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Mystery Month – The Taplow Station Haunting

The Bucks Village Journal

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Thank you to Dave Henwood for sharing this story for the “mystery month” series, which involved one of his colleagues just a few years ago.

Dave wrote ……Taplow Railway Station is said to be haunted by a lady who manifests herself on the seldom used Platform 1, usually towards the centre and east end of the station. The last sighting that I am aware of was a few years ago and involved a senior railway man of the time.

The story as told to me, was this…

“I had been called to Taplow late one frosty winter evening, to act as hand signaller after a signal at the London end of Platform 2 had become defective. My duties on this evening would be to relay instructions from the signalman to the driver, authorising drivers to pass the signal which was being held at “Danger” with its red aspect casting a pinkish…

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Mystery Month – Recent Haunting in Wooburn Green

Look up Articles of Local Interest on the website for more local ghost stories!

The Bucks Village Journal

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This is a very recent haunting in Wooburn, the lady who experienced this has asked me not to mention her name.

” In 2012 I was renting a house in Northcroft, Wooburn Green. I had been living there happily with my 2 teenage daughters for 6 months or so. One evening the 3 of us were sat together watching television when we noticed what appeared to be a large ball of smoke cross the room from right to left above the TV. It was touching the ceiling but seemed to be about 12 inches tall & a couple of feet wide. It moved across the ceiling quite quickly & all 3 of us saw it. My daughters were completely freaked out, screaming & running to the far side of the room.
Within seconds it just faded away but we could find no explanation for what we saw.

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Mystery Month – Apparition Sighting in Wendover Road, Bourne End.

As we approach Halloween, why not take a look at some of our previous local ghost stories which can be found under “Articles of Local Interest”.

Mystery Month – Sighting in Wendover Road, Bourne End.

Wendover Road

The Bucks Village Journal

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This story of a sighting in Wendover Road, happened in 1980 –

“My family lived in the white house at the top of Wendover Road, opposite Claytons school for 40+ years before Mum & Dad moved away earlier this year.  I moved away quite a few years ago now, but it was our family home and I grew up there.

Dad worked for Thames Water and my sister and I often played in the Thames Water pumping station grounds in school holidays. 

On one occasion, whilst playing hide & seek with my sister and our friends, I saw a ghost of a man on the south west corner of the 70s pumping building. This would have been around 1980.  He was a man dressed in a blue or green parka type jacket, approx. 35/40 years old. He was a kind soul (at least he didn’t scare me!) and just walked…

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Still need your creepy stories!

I’m sure we didn’t cover everything last year? So, to get your minds working, here is one of last year’s tales…..

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This was a very recent haunting in Wooburn Green, the lady who experienced this has asked me not to mention her name.

” In 2012 I was renting a house in Northcroft, Wooburn Green. I had been living there happily with my 2 teenage daughters for 6 months or so. One evening the 3 of us were sat together watching television when we noticed what appeared to be a large ball of smoke cross the room from right to left above the TV. It was touching the ceiling but seemed to be about 12 inches tall & a couple of feet wide. It moved across the ceiling quite quickly & all 3 of us saw it. My daughters were completely freaked out, screaming & running to the far side of the room.
Within seconds it just faded away but we could find no explanation for what we saw.
A week later, again my daughters & I were watching TV together, we had pretty much forgotten about the previous week’s event.  We all suddenly jumped when we heard the back door slam, not once but 3 times as if someone had deliberately opened & slam it closed but faster than you could physically do it. People have said to me “oh, it’s the wind” …. I’d agree if it had slammed just once but how did the door open again to slam a total of 3 times?!
For the rest of our time there nothing else happened but when the tenancy came up for renewal a few months later, I declined & moved my girls to a house in Loudwater.”

Send your stories to me at village-journal@btinternet.com

Your Local Spooky Stories Needed!

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After the success of last year’s ghost story series leading up to Halloween, I would be grateful if you would send in any stories / tales / spooky history that you have heard or even seen for yourself, but It does need to be related to our local area. You can email me at villagejournal@btinternet.com

If you would like to take a look at last years stories, please go to “Articles of Local Interest” & then click on “Local Hauntings”.

Look forward to hearing from you….

Hugely successful series of stories!

Thank you!

