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22 Haunted Places in Berkshire (Updated 2017)

| On 24, Apr 2017

 

 

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Haunted Places in Berkshire

Bisham Abbey, Bisham

The Grade I listed Bisham Abbey is a manor house which gets its name from a long lost abbey which once stood beside it.

Bisham Abbey was built in 1260 as a community house for a couple of Knights Templar.

Now you would think that Bisham Abbey would be haunted by ghostly monks or phantom knights but truth be told the manor house is said to be haunted by the ghost of Elizabeth Hoby…

She was an influential noblewoman in the court of Queen Elizabeth I.

She was married to Thomas Hoby of Bisham Abbey.

Legend says that she had a son who she punished relentlessly because he was a slow learner.

Apparently he died after a severe beating she metered out to him.

It’s now said that her ghostly apparition is often seen wandering around the grounds of Bisham Abbey crying whilst wiping her blood soaked hands!

 

Donnington Castle, Donnington

The ruins of Donnington Castle are situated in the village of Donnington just a stone’s throw away from the town of Newbury.

The castle dates back to 1386 when it was constructed by Sir Richard Abberbury the Elder.

It became a ruin during the English Civil War…

You see, at that time it was held by the royalist Sir John Boys who withstood an eighteen month siege from Parliamentarian forces.

In 1646, Boys eventually surrendered the castle to the Parliamentarians who later decided to demolish the castle leaving just the gatehouse standing!

Today, the ruin of the castle is run by English Heritage and is a scheduled ancient monument.

With such a long and eventful history it’s no wonder that Donnington Castle is rumoured to be haunted…

Now, the gatehouse itself is said to be haunted by a ghost of a guard.

Apparently many witnesses have mistaken the guard as being a guide in period dress… he looks that real!

Of course they’re horrified when he simply vanishes into thin air right in front of their very eyes.

He’s often seen on both floors of the gatehouse.

Talking about vanishing into thin air…

In 1990, shocked witnesses saw a ghostly apparition of a white dog run down the castle hill towards the woods and suddenly disappear before he reached the tree line!

Royalist ghosts from the English Civil War are a common sight at the castle.

First there’s the ghostly fire-fight between Royalist and Parliamentarian troops which is often witnessed in the nearby Love Lane.

And then there’s the amazing story of the young campers who witnessed an old Royalist soldier assaulting a young woman.

After approaching the phantom soldier and shouting out ‘leave her alone’ both apparitions disappeared into thin air!

 

Windsor Castle, Windsor

We all know of the world famous Windsor Castle as being a royal residence.

The castle dates back to the 11th century when it was first built by William the Conqueror.

In the beginning the castle wasn’t used as a royal residence.

That wasn’t until 1110 when Henry I became the first royal to move in.

With such a long history, you probably won’t be too surprised to discover that the castle is said to have a few ghosts knocking about the place with some of them being from royalty!

King Henry VIII is buried at Windsor Castle and some say that he never left…

His ghost is said to haunt the Cloisters and the corridors of the castle.

Witnesses who’ve seen his angry ghost have described him as being a large man who paces around looking anxious.

Henry VIII famously had his wife Anne Boleyn executed for treason and adultery at the Tower of London in 1536.

Her ghost is said to haunt the Dean’s Cloister at Windsor Castle.

Terrified witnesses have seen her ghostly apparition sadly peering out of one of the windows there.

Staying with Henry VIII, his daughter Queen Elizabeth I is also said to haunt the Dean’s Cloister.

Many witnesses, including royalty, have seen her ghostly apparition at the castle.

She’s said to be wearing a black gown with a black shawl over her shoulders.

George III, Edward VII and George VI all reported seeing the ghost of Elizabeth I at the castle…

Many say that her ghostly appearance occurs on the advent of war!

Did you know that Mad King George III was confined to a room below the castle’s library during his periods of mental illness?

Startled witnesses have reported seeing his ghostly apparition peering out of the library’s window and doorway.

In 1936, the ghost of an angry Queen Victoria was witnessed by terrified workmen who were attempting to cut down some spruce trees once planted by the Queen and Prince Albert…

Apparently she wasn’t too amused!

The Kings and Queens of the past aren’t the only ghosts said to haunt Windsor Castle…

Phantom footsteps and sudden temperature drops have been recorded in the Curfew Tower. On one occasion the bells in the tower mysteriously swung on their own accord.

A ghostly apparition of a man and a horse has been seen by terrified witnesses walking through the wall of the kitchen in the horseshoe cloisters.

You see, the cloisters were once the cavalry stables!

