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The Headless Horseman of Dungee Corner


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Prusakowski
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My mother used to recall the tale of the Headless Horseman of Dungee Corner

There is a long straight road known as 'Mile Strret' heading out of the village of Bozeat that joins a Roman Road at a T-junction known to the locals as 'Dungee Corner'.

In the 1900's my great grandfather who resided at Wymington would attend the Market in the nearby Northamptonshire town of Wellingborough. In that period, travel by horse-drwan transport was still the norm in rural Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire.

On one occasion after a successful days trading at the market, my Great Grandfather had stopped off at the Golden Lion Inn (incidentally one of the few ancient hostelries in England that despite several clumsy refurbishments by brewerty owners, still retains to this day its original Minstrel's gallery).

Travelling back that afternoon from Wellingborough to Bozeat, and then turning left down Mile Street, he claimed to have seen the phantom 'headlkess horseman', the black wraith-like figure that is said to haunt 'Dungee Corner'. Its presence was also allegedly manifested by the refusal of cart horses or other living equines to go approach or go past that haunted junction, despite any form of coaxing .

At least that was his excuse tendered to my maternal great grandmother allegedly oft used when trying to justify his later return from the Golden Lion.

The Roman road in question peters out to a country track just north of that junction, andcabn be followed across the fields past farndish and Irchester, to terminate at an overgrown and abandoned caster (Roman fortified site) on the southern bank of the River Nene that gives nearby 'Chester House' its name.

Having travelled past that site for decades at all seasons of the year and times of day, I cannot say that I have ever seen the 'headless horseman'. Was the tale just an excuse to be late backfrom the pub? if so it does has a certain style.

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Re: The Headless Horseman of Dungee Corner

I have never heard of this Headless Horseman Prusakowski.  There a few tales of areas where horses get a bit skitish, such as crossing some bridges etc  that are said to be haunted by witches or black dogs.  I'll have to get this one up in our Gazatteer.  Can I use the story above about your Great Grandfather?

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Re: The Headless Horseman of Dungee Corner

re "I'll have to get this one up in our Gazeteer." Please do. In terms of quality control, I should have used the 'preview post' function....apologies for not editing out the typographical errors in that prior posting.

By the way, another haunting in the same nearby locality there in the East Midlands is at Rushden Hall. If I may, I shall post the details on the forum by separate mail.

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Thanks Prusakowski :)

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Re: The Headless Horseman of Dungee Corner

 An elderly local lady Erica Mead of Wymington born 1923 gave her input to the tale with an English Civil War reference noting that skirmishes between the Roundheads and Cavaliers are recorded  for Wymington near a former windmill (used as a vantage point and now long demolished) ;  

"The headless horseman who rides round Dungee Corner at midnight; Was he a Cavalier or Roundhead? The Orlebars and St.Lukes (two prominent local families in the area) were Roundheads.   Did they slice his head off? Who knows? Now only 'The old ghostly Rider' looking  for his head does......"

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Interesting.

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