Headless Ghosts

Headless Page Boy

Location: Stowford (Devon) - Hayne (or Hayne) Manor
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to death of owner
Further Comments: The boy was murdered by a butler on the site - the young shade now appears with his head under the arm, warning of impending death. A wish hound has also been reported around the area.

Outline of Coach

Location: Stroud (Gloucestershire) - Rodborough Common, road running alongside and apartments built near Rodborough Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A couple out walking watched in amazement as the ghostly outline of a horseless coach passed them. Other witnesses have seen the phantom, and others have reported headless horsemen or of hearing galloping.

Steam Engine

Location: Stroud (Gloucestershire) - Woodchester Mansion, near the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2001
Further Comments: A film crew spending a night in the building reported loud disembodied banging, which climaxed as the sounds of a stream train charged through the house. The house is also reported to be haunted by a white lady, and the park surrounding the building is home to a Roman soldier, a figure resembling a monk, two American servicemen in Second World War uniforms, a phantom coach, a headless horse and a dwarf which somersaults along the driveway.

Lancaster Pilot

Location: Strubby (Lincolnshire) - WW2 RAF base
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This decapitated shade nicknamed 'Strubby' is the result of a Lancaster bomber crash near the hanger area during the Second World War.

Headless Man

Location: Sutton Coldfield (West Midlands) - New Hall Hotel and Wylde Green Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1820s onwards
Further Comments: This headless figure is thought to have been a local man mistakenly found guilty for being a Jacobite spy. The man was executed and his head left in an oak tree where it remained until the 1820s - the tree was cut down and the skull rediscovered. Since then, the headless phantom is said to walk around the area.

Headless Woman

Location: SW1 (Greater London) - Cockspur Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1975
Further Comments: A taxi driver watched a decapitated woman cross the road in front of him, vanishing once reaching the pavement. The figure is thought to be the same entity that haunts St James's Park

Nellie Melba

Location: SW4 (Greater London) - Bingo hall along Clapham High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: Nellie fell from the roof of this former theatre, after climbing to the roof in a drunken haze. Her shade, headless, was reportedly seen by a number of staff members near the area of the former stage.

Headless Dog

Location: Swaledale (Yorkshire) - Humpbacked bridge leading to Ivelet
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The appearance of this headless hound denoted a forthcoming tragedy.

Black Coach

Location: Talland (Cornwall) - Bocaddon Moor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1731
Further Comments: This area of moorland was haunted by a black carriage pulled by two black, headless mares. The entity was never seen again after the Reverend Doidge exorcised the entity.

William Doggett

Location: Tarrant Gunville (Dorset) - Eastbury (house ruins)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Having borrowed large amounts of money to build the house, William Doggett committed suicide when he realised he could never pay off the loan. Doggett's ghost was heard walking around the house, and blamed for opening and closing doors. It was also seen, headless, driving a coach in the grounds.

Cromwellian Victim

Location: Tarvin (Cheshire) - Bridal path near The Headless Woman inn, running from Hockenhull Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This old servant woman was decapitated by agents of Cromwell, after she refused to betray her master's fortune to them. She was once seen so often, they named a public house after her!

Judge John Glanville

Location: Tavistock (Devon) - Kilworthy House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ruthless man, Judge Glanville condemned his own daughter to death for murdering her husband. Her ghost is also reported to appear in the building and its grounds, headless.


Location: Tavistock (Devon) - Road between town and Plymouth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pulled by black headless horses, Sir Frances Drake drives a dark hearse down these roads whenever his drum beats (see Yelverton (Devon) entry).

Headless Group

Location: Tenby (Dyfed) - Between Tenby and Sampson Cross
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Every night (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A headless team of horses driven by a headless coachman carries a headless lady in a coach along this road every night. As they reach the crossroads known as Sampson Cross, some ten miles from their starting point, they all disappear in a large explosion. Some people believe the entities have been laid, and now rest in a nearby lake.

Headless Horseman

Location: Thaxted (Essex) - Gibbets Cross, crossroads
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A local farmer told his friends that he had seen a headless horseman sitting upon a white steed pass by this crossroads.

Headless Monk

Location: Thaxted (Essex) - Tilty Abbey (between Thaxted & Dunmow) Cherry/Chawneth Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1215 onwards
Further Comments: Though no reports have been made for many years, the headless monk story is said to date back to 1215, when a monk was beheaded by men of King John. A decapitated skeleton was discovered in the grounds the 1940's.

Little George

Location: Thetford (Norfolk) - St George's Nunnery - Nun's bridges
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Sixteenth century?
Further Comments: The seven year old George fell from a wooden horse in May 1559, cracking his skull on the wall of the bridge and dying from his injury. The young ghost haunted the area for a number of years (riding around on a headless wooded horse) before being exorcised.

Headless Man

Location: Thorne (Yorkshire) - 1920's cinema
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The story of the ghost of a headless cinema commissionaire who was said to wander the lower floor was said to be nothing but a rumour by the people renovating the building.


Location: Tillington (Sussex) - Lanes in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: One particular, unnamed, lane in the village is the haunt of a headless horse. The village must attract decapitated entities, as a headless pig is also said to haunt the general area.

Headless Dog

Location: Tingewick (Buckinghamshire) - General area?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1916 (photographed)
Further Comments: A ghost of a little headless dog wagging its tail was taken at a tea party in the village early in the twentieth century. The photographer, an ex-Scotland Yard Inspector, claimed he saw nothing when taking the image.

White Lady

Location: Totnes (Devon) - Dartington Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pale figure is said to be one of several ghosts reported here over the years, normally seen in the garden. An old nurse and a woman who was staved to death in a bedroom also continue to reside here, while a headless horseman has been reported just outside the grounds of the building.

Colann gun Cheann

Location: Trottenish (Highland) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This sinister, decapitated ghost roamed the area looking for the living - when it encountered a person, it would throw its head at them before trying to kill the unfortunate soul.

MacLeods' Heads

Location: Trotternish (Highland) - Loch of Heads
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A skirmish between the MacLeods and the MacDonalds led to the MacLeods defeat - the victors decapitated all the bodies and rolled the heads down a hill to the loch below. As the heads rolled, they could be heard chanting 'We almost won today!', hence the name of the area.

Headless Rider

Location: Tunstead (Derbyshire) - Manifold Valley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nights of the full moon (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A beautiful white horse carrying a headless rider gallops across the valley when the night sky is right. The phantom is either a peddler or a soldier, depending on the legend.

Young Male Rider

Location: Tynron (Dumfries and Galloway) - Tynron castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area around the castle is haunted by a decapitated horseman. The ghost is thought to be a man who tried to marry a girl residing at the castle, but her brothers chased him away. During the pursuit, the young man fell from his horse and lost his head.

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