According to the author, Keith B. Poole, the graveyard of a church named "St Michael's" was haunted. However, our current research has only found the church of St Mary The Virgin (pictured above) situated in Bucklebury. Therefore, this well may be an error on his behalf. Or has he entered this under the wrong village?
However, the circumstances of the haunting are as follows. Locals apparently reported whisperings and movement from the graveyard after dark, and saw "ghostly white figures" wandering amongst the tombstones. Eventually, a brave young man decided to investigate and discovered that the source of the phenomena were none other than sheep rustlers!
For further information, please read Britain's Haunted Heritage by Keith B. Poole.
Bucklebury Manor is a Grade II listed manor house situated in an 18 acre estate. The land was built on after it was confiscated from Reading Abbey at the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1540. Parts of the building date from circa 1550. Since 2012, it has been the home of the parents of the Duchess of Cambridge. As such, this is a private dwelling and NOT open to the public.
The house and grounds of the Manor are supposedly haunted by the "fearsome ghost" of Lady Bolingbroke. She has been sighted in the passage leading from the cellars, as well as observed crying and clasping her hands by the fishponds.
Also reported is the phantom carriage pulled by six black horses and carrying Lady Bolingbroke dressed in white.
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For further information, please read Haunted Berkshire by Roger Long, Britain's Haunted Heritage by Keith B. Poole and Ghosts of Berkshire by Ian McLoughlin.
According to Poole, many centuries ago the village and surrounding countryside was the hunting ground of an "unidentified monster".
For further information, please read Britain's Haunted Heritage by Keith B. Poole and Haunted Berkshire by Roger Long.