Mystery Month on The Village Journal – A hugely popular series !

I would just like to say a big “thank you” to all the contributors of the wonderful ghost stories. The were greatly received by so many people, resulting in a huge increase in visitors to the website. I think each story had a bigger impact, knowing these events happened in a house or road near by. So, thanks to all who sent them in & all who took the time to read them…  🙂  Kaye.

Mystery Month – The Baby Grave

Who was the baby?

Who was the baby?

 

Thanks to Nyall who now lives in Australia, for sending this in. I have tried to find out more about the baby but no luck so far, so if anyone can help, I would greatly appreciate it.

The family home in Grange Drive was 300 years old & steeped in history. As a child, I experienced a few strange things although I always remained a sceptic. On one occasion, I witnessed a balsa wood aeroplane glide through the room & hit the window, the window broke & I was alone in the room.

Mum was always convinced the house was haunted. One day, I was helping Mum by passing straps for the electric blanket under the mattress. We felt a heavy weight on the bed for a few minutes & Mum swore she couldn’t get out from under the mattress until the weight lifted. No-one else was home.

Mum worked at Glory Mill & during a conversation with one of her colleagues realised that a square stone in our garden was actually a grave. This linked in with the story that the previous owners had told us, that many years ago a baby was born at the house but only survived for 10 minutes. In those days if a child wasn’t christened it couldn’t buried in the church graveyard, so the child was buried in the back garden.

The previous owner also mentioned that she would hear her piano being played by a ghost, although we have never heard this ourselves.

 

 

Mystery Month – The Mystery of Vine Leigh House, Well End

Thanks to Joe, who sent in this story ….

I don’t know if this qualifies as a ghost story but it’s a mystery and true.

 When I was a lad in the sixties, I along with my grandma and my dad worked for the boss of one of High Wycombe’s furniture firms. He lived in a large house in Well End next door to the old chapel. The name of the house was Vine Leigh House but I’m not sure if it’s still called that. Dad was the gardener, grandma was the housekeeper and I cleaned the large Alvis car every Sunday morning and helped my dad with the garden.

One day when the family were on holiday my Grandma showed me around the house and pointed out the cellar under the kitchen. Halfway up the staircase was an alcove in which there was an urn and a letter. She told me that she didn’t know what was in the urn or the letter but that they should never leave the house.

I often wondered about it & a few years ago my son became friendly with a girl who lived in that house. I told him the story and he mentioned it to her dad who promptly showed him the articles. Still no explanation. They no longer live there.

There was a story that a tunnel led from the old Abbey in Abbotsbrook to the house but I don’t think it has ever been proved. The house is very old so there maybe some truth in it.

 

I wonder if the current owner of Vine Leigh House is reading this. Both Joe & I would love to know if the urn & letter are still there, along with any information about the story behind it.

Mystery Month – Flackwell Heath Haunting

A lady who used to live in a flat in Oakwood, Flackwell Heath during 1990 has kindly sent in this story but wishes to stay anonymous.

When the council offered me a flat in Flackwell Heath, I felt both lucky & excited. When I moved in I was full of great ideas for decorating & got stated on the kids room. My 2 little boys often cried at night & usually ended up climbing into my bed. I suppose I thought it was due to all the changes & a new bedroom that unsettled them, but this did go on for weeks. My eldest son would follow me into each room saying “don’t leave me with him” (There was no one there) & he became quite anxious. My mother would often have the boys to stay on a weekend & she told me that they were very well-behaved. They always slept in their own beds & seemed quite happy. It was upsetting to see the difference in my boys after being back home for a while.

The flat always felt cold. After a few months I also started to feel anxious when at home but I had no idea why. As the months passed I started to notice shadows that moved around the room & things would often go missing only to appear in the most obvious place a few days later. I would swear blind that they were not there when I first looked.

I told a neighbour about the strange things that had happened & she suggested I had a ghost. As much as I didn’t want to accept this, I had no choice when I could hear voices coming from the bathroom when I was home alone. My children are grown up now & don’t remember much about that place but I think that’s a blessing really as I jump at the slightest thing since living there. I now live in Devon in a calm & peaceful house but often wonder if other people had the same experience in that flat.

