This time of year is perfect for snuggling down with some warm soup and lightly spiced biscuits, both of which you can get in abundance in Dorset during the October and November months. To really cement in the season, why not combine your warming autumnal treats with a spot of spookiness with these ghostly tales?
As with most of the UK’s seaside regions, many of the buildings date back to Medieval times and later and with such a rich and varied history, it is no surprise that a scary tale or two have been known to spread around the county. We’ve come up with some of our favourite hauntings from around Dorset to give you goosebumps this Halloween.
According to local legend, Shaftsbury Abbey is haunted by a monk who was the keeper of the Abbey’s hidden treasure. Supposedly, the goods that were owned by the abbey were kept in a secret location and the whereabouts entrusted to one person only. The monk died without telling anyone where the treasure is hidden and is said to now roam the grounds making sure that no one ever finds it. He isn’t the only apparition to be seen at the Abbey though apparently the ghost of King Edward has also been spotted running around the ruins at night.
Sherborne Old Castle
There are several spooky stories about this old castle, many people believe that it is cursed because everyone who lived there suffered a spate of bad luck. One of its most famous residents was Sir Walter Raleigh who is said to return to the castle grounds every September and can be seen standing near a tree on the grounds which was named after him.
The Royal Signals Museum
Apparently this museum in Blandford is haunted by a young girl called Mary. It’s said that she is the cause of objects moving and the phantom footsteps. It’s thought that she was a young, local woman who was supposed to marry a US serviceman who was based in the area during the second world war but met her untimely death before the wedding.
Supposedly, this is one of the most haunted houses in England so you would expect a couple of good stories to come out of it. There have been reports of eleven different sightings including a ghostly ape which once belonged to one of the residents. Visitors have also reported seeing the spirits of dualists fighting to the death and it is said that the wine cellar is also haunted.
Have you ever spotted anything creepy while in Dorset?