If you’re every alone in the Deanery, you may be startled by a phantom young voice shouting… I don’t want to go riding today!

Well, the Deanery is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young boy.

Now this isn’t the only auditory phenomenon to be experienced in the Deanery…

A child’s footsteps, believed to belong to the ghostly boy, have been heard crossing the building!

And last but by no means least… spooked visitors to the Prison Room in the Norman Tower have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a Royalist soldier from the English Civil War in there.

 

Windsor Great Park, Windsor

Sticking with Windsor, the Great Park is also rumoured to have a few ghosts of its own…

Windsor Great Park is a massive deer park to the south of Windsor town.

In 1240, King Henry III officially defined the borders of the Great Park.

It was originally used by the King for personal hunting and to supply Windsor Castle with wild game.

The park is said to be haunted by a great hunter dating back to the reign of Richard II called Herne.

Local legend says that Herne saved the King’s life by getting in the way of an angry stag set on mauling the King.

Apparently, as Herne laid dying local wizards appeared and saved his life by placing deer antlers on his head…

It’s said that Herne recovered by lost his abilities as a great hunter!

After his valour, Herne became a close friend of Edward which made the other huntsman very jealous.

They framed him for a theft from the King which resulted in him being cast out by the Royals.

Sadly Herne committed suicide by hanging himself from an old oak tree within the grounds of Home Park at Windsor Castle.

Today, many witnesses have reported seeing his ghostly apparition running across Windsor Great Park…

Nobody knows why he’s running!

 

Haunted Hotels in Berkshire

The Berystede Hotel, Ascot

Just along Bagshot Road in South Ascot you’ll come across the luxury Berystede Hotel.

In 1886, the original Gothic Tudor manor house on the Berystede site was totally destroyed in a terrible fire.

Tragically, a maid called Eliza Kleininger was killed in the fire when she ran back into the burning building to save precious jewellery belonging to her mistress.

Today, the hotel is said to be haunted by a ghostly apparition nicknamed the Blue Lady…

Many say that the Blue Lady is in fact the ghost of the maid Eliza Kleininger!

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Littlecote House Hotel, Hungerford

Littlecote House in Hungerford is a massive Elizabethan country house and estate which dates back to the 13th century.

It’s said to be the third most haunted building in England with a claim of over twenty ghosts!

Littlecote House is infamous for its ghost of a black dog which appears on the Jerusalem staircase.

Members of staff and guests alike have often tried to pat the phantom dog only to be shocked when their hand goes straight through him.

Mother Barnes was a 16th century midwife. She’s said to haunt the room in which a woman rocking a baby has been witnessed.

One of the members of staff at Littlecote House witnessed a ghostly apparition of a lady in a blue gown on the staircase…

The ghost walked straight through a rope guarding the staircase!

Another ghostly apparition seen walking the corridors of the house is that of the woman in pink.

She’s seen carrying a new born baby which is said to have been murdered by its father Wild Will Darrell…

It’s said he threw it into a roaring fire just after it was born!

The ghostly screams heard throughout the house at night are said to belong to the distort mother of the murdered child.

Shortly after this horrific deed, Wild Will Darrell was thrown from his horse and killed.

The spot where he died in the park is said to be haunted by his wicked ghost.

Now Littlecote House and estate is built on a former Roman settlement…

A phantom legion of Roman soldiers has been witnessed marching through the park grounds!

Roman centurions are not the only ghostly soldiers to have been witnessed at Littlecote House.

It’s said that apparitions of Cromwellian troops have also been seen.

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The George Hotel, Pangbourne

The George Hotel is situated a stone’s throw away from the River Thames on the Square in the picturesque village of Pangbourne.

The hotel is an old 17th century coaching inn but there’s actually been an inn on the site since the 12th century.

The hotel is said to be haunted by a local witch…

Her name was Betty Price and she was accused of witchcraft.

She was found guilty and executed but before she died she cursed her captors and the George hotel.

She’s now said to haunt the hotel wandering along the hotel’s upstairs corridors!

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The George Hotel, Wallingford

The 16th century George Hotel is located along the High Street in the heart of the historic market town of Wallingford.

The hotel was established in 1517 when it started life out as a coaching inn called the George and Dragon.

Two rooms within the hotel have a reputation for being haunted… Room 3 and Room 5!

Room 3, or the teardrop room, is said to be haunted by a ghostly lady who’s said to have been the lover of a Royalist who was stabbed to death in a bar room fight.

She’s said to have been heartbroken at the news of his death and cried uncontrollably in her room.

