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Welcome to Weird Wiltshire

Weird Wiltshire is a county steeped in ancient history. Tales of legends, ghosts and folklore abound this area in the South West of England. Ancient monuments, ruinous castles, stately homes and humble cottages fill the beautiful rolling downlands.

In my quest to find strange and unusual tales, I explore stories of ghosts and the paranormal, folklore, history and anything weird, found in Wiltshire and beyond. I’ll be sharing spooky tales from around the world too!

Mixing first-hand accounts from those willing to share their stories and exploring yarns and mysteries from past times, I bring together a collection of  stories and true tales for you to explore.

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Latest blog posts

Three Ghostly Happening

Three Ghostly Happening

Here are three ghostly tales, told to me by a lady called Jan. All happened in Wiltshire and all have left a strong impression on Jan, now in her late 60s. The Ghostly Warning This happened in the early 2000s, on the road through the Woodford Valley, which is a fairly narrow country road. It was a very bright summer evening and Jan was returning from visiting her son in Leicester. She had driven there and back in the day and was beginning to...

Folklore of the Uffington White Horse and Dragon Hill

Folklore of the Uffington White Horse and Dragon Hill

The White Horse It seems like an age ago now that I visited the Uffington White Horse; a lot happens in Weird Wiltshire in seven months! On one of my little trips out, on a stunning September Sunday afternoon, I ventured north, actually ending up in the county of Oxfordshire, just over the Wiltshire border. My pals Emma from Ghost Catcher Isles and her dear husband Ed invited me to join them on a foraging trip to the area surrounding the White...

A King’s Tomb, a Flying Monk and a Whole Load of Ghosts

A King’s Tomb, a Flying Monk and a Whole Load of Ghosts

As I sit and write this today, it is my birthday. By the time you read this my birthday will be long gone and hopefully the bitterly cold, driving heavy rain will have passed by too. What better way to spend my special day than to go on a little adventure. I took time away from work to head off on a Weird Wiltshire research and photo trip and I'd like to share that with you today. We are going to explore the history and ghosts of Malmesbury, a...

Black Molly and the Haunting of Pyt House

Black Molly and the Haunting of Pyt House

This blog is definitely for the sceptics among you! It’s a story that just goes to show how local folklore, tales that have been passed down from person to person over many years, sometimes centuries, endure the tests of time and eventually become set in local stone as true events. Whilst many of these tales are cultivated from perhaps a seed or two of truth, many go on to sprout extra leaves and are embellished with little untruths and juicy...

The Mysterious Monk at Margells

The Mysterious Monk at Margells

Lynne contacted me a little while back to see if I might be interested in her ghostly tales. There’s really no need to ask me; of course I was! Lynne is a social worker and writer, with a love of historical buildings, She uses her work to inspire her writing. The stories are from outside of Wiltshire and the one Lynne is going to tell us of today is of a place called Margells, in Branscombe, Devon. We’ll come back to the others in a later blog...

30 Days of Wiltshire Ghosts

30 Days of Wiltshire Ghosts

This set of spooky little tales originally ran on Twitter and Bluesky through January 2024. It felt like the perfect time of year, a dark and dismal winter month, for sending out these short stories as a series. Some of them you may recognise as they are the more famous ghosts of Wiltshire and I have talked about them before. Others are far less known and are I feel need to be told as they are in danger of being lost in the depths of time. Now,...

Paralab – Psychic experiments in Wiltshire

Paralab – Psychic experiments in Wiltshire

We never really know what is happening behind closed doors, do we? And hidden away, on farmland in southern Wiltshire, a rural farmhouse became the home of Oxford-educated physicist and psychical researcher Benson Herbert in 1966, as a base for his unusual and interesting experiments into physical phenomena and the paranormal. This might include telekinesis, telepathy, teleportation, ’direct voice’ phenomena, and psychotronics. Benson Herbert...

Haunted Hands of Hanging Sword Alley

Haunted Hands of Hanging Sword Alley

By Peter Lewis Did you treat yourself to a copy of Haunted Magazine for Christmas? Perhaps not, but I don’t want you to miss out completely on my stories of haunted hands (you can still buy yourself a copy here by the way). Whilst I was doing my research I came across a story written by a journalist. It was too long to recount the story of Hanging Sword Alley for the magazine article but it did send a chill up my spine when I read it, so I...

A Ghost in the Cottage

A Ghost in the Cottage

One of my favourite things about writing for Weird Wiltshire are the ghost stories I uncover by accident or that come about from a random conversation. It’s when I met up with my friends Emma and Lawrence at Avebury this year, Emma revealed she had lived in a haunted cottage! And she promised to tell me the tale. Lawrence has featured on here before when he recounted the tale of a ghost and the haunted pub (The Golden Standard) he was once the...

The Warminster Thing – An Eyewitness Account

The Warminster Thing – An Eyewitness Account

Last week, we talked about crop circles, so this week it’s UFOs before we head back to go some ghostly tales for Christmas. Back in the summer, I shared with you many stories about Cley Hill. This hill, near to the market town of Warminster, really does have it all; UFOs, the Devil, elementals, ghosts and history. If you missed it or would like a recap, you can find it here:...

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