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Hampshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Monks

Location: Titchfield - Abbey and A27
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: As well as being observed drifting around the abbey grounds, this phantom monk is said to appear in the backseat of cars driving along the nearby A27, though he quickly vanishes once seen.

Tall, Dark Stranger

Location: Totton - Testwood House (aka Rumasa House)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 October (reoccurring), though not always the case, last seen 1972
Further Comments: This enigmatic figure stands at the entrance to the driveway and it is thought he murdered a young lady in the property. Those who have seen the man say he is dressed like an old coach driver, which would explain the occasional sounds of a phantom coach passing through the area.

Cursed Motorway

Location: Twyford - Twyford Down (now area of the M3)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1992
Further Comments: A week after a motorway construction team disturbed the graves of eighteen men, some two metres tall, two of the men suffered fatal heart attacks and a night watchman dropped dead at his post. People protesting the construction of the motorway pronounced the incidents 'the curse of the giants'.

Chickett

Location: Upham - Brushmaker's Arms public house, Shoe Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Murdered for his vast wealth, Mr Chickett can sometimes be heard counting his former fortune. Phantom footfalls have also been reported in the building.

Mr Chicket

Location: Upham - Brushmakers Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Chicket was murdered for his money while staying at the pub. Even though this event occurred a couple of hundred years ago, his shadowy form still flits around the site.

Shepherd

Location: Upton Grey - Road from the north
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: June 1993, around 10:00h
Further Comments: The apparition of a shepherd with two dogs was spotted walking along this road, witnesses recognising him as a relative. They later found out the relative was seriously ill in hospital and a few days later he died.

Guilty Rector

Location: Vernham Dean - Chute Causeway & Fosbury Camp
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Rector convinced all villagers suffering from plague to leave and set up a camp on a nearby hill, telling them he would soon bring supplies up to them. However, once they had gone, he 'forgot' about them, and the camp starved to death. His ghost now walks towards the top of the hill, always fading from view just before he arrives at the former campsite.

Countess of Salisbury

Location: Warblington - Castle and Churchyard ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Margaret Pole, the Countess of Salisbury, walks around this area without her head. The shade of a smuggler is also reported to frequent the castle.

Sebastian Pitfield

Location: Warblington - Vicarage along Pook Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: Having taken the lives of his children by strangulation in 1677, this man of the cloth was hanged for his crime. His shade was still being seen in his former abode a hundred years later.

Pipe Smoker

Location: Waterlooville - Ferndale
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010
Further Comments: Haunted by a drover who committed suicide by hanging himself from an oak tree (or so a legend says), the figure is reported still to hold a pipe which leaves a smell of pungent tobacco even after the phantom vanishes.

The First Owner

Location: Waterlooville - Hopfield House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that the spirit which haunts this building has driven two previous owners to suicide, as he only wanted his family and their descendants to live here.

Female Hitchhiker

Location: Waterlooville - Hulbert Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1976
Further Comments: Apparently seen several times, this girl stands in front of incoming traffic, vanishing when hit. She is said to be the ghost of a hitchhiker who was hit by a car along the road.

Roman Soldiers

Location: Waterlooville - Wecock Farm estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Shortly after the completion of this housing estate in 1974, reports came in from several areas of poltergeist-like activity. Some witnesses reported phantom Roman troops in the area.

Cockatrice

Location: Wherwell - Wherwell Priory
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Taking up residence under the priory, this monster was finally killed (after many, many failed attempts) when a man named Green tricked it into attacking a large, mirrored sheet of polished steel - when it dropped to the floor semi-conscious, he penetrated its scales with a spear. The building is also reported haunted by a couple of nuns.

Cursed Hoard

Location: Wherwell - Exact location unknown
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Somewhere in the village, a fabulous treasure is hidden; searching for it will do little good, however, as anyone who finds it will die.

Horse

Location: Wickham - Road heading towards Droxford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2017
Further Comments: A driver spotted a white horse crossing the road ahead and commented to her passenger, who said she could not see anything. As the driver reached the spot the horse crossed, she realised there was nowhere the horse could have gone.

Round Table

Location: Winchester - Winchester Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The Round Table that is on display here, alleged to belong to King Arthur, is more than likely a fake made many years after his death.

Ballerina Alien

Location: Winchester - Under the Guildhall clock
Type: UFO
Date / Time: January or February 2004
Further Comments: Councillor Adrian Hicks recalled in 2009 his encounter with an alien entity along a busy street. He described the creature as having large oval eyes, looking almost human, and wearing a tutu. The alien shuffled along the street like a penguin.

Lighting Operator

Location: Winchester - Theatre Royal (was the Market Hotel)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1910s
Further Comments: An apparition was seen dressed in combat clothing. A witness identified the ghostly soldier as a former lighting operator who worked at the theatre before going off to die on a First World War battlefield. The builder of the theatre, John Simpkins, is also said to haunt the building.

Running Blood?

Location: Winchester - Rising Sun public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2015
Further Comments: As the pub closed for installation of a mini-cinema, landlord Rob Plunton said that the site was rumoured to be haunted but did not elaborate further. One story says that blood is said to run down the walls of the cellar.

Lady Lisle

Location: Winchester - The Eclipse public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1685 onwards
Further Comments: Beheaded opposite the pub for assisting local rebels, the tall grey shade of Alice Lisle now haunts the area where she spent her last night on earth. This is one of three locations reportedly haunt by Lady Lisle.

Monks

Location: Winchester - Winchester Cathedral
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Disappearing at the knees, these phantom monks reportedly walk on the original floor of the building. In 1957 a photographer caught several male figures dressed in medieval garb. Saint Swithun is buried outside the cathedral, as per his wish - on one fateful 15 July, his body was moved inside the building; the rain began to fall and did not stop until Swithun's body was moved back outside. Now, popular legends say that if it rains on 15 July (St Swithun's Day), it will rain for another forty days.

Man in Three Corner Hat

Location: Winchester - Castle Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: Seen by a prisoner in the building, this ghost disappeared as it walked through a wall. As a side point, the hall is also home to King Arthur's round table, though it is likely to be a fake.

Limping Monk

Location: Winchester - Cathedral Close
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This brown coloured entity hobbles down the closed street.

Man in Silver Suit

Location: Winchester - Chilcomb Road, near the A272
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 14 November 1974
Further Comments: A couple out driving had to pull over as their car it began to shake out of control. They noticed a large cigar shaped object with three faces peering out nearby, and a bearded man dressed in a silver suit moving towards them. The strange entities then vanished, and the couple were able to drive away normally.

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