Legend says that she mixed her tears with soot from the bedroom’s fire and painted teardrop symbols on a wall in the room.

Recently, a guest staying in the room reported that he was woken in the night by a ghostly apparition of an upset young lady with tears rolling down her face.

Apparently, she turned away and disappeared through the teardrop wall!

In Room 5, terrified guests have reported to have been woken in the middle of the night to find the apparitions of two little children standing next to the room’s wash basin!

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The Bull, Wargrave

You’ll find the Bull situated along Wargrave’s High Street.

The Grade II listed former coaching inn dates back to the 15th century.

The Bull is reputed to be haunted.

The ghostly apparition of a tall man wearing a black hat has been seen sitting next to the open log fire.

For many years the family at the Bull would hear phantom crying coming from Room 2 around the beginning of July.

Apparently, in the 1820s a former landlord discovered his wife was having an affair resulting in him throwing her out and forbidding her to see their young child.

Local legend says she died from a broken heart shortly afterwards.

And now her ghost returns every year on the anniversary of her ejection crying as she packs her bags!

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Haunted Pubs in Berkshire

The Butt Inn, Aldermaston

You’ll find the Butt Inn located along Station Road in Aldermaston.

The pub is named after the archery butts that were once placed in the fields opposite it.

The Butt Inn dates back to the 1920s.

Local legend says the premises are haunted by a poltergeist who likes to turn the beer taps on and slam doors shut!

 

The Horse and Groom, Bracknell

You’ll find the Horse and Groom along Bagshot Road in Bracknell.

The Grade II listed building dates back to the 17th century when it first started life out as a private cottage.

The upstairs of the pub is said to be haunted by the ghost of an old lady who loves to clean.

During the 1960s she would often be heard doing her household chores and walking about the premises.

Apparently, the spirits cabinet had knack to mysteriously unlock itself even after the lock was replaced for a new one!

 

The Old Manor, Bracknell

You’ll find the Old Manor situated on Grenville Place in Bracknell.

The Grade II listed building dates back to the early 15th century when it first started life out as a hall house.

The building is one of the oldest in the town.

It remained a private residence until the 1930s and was later turned into a pub.

The Old Manor is said to be haunted by two ghosts…

The first is the ghost of a hooded priest who it’s believed once hid in the building’s priest hole.

The hooded priest ghost has been nicknamed Fred.

The other ghost said to haunt the premises is that of a former regular called Bert.

Witnesses describe Bert’s apparition as having a red face and handlebar moustache!

 

The Ostrich Inn, Colnbrook

If I can take you back to 2001 to the first series of Most Haunted you may remember the team visited a pub in Colnbrook called the Ostrich Inn.

Back in 1106, a coaching inn called the Hospice was founded by Milo Crispin in Colnbrook which later became the Ostrich Inn…

It’s believed that the inn is the third oldest in England!

The Most Haunted team investigated the inn because it’s said to be very haunted.

Back in the 17th century an evil man called Jarman was the landlord at the inn.

He installed a trap door in the bedroom directly above the kitchen with two intentions… robbery and murder!

He secured the bedstead and mattress tightly together and attached them to the trap door.

His wealthier guests staying in that bedroom would never see the next day again.

You see, he would creep into the bedroom in the early hours of the morning, tip up the bed and dispatch his sleeping guest through the trap door into a boiling cauldron of fat in the kitchen below.

Apparently he murdered up to sixty of his guests in this way.

You’ll be please to know that crime doesn’t pay…

Jarman and his wife were later hung for robbery and murder!

Well, you probably can see why a lot of paranormal activity has been reported at the Ostrich Inn…

Sudden temperature drops, strange noises and objects moving on their own accord have all been reported at the inn.

Ghostly figures have also been seen by terrified witness especially that of a Victorian lady who often seen in the upstairs corridor of the inn.

It’s said that the Jarman murders were the basis to the Sweeny Todd story.

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The Royal Stag, Datchet

You’ll find the Royal Stag pub situated on the B470 overlooking the Green in the village of Datchet.

Although the pub has a 19th century façade, the Grade II listed building actually dates back to the 15th century.

It’s believed to be one of the oldest buildings in the village.

Due to its close proximity to the church, the pub was originally called the Five Bells.

It became the Royal Stag in 1796.

From the 1970s onwards the pub gained a reputation for being haunted…

It’s said that a child’s ghostly hand print appears on a window pane of a window located on the left hand side on the ground floor of the pub.

Local legend says the spooky hand print belongs to the ghost of a young boy who froze to death in the nearby churchyard whilst waiting for his father!

