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Treasure Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Pan

Location: Challacombe (Devon) - Wood Barrow
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A pan made from brass and filled with gold and silver was said to be concealed beneath this barrow. One treasure hunter was said to have been driven insane by phantom horses which followed him around the area.

Coffin

Location: Chesterblade (Somerset) - Small Down Knoll
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Nine barrows can be found here, but only one is said to contain a golden coffin.

Mermaid

Location: Child's Ercall (Shropshire) - Pool
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This mermaid was so upset at the way she was treated by onlookers, she drove to the bottom of the pool and never returned. It was thought that she guarded a mass of treasure.

Non-Removable Treasure

Location: Chiseldon (Wiltshire) - Barrow along Gypsy Lane (southwest of village)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Barrow still present
Further Comments: It was once believed that a golden coffin was contained within the barrow, and any attempt to remove it would fail.

Dwarf

Location: Chudleigh Knighton (Devon) - Exact location unknown
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This little man is said to stand guard over a fabulous wealth, once concealed from greedy men.

White Woman

Location: Churchill (Oxfordshire) - Crossroads close to Lyneham Longbarrow
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A white female phantom is said to walk this area. It is unclear whether the ghost is that of an old woman who once lived in a nearby cave and watched over a hoard of treasure.

Calf

Location: Clayton (Sussex) - Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A golden calf is said to be buried under a hill in the area, possibly under a barrow.

Wealthy Farmer

Location: Clopton (Suffolk) - Farm next to Clopton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost of a farmer whose wealth was never discovered is said to still be around the area, waiting for a person willing to follow him to the hidden money.

Treasure Guardian

Location: Cockermouth (Cumbria) - Tallentire
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A decapitated female ghost was reported to stand guard over a hidden hoard of gold near the tower of this building.

Golden Calf

Location: Compton (Berkshire) - Perborough Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Buried under this Iron Age hillfort is reputed to be a golden calf.

Treasure

Location: Copythorne (Hampshire) - Barrow Hill (aka Money Hills), Stonyford
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area is said to contain hidden wealth.

Kettle Gold

Location: Corgarff (Moray) - Well at the base of a steep hill (unsure if still present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century
Further Comments: This well was fed from three springs, one curing deafness, the second blindness, the third lameness, although the price of removing an ailment was gold. An entity administered the area, storing donations in a kettle which was buried under what was known as the Kettle Stone. Anyone who tried to remove the stone and steal the gold would die a terrible death soon after.

Rustling Woman

Location: Cornwood (Devon) - Fardel Hall (also called Fardell Hall), area between hall and nearby bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in dark clothing, this feminine shade protects a hoard of buried treasure. The silk of the ghost's dress can normally be heard in the wind. One field in the area is said to be impossible to cultivate.

Unlit

Location: Cowbridge (South Glamorgan) - Nash Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: The site was once believed to be haunted by a ghost which would extinguish a light in a certain room. Another legend said that a spot close to the house contained buried treasure.

Seven Year Treasure

Location: Crail (Fife) - Coastline
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown if still occurring
Further Comments: If one were to walk along this coastline before dawn every day for seven years, on the last day of the period, one would find enough treasure to ensure they lived comfortably for the rest of their life.

Man in the Golden Chair

Location: Culross (Fife) - Abbey
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A secret tunnel near here was once believed to lead to a room full of gold and jewels, looked after by an old man who waited in a golden chair to hand over the wealth to whoever found it first. A piper and his dog were once sent in to investigate the tunnel - a short time later, the dog came out terrified and the man was never seen again.

Green Lady

Location: Curdworth (West Midlands) - St Nicholas Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly tall woman, wearing a green dress, is said to search the graveyard for the remains of her Royalist husband. The second myth from this church concerns a great treasure that is said to have been buried here along with human remains from a Civil War battle. Unfortunately, the hoard is protected by a headless phantom that intervenes if anyone comes too close to discovering it.

Treasure Protector

Location: Dallinghoo (Suffolk) - High gate post - exact location not known
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about this ghost, other than he is said to protect a hoard of treasure, and twelve clergymen failed to exorcise him. Maybe the clergymen were more successful than they believed - the legend dates to at least 1893, but in April 2008 a hoard of golden coins were discovered in farmland in the village.

Dazzling Woman

Location: Darchet (Berkshire) - Old Monastery between Darchet and Old Windsor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1923
Further Comments: A woman bathed in dazzling white was seen close to these ruins. A myth says that a golden carriage is buried somewhere nearby.

Guardian Monster

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Chaw Gully
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Protecting a hoard of treasure, this beast has teamed up with a raven which calls out if anyone comes too close to the gold. The beast will then wait until a rope is lowered into the pit and then sever it when the treasure hunter is climbing down. The body would always be found outside the hole in the morning.

Golden Coffin

Location: Dealand (Dorset) - Wor barrow (aka Worbarrow)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This barrow was once believed to have contained a coffin of solid gold - excavations have never found such an item.

Hidden Cave

Location: Delvin (County Westmeath) - Unknown hill in the area, (off the road to Ballinlough?)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A secret entrance on the hill leads to a hidden cave which contains treasure, so the story goes.

White Spotted Dog

Location: Diamor (County Meath) - Moat
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A secret room in the moat was said to contain nine kegs of gold protected by a large black dog with a white spot. The only way to escape with the gold was to stab the dog three times with a dagger to the white spot.

Buried Boulder

Location: Digby (Lincolnshire) - Exact location unknown - somewhere on the edge of the fen, near the Dorrington boundary
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: This large stone is said to have buried itself, and underneath is hidden treasure.

Fairy Treasure

Location: Dinghurst (Somerset) - Dolebury Warren hillfort
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in red cloth, the fairies would keep an eye on their treasure buried under the hillfort. Fairy pipes were said to have been found around the site.

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