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Now an Indian restaurant called Amaya, 1 Yardley Road was once The Castle Inn. This 17th century, Grade II listed building was described in Oliver Ratcliff’s almanac ‘Olney, Bucks’ (1907) as ‘one of the oldest inns of Olney and is supposed to stand upon the site of the old castle of Olney which stood in feudal times’. Read More »
The Dagnall road near Edlesborough may be haunted by a phantom black car. In 1961 Mr Stanley Prescott from Dunstable and his wife were driving along the A4146 when, as they approached the B489 junction, Mr Prescott was forced to take his car off the road and through a hedge by an oncoming vehicle. Read More »
A phantom monk in a black habit is said to have been witnessed by a car driver near the parish church of St Mary the Virgin as he drove through Edlesborough on the A4146 in the 1970’s. The monk vanished when the driver stopped and shone a torch at it.
The following story which appeared in English Fairy and Other Folk Tales by Edwin Sidney Hartland , concerns ‘a man who lived at a village near Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire. This man was accustomed to go every morning and night to milk his cows in a field, which was some distance from the village. Read More »
On 11th January 1973, Peter Day, employed as a surveyor was driving towards Aylesbury when he witnessed an amber light near some tree tops about a mile away from his location, the object seemed to be pulsating.
Peter had a film camera with him at the time and managed to film the object, which was examined by Kodak and passed as genuine. Read More »
The following by the Augustinian Canon William Parvus, also known as William of Newburgh (or Newbury) (Born 1136 – Died 1198) concerns a haunting or what is sometimes considered a potential vampire case. Read More »
The prestigious Grade I listed Castle House can be found on West Street and dates back to the 15th century. There would have been many notable visitors to Castle House, including King Charles I who held a Council of War here. Read More »
The following extract is taken from Cholesbury-cum-st Leonards Local History Group Newsletter No 17 2013 – 2014, and concerns an article by Anne Batchelor tracing back her Tudor ancestors to Chapel Farm and her good relationship with the family who now own it now. Read More »
The oval shaped Cholesbury Camp or The Danish Camp is a multivallate Iron Age hill fort covering 15 acres with ramparts measuring between 9.5 ft. and 34 ft in height. Within the defences can be found the Church of St Lawrence and if stories are to be believed, phantom animals that have been heard snorting and fighting each other.
The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul in Ellesborough is a Grade II listed building dating from around the late 14 century. It was suggested by Gerald Line in 'The Church on the Hill' that a figure seen in the church wearing 17th century clothing was Rev Robert Wallis, rector here between 1635 – 1637 and 1665 – 1667. Read More »
The spirit of Sir Edmund Verney, standard bearer to Charles I, is said to appear at the house in times of national crisis.
Sir Edmund was killed at the battle of Edgehill, and is reputed to have sworn that no man would take the standard that he bore without cutting his hand from his body. Read More »
The 14th century manor house at Creslow which has links to the Royal household is one of Buckinghamshire’s oldest continually inhabited buildings and during the Victorian era it gained a reputation of having a room haunted by a phantom, skirt rustling woman. Read More »
Cymbeline's Mound is the site of a small Norman motte and bailey castle. The motte or mound is 42 meters in diameter with a ditch on three sides. There is a Devil legend associated with this site. It is said that if you run around the mound seven times the Devil will appear.
On 23 January 2003, the Milton Keynes Citizen published the following strange experience of a local taxi driver which was entitled 'There's a ghost in my minicab!'
A CITY cab driver has spoken of a spooky journey after he picked up a ghost passenger. Read More »
On dark nights it is said that the ghost of Dick Turpin rides the road leading from the 13th century St Mary the Virgin Parish Church towards the Tring Road. Local legend says he would hide in the attic of Butler's Manor at Northall and watch for potential coaches to hold up.
The apparition of a young woman is thought to haunt Dolesden Lane in Turville. According to the Luton Paranormal website ‘One witness was pushing his bicycle along the road when he saw someone approaching. It was a bright, moonlit night and he could clearly see that she was wearing old-fashioned clothes. Read More »
A phantom Black Dog is said to haunt Fingest Lane between the village of Fingest and Skirmett
In September 1986 an experience on Four Ashes Lane, led to speculation that a large Green Man haunted Cryers Hill. The following article entitled ‘Phantom of the Forest’ was published in the South Bucks Star on 26 September 1986 and concerned Mark Nursey’s experience which took place six days earlier. Read More »
Gallows Hill stands 615 feet above sea level and it is thought to have the remains of a Bronze Age barrow on it, bones from which were discovered in the 19th century. At one post medieval time the hill is said to have mounted a gallows from which it gets its name. It is from this time that the story of its haunting is thought to derive from. Read More »
A White Lady haunts this 18th century hotel. She is said to be a servant girl who was killed by spurned lovers at nearby West Wycombe caves (later associated with the Hell Fire Club).
The pub is also said to be haunted by phantom footsteps.
The apparition of a Green Lady was said to traditionally haunt the village of Swanbourne. The woman reputedly walked soundlessly up the main street toward the Grade II listed, 13th Century, Church of St Swithin, head bowed, hands clasped and wearing a green dress. This was said to be the ghost Elizabeth Adams who lived in Swanbourne during the 17th century. Read More »
Henry Burghersh (born 1292 – died 4 December 1340) was consecrated as the Bishop of Lincoln on 20 July 1320. According to the ‘Handbook to the Cathedrals of England’ (1881) ‘Anthony Bek, Chancellor of Lincoln, was elected by the Chapter on Bishop Dalderby's death. Read More »
The junction and the lane off the A418, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man called Noble Eddon, who appears clutching a bleeding wound in his chest.
The story goes that in 1828 Noble Eddon, who lived in the village, witnessed sheep being stolen by local men called Tylor and Sewell. He is said to have goaded them with his knowledge while in town. Read More »
"Hellfire Club" is a name that brings in mind a coven of hooded and caped Enlightment-era gentlemen practising all kinds of debauchery, Satan worship being the most prominent. Read More »
On Easter Sunday, 10 April 1955, Ruth Ellis shot and killed David Moffett Drummond Blakely outside The Magdala pub, Hampstead, London. He is buried in the graveyard extension of Holy Trinity Church in Penn (Plot 48). Ruth Ellis (Born 9 October 1926 in Rhyl) was convicted of his murder and subsequently hanged at Holloway Prison on 13 July 1955. Read More »
Hughenden Manor is a Georgian Mansion now owned and opened to the public by the National Trust. It was the home of Benjamin Disraeli (21 December 1804 - 19 April 1881), Leader of the Conservative Party, Prime Minister between 1874 and 1880 and 1st Earl Beaconsfield from 1876. He is buried in a vault beneath St Michael's Church at Hughenden Manor and is said to haunt the house. Read More »
The National Trails Ridgeway footpath begins and ends at Ivinghoe Beacon on Beacon Hill. The remains of a late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age univallate hill fort and numerous barrows can be found here. The ramparts are 2m high in places and it is thought that the main ditch around the fort would have been 3.1 meters m wide and 2.2 meters deep. Read More »
Jack the Leather was a highwayman who is said to have been caught whilst hiding in the stables of Church Farm. According to tradition, soldiers noticed the lathered farm horses that Jack had been exercising each night by riding them around the farm’s spring-fed moat. He was captured and dragged to a Gibbet at either Ivinghoe Beacon, or Gallows Hill. Read More »
Owned and run by the National Trust since 1925, the Grade II listed 15th century Kings Head on the Market Square is a fantastic building steeped in a rich history and I suppose it is only natural that it has a reputation of being haunted as well by several ghosts, including a nun. Read More »
Mary Blandy (Born 1720) was executed on 6 April 1752 outside Oxford Castle for murdering her father, Francis Blandy at the request of her lover, Captain William Henry Cranstuon. As with Mary Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell and several other famous ghosts, Miss Blandy reputedly haunts at numerous locations over several counties. Read More »
Burnham Abbey was originally a house for Augustinian nuns dating back to 1265. It was surrendered on 19 September 1539 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and then passed on through private ownership. The Abbey was a farm by 1719 and in 1916 was bought by The Society of the Precious Blood, Augustinian nuns in the Anglican Communion who remain there to this day. Read More »
The following stories associating the Devil with homes in Olney were published in ‘Olney, Bucks’ (1907) by Oliver Ratcliff. ‘According to legendary accounts the Devil seems to have frequently favoured Olney with his presence. Read More »
According to ‘A History of the County of Buckingham: Volume 4’ (1927) ‘A church existed in the parish from a very early period, probably long before 1273, the date of the first known reference, but the present structure was built during the middle of the 14th century, the chancel being erected first and the other parts of the building some few years later. Read More »
The hamlet of Pednor near Chesham is reputedly haunted by a road ghost. It is said the apparition has been seen at Pednor Bottom, a valley just south of Pednor. Unfortunately key details change depending upon which version of the experiences you read. Within a short period of time the apparition was reportedly experienced twice. Read More »
A ghostly horseman is said to gallop through the lanes of Penn in the night shrieking with laughter, he disappears as fast as he appears.
The spirit is identified as that of an 18th century farm labourer.
Directions: Penn lies to the East of High Wycombe on the B474.
There is a ghost legend attached to Slaptonbury Mill, of which not even ruins remain. Read More »
St Bartholomews Church is a Grade I listed building and dates back to the 12th century. There is a folk good luck custom associated with weddings at St Batholomews, where the groom is expected to lift his bride over the church gate after the ceremony. To ensure this is done the church gate is usually kept locked on such occasions. Read More »
The 15th century Boot & Slipper Public House, part of the Chef & Brewer chain has a reputation of being haunted by a ghost that is usually felt rather than seen. Read More »
During the sixteenth several martyrs were burned in Amersham on charges of heresy and the strong conviction of their beliefs. The Chequers at 51 London Road, which dates from the 15th century had a possible involvement with these sad deaths and it is speculated that the long reputed haunting of the inn may be related to them. Read More »
The reputedly haunted Grade II listed Crown was originally an old coaching inn dating back to the 16th century or 17th century* and now forms part of the Dhillon Group's family of modern coaching inns. Read More »
The Duck public house closed in 2009 and was demolished the following year, so we will probably learn nothing anything new from this reputedly haunted building. Luckily the following article entitled 'Ghostly goings-on puzzle pub couple ' was published in the Bucks Herald on 18 February 2004. Read More »
Possibly having been located at 2 Yardley Road, the Dun Cow inn is now long gone. In his almanac ‘Olney, Bucks’ (1907), Oliver Ratcliff gives the following story about the pub. ‘The old Dun Cow Inn, which stood on the Yardley Road, was also reported to be haunted. Read More »
Originally known as The Ship and dating from 1213, The Royal Standard of England on Brindle Lane, Beaconsfield is thought to be the oldest Free House in England and is reputedly haunted by two ghosts. Read More »
Two ghosts are thought to haunt this old 16th century coaching inn said to have been built from timbers taken from old ships. One of the ghosts is reputedly a serving wench dating from the 17th century and the second ghost, according to their website is a mystery.
The Two Brewers public house is a Grade II listed building which according to the 1907 ‘Olney, Bucks’ almanac by Oliver Ratcliff has a Devil legend associated with it. ‘There is an inn, called the Two Brewers, which he used to visit frequently, causing the host to play the fool and dance at his bidding. Read More »
The White Hart Hotel was originally an 18th century coaching inn and is said to be reputedly haunted, though I am unsure as of yet what the details of the haunting may be.