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Battlefield Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Fighting Soldiers

Location: Holford (Somerset) - Dowsborough Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A camp for Danish soldiers, sometimes the sounds of battle can be heard here.

Sounds of Fighting

Location: Holme Hale (Norfolk) - High Street, near the public house
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A couple of witnesses reported hearing horses and fighting which moved through the village street and over a field in the early hours of the morning.

Armed Cavalier

Location: Hook (Hampshire) - A30, south side
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wearing a long cape and wide brimmed hat, this Civil War soldier holds what appears to be a broken sword in his hands. One theory is that the man was a messenger caught and killed by Royalists.


Location: Hopton (Shropshire) - Hopton Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 March (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The ghosts of twenty eight Parliamentarians return on this date. They held out in the castle against a force of five hundred Royalists for two weeks, the siege only ending when the defenders were tricked into surrendering in exchange for their lives - they were slaughtered as they left the building. A maid is also reported to walk the site. (Image copyright 2006 Lawson Clout)

Marching Troops

Location: Horley (Surrey) - Thunderfield Castle and Haroldslea Drive area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 11 November (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A phantom bell begins to toll as the sun sets here, slowly growing louder until midnight comes and a small army of men pass through the area. The castle is said to have been a resting place for King Harold's men as they marched to Hastings.


Location: Inveraray (Argyll and Bute) - Skies around Inveraray Castle
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 10 July 1758
Further Comments: A total of five witnesses in two different places watched a battle over the skies of the castle, between the Highlander regiment and garrisoned French troops. This mirrored real events in America, where 300 Highlanders were killed assaulting a fort.


Location: Inverary (Argyll and Bute) - Glen Aray area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1765
Further Comments: A father and son returning from Glen Shira spotted hundreds of soldiers marching in their direction, accompanied by women and children. Fearing for his son's life, the father ducked behind a wall, dragging his child down as well. When they looked to see if they had been spotted a few seconds later, the entire army had vanished.


Location: Kilkishen (County Clare) - Glenwood area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1920s
Further Comments: For years after an ambush which left many RIC men dead, locals reported hearing the screams of wounded people in the area.


Location: Kirkby in Ashfield (Nottinghamshire) - Kirkby Castle (foundations remain west of church) and woodland
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1989
Further Comments: Two people walking through this area heard a fight between a large group of men, though nothing could be seen.

Charging Horses

Location: Lansdown (Somerset) - Battlefields House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A Civil War battle site, the sounds of horses have been reported charging around the vicinity, though the creatures cannot be seen. Old fashioned figures, two women and a man, are also said to haunt the area.


Location: Lewes (Sussex) - Offham Hill
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This battle fought around the 1300's is still reportedly heard in May - over 3000 people are said to have been killed. The exact date may vary, though the phantom event always occurs in late May.


Location: Loch Ashie (Highland) - Shores around, and to the moors east of, Loch Ashie and Loch Duntelchaig
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 May (reoccurring), last seen 1870/71, heard 1999
Further Comments: Accompanied by silence, a battle has been seen raging once a year on the muddy banks of this loch. It was said to have been last heard during the summer of 1999.


Location: Lostwithiel (Cornwall) - Braddock Down
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 January (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The site of a Cromwellian defeat, the anniversary of which is marked by phantom hoof falls.

Civil War Soldier

Location: Loughton (Essex) - Small, wooded path near Loughton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000
Further Comments: Reported by a local girl, only the top part of this phantom soldier was visible.


Location: Lyme Regis (Dorset) - Volunteer Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 January 2000
Further Comments: A guest at the inn spotted three men wearing colourful musketeer style military uniforms standing near the bar drinking from tankards. It was believed that she had witnessed phantom Civil War officers readying themselves for the siege that occurred in the town in 1644.

Sounds of Battle

Location: Maghull (Lancashire) - Exact place not known, but south of the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One would have hoped that this Jacobite battle would have finished by now, but it is not the case. The occasional headless horseman is reported in the area. Image (c) Peter Crawley.


Location: Marston Moor (Yorkshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather dependent: Foggy nights. Last seen November 1932
Further Comments: Seen crossing the road in front of a car, these figures looked ragged and battle weary, dressed in clothing that matched that of the 1644 Battle of Marston Moor. Local reports say the battle is sometimes replayed in full, normally on foggy nights. On one occasion prior to the twentieth century, two fiery pillars were seen in the sky at midday, accompanied by the fighting armies. After some time, the northern army defeated the southern forces, after which troops and pillars vanished.

Handless Sir Edmund

Location: Middle Claydon (Buckinghamshire) - Claydon House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Having lost his hand during the Battle of Edgehill, Edmund Verney now searches the house for the missing item. A grey lady also walks the building, named by some as Florence Nightingale, and phantom footsteps are also reported.

Gentle Music

Location: Middleham (Yorkshire) - Middleham Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Three children reported hearing a battle coming from outside the castle and seeing a knight on horseback who charged at them. Inside the castle, muffled sixteenth century music has been heard, while there are persistent rumours of buried treasure somewhere in the grounds (which can only be found after running nonstop around the fort nine time and quickly entering the mysterious door which magically opens!).


Location: Mortimer (Berkshire) - Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1778
Further Comments: A phantom army is said to have appeared on the common land here, vanishing when approached.

Midair Battle

Location: Naseby (Northamptonshire) - Sky over site of the Battle of Naseby
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Reported less frequently now, but for one hundred years after the battle, locals would sit on the nearby hills and watch the battle occur once again, complete with the sounds of men screaming and cannons firing. A photograph taken by the Northampton Paranormal Group on this date in 2008 may show a phantom soldier, though nothing was seen when the image was taken.

Sounds of Battle

Location: Neville's Cross (Durham) - Neville's Cross (ruins)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century
Further Comments: A local piece of folklore once said that whoever walked around the cross nine times before resting their head on the ground could hear the sounds of battle.

Prince Rupert

Location: Newark (Nottinghamshire) - Kirkgate House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Prince Rupert of the Rhine led the relief of Newark in 1644 - the town must have left an impression on him, as he appears to still haunt the building he rested at.


Location: Newbury (Berkshire) - A34
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1996
Further Comments: The construction of the Newbury bypass disturbed a mass grave containing the remains of both Roundhead and Cavalier soldiers. The ghosts of these Civil War troops were reported soon after, manifesting as shadowy figures that vanished when approached.


Location: Newent (Gloucestershire) - Old Court House
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom cavalier was spotted as he walked through the wall of a bedroom. The entity threw a cloak over his shoulder before disappearing.

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