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Warwickshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Victorian Inmate

Location: Hatton - Hatton Locks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to have been committed to what was the Warwick County Lunatic Asylum, the figure reputed to haunt the locks will only appear if their name is called.

Former Patients

Location: Hatton - Former Central Hospital, was known as Warwick County Lunatic Asylum, now Hatton Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Before modernisation, this hospital was said to have rooms haunted by former patients.

Cavalier

Location: Hatton - A4177 close to village hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September, 1982 or 1983
Further Comments: A driver and his passenger spotted a ghostly figure standing on the side of the road which resembled a Cavalier from the English Civil War period.

Grey Lady

Location: Henley in Arden - White Swan hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom grey lady is likely to be the same entity which has been known to whip off the bedcovers covering sleeping visitors.

Old Betty

Location: Honington - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sitting on the wall, smoking a pipe, Betty was a well known character within the community even before she died.

Night Coach

Location: Ilmington - Roads of village, particularly Pig Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Varies: 24 December and 01 January the pack hunt, date of coach unknown
Further Comments: This spectral vehicle runs along the roads, before suddenly veering off and vanishing across local fields. This may be related to the ghostly hunt pack seen in the area, led by a man who was killed by his hounds.

Ed Golding

Location: Ilmington - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Former parish clerk Golding has been seen walking about in his church, having died in the 1790s. The area is also said to be home to a woman in white, waiting for her husband who was killed during the battle of Edge Hill.

Lost Girl

Location: Kenilworth - Kenilworth castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The gatehouse is haunted by a little girl who asks for her daddy, a man dressed in black who was killed in a sword fight, and an old lady who breaks the same candle, time after time. A phantom little boy is reported in the stables, as are ghostly chickens and horses.

De Clinton Curse

Location: Kenilworth - Area around the former site of the abbey and the Church of St Mary (no longer standing)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Ongoing?
Further Comments: Geoffrey De Clinton promised that if anyone ever tried to take away the land around the church they would be cursed by God - a series of disasters befell many people and companies which tried to redevelop the land during the late twentieth century.

Lady in Tweed

Location: Kenilworth - Stoneleigh Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 09 March 2008
Further Comments: While on the edge of the River Avon, standing in a field at the abbey, a visitor became aware of a cross looking woman dressed in tweed staring at her from the opposite bank. The visitor crossed the river using a nearby bridge, believing she was trespassing and wanting to apologise to the woman. However, as the visitor neared the lady, she suddenly vanished.

Ann Hawtrey

Location: Kenilworth - Chesford Bridge, near Wootton Spinneys
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Eighteenth century?
Further Comments: Ann Hawtrey (or Heytrey) was accused of murdering her mistress and hanged for the crime. Shortly after Ann's death, her ghost was said to have taken up haunting the bridge, close to the scene of the crime.

Monk Without a Face

Location: Kenilworth - St Nicholas church and the avenued path which leads to Bridge Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Monk unknown, doppelgangers in 1997
Further Comments: This area is said to be haunted by a faceless monk who once inhabited the nearby abbey. Two people in the St Nicholas graveyard during 1997 thought they were being followed. They stopped, only to realise that the people behind them were their doppelgangers, going through the motions of their own actions moments earlier!

Black Dog

Location: Keresley - Watery Lane and area around Hound's Hill
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1949
Further Comments: In 1949 a water worker walking along the lane early one morning encountered a large black dog with glowing eyes. The creature sat on its hind legs and watched as the worker crept around it. Other encounters are not dated. One states that a horse rider struck the demonic hound with his crop after the creature blocked his path. The dog exploded, throwing the rider from his horse.

Flying Coach

Location: King's Newnham - Exact location not known
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa early nineteenth century
Further Comments: A man who spotted a coach and six heading towards a closed gate opened it, only to watch the coach and horses pass overhead. One Handed Boughton, a local ghostly figure, was blamed for driving the phantom coach.

Frances

Location: Knowle - Grimshaw Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s?
Further Comments: Murdered in a bedroom within the hall, Frances was killed by an over jealous boyfriend. Her pale shade still haunts that room.

Priest

Location: Knowle - Baddesley Clinton moated house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The priest that haunts this house was mistakenly murdered by a master of the property, who thought the religious man was trying to strangle his wife. He has been observed in the library. Another ghost at home here is Rebecca Ferrers, a former owner who died in 1923.

George

Location: Leamington - Brookhurst (demolished 1960), on site of Leamington Golf Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1960
Further Comments: Workmen demolishing this old house reported that 'something' was trying to stop them. Brookhurst had a history of hauntings, from the sounds of a large bird-like creature flying around to phantom footsteps and doors which unlocked themselves.

Gaveston

Location: Leek Wootton - Blacklow Hill and area around Gaveston's Cross
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Piers Gaveston was murdered on this site in 1312. A local legend claimed strange sounds filled the air after dark, and that at midnight, bells would be heard moments before a ghostly man riding a horse manifested.

Woman in Black

Location: Lighthorne - Bridge in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 December 1996
Further Comments: Said to be a potent of ill omen, this semi-transparent woman wearing a flowing black dress was seen pointing at the rectory.

Long Black Cat

Location: Lighthorne Heath - Leam Road area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: May 2006
Further Comments: One man watched a long black cat walk from the basketball court, some one hundred metres away, towards him. The creature stopped its approach around fifteen metres distant and watched the witness for a few minutes before walking off towards the lower village of Lighthorne across National Trust land.

Tall Man in Black

Location: Lighthorne Heath - B4100, near Harwoods House roundabout
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000
Further Comments: A motorcyclist watched a tall, thin man in a black robe cross the road ahead of him. The figure carried a stick over his shoulder with a bundle tied to the end.

Landlord

Location: Lillington - Jack and Jill Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A former owner of the inn was said to haunt the cellar.

Headless Horses

Location: Long Compton - Long Compton Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather dependent: After a storm
Further Comments: A coach pulled by six headless horses is said to travel up the hill. There are also vague reports of a shuck-like dog that runs in the same area. Another ghost, that of a scary old woman with matted black hair, was also reported here in 1973.

Stone Witch

Location: Long Compton - Church
Type: Other
Date / Time: Tomb still present
Further Comments: A tombstone in the church is said to be either a petrified witch, or someone a witch turned to stone. Visitors are supposed to be able to feel the stone staring at them as they circumambulate the church.

One Handed Boughton

Location: Long Lawford - Lawford Hall (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pesky spook, thought to be a member of the Boughton family who had lost his hand, had to be trapped in a bottle by a team of exorcists after the newer landowners found him too much to tolerate. The bottle was thrown into a water filled claypit, although was later recovered and taken to nearby Brownsover Hall for safe keeping. One Handed Boughton has been named as responsible for the high number of phantom coach sightings which occur in Warwickshire.

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