Tales of Phantom Horses and Horsemen from the Paranormal Database

 
 


Arthur's Victory

Location: Badbury (Dorset) - Badbury Rings
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Battle in sixth century(?), entities in late twentieth century
Further Comments: This hillfort has been named by some as the location where King Arthur defeated the Saxons. Several phantasmic events also surround the Rings, including the sighting of a ghostly warrior on horseback, a spectral woman wearing a black dress, and an ugly dwarf-like entity which peers into the windows of parked cars. Finally, there are stories of a golden coffin buried in the area.


 
 


Woman on Horseback

Location: Badby (Northamptonshire) - Woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Riding through the forest, the woman travels either to or from her former lover's home - on her last mortal journey her husband intercepted her mid-way and murdered the adulteress.


 
 


Pony with Coffin

Location: Bakerstead (Cumbria) - Road passing the village from Burnmoor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom pony with a coffin strapped to its back is doomed to make the same journey over and over. Both pony and pack were lost during a funeral procession that was caught in a snap snowstorm.


 
 


Mrs Boulton

Location: Ballachulish (Highland) - Ballachulish House
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A woman who visited the house claimed to have been there before, though only in her dreams. To her surprise, the owner of the property agreed, saying that her visitor resembled a ghost that had been seen there several times! Two more traditional ghosts can be found here; seen approaching the house on horseback, a spectral rider dismounts before vanishing on the driveway, while a scruffy little man has been seen near the front gate.


 
 


Headless Horseman

Location: Ballymena (County Antrim) - Road leading to the White Gates, Crebilly Road area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A robber escaping from a house rode into a thin piece of wire tightly pulled between the gateposts here, losing his head in the process. His decapitated shade is either seen or heard at Halloween, still on horseback.


 
 


Headless Man

Location: Baschurch (Shropshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but may have been heard 17 October 2009, around 22:30h
Further Comments: Having hanged himself, this headless gentleman is reported to still drive his horse and trap around the neighbourhood. One witness heard the sound of a horse passing close to her late at night, but nothing could be seen.


 
 


Lady Fane

Location: Basildon (Berkshire) - The Grotto (house)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s?
Further Comments: Fane was said to haunt her former home, though no recent witnesses exist - a woman staying here during the Second World War did encounter a phantom young girl in a raggedy green dress, surely unsuitable attire for a lady..?


 
 


Eloping Elizabeth

Location: Bath (Somerset) - Royal Crescent
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom coach and horses reputed to haunt this area contain Elizabeth Linley and Richard Brinsley Sheridan as they elope time after time.


 
 


Knights

Location: Battle (Sussex) - Site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A phantom knight on horseback appears on the anniversary of the battle, while other figures have been seen more sporadically. The ground is also said to bleed after a storm.


 
 


Coach

Location: Beaminster (Dorset) - Lane leading to Stoke Abbott
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Condemned to drive his coach and four horses along this lane, a wicked landowner haunts this area.


 
 


Rider with Large Hat

Location: Bearsted (Kent) - Road leading to Pilgrim's Way
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This man on horseback is described as wearing a large hat and possessing silver spurs. Some stories say that various people have engaged the man in conversation, not realising he was a ghost until he vanished.


 
 


Colt Pixie

Location: Beaulieu Heath (Hampshire) - Cold Pixie's Cave
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A horse-like pixie, this fairy entity would play mild pranks and call out to horses so they became lost.


 
 


Headless Horseman

Location: Beccles (Suffolk) - Roos Hall driveway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: Pulled by headless horses, a coach is said to arrive by the front door every Christmas Eve. A local legend says that on an inside wall of the hall, in a bedroom cupboard, there is the imprint of the Devil's hoof branded into solid brick. Another tale says there is a window at the hall which always opens itself, even if locked shut.


 
 


Rider

Location: Beckenham (Kent) - Field along Pickhurst Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1926
Further Comments: A ghostly figure riding a white horse was spotted galloping across this field.


 
 


Man in Tricorn

Location: Beckhampton (Wiltshire) - Road running through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom highwayman is reputed to haunt this road. There is also a story that a ghostly horse and coach have been heard along the Beckhampton Road.


 
 


Phantom Coach

Location: Belaugh (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A ghostly coach and four passes over this bridge once a year. It is said to be driven by a headless Sir Thomas Boleyn, and is one of eleven bridges that he passes over on the night of his daughter Anne's execution.


 
 


Jocelyn Percy

Location: Beverley (Yorkshire) - Roads in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sir Jocelyn has been reported driving his coach and four headless horses around the streets of this otherwise quiet neighbourhood.


 
 


George Lyon

Location: Billinge (Lancashire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1920s
Further Comments: Riding on his horse, this former highwayman passes through the village where he once hid out.


 
 


Lady

Location: Binfield (Berkshire) - Billingbear House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1924
Further Comments: This house was haunted by a white lady before it burnt down. One room was transported to Pace College, Manhattan, and is said to contain a ghost (whether it is of the lady is unknown).


 
 


Galloping Horses

Location: Blackburn (Lancashire) - Mill Hill area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A small pack of ghostly mares are reported to run in this area.


 
 


Black Dog

Location: Blakeney (Norfolk) - Little Lane
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lane is a favoured haunt for the black shuck. The same lane is reportedly haunted by a ghostly horse and carriage.


 
 


Doggett

Location: Blandford (Dorset) - Area near Eastbury Park (no longer standing)
Type: Vampire
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A corrupt manservant who stole thousands of pounds from his employer, Doggett finally killed himself, and now drives his phantom horse and carriage along this area. One local story says he returned as a vampire; after his body was exhumed many years after his death (from St Mary's Church in Tarrant Gunville) it was found to be uncorrupted, with a rosy tint to the cheeks.


 
 


Anne Boleyn

Location: Blickling (Norfolk) - Blickling Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: To mark the anniversary of her death, a coach pulled by four headless horses pulls up on the driveway, with a decapitated Anne on a seat, her head in her lap. After Anne's headless white ghost arrives, it is said then to climb out, before inspecting each room of the Hall (the place of her birth and childhood). On the same date, Sir Thomas Boleyn is said to drive a team of headless horses in this area, cursed to cross twelve Norfolk bridges (including those at Aylsham, Coltishall and Wroxham).


 
 


Duelling Knights with Fiery Swords

Location: Blofield (Norfolk) - Path leading from Blofield church to St Michael's at Braydeston
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Returning to this realm once a year, the knights are said to be Sir Thomas Boleyn (father of Anne) and Sir Thomas Paston. Their shades battle with burning swords, and Lady Anne watches from a nearby carriage, pulled by headless horses.


 
 


Stomping Horse

Location: Blundellsands (Lancashire) - Round House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The building was once haunted by the sounds of a horse stamping its feet and whinnying loudly. When an equine skeleton was found under the house during extension work, it was reburied in a nice area of the grounds; the ghost no longer troubled the household.


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