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Hampshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Old Lady

Location: Fordingbridge - Hourglass Restaurant, formerly fourteenth century farmhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shade of an old lady warms herself by sitting by one of the original fireplaces.

Cavalier

Location: Fordingbridge - Tutor Rose Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: As well as a phantom Cavalier, this inn is also said to be the home of a ghostly woman who ascends the staircase. The female apparition may also be responsible for the footsteps heard on the same staircase.

Accidental Discharge

Location: Gosport - Barracks (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1899
Further Comments: After a 'ghost scare' at this barracks, a marine was found guilty of unlawfully shooting another man. The marine claimed to have been 'unnerved' by the ghostly report, and accidently opened fire at his relief. The 'ghost' incident which preceded the shooting was said to have been reported by another guard who had watched a dog leap over a wall. When the guard tried to follow the dog, he discovered that the dog's footprints turned into human prints which led into a creek.

Jack the Painter

Location: Gosport - Blockhouse Point
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Hanged for setting fire to the ropeworks in Portsmouth, Jack's body remained in a gibbet for many years and the squeaking of the rusted chains can be heard today.

Whistler

Location: Gosport - Fort Brockhurst
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom whistling and occasional footsteps are thought to belong to a sergeant major that still patrols the grounds of this fortified building.

Attempted Murder

Location: Gosport - Forton Barracks (no longer operational)
Type: Other
Date / Time: January 1899
Further Comments: A guard was charged with attempted murder after opening fire at another marine sent to relieve him in the early hours of the morning. There was a theory that the guard who had discharged his rifle had been frightened after being told ghost stories - the site acted as a PoW camp for Napoleonic troops, and a French officer's spirit said to remain earthbound.

Black Hooded Figure

Location: Gosport - Green Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 7 November 1999
Further Comments: A taxi driver had to sharply brake to avoid hitting this faceless entity, which slowly dissolved before his eyes.

Vanishing Musicians

Location: Gosport - HMS St Vincent
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A local piece of folklore says that, in the early twentieth century, a bugler and a drummer were so bad they were both sent behind the barracks so they could practice out of earshot of other trainees. A fog descended and the musicians were heard screaming; when the fog lifted, no-one could be found, and only a smashed drum and broken bugle remained. A phantom drummer was said to occasionally appear in the area.

Young Woman

Location: Gosport - Hotel (name withheld)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2010
Further Comments: A guest awoke in the middle of the night to see, standing over her sleeping husband, a young woman with brown hair. The guest covered her eyes out of fear. The following morning the guest mentioned the sighting to staff and was told other people had seen the girl.

Woman with Dark Hair

Location: Gosport - Hotel (name withheld)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2003
Further Comments: A witness awoke in the middle of the night and spotted a woman with long dark hair sitting in a chair. After the witness rubbed their eyes for a few seconds, they then watched the woman walked out of the room through a closed door. The witness later discovered that staff reported hearing people in the room even when it was empty.

Electrical Dead Zone

Location: Gosport - Percy Road
Type: Other
Date / Time: Summer 2006
Further Comments: Car immobilisers and electric starters on vehicles persistently failed to work for many residents along this street, with no one able to offer any explanation why.

White Lady

Location: Gosport - Royal Hospital Haslar
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004, and 1998
Further Comments: A phantom white lady is said to haunt the building. In 2004, an employee sitting in an office spotted a head pass the window in the door. Knowing he was alone in that part of the hospital, the man tried to follow the person - all possible exits were locked, but no one could be found. Six years previous, two people working on reception heard an internal door squeak open and footsteps walk towards the front desk, although no one could be seen and a walkaround found no one.

Charlie Pearce

Location: Havant - Havant Forest, Gypsies' Clump
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Charlie died whilst drinking gin on horseback - he hit an overhanging branch while his mare galloped along a darkened path, crushing his windpipe and killing him almost instantly. Those wounds are immediately apparent on his phantom.

Pooling Water

Location: Hawley - Old Malt House, Chapel Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A ghostly form here is blamed for the puddles of water that once formed on the staircase every night - no natural source of the liquid could be found.

Sailor

Location: Hayling Island - Church, Northney
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom sailor is said to walk this area.

Man in a Fading Uniform

Location: Hayling Island - Disused railway station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1960s onwards
Further Comments: Believed to have been a guard at the station, this figure has been seen several times since the station closed in the early sixties.

Roadkill

Location: Hayling Island - Exact location not known
Type: ABC
Date / Time: July 1988
Further Comments: A jungle cat was knocked over and killed along a road on the island, though sightings of other large cats continued for a while afterwards.

Submerged Bells

Location: Hayling Island - Off the south coast
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of sunken bells is said still to be heard coming from the sea.

Man in Black

Location: Hayling Island - Old Fleet Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1960s
Further Comments: The appearance of the phantom man in black was so frequent that domesticated animals learned to stand to one side and let him pass. One witness speculated the figure to be a priest.

Grampus

Location: Highclere - Church
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A tree in the churchyard was home to a Grampus, a kind of water loving animal like a dolphin. After upsetting the locals (by harassing their teenage daughters), a priest was called in and banished the creature for a thousand years.

Tall Lady in Black

Location: Hinton Ampner - Old Manor House (no longer standing) and new Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: From 1765 until 1960
Further Comments: The old Manor House was haunted to such an extent that it was finally demolished and rebuilt a few meters down the road. Reports of apparitions, footsteps, untraceable music and finally screaming all drove out the occupiers of the original building. The replacement building suffered briefly from elements of the haunting, though nothing since it was gutted by fire and re-rebuilt...

Monk

Location: Holbury - Old Mill Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom monk reported here has an intense red beard.

Man in Boiler Suit

Location: Hollywater - Royal Oak public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pub's cellar was claimed to be home to a ghostly man wearing a blue boiler suit.

Anne

Location: Holybourne - Anne's Cottage
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This cottage was named after Anne, the grey lady still said to remain here.

Armed Cavalier

Location: Hook - A30, south side
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wearing a long cape and wide brimmed hat, this Civil War soldier holds what appears to be a broken sword in his hands. One theory is that the man was a messenger caught and killed by Royalists.

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