Ghosts from Berkshire Places
Beginning with 'T'
The King’s Head is reputedly
haunted by Miss Fromont, the landlady during the golden age of coaching in
the 18th century. She appears in a grey silk dress, walking through walls
in the first floor rooms.
“Mind my pie!” was the
mysterious broad Berkshire voice which came out of nowhere in the larder
of a farm in Thatcham, built on the site of a moated manor house. Later
the witness’s mother saw a ghostly old woman in brown outside the house,
though she was apparently invisible to everyone else.
The old driveway of Dunstan House,
pulled down in 1802, was always said to be haunted by a ghostly carriage.
Dogs have been known to freeze with terror here and a man dressed in old
fashioned clothes has been observed. The area has now been built upon.
Some say Lady Bolingbroke also
haunts Thatcham in her coach, much as she does Bucklebury.
The Thatcher’s Arms is said to be
The spirit of a little boy who was
drowned in the River Pang is occasionally seen rising from the waters near
Francis Kendrick was the Lady of the Manor of Calcot who fell in love with a poor lawyer named Benjamin Child. The only way she was able to gain his attention was to dress up in disguise and challenge him to a dual or marriage. The sensible man chose the latter option and the two lived very happily together. Sadly, Frances died after only a few years of marriage and her ghost has haunted the spot where the challenge took place ever since. This was in Prospect Park. Read the full story.
Herne the Hunter’s ghost is said to have been seen riding through this area which once made up the very boundaries of Windsor Forest. Read the full story. One old gentleman seemed convinced that it was this same spirit which haunted his large house just outside the town. Although it was never seen and the only phenomenon noticed was that the ghost would never allow the bathroom door to be closed!
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