Dorset - Paranormal Database Records


Location: Tyneham - Unnamed cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Feb 2003
Further Comments: Bournemouth man Christopher Grist photographed what appears to be the phantom figure of a soldier while in the village, though some believe the image to be a simulacrum formed by shadows.

Self Opening Gate

Location: Ulwell - Old toll gate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witch, who had taken the form of a black cat, was killed while sitting on the gate. Since then, the gate is said to open for those who travel late at night.

Duke of Monmouth

Location: Uplyme - Road leading to Yawl
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Around midnight, though date of last sighting unknown
Further Comments: Riding a white horse in the pale light of the moon, the Duke is sometimes accompanied by several ghostly guards.


Location: Verwood - The Verwood Stone (aka Hoarstone, aka Stephen's Stone)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: Under this stone is said to be a golden container. A large black bird protected the treasure, scaring away any tomb raiders. There have been reports of unnatural cold spots in the area.


Location: Wareham - Hills around Creech Grange
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1678
Further Comments: Several thousand men were said to have been seen in the area, the sound of battle filling the air. The event is said to have been witnessed by around one hundred people.

Two Adrian Browns

Location: Wareham - Undisclosed area of road
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: A security worker, Adrian Brown tells the story of driving his van down a road in the area, only to see himself driving the same van in the opposite direction. He was reportedly slightly freaked out at the time.

Headless Driver

Location: West Lulworth - Coach Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly coach pulled by horses and driven by a headless coachman reportedly travels along this lane.


Location: West Lulworth - Daggers Gate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hare that haunts this area is thought to be the ghost of a witch. In life, she enjoyed turning herself into a Lepus.

Pitch Forked Dog

Location: West Woodyates - Manor
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmhand discovered a dog laying in the hay - he poked it with his pitchfork, causing the entity to vanish. The sound of a coach has also been heard as it stops by the front of the house, though nothing is seen.

Raining Snails

Location: Weymouth - All over the area
Type: Other
Date / Time: Early seventeenth century
Further Comments: Small snail shells rained down in Weymouth, with people finding the coloured carapaces gathering in their hats as they walked.

Sea Shanties

Location: Weymouth - Boot Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: One owner of the inn reported hearing old sea shanties being sung at night in deserted rooms and heavy footsteps walking around. A seaman has also been reported, who vanishes without trace.

Horrid Old Woman

Location: Weymouth - Corner seat along promenade
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Visible only to a select few, one witness who spotted the old woman on a seat said she reeked of death. The witness's fiancée later sat in the exact spot and died of a heart attack.


Location: Weymouth - Fleet, general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Stories perpetuated by smugglers told of phantom drowned sailors walking the roads of Fleet.

White Figure

Location: Weymouth - Nothe Fort
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A mysterious apparition is said to walk along the parapets of this building.

51 Vikings

Location: Weymouth - Ridgeway Hill, site of 2012 Olympics sailing centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2009
Further Comments: Self professed psychics were quick to announce that the discovery of 51 bodies, most likely Vikings who were executed by Saxons in the tenth century, would lead to paranormal activity.

Portuguese Sailor

Location: Weymouth - Spice Ship public house, Preston
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: This ghostly sailor would take the form of a poltergeist and create general mischief. It was blamed for phantom footsteps, setting off alarms and even pulling one landlord from his bed.

Talking Trees

Location: Whitcombe - Culliford Tree (also known as Came Wood)
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: A woman who was planning to build a house on this barrow said that she changed her mind after hearing a voice talking to her, sounding as if it had come from the trees.


Location: Wimborne - B3078, close to Clapgate Junction
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A coffin has been spotted on the roadside here, though it disappears if looked at closely. Some believe it belongs to someone who committed suicide, denying them the right to be buried in a churchyard, being buried close to this spot instead. A phantom black horse is also said to haunt this area.

Shapeless Mass

Location: Wimborne - Barley Mow public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The pub is haunted by an unearthly dark shape which hovers in the bar area. No one is too sure what exactly is it or what is represents.

Quarter Jack

Location: Wimborne - Church - West Tower
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Midnight
Further Comments: Quarter Jack sits within the West Tower and chimes the quarter hours. At midnight, he is said to climb down from the tower and wander the market town.


Location: Wimborne - Dickens House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: This former man of the cloth is said to step out of a bricked up doorway wearing black and holding a bible.


Location: Wimborne - Griffin Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Around Christmas (reoccurring)
Further Comments: One room in the hotel is filled with sobbing around Christmas - some say the cries belong to a girl upset at her father's death. A grey haired woman in a brown skirt has also been reported in the hotel, and was seen near Bedroom 4 during the 1940s.

Percy Newall

Location: Wimborne - King's House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 06:00 (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This former reverend walks around the building early in the morning holding a bible, before disappearing into a room in the upper part of the building.


Location: Wimborne - Mill Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A former mill worker, Annie drowned in the River Allen while running away from the mill. Employees at the Riverside Café reported seeing the ghostly figure of a woman wearing a long dress in the area.


Location: Wimborne - Minster
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghostly figure of a monk has been reported walking around the Minster.

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