Mystery Month – Recent Haunting in Wooburn Green

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The backdoor slammed 3 times

This is a very recent haunting in Wooburn, the lady who experienced this has asked me not to mention her name.

” In 2012 I was renting a house in Northcroft, Wooburn Green. I had been living there happily with my 2 teenage daughters for 6 months or so. One evening the 3 of us were sat together watching television when we noticed what appeared to be a large ball of smoke cross the room from right to left above the TV. It was touching the ceiling but seemed to be about 12 inches tall & a couple of feet wide. It moved across the ceiling quite quickly & all 3 of us saw it. My daughters were completely freaked out, screaming & running to the far side of the room.
Within seconds it just faded away but we could find no explanation for what we saw.
A week later, again my daughters & I were watching TV together, we had pretty much forgotten about the previous week’s event.  We all suddenly jumped when we heard the back door slam, not once but 3 times as if someone had deliberately opened & slam it closed but faster than you could physically do it. People have said to me “oh, it’s the wind” …. I’d agree if it had slammed just once but how did the door open again to slam a total of 3 times?!
For the rest of our time there nothing else happened but when the tenancy came up for renewal a few months later, I declined & moved my girls to a house in Loudwater.”

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Mystery Month – Cyclist in Sheepridge Lane

Hit by a truck & left by the side of the road

The story goes……
In 1967 an elderly man was knocked off his bike by a truck in Sheepridge Lane. The truck, spotted by an eye-witness was heading towards Flackwell Heath & had just passed the Crooked Billet on it’s left.
The gentleman riding his bike fell & hit his head on the ground & passed away in hospital the following day. The truck didn’t stop & the driver was never found.

Drivers have often reported seeing the back of a figure of a man on a bicycle in their headlights as darkness falls.  The figure appears to be travelling in the direction of Flackwell Heath & is usually spotted a few hundred yards past the pub. As they get closer the figure seems to vanish. In 1975 after seeing the cyclist in his headlights, a man stopped his car to look around, thinking the man had fallen into the grass verge but of course, didn’t see anyone.

I haven’t been able to find any news clippings to support this, but perhaps it just didn’t make the news.  Sheepridge Lane is still dangerous today, with as many as 10 cars crashing in the last 12 months. Perhaps some drivers think they have seen a cyclist & try to overtake?

It’s sad to think that this elderly man is still trying to get home on his bike…. Do you know who this man is?  Have you seen him? I’d love to know if you have any ideas!

Mystery Month – Hedsor Road Haunting

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Unexplainable pounding on the walls & windows

A local resident sent in this story of a ghost that usually caused a problem in East Ridge but had followed a friend to his house in Hedsor Road.

“A friend of mine lived in East Ridge for many years, he claimed he had a poltergeist & both his mother & sister confirmed this. He had first mentioned the ghost approx.10 years before but I hadn’t taken it seriously until one day I experienced what could only be described as weird.

We were college students at the time & that night my parents were out so my friend stayed the night. I lived in Hedsor Road and had never experienced any ghostly activity in my house at all & never again after this night.

After an hour or so of being home we heard slight dull drumming sounds coming from all around the house, my friend said “He’s here… I can sense it” (I was still not believing him at this point). The sound became louder it was as if someone was pounding the windows here and there all around the house, not hard but unexplainable as it was upstairs as well. Then the rooms became really cold & although you could not see your breath, it felt cold enough that you should.

I turned the fan heater on in my room on full but this made no difference to the room temperature. After a while it died down and things returned to normal, it was pretty scary. Since then, nothing else happened at my house ever again, he still says it goes on at his mother’s house in East Ridge but not so often now.

If you here of any other related stuff from that part of Bourne End, I’d love to know. My friend believes the activity is due to the area being built above Roman graves. ” 

If you have had a similar experience, please contact me at villagejournal@btinternet.com

Thanks, Kaye.

Mystery Month – Sighting in Wendover Road, Bourne End.

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Wendover Road

This story of a sighting in Wendover Road, happened in 1980 –

“My family lived in the white house at the top of Wendover Road, opposite Claytons school for 40+ years before Mum & Dad moved away earlier this year.  I moved away quite a few years ago now, but it was our family home and I grew up there.

Dad worked for Thames Water and my sister and I often played in the Thames Water pumping station grounds in school holidays. 

On one occasion, whilst playing hide & seek with my sister and our friends, I saw a ghost of a man on the south west corner of the 70s pumping building. This would have been around 1980.  He was a man dressed in a blue or green parka type jacket, approx. 35/40 years old. He was a kind soul (at least he didn’t scare me!) and just walked around the corner and was gone!”

This story was sent in by Mrs Smith who would love to know more. It would be interesting to find out if there have been other sightings in Wendover Road or if you have an idea on who the gentleman could be, please email villagejournal@btinternet.co.uk

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Wendover Road

Mystery Month – Ghost of Lady Hoby

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Lady Elizabeth Hoby

Bisham Abbey was built for The Knights Templar in 1260. In 1538 the monks of Bisham Priory were violently removed from the Abbey by Henry V111 & the Abbot, John Cordery placed a curse on all who resided there. In years to follow, there were many reports of family deaths as each different family came & went.

But the most famous ghost at the Abbey is Lady Elizabeth Hoby who after her death in 1609, has made many appearances making Bisham Abbey one of the most haunted houses in Britain. Read more…

Mystery Month – Hedsor Folly

Lord Boston's Folly, Hedsor

Lord Boston’s Folly, Hedsor

Around 1976/77, four of my friends then aged 18 went up to Lord Boston’s Folly late at night.

Although we had always called it “the ruins”, it had been built originally as a sham castle to enhance the view from Hedsor House by Lord Boston.

This evening wasn’t the first time they had been to the Folly at Hedsor, they sat on the ground a few feet away & starting chatting. Apparently after 20mins or so, there was a faint chanting coming from across the field & as they all turned to see where the noise was coming from, a hooded figure appeared to be walking between 2 of the towers surrounded by a white mist & coming in their direction. Needless to say, they were up & running in seconds, not sure of what they had just seen. When they reached the road, they kept running until out of breath & then tried to make sense of what happened as they walked very quickly back down to Bourne End.

The following day, one of the lads described the incident as a hooded monk but the other three agreed it looked like a person in a robe, possibly doing a ritual of some kind. They didn’t ever go back to investigate further, as far I know.

I still wonder about this event. Was it a monk? Could the chanting be religious or related to a strange ritual? The idea of a monk doesn’t seem likely as the folly was built to resemble a ruined castle & hasn’t been used for religious purposes, so perhaps the suggestion of rituals being held there at night is a possibility?

All four people saw & heard the same thing but interpreted it slightly differently. Still, the facts were the same –  a hooded human figure, mist & the sound of chanting.

If you have ever experienced anything or heard of a similar story about Hedsor Folly, please do let me know….

Mystery Month – The Taplow Station Haunting

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Taplow Station

Thank you to Dave Henwood for sharing this story for the “mystery month” series, which involved one of his colleagues just a few years ago.

Dave wrote ……Taplow Railway Station is said to be haunted by a lady who manifests herself on the seldom used Platform 1, usually towards the centre and east end of the station. The last sighting that I am aware of was a few years ago and involved a senior railway man of the time.

The story as told to me, was this…

“I had been called to Taplow late one frosty winter evening, to act as hand signaller after a signal at the London end of Platform 2 had become defective. My duties on this evening would be to relay instructions from the signalman to the driver, authorising drivers to pass the signal which was being held at “Danger” with its red aspect casting a pinkish glow through the fog which was now bearing down on my position.

As the evening wore on, the gaps between trains increased as the service naturally thinned out and after a couple of hours of being stationed at the defective signal, I became aware of a shadowy figure moving on Platform 1. Had it been a perfectly clear evening, I would still have Read more…

October is Mystery Month

With Halloween approaching, I thought this a good time of year to reveal some of the local “weird” stories reported by residents over the years.

Many of the older stories go back years to a time before we were born but have been passed down through families & kept “alive”!

Some of you will have heard of the headless horseman who travels down Coldmoorholme lane in Bourne End, continuing straight on when he comes to the right-hand bend in the road. Some people say he is a cavalier perhaps aiming to stable his horse & down a flagon of beer at Old Thatch which was once a drinking house. Or perhaps it is Dick Turpin who is reported to have stayed there when it was an Inn & stabled his horse, Black Bess in the grounds. Read more…