 

The Queen’s Oak, Finchampstead

You’ll find the Queen’s Oak situated along Church Lane in the village of Finchampstead.

The Grade II listed pub dates back to the early part of the 17th century when it started life out as a private cottage.

The pub was originally called the White Horse until Queen Victoria planted an oak tree on the village square.

From then on, the pub changed its name to the Queen’s Oak.

The pub is said to have a resident ghost…

The apparition of a ghostly old lady has been witnessed in the bar area sitting on a stool.

She’s been describe as being very happy looking with a big smile on her face!

Her ghost is believed to come from the era when the pub was a cottage.

 

The White Hart, Holyport

You’ll find the White Hart pub on Moneyrow Green in the village of Holyport.

The country pub is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman who’s been seen with a small boy.

The couple are described as wearing grey clothing from the 1920s era.

It’s said that before they manifest the witness hears the sound of knocking and phantom footsteps on the pub’s stairs.

Witnesses have also reported hearing the sounds of a phantom horse galloping and whinnying outside the pub.

The phantom horse is believed to be the ghost of a racehorse called Kaiser that died in an accident outside the pub in early 1900s.

 

The Maiden’s Head, Maidenhead

You’ll find the Maiden’s Head pub situated along Maidenhead’s High Street.

For many years the pub was called the Hobgoblin.

And it was during this time that it gained a reputation for being haunted.

The pub was said to be haunted by a fun loving ghost called Bob.

He was blamed for turning the beer pumps and lights on and off, moving coats, hiding objects and then returning them and on one occasion moving the counters during a game of Trivial Pursuit!

His phantom footsteps and glasses clinking have been heard coming from the empty bar after hours.

And he’s been known to lock people in the bathroom even though the door hasn’t got a lock and key!

On a couple of occasions the barman was struck by a pen lid and a paper clip on the back of his head when he was alone in the bar.

 

The Catherine Wheel, Newbury

You’ll find the historic Catherine Wheel pub along Cheap Street in Newbury.

The Grade II listed former coaching inn dates back to 1761.

The pub is reputed to be haunted.

In 2011 the pub’s CCTV system recorded two glasses falling from a cabinet on their own accord.

The first glass fell in front of the shocked manageress and as she bent down to pick it up the second glass flew from the cabinet and hit her on the hand!

Spooked members of staff have reported seeing orbs and having their hair pulled by something unseen.

Locked doors would mysteriously unlock themselves and objects would move around by their own accord.

 

The Little Angel, Remenham

You’ll find the historic Little Angel pub along Remenham Lane in the village of Remenham.

The Grade II listed pub dates back to the 18th century.

The Little Angel is said to be haunted by the ghost of Mary Blandy who was hanged in 1752 in Oxford for poisoning her father because he didn’t approve of her seeing a married man.

After she’d murdered her father she fled to the Little Angel where she was friends with the landlady.

Eventually the authorities caught up with Mary and arrested her.

Her ghost is now said to haunt the upstairs of the Little Angel slammed doors and making eerie knocking sounds!

 

The New Leathern Bottle, Warfield

You’ll find the New Leathern Bottle along the A3095 in the village of Jealotts Hill.

The Grade II listed pub dates back to the 17th century when it started life out as a private house.

The New Leathern Bottle is said to be haunted by the ghosts of Hannah Carey and her abusive husband.

About a hundred and fifty years ago Hannah and her husband were the landlady and landlord of the pub.

Hannah was having an affair and her husband found out.

In a jealous rage he beat her so savagely that she died from her injures a month later.

He was arrested by the authorities and hung for murder.

Both their ghosts are now said to haunt the New Leathern Bottle.

With phantom weeping coming from Hannah’s ghost and profanities from her husband’s ghost!

 

The Bull, Wargrave

You’ll find the Bull situated along Wargrave’s High Street.

The Grade II listed former coaching inn dates back to the 15th century.

The Bull is reputed to be haunted.

The ghostly apparition of a tall man wearing a black hat has been seen sitting next to the open log fire.

For many years the family at the Bull would hear phantom crying coming from Room 2 around the beginning of July.

Apparently, in the 1820s a former landlord discovered his wife was having an affair resulting in him throwing her out and forbidding her to see their young child.

Local legend says she died from a broken heart shortly afterwards.

And now her ghost returns every year on the anniversary of her ejection crying as she packs her bags!

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The Black Horse, Windsor

You’ll find the Black Horse pub along Dedworth Road in Windsor.

In 1977, the Black Horse was said to be haunted by a ghost called George who was blamed for pinching the barmaids’ bottoms when no one else was around!