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Two Monks

Location: Thornham Parva (Suffolk) - Road heading towards the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1975
Further Comments: A male witness reported cycling home towards the village at one night when he passed by two hooded figures in monks' garb and a white dog. The two figures raised a hand and wished the man goodnight, but when he directly looked at the pair, the witness realised the inside of the hoods were empty - the monks had no heads.

Beaten Donkey

Location: Tilford (Surrey) - Donkey Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area around the inn is haunted by a donkey that was beaten to death by its owner.

Horse

Location: Tillington (Sussex) - Lanes in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: One unnamed lane in the village is the haunt of a headless horse. The village must attract decapitated entities, as a headless pig is also said to haunt the general area.

Headless Dog

Location: Tingewick (Buckinghamshire) - General area?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1916 (photographed)
Further Comments: A ghost of a little headless dog wagging its tail was taken at a tea party in the village early in the twentieth century. The photographer, an ex-Scotland Yard Inspector, claimed he saw nothing when taking the image.

Garden Monks

Location: Tolland (Somerset) - Gaulden Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several shades have been reported here, including monks walking about the garden, a small dog that runs around the same area, a grey lady that stands by a fireplace and another female who haunts a bedroom. A phantom coach can only be seen or heard by members of the family and is an omen of impending death.

White Rabbit

Location: Tollesbury (Essex) - Tollesbury Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The white rabbit is said to appear at different times of the year, running about the churchyard.

Coach

Location: Trellech (Gwent) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area is said to be home to another phantom coach, which appear to be high in number in this part of Gwent.

Last Wolf

Location: Trillick (County Tyrone) - Forrest and mountain in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom white wolf, thought to have been the last one killed in the area, haunts the mountain where she was born. The creature has reportedly been seen leaping out at a car as it passed some bushes and also observed by a family out picnicking.

Headless Rider

Location: Tunstead (Derbyshire) - Manifold Valley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nights of the full moon (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A beautiful white horse carrying a headless rider gallops across the valley when the night sky is right. The phantom is either a peddler or a soldier, depending on the legend.

Pet Duck

Location: Tushingham (Cheshire) - Blue Bell Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This tame bird was killed by a landlord after it took to attacking patrons. Unfortunately, death failed to prevent the ankle pecker continuing its work, and it fell on members of the clergy to exorcise the spirit.

Horses

Location: Twechar (Dumbartonshire) - Antonine Wall - Bar Hill Fort
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: While picnicking with her daughter, this witness heard a stampede of horses close by, but no animals could be seen.

Man in Black Cape

Location: Uttoxeter (Staffordshire) - Alton Towers
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1920s or 1930s
Further Comments: More frequently seen in the nineteenth century, this ghostly gentleman, complete with cape and cane, could be seen walking his dog around the estate. It was thought that he had suffered a heart attack and broken his neck while falling down a set of steps. There is also a local story that a death of an heir of the Shrewsbury family is always preceded by the appearance of a ghostly old gypsy on the estate.

Glowing Dachshund

Location: W1 (Greater London) - Baker Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1900s
Further Comments: A pet belonging to two women, the dachshund disappeared one day, though its phantom manifested several times along the road for a period of weeks afterwards.

Giant Black Bird

Location: W1 (Greater London) - Unknown house, Dean Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1860
Further Comments: Elliott O'Donnell wrote (albeit briefly) about a large, phantom black bird which appeared so frequently that the residents grew accustom to it.

Old Yella

Location: W2 (Greater London) - The Motley Gentleman's Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: This establishment was haunted by a large mongrel with a shaggy yellow coat which lay asleep on top of a staircase. The creature was mistaken for a real dog by one member who tried to tap it with a stick - the stick passed through the dog and the entity faded away.

White Rabbit

Location: Wadebridge (Cornwall) - Egloshayle church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nights of the full moon (reoccurring)
Further Comments: When the moon is brightest, the ghostly rabbit bolts across the churchyard and vanishes into the boundary wall. Another entity that haunts the churchyard is that of a man who tried to shoot the rabbit with a shotgun but managed to kill himself with the weapon instead!

Terrier

Location: Wakefield (Yorkshire) - Sandal Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1987
Further Comments: This small, yapping dog has attacked and scared creatures many times larger than itself - when touched the phantom pooch fades from view.

Fallen Horses

Location: Wakefield (Yorkshire) - Denby Dale Road bridge, and river below
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: Walking her dog across the bridge, Amanda West was frozen with fear when the sound of horses passed her - with no horses to be seen. Without warning, she then heard a loud splash. Looking into the river below, the water was calm, but the sound of panicking horses could now be heard coming from below. She later found out that the original bridge had collapsed in 1836 and a team of horses pulling a cart had drowned.

Equine Entities

Location: Walberswick (Suffolk) - Walberswick Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Daytime
Further Comments: Said to be heard only during the day, phantom horses gallop across the common. In addition, reports of a phantom man have been frequent since the 1940s, appearing both on the common and in the church ruins.

Patter of Doggy Footsteps

Location: Walsall (West Midlands) - Private building along Lysways Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A woman living here at the time reported twice hearing what sounded like a small dog following her down the staircase, late at night. On both occasions, when she turned around nothing could be seen.

Snowy the Cat

Location: Wansford (Cambridgeshire) - Yarwell tunnel, Nene Valley Railway (13m west of Peterborough)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Snowy's owner, the stationmaster, was killed by a train while out looking for his pet. The cat is doomed to haunt the area in which it disappeared until found by the stationmaster.

The Dun Cow

Location: Warwick (Warwickshire) - Warwick Castle
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to death in the Warwick family
Further Comments: Appearing at least once at the castle prior to a death in the family, the phantom 'Dun Cow of Warwick' appears a few weeks before a death in the family. Way back in history, a member of the Warwick family killed the giant cow when it was a living creature that terrorised people across the land.

Headless Horse

Location: Welwyn (Hertfordshire) - White Horse Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The headless horse which runs along this road was said to have been a casualty during the civil war.

Hare

Location: West Lulworth (Dorset) - Daggers Gate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hare that haunts this area is thought to be the ghost of a witch. In life, she enjoyed turning herself into a lepus. Another ghost at the gate was said to be a farmer who was murdered by a woman. For the crime she used a dagger, from which the gate takes its name.

Dog in Cellar

Location: West Mersea (Essex) - White Hart Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Delivery men at the White Hart Inn have complained of a dog darting under their feet as they worked in the cellar, though the landlords have always insisted that the area is devoid of animals.

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