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Northamptonshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Green Hunter

Location: Fawsley - Dower House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This woodland figure dressed in green, manifesting minutes before midnight, is thought to be an ill omen if observed.

Dutch Doll

Location: Finedon - Charity Girls School, church, and now local area?
Type: Other
Date / Time: Early twentieth century onwards
Further Comments: In the early 1900s the headmistress of the Girls School Mary Ozier had a wooden doll made to represent a schoolgirl of the time the school was built (1717). It was about 90 centimetres tall, painted and possessed a frighteningly realistic piercing stare. Nicknamed 'The Dutch Doll' and placed above the door on the inside of the school, the girls in the school became petrified of it. The children were terrified of the doll's unemotional yet evil looking face, and started circulating accounts of seeing and hearing it walking around at night. After the school's closure the doll was mounted on a wall in the Church, though by this time someone had taken a saw to its feet in an attempt to stop it walking around. On the night of 18 January 1981, the doll was stolen from the Church and has never been heard of or seen since - some people believe it walked out on its own accord.


Location: Finedon - Charity Girl's School (currently a private residence)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1823
Further Comments: The school was briefly visited by an entity that would wake the residents after lights out, with knocks and bangs.


Location: Fotheringhay - St Mary the Virgin Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1976
Further Comments: The sounds of horns and drums have been reported emanating from the empty church. One visitor reported seeing the church as it looked (as she later found out) four hundred years previous.

Cloaked Figure

Location: Foxton - Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid-twentieth century
Further Comments: This entity, thought to be female, would be blamed for the mysterious lights that floated about the property after dusk.

Woman holding Candle

Location: Geddington Chase - Keeper's Lodge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This shade is thought to be a maid who died in a fire while looking after a couple of children on the property (they also died). She now travels the house, looking for any fire risks.

Civil War Skirmish

Location: Grafton Regis - Exact location not known
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 December 1943
Further Comments: Six workers claimed they heard charging horses, the clash of swords, and gunfire, though could see nothing strange. A local historian said that a small fight had happened nearby, between Roundheads and Cavaliers.

Legless Monk

Location: Great Oxendon - St Helen's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid to late-twentieth century
Further Comments: This cowled figure has been seen drifting around the outside of the church by many of the local villages, a few reporting that it travelled several centimetres above the ground.

Fairy Holes

Location: Gunnerton - Burn on north side of village
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: The marks found along the channel within the burn were said to have been created by the little people.

Cellar Dweller

Location: Hannington - Old Red House Public House (aka Green Man, aka Henry's of Hannington) (demolished May 2021)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pub was said to have a haunted cellar, while the outside of the building was surrounded by the ghosts of those killed on the A43.

Lady Jane Stanhope

Location: Harrington - Tollemache Arms public house, fields behind the building
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to personal disaster
Further Comments: This white lady, condemned to haunt the area where she murdered her gardener after he accidentally killed a plant, only appears to those who are due to die within a few months.

US Airmen

Location: Harrington - Road leading to Lamport
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Heading towards an old USAAF airfield, this car full of military personnel slowly fades from view as travels the road.

Loud Footsteps

Location: Higham Ferrers - Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1994
Further Comments: A witness reported hearing disembodied footfalls which scared him away while photographing the building. Earlier the same day, he and two others had heard strange sounds coming from the tower.

Short Housemaid

Location: Higham Ferrers - Old House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Loitering outside the kitchen door, this dark figure is described as resembling an old servant. She is also blamed for the footsteps that sometimes echo around the house.


Location: Irchester - Carpenter's Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pub is reputedly haunted by a monk which manifests in the ladies' toilets and in the upper floors of the building.

Little Boy

Location: Kettering - The Swan public house, currently Sawyers Venue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 2009
Further Comments: Several entities are said to haunt this location, including a little boy whose reflection is seen in a mirror. A white mist has also been reported in the bar area, while whispers can be heard in empty rooms late at night.

Seven Whistlers

Location: Kettering - Skies over the town
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 6 September 1871
Further Comments: The Seven Whistlers are said to be the souls of those who aided in the crucifixion. They are doomed to wander the earth and were heard prior to a great disaster. When the ghosts whistled here, a huge colliery explosion occurred in Wigan the following day.


Location: Kilsby - Railway tunnel ventilation shaft
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During the construction of the Kilsby tunnel three drunken navvies fell to their deaths down one of the ventilation shafts. Their shades are still thought to lurk in the area.

Headless Cyclist

Location: Kingsthorpe - Road passing cemetery gates
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 1940
Further Comments: Hit by a car on a cold winter's night around 1915, this cyclist appears when the weather conditions match those in which he died. The accident decapitated him, hence his present form.


Location: Lady Wood - The Soldier's Grave
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Standing over the lonely grave of a highlander killed during an uprising, this piper appears unwilling to let people forget about the grassy mound.

Monk with Hurricane Lamp

Location: Lamport - Near town, road between Northampton and Market Harborough
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A concerned lorry driver reported hitting a figure in a brown habit along this part of the road. Another couple out walking also saw the figure after sunset, carrying a bright light.

Sir Augustine Nicolls

Location: Lamport - Hawking Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After dying a horrific death in 1616, Sir Augustine Nicolls is named as the ghost who haunts the tower (though others blame Judge Jefferies as the perpetrator).


Location: Little Houghton - General area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 1970s / early 1980s
Further Comments: Jenny Randles claims that there were two missing time episodes during these decades.

Sarah Bradshaw

Location: Mears Ashby - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sarah was accused of witchcraft and thrown into the village pond. She promptly sank to the bottom, proving that she was not guilty, and was saved before she drowned. Her ghost is reputed to still walk the area in protest of her draconian treatment.


Location: Milton Malsor - Milton Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A procession of monks reportedly walk along the road and driveway where this building stands, finally vanishing into a nearby brick wall on the opposite side of the street.

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