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Warwickshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Red Head

Location: Stockton - Blue Lias public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Varies: between March and November (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Seen walking through the pub after opening hours, this red headed male is thought to have been killed long ago when he was discovered in bed with another man's wife.

Icy Mist

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon - Falstaff's Experience museum, Sheep Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2004
Further Comments: A team of ghost hunters holding a vigil on the site claimed to have seen a room fill up with a cold mist at one point during the night. The museum claims to be haunted by several entities, including a young female pickpocket, a dark figure with glowing red eyes, and roundheads.

Shakespeare's Grave

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon - Holy Trinity Church
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The tomb of Shakespeare has the following curse written upon it: Good frend for Jesus sake forebeare, To digg the dust encloased heare; Bleste be the man that spares thes stones, And curst be he that moves my bones.

Lucy and Friends

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon - Mercure Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: A few entities are said to haunt this location. A member of staff claimed to have spotted an old soldier running down a corridor, while Lucy haunts one of the rooms, having committed suicide after an assault.

White Horse

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon - Walton Hall Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 09 October, every five years (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This pale riderless horse gallops over the gardens, twice a decade. The hotel itself is haunted by a young man, who some speculate to be the former rider of the horse.

Crashing Sounds

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon - Private residence
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Strange sounds at this site ranged from disembodied footsteps to what was thought to be intruders smashing up the lower part of the house. On resident fled the house after hearing the front door open and close, followed by footsteps running up the staircase.


Location: Stratford-upon-Avon - Factory along Birmingham Road (now demolished)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s/70s
Further Comments: A burnt hand was seen several times pressed against windows, but when searches were made, the hand's owner could never be found. Doors would also be slammed, and one member of staff was said to have quit after hearing a voice calling for help in an empty part of the factory.

Charlotte Clopton

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon - Clopton House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Accidentally buried alive in the family vault, the mistake was realised too late, and Charlotte now traverses her home in torment. Blood issues from her mouth, where she bit off her own tongue while prematurely entombed. Two others also haunt the building - another female member of the Clopton family who drowned herself in the well, and a murderer who committed his crime in the chapel.

Catherine Lucy

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon - Charlecote Park, certain room, and area near the pond
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A member of the Lucy family, Catherine is believed to have drowned in the pond on the grounds - her wraith has been seen running towards the body of water, vanishing beneath the water, though never making a noise. She also retains a presence in the Green Bedroom in the household.


Location: Stratford-upon-Avon - The Creaky Cauldron, Henley Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A museum/magic shop, The Creaky Cauldron claims the upper part of the building is haunted by a six year old child named Jack.


Location: Stratford-upon-Avon - River Avon
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that the river is haunted by a woman who stands waist-deep in the water.

Five Fliers

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon - Skies over the town centre
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 21 July 2007
Further Comments: Over 100 people watched five objects moving over the town centre for a period of around thirty minutes. One witness said three of the lights formed a triangle, another hovered to one side, while the fifth light darted around. Another witness claimed they looked like little balls of flame.


Location: Stretton Baskerville - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: A highwayman, some say Dick Turpin himself, hid some of his takings in this deserted medieval village. He died before managing to retrieve the money, and now he rides towards the village on horseback.

John Alcock

Location: Temple Grafton - Alcocks Arbour (aka Rolls Wood Hill), Croft Lane
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Present
Further Comments: Highwayman John Alcock stashed much of his ill-gotten gains in a cave under this hill, in a chest protected by three locks and guarded by a cockerel. The bird will only let treasure hunters pass if they possessed one of Alcock's bones. Another legend says that the hill was created by the Devil. Out picking nuts on Devil's Nutting Day (21 September), Old Nick stumbled across the Virgin Mary who ordered him to drop the nuts. The Devil did, and so the hill was created.

The Dun Cow

Location: Warwick - Warwick Castle
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to death in the Warwick family
Further Comments: Appearing at least once at the castle prior to a death in the family, the phantom 'Dun Cow of Warwick' appears a few weeks before a death in the family. Way back in history, a member of the Warwick family killed the giant cow when it was a living creature that terrorised people across the land.

Slow Moving Light

Location: Warwick - Warwick University, JM3 Building, central corridor, top floor
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1994
Further Comments: A slow moving and completely silent ball of bright light was seen by a couple of witnesses as it floated across one room, through a wall and into the next room.

Sir Fulke Greville

Location: Warwick - Warwick Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973, and March 2009
Further Comments: Murdered by a trusted servant, Sir Fulke is reputed to still spend time in his study, appearing in a misty form. In 1973, a cleaner reported hearing loud scratching sounds coming from a painting of Greville, while in 2009 a site manager working on a 'dungeon' feature encountered a tall slim man wearing tunic and trousers.

Cursed Castle

Location: Warwick - Warwick Castle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After being caught stealing from her customers, an old servant at the castle was fired. In revenge, she bewitched the place - a large black dog appeared and created havoc. The creature was defeated by quotes from the bible read aloud by a local holy man.


Location: Warwick - Priory Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1940s?
Further Comments: A man claimed to have seen a nun-like entity rise from the ground and pass through a set of railings before vanishing. The figure was said to glow and appeared to be missing a hand.


Location: Warwick - Gibbet Hill - University of Warwick Halls of Residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The sounds of someone crying hysterically could occasionally be heard in this modern building. It was reported that the newer halls of residence were built upon a demolished building which housed the bodies of those executed on the hill.

Thomas Oken

Location: Warwick - Doll Museum, Castle Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Heard climbing the stairs of his former property, Oken's popularity with the townsfolk may have something to do with his staying on.

Smelly Nun

Location: Warwick - Digby Court
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1820s
Further Comments: Haunted by a nun who looked like a corpse and smelled of death and decay, Digby Court remained empty for many, many years.

Piers Gaveston

Location: Warwick - Blacklow Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The execution procession of Gaveston is still said to ascend the hill where he was stabbed with a sword before being beheaded.

Lying Landlord

Location: Warwick - Anchor Inn
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former landlord of the inn was involved in looting the dead bodies from the Battle of Edgehill; during a trial to establish his guilt in which the crook lied through his teeth, the Devil appeared and took the man straight to hell.


Location: Wellesbourne - Former RAF base
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This member of the RAF ran into the rotating blades of a stationary aircraft - his shade has been seen and heard retracing his final steps.

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