Ghosts from Berkshire Places
Beginning with 'K'
Farm is haunted by a man in a big hat whose face can never be seen. He
walks around the stableyard. He dates from the time of the Civil War or
the Restoration. Another ghost haunts nearby Scarletts Manor, which was
used as some sort of military hospital during the Great War. A wounded
soldier of this period materialises at times on the upper landing and
stares into one of the present bedrooms.
The most well-known village ghost is
that of Lieutenant Dexter. He asked to be buried with his sword beside
him. This sword is said to rattle when people pass through the churchyard
at night. Alternatively, the sword was buried with his wife, Mary Dexter.
In the parish church, the bell
ringers once saw what they took to be a real-life person sitting in the
front pew wearing a black cloak and dark wide-brimmed hat. He got up and
walked into the vestry whereupon he immediately disappeared.
One house in the village has the
ghost of a dark slim ‘lady in black’ who appears at the foot of the
In the 1970s a young man was
tragically killed in the village when he fell through stair banisters
during an epileptic fit. Afterwards the sounds of the accident were heard
to be repeated.
Three Gate Copse is in the northern
part of the parish, not far from Wickham. On All Souls’ Night 1942, a
Canadian training flight crashed into the woods there and the rear gunner
was killed. Some years later, a local girl saw an eerie light appear 30ft
up amongst the elm trees on the same spot, as she returned home one
evening. It formed itself into the shape of a large man. Afterwards, she
realised that it had been the anniversary of the crash and that she had
seen the spirit of the Canadian airman.
‘Bird-in-the-Hand’ on the Bath Road does not look like an old
building, although part of it is. Such pubs were particularly popular with
local highwaymen in the 18th century. One of these men was celebrating a
huge haul from a passing coach at the inn when he accidentally fell down
the stairs and was killed. On occasion, his spirit is still seen around
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