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Oxfordshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Rosamund the Fair

Location: Oxford - Trout public house, Wolvercote
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Now manifesting as nothing more than a shadowy figure, Rosamund was a nun murdered in the twelfth century by queen Eleanor jealous of her husband's special relationship with the woman.

Obadiah Walker

Location: Oxford - University college
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Walker was a master at University three hundred years ago, and is said to continue to haunt the room he resided in. His footsteps can also be heard walking the eighth staircase.

White Monk

Location: Oxford - Wadham College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 28 December 1968
Further Comments: Often heard moving around, this ghostly monk has been seen a couple of times, most recently by a night porter at the chapel doors.

Mary Blandy

Location: Oxford - Westgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Executed 06 April 1752, last sighting unknown
Further Comments: Mary was hanged for poisoning her father and now walks the area where she was hanged (though some believe she was executed at Castle Yard). A local legend says that a blackbird perched on a beam of the scaffold during the hanging, and since then no blackbird has sung in the area.

Father Dominique

Location: Pishill - The Crown public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Dying while defending the name of the girl he loved, Father Dominique can be heard moving around the upper parts of the building. Some say his shadowy form with wide brimmed hat can be seen in the corner of the bar.


Location: Sandford on Thames - Catherine Wheel public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed all in black other than a white shirt, this short phantom is thought to be a former landlord and has gained the nickname 'Sandyman'. He sometimes leans against the bar.

Coach & Four

Location: Sandford on Thames - Fields around the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Driven by a headless horseman, a coach moving at breakneck speed pulled by four horses tear around fields near the village on the night before Christmas.

An old illustration showing the Shipton-on-Cherwell train accident of 1874.

Smoking Train

Location: Shipton-on-Cherwell - Body of water near a railway bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 22 December 2009, 21:30h
Further Comments: While fishing next to a railway bridge, a witness watched a steam train pass by which came from 'out of nowhere'. The train did not make a sound and disappeared further down the track. The witness said that the carriages looked as if they were on fire with black smoke pouring out of the windows. The witness later discovered there was an accident on 24 December 1874; a train derailed on the bridge killing 34 and injuring 69.

Mr Naylor

Location: Souldern - Rector's Cottage library
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1706
Further Comments: Mr Naylor, dead for five years, appeared to the rector here; they sat and chattered for ninety minutes. The ghost finally announced that the rector would soon pass away himself, and a few days later the man of the cloth died mid-sermon.

Woman in Beige

Location: Stadhampton - Private cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1960s - early 1970s
Further Comments: Two sisters growing up in the cottage would encounter a dark haired woman in a long beige dress. One sister spotted her crying, while the other once awoke to find the figure holding her hand. The fiance of one of the sisters also spotted the ghost, who had kept quiet about the entity in fear of no one believing them.

The Devil's Game

Location: Stanton Harcourt - Devil's Quoits
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: Playing Quoits on Beacon Hill, some two and a half miles away, the Devil was informed he was not playing the game correctly. In a rage, he threw the stones to where they now stand.

Mrs Hall

Location: Stanton Harcourt - Gardens of the Harcourt Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This woman took her own life when she discovered her husband was having an affair with the landlady. The ghost has been successfully exorcised.

Lady Alice Harcourt

Location: Stanton Harcourt - Pope's Tower and nearby pond
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered in the tower, Lady Alice's protesting ghost returned only to be laid in the nearby pond. At least she has company - another female shade was laid to rest in the same place. However, when the pond dries out, they can briefly return and haunt the area.

Murdered Landlord

Location: Steeple Aston - Hopcroft's Holt Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The shade seen here is thought to be a former landlord murdered on the site, along with his wife. Another story has the highwayman Claude Duval as haunting the site.

Returning Stone

Location: Steeple Barton - Hoar Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present (though in fragments)
Further Comments: Pieces of this stone were removed after being broken up by a farmer, though the fragments soon rolled back into position on their own accord.

Danny Grimshaw

Location: Sutton Courtenay - Hobbyhorse Road and near the local power plant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghostly figure, charging around the roads on the back of a white horse whilst waving a bloody, straight edged razor, has survived at least one exorcism attempt.


Location: Thame - Birdcage Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The source of the loud nocturnal footsteps has never been traced, though a misty figure was once seen prior to them beginning. One story says the entity is a leper who was stoned to death on the property, while another says it is the ghost of a French soldier held prisoner in the cellar.

Earl of Leicester

Location: Thame - Rycote Chapel, near Thame
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of several ghosts here, the Earl of Leicester is doomed to haunt the chapel after murdering his wife. It is unknown if his wife is the grey lady who has been seen in and around the chapel. The ever familiar presence of a phantom monk has also been reported here.

Dragon Hill, Uffington

Spilt Blood

Location: Uffington - Dragon Hill
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Parts of this hill are bare and chalky - some legends say that a dragon was slain on top of the hill, and where the beast's blood fell, the grass died.

The Uffington White Horse

White Horse

Location: Uffington - Hills of town
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 1920s, reoccurring every 100 years
Further Comments: The famous white horse seen on the hill from the village is reported to leave once a year (or every 100 years, depending on the storyteller) to have its feet shod at the nearby Wayland's Smithy. Another local legend states that the horse is not really a horse, but the dragon slain by St George on that very hill.


Location: Uffington - Uffington Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This location has been named as another possible site where the Battle of Badon occurred.

Wayland's Smithy, Uffington


Location: Uffington - Wayland's Smithy (Neolithic long barrow)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Barrow still present
Further Comments: An apprentice to Wayland the Smith, Flibbertigibbet frustrated his master to such an extent that Wayland picked up the lad and hurled him through the air. Flibbertigibbet turned into stone as he hit the ground. Another legend says that a silver coin and an unshod horse could be left here overnight, and by morning the coin will have gone, and the horse would have its shoes.

Sheep Rustler

Location: Upper Lambourn - Hangman's Stone
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A sheep stealer received his comeuppance as he rested on this stone - the cord that he used to lead this stolen sheep wrapped around his neck as he slept, strangling him. The man's phantom is said to walk the area.

Bomber Crewman

Location: Wantage - Former site of RAF Grove (currently an industrial unit)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1970s
Further Comments: Staff at the private company which took over this industrial unit frequently reported a ghostly figure dressed in flying kit or feeling his presence. It was speculated that he was a local man killed when his bomber crash landed nearby - the payload exploded, killing everyone on board.

Old Vicar

Location: West Hendred - Path on private land
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1991
Further Comments: While installing an electrical item for a local resident, a witness spoke to a vicar wearing a tri-corn hat approaching the property. The vicar claimed he was on holiday and was over a hundred years old. The witness was only struck on how strange the situation was when he arrived home. Not long after the encounter, the resident the witness was working for died.

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