Tidworth, Wiltshire, England

A view of Tidworth Barracks

Tidworth Barracks

Tidworth is home to the 1st Mechanised Brigade, and the army camp (pictured above) has a “well-authenticated ghost” according to the author Coxe. Identifications vary from the apparition being a Highlander in kilt or a Roman soldier. Credence to it being the latter may be found in the fact that a Roman pavement was found here in 1836. That find is now on display in the British Museum.


For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe.

The Demon Drummer of Tidworth

In 1661, an itinerant drummer was sent to Gloucester Jail. His sole possession – a drum – was sent to to the home of Magistrate Mompesson. Upon it's arrival, strange phenomenon started – children's hair was pulled by an unseen force, bedclothes were stripped from sleeping occupants, objects moved, knocking sounds were heard, and a phantom drumming began to emanate from the new item. As the mysterious phenomenon continued for some months, Charles II sent a Royal Commission to investigