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Pigs

Location: Cholesbury (Buckinghamshire) - Iron Age hillfort
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Moonless nights
Further Comments: These phantom animals, said to be small in stature, have been heard fighting and snorting on this ancient site.

Trotting

Location: Churchstanton (Somerset) - Merlan Corner
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The clip-clop of phantom hooves has been reported in this area, normally accompanied by a strange pale mist which (it is said) sometimes transforms into a horse with a headless rider.

Horsemen

Location: Churchtown (County Cork) - Fort Field
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While on his way home with his dog, Mr Sampson watched two men on horseback riding around the fort. His dog immediately ran home, leaving Sampson to watch the figures as they dismounted and vanish (special thanks to the Churchtown Village Renewal Trust, from their 'The Annals of Churchtown').

Horse and Cart

Location: Clayton (Staffordshire) - Aynsley Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2009
Further Comments: Walking his dog one early morning, a man watched a horse and cart appear from nowhere. The man was frozen to the spot. The cart was driven by a weathered man, and appeared quite solid, although old fashioned. After the cart had passed the witness, he composed himself and turned to follow the vehicle, but it had vanished.

Sound of a Horse

Location: Clytha (Gwent) - Road on the hillside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Autumn 1898
Further Comments: The driver of a horse and cart and a passenger were left shaken after encountering the sounds of a horse which passed them, and although nothing could be seen, the sounds were accompanied by a cold gust of wind. A murder had occurred along the road a few years previous, where a woman on horseback was decapitated by a former lover.

Wide-Eyed Dog

Location: Coate (Wiltshire) - Roadside
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Circa 1938
Further Comments: A large dog with saucer sized eyes would sit on the roadside. No one would see it move (it would just vanish from view), although if stones were thrown at the creature, the eyes would grow even larger. It once appeared to one man who discovered the time of the sighting matched the time that his father died. The same area is also haunted by a phantom white donkey.

Blue Donkey

Location: Cobham (Surrey) - St Andrew's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century?
Further Comments: This strangely discoloured creature is reputed to haunt the churchyard.

Young Lady

Location: Coity (Mid Glamorgan) - Former lane, may no longer exist
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An entity here would initially take the form of a lady so pretty that any man spotting her would fall in love. The woman would lead the man away from the road, taking them to a cottage filled with demons. The entity would also take the form of a hare, changing into a snake when people came too close.

Charlotte in White Robe

Location: Colchester (Essex) - Charlotte's Well, Berechurch Hall (demolished 1952)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977, winter
Further Comments: Located in a hidden part of the grounds, Charlotte's Well was built for a woman after which it took its name. Charlotte is said to have loved the well so much that she could never leave and is said to have been seen since her death around the bathing pool. She may have last been seen walking around a wooded area in a white dress during the winter of 1977, although there are stories that a phantom woman still appears in the area. A phantom coach is also said to ride around the area.

Chambermaid

Location: Conwy (Clwyd) - Castle Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s-1990s?
Further Comments: A few days from death, a chambermaid from the inn requested that her body be sent back to Anglesey. The landlord at first agreed, though failed to carry out her last wish, and soon after the building was besieged by otherworldly activity. The owner finally had the body returned to her home, but the ghost has still been seen in the hotel. A phantom cat has also been felt climbing over beds at night.

White Stag

Location: Cookham (Berkshire) - Maidenhead Rd, off Whyteladyes Lane
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: March, Mid 1990s
Further Comments: While driving under the railway bridge, a couple braked hard as a white stag ran in front of their car. Believing they had hit the animal, the two people jumped out of the car but saw the stag running away along the road. A woman, a short distance away past whom the stag would have run, did not see anything.

Raven

Location: Coppenhall (Cheshire) - Area around Don Kinson's Oak
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Thought by locals to contain the spirit of a woman who drowned herself in a nearby pool of water, this black bird had to be exorcised by the area's Bishop.

Bird Fight

Location: Cork (County Cork) - Skies over the city
Type: Other
Date / Time: 07 October - 14 October 1621
Further Comments: Over a period of four or five days, two massive flocks of starlings gathered over the city, one in the east and one in the west. On the 12 October, the two flocks took to the air, engaging in combat - covering the city ground with dead and wounded birds. Just before nightfall, both bird armies left the area, but returned for another major engagement and final battle on 14 October.

Dog Walker

Location: Corton (Suffolk) - Tramps Alley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1987, summer
Further Comments: Four friends camping on the beach decided to walk towards Corton in the early hours of the morning. Sitting down for a rest, two of the group spotted a man with a dog had suddenly appeared a short distance away. Man and dog stood completely motionless, looking out to sea. The two witnesses turned to their friends and tried to point out the man and dog, but they had vanished.

Galloping Horses

Location: Coventry (West Midlands) - Moat House Lane, Canley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - late twentieth or early twenty-first century?
Further Comments: Walking along the lane, one man heard wheels moving along the road followed by the sound of galloping horses - the witness had to jump out of the way. Other people have reportedly heard farm animals in the area, although none are around.

Smoky Rabbit

Location: Cromarty (Highland) - Old castle (no longer standing, replaced by Cromarty House)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1770s
Further Comments: Several strange shades frequented the castle, including a rabbit that would turn into smoke, a small pixie-like bearded man, and heavy pacing.

Stealth Sheep

Location: Crondall (Hampshire) - Roads in village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Never appearing, this phantom flock can be heard moving along the roads, the occasional 'baaaa' betraying their position.

WW2 Soldiers

Location: Cruden Bay (Aberdeenshire) - Slains Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Soldiers dressed in Second World War uniform have been seen around the castle area, and the site is also said to be haunted by a horse and carriage. As a side note, Bram Stoker is said to have been partly inspired to write Dracula after seeing the castle while staying at Cruden Bay.

White Owl

Location: Cwmcarvan (Gwent) - Hill in the area
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: An unnaturally large white owl took to hunting over an ancient battlefield, leading locals to believe the creature was magical and should not be interfered with. A visitor to Raglan castle who laughed at the story and killed the owl, himself died a few hours later, choking to death at a dinner table.

Donkey

Location: Damerham (Hampshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom white donkey appears at night.

Hound Attack

Location: Darlington (Durham) - Old Darlington and Stockton rail station
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 5 December 1890
Further Comments: A night watchman reported being attacked by a man and his dog as they came out of the coal house - the watchman defended himself and tried to punch his attacker, only for his fist to pass through the figure and hit the wall behind. The pair of entities then went back into the coal house and vanished.

David Davies

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Prison
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather dependent: Misty nights (Davies)
Further Comments: Davies tended to the prison sheep between 1869 and 1929. He died soon after being released, but his ghost returned, walking the prison grounds on misty nights. The prison is also haunted by French PoWs from the Napoleonic wars, while some inmates believe jackdaws which fly around the area contain the souls of dead staff.

Sow

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Merripit Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom sow and her litter walk the area looking for food.

Kitchen Horse

Location: Dirleton (Lothian) - Beadles Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The kitchen was built over the old stables, and the sound of a horse kicking a stable door is said to be occasionally heard. Horseshoes belonging to Shetland ponies have been found in the garden.

Monk with White Face

Location: Doe Lea (Derbyshire) - Hardwick Hall grounds
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1978
Further Comments: Seen by several people, this phantom monk was almost hit by a car before it vanished into the grounds. A light has also been reported floating around the courtyard, containing a strange face, while inside the hall itself a phantom cat and a woman in blue have been reported.

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