Bike

Location: Bishops Waltham - Undisclosed main road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: A woman dressed in black holding a bike asked two friends for directions to Dean. They gave the directions, during which the woman would only say 'yes', and afterwards she climbed onto her bike and disappeared seemingly into thin air when the two witnesses momentarily looked away. One of the friends later said that the bike was Victorian and the woman's clothing 'odd'.


Location: Bisterne - Dragon Fields
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area was held to ransom by a fire breather who demanded a pail of milk once a day. The knight who engaged the dragon in battle barely made it out of the conflict with his life, and though the dragon lay slain, the victor died shortly after.

Missing Time

Location: Bordon - Forest Road / Hendon Road area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: June 1999 and March 2001
Further Comments: Two friends driving from the hospital to one of their parent's homes, a two minute trip, lost one hour forty minutes of their lives. Neither was aware of any periods of unconsciousness or 'jumps' in time. Two years later, another report came in of a missing time episode in the area; this time the witness lost three hours during a five minute walk.


Location: Botley - Dolphin public house, High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Echoing footfalls have been reported from this public house, as have strange sounds from the cellar. It has been speculated that the pub is haunted by a man hanged here after a mock trial went tragically wrong.

Treasure Hunter

Location: Braishfield - Dark Lane, and the surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area is reportedly haunted by the shade of an Edwardian woman looking for a hoard of treasure she hid while living in a building along the road. She is said to be more likely to be seen by dogs, which react by howling for no apparent reason, rather than people.

White Woman with Mistletoe

Location: Bramshill - Bramshill House (police college)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Not just home to the ghostly bride (who suffered the fate of hiding in a chest from her husband while playing hide and seek, only to become stuck and suffocate) who wakes people up who spend the night there, but also to a grey lady who haunts the library and a green man who hovers by the lake - it is reported that he has no legs. Finally, a man in a flannel suit was observed walking through a wall by a security guard in the 1970s.

Young Girl

Location: Bramshot - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A little girl wearing a bonnet is said to walk away from the church before disappearing through a churchyard wall.

Boris Karloff

Location: Bramshot - Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Spending his final years here, Karloff now haunts his former cottage.


Location: Bramshot - Old Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Quaker who haunts the old manor house is not alone in the afterlife - the building is also reputed to be the home to a ghostly priest and a former female owner.


Location: Bramshot - Roads in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Roads running in and through the village are reportedly home to several phantom entities. A highwayman, a cavalier, a small group of Tudors have all been reported here.

Elizabeth Butler

Location: Bramshot - Stream running through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Elizabeth Butler drowned in the stream in 1745 and has been known to return to walk alongside the waterway.

Woman in Poke Bonnet

Location: Breamore - Breamore House
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: When current owner soon to die
Further Comments: This restless spirit was murdered by a long forgotten owner of the house - her ghost now appears prior to the death of the current owner of the property.


Location: Buriton - All over village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Last seen 1960s?
Further Comments: Seen at the manor house, the vicarage garden and along the lanes, the phantom friar would vanish if anyone approached him.

Swinging Chambermaid

Location: Buriton - Buriton Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1957
Further Comments: The then owner of the property, Lt Col Carter, requested that his rates be reduced due to a ghost on the property that would lessen the value. A chambermaid who committed suicide on the site was reportedly seen several times by the Lt Col, though the building was also the haunt of a monk or friar dressed in brown habit.

Sheep Eater

Location: Burley - Hill known as Burley Beacon
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This dragon terrorised the neighbourhood after demanding a sacrifice of sheep - the locals gave him milk instead. Before long, the reliable knight of yore came along, covered his armour with birdlime (a sticky substance made from bark) and powered glass, and the engaged the creature. The knight won the fight, but his two hunting dogs were killed, and he later died of his sustained injuries.

Metallic Smoke

Location: Burley - New Forest
Type: Other
Date / Time: 26 December 2005
Further Comments: While driving around lost, looking for a road sign, a couple passed a patch of purple/blue smoke, around 2 metres by 3 metres in diameter, hovering around 2 metres off the ground. They drove back to have another look, but the smoke had gone.

Peter Warne

Location: Burley - Queen's Head Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former smuggler, Warne is now said to haunt this inn.


Location: Cadham - White Hart Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Though never seen, this woman's perfume has been reported on several occasions, while her presence is also denoted by a sudden change in temperature.

Bar Woman

Location: Chalton - Red Lion public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several phantoms haunt this old pub, including a woman behind the bar, a child on the staircase and an unknown face that looks from an upper floor window.

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