Headless Ghosts

Mag

Location: Hockliffe (Bedfordshire) - Mag Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity has been nicknamed Headless Mag - she is thought to have been a local witch, and her misty form now drifts along the road looking for people to scare.


Healing Waters

Location: Holywell (Clwyd) - St Winefride's Well (aka well of St Winifred)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This well sprung up where St Winefride's severed head hit the ground after she was decapitated by an angry local. Luckily, St Beuno was passing by; he picked the head up off the ground and stuck it back on Winefride's shoulders. She soon recovered.


Coach

Location: Horsley (Gloucestershire) - Chavenage Manor, near the town
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: During a death in family
Further Comments: The coach, driven by a headless man, arrives just after the death of the manor's owner, where his soul is said to embark. A shadowy figure has also been spotted in parts of the house, vanishing if approached.


Coach

Location: Horstead (Norfolk) - Meyton bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A ghostly coach and four passes over this bridge once a year. It is said to be driven by a headless Sir Thomas Boleyn, and is one of eleven (or twelve) bridges that he passes over on the night of his daughter Anne's execution.


Robert the Wizard

Location: Hothfield (Kent) - Estate near Hothfield Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: A highwayman of local fame and folklore, the headless ghost of Robert appeared to a local woman who had recently moved to her new home.


Lady Wintour

Location: Huddington (Hereford & Worcester) - Huddington Court
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 January (reoccurring)
Further Comments: One story says that this decapitated shade still mourns the passing of her husband Robert Wintour - he was executed on 31 January 1606 for playing a part in the Gunpowder Plot.


Wet Couple

Location: Hull (Yorkshire) - Brazil Nut Company, east bank of the river Hull (now Thompson's Plastics?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s and 1970s
Further Comments: Several workers at the plant reported seeing a woman and a decapitated man, both dripping wet. The phantom figures vanished within seconds of being spotted. They were said to be the parents of two children who fell into the river - the whole family were drowned in the accident, though the bodies of the parents were never recovered.


Hob Headless

Location: Hurworth-on-Teas (Durham) - Road between village and Neasham
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Circa Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This brownie-related entity lived along the road until exorcised. He was cast under a stone where he had to remain for ninety-nine years and a day. It was said if anyone sat on the stone, they would never be able to stand again. Needless to say, the ninety-nine years has now expired but the entity appears still to be quiet.


Headless Bird Man

Location: Hythe (Kent) - Sandling Park
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: November 1963
Further Comments: A group of teenagers ran from a creature that emerged from behind a tree and approached them. It was described as man shaped but headless, completely black, had webbed feet, and a pair of large bat wings. Prior to this, they had watched a mysterious light flickering about the sky.


Headless Shape on Horseback

Location: Icklingham (Suffolk) - Icklingham Way, southern corner
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Archbishop of Sudbury was decapitated near to this point by his enemies, the man now returns on dark nights to retrace the route of his death. Another story names the headless horseman as a highwayman.


John Head

Location: Ilsley (Berkshire) - Area around the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After upsetting the Duke of Cumberland, John mysteriously vanished. His decapitated body was discovered many years later. His funeral match is still reported to occur in the village, four tall men carrying his headless corpse.


Headless Figure

Location: Inkpen (Berkshire) - Barrow located on Sadler's Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The barrow is said to be either haunted or protected (or both?) by a headless figure. At least one barrow in the village is said to contain a solid gold (or silver) coffin, though when this particular barrow was dug up in the early twentieth century, nothing was found.


Eoghann a' Chin Bhig

Location: Island of Mull (Argyll and Bute) - Ben Buie
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to disaster in the MacLean family
Further Comments: Eoghann, while living, tried to kill his father - he was decapitated for his efforts. Now he appears before personal disaster or a death in the family.


Bean-nighe

Location: Island of Mull (Argyll and Bute) - River by Moy Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1500s
Further Comments: The Bean-nighe is a Scottish spirit, an ill bringer who would be seen washing the clothes of those soon to die. This creature has long breasts, slung over her shoulders, and if one was grabbed from behind she would tell to whom the clothes belonged; if yours, she could change fate. The owner of the castle, upon seeing the creature, tried to grab it and failed - he died in battle the following day. As if this entity was not enough to contend with, the area is haunted by a headless horseman.


Ewen of the Small Head

Location: Isle of Mull (Argyll and Bute) - Duart Castle
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to a death in the MacLean family
Further Comments: This decapitated figure on horseback is seen as a member of the family who killed him lies dying.


Headless Person

Location: Kegworth (Leicestershire) - Churchyard and Market Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1960
Further Comments: A lorry driver was left slightly unnerved after watching a headless person leave the churchyard, cross the Market Place and vanish through the closed door of a house (that no longer stands).


Headless Girl

Location: Kensworth (Bedfordshire) - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area surrounding the church and the hill on which it sits is reputedly home to a phantom milkmaid who has lost her head in an unknown accident, and a ghostly witch. Another story associated with the church is that the structure was supposed to be erected on the common, but each night all construction materials were moved by an unseen hand to the top of the hill.


Headless Monk

Location: Kilchrenan (Argyll and Bute) - Road between village and Ardanaiseig, stone by the road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is idly speculated that this ghostly monk may have been sacrificed on this old stone by pagans.


Headless Horseman

Location: Kilcummer (County Cork) - Hill in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area was the haunt of a headless horseman who was killed while racing the country roads. His ghost was put to rest after a local man was brave enough to let the decapitated figure ride by his side.


Rolling Head

Location: Kilmarnock (Ayrshire) - Dean Castle
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A female servant in the building once saw her master's decapitated head roll across the floor in front of her, even though he was still alive and well in another part of the building. Exactly a year later, the Laird lost his head in the Tower of London. In more recent years, an old woman dressed in black has been seen on site, radiating an evil aura.


Horseman

Location: Kilmington (Wiltshire) - Bull Lane region
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A grisly headless horseman rides around this area of the village.


Headless Cyclist

Location: Kingsthorpe (Northamptonshire) - 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.


Headless Nun

Location: Kircubbin (County Down) - Nun's Quarter
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: A floating, headless nun was spotted by a group of friends - they ran, shocked at what they had witnessed.


Headless Woman

Location: Kirkcudbright (Dumfries and Galloway) - Bridge in the Buckland Valley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Although frightening, the headless woman on the bridge had a reputation for helping the underdog, and was credited for foiling a robbery by scaring the (potential) victim away. It was thought that she had been robbed and murdered close by and was determined to prevent others from suffering the same fate.


Woman with Dog

Location: Knowl Hill (Berkshire) - Seven Stars Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman dressed in white escorted by a ghostly dog are said to haunt this inn. Other spectres reported here include a headless lady and a man dressed in black.


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