3 Haunted Churches in Dorset
Stewart | On 04, Dec 2017
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux Room!
St Mary’s Church, Beaminster
You’ll find St Mary’s Church situated along Church Street in Beaminster.
Parts of the Grade I listed church date back to the 13th century.
St Mary’s was said to be haunted by the ghost of a local boy called John Daniel who died in suspicious circumstances in 1728.
His ghostly apparition has been seen in the church sitting at a writing desk which had a small white coffin on it.
Witnesses described his apparition as being dressed in a school uniform and hat.
The ghostly apparition of a woman wearing a dark gown and straw hat with a flowered handkerchief around her neck has also been seen standing in the church doorway.
She’s believed to be the ghost of John’s mother Hannah Daniel who sadly died a short time after his birth.
One August night in 1998, a local farmer was tending his cows which were calving in a field near to the private graveyard where many of the Daniel family were buried.
Suddenly, in his torchlight he saw two figures standing by one of his cows.
One figure was a woman with pink eyes wearing a long white gown and the other was a young boy wearing a dark outfit.
The ghostly pair then walked towards the graveyard and entered it by opening and closing its gate.
The farmer later returned to the graveyard and found within it the graves of Isaac, Hannah and John Daniel!
The United Reformed Church, Poole
You’ll find the United Reformed Church situated on Skinner Street in Poole.
The Grade II* listed building is the oldest church in the town.
The present Georgian building only dates back to 1777 but the original chapel was built in 1662.
Some people who’ve passed by the church around midnight have reported seeing it emanate a strange orange-yellow light which only last for a short period of time.
A few years ago, a local reporter visited the church as he was going to write a story about its history.
After visiting it he wrote a draft story about the magnificent brass lamps and old-fashioned high pews he found in the church.
Just before he published his story he re-visited the church and was shocked to find that it now had modern fittings and fixture.
Confused, he asked the vicar what happened to the old pews and lamps he’s witnessed on his last visit.
The vicar told him that the décor that he was describing was in the church about a hundred years ago!
St Peter’s Church, Dorchester
You’ll find St Peter’s Church situated along High East Street in Dorchester.
The church dates back to 1454 and is said to be haunted by the ghost of a former vicar called Reverend Nathaniel Templeman.
He first appeared on Christmas Eve in 1841 to the sexton and church warden who’d just finished decorating the church for the events of the next day.
After a couple of hours of work, the men had sat down for a rest helping themselves to a glass of communion wine in the process.
As they were resting, the angry apparition of Reverend Nathaniel Templeman appeared out of nowhere shaking his fists at them and mouthing something which they couldn’t hear.
The church warden was so shocked that he fainted and the sexton started to recite the Lord’s Prayer at which the ghost of Reverend Templeman paused then drifted down the north aisle where he disappeared into thin air!
Some say the ghostly reverend was angry at the men for drinking the communion wine.
But his apparition has been seen in the church by other witnesses on many occasions since that day.
And all the witnesses say that he was very angry, shaking his fists and silently shouting something at them!
Julie Harwood (2008) Haunted Dorchester. The History Press
Julie Harwood (2011) Haunted Poole. The History Press
Roger Guttridge (2009) Paranormal Dorset. Amberley