With several ghost sightings in the area, Brockley Combe is believed to be one of the most haunted places in England. Located to the southwest of Bristol, the combe is a picturesque place of beauty during the day; However, at night there is a distinctly otherworldly atmosphere …
A terrified old woman has been sighted in the woods of Brockley Combe. The ghost is believed to be that of Dinah Swan, a 90-year-old woman who allegedly died of fear in 1833 after ruffians broke into her home. The body of the old woman was discovered in her home and several of her belongings were missing. Her ghost was last seen in 1940 by a Weston-super-Mare woman. Dinah’s spirit apparently appears around midnight and is said to bring misfortune to those who witness it.
A ghost trainer has been seen on at least three separate occasions. The first to see this spectacular demonstration were a group of gypsies who resided in the forest at that time. The carriage was a hearse drawn by four horses and, according to them, its driver seemed headless too! The second sighting was by a skeptical guy who, having heard that Brockley Combe was haunted, decided to investigate for himself. After fleeing from a group of footballers he had had a previous confrontation with after meeting in the woods, the man ran into the supernatural coach and subsequently reassessed his old skepticism. Another person who witnessed the ghost trainer was a cyclist who became seriously flustered when the spectral vehicle materialized out of nowhere and seemingly passed through it!
The doomed spirit of an evil parish priest has been observed prowling a road through the warp. The specter is supposedly that of a man named John Hibbetson who, in 1776, witnessed Chelvey’s squire, James Stevens, suffer a serious fall and subsequently cared for him until he regained health. However, as soon as Hibbetson broke through in James’ favor, and the squire had altered his will so that the vicar would inherit a substantial amount of his fortune, Hibbetson promptly assassinated him. John Hibbetson was also rumored to practice devil worship and it is said that upon his death, a terrifying beast was seen entering the parish priest to claim his soul.
Other ghosts are said to haunt Brockley Combe. These include a ghost known as the Borderline Ghost, who is apparently a slender figure that leaps silently along a path through the forest. An apparition known as the Ghost Girl is believed to be that of a young woman who, legend has it, committed suicide by jumping off one of the rope cliffs after a love story ended in tragedy. A specter known simply as the Ghost Man has occasionally been glimpsed in the forest by various witnesses. The mysterious figure is cloaked in black and stands at the foot of one of the trees.
The Church of St. Nicholas in the town of Brockley is supposedly haunted by an apparition known as the Little Brown Lady. The spirit is believed to be that of a former cleaner who died around 1900. Several visitors to St. Nicholas have witnessed the ghost in the church aisle and sacristy. Renowned ghost hunter Elliott O’Donnell held an all-night vigil at the church in the 1940s, but was unable to witness the Little Brown Lady, though he reported whispers and strange footsteps that could not be identify a source.
The warp is also home to Brockley Court, a former manor house where a real ghost was apparently once photographed. Elliott O’Donnell visited Brockley Court on several occasions and concluded that it was, in fact, heavily haunted. Accompanied by a variety of acquaintances, O’Donnell supervised a series of nightly vigils in the house, where he witnessed a variety of supernatural phenomena. However, perhaps the most terrifying was the ghost of a monk. One of O’Donnell’s companions was terribly frightened when a monastic figure with a hideous skull-like face suddenly leapt down the stairs towards him. This apparition had a second appearance in a camera called the “haunted room” and was later photographed by another of O’Donnell’s acquaintances. When the movie was revealed, it showed the face of an evil-looking monk …