Headless Black Dog
The roadway near the Hampton Fields entrance to the 730 acre Gatcombe Park Estate is said to be haunted by a headless Black Dog. In 1976 the Daily Express newspaper interviewed Joe Hattersall who lived nearby; “I’ve seen it four times. It moves fast and silently, then brushes up against you, and one doesn’t hang about when it happens.”
A second witness named Fred Webb reported seeing the reputedly labrador sized Black Dog whilst he was driving along the stretch of road.
It may be worth noting that Gatcombe Park was bought for Anne, Princess Royal and her first husband Captain Mark Phillips, in 1976 by Queen Elizabeth II. Princess Anne now lives there with her second husband Vice-Admiral Timothy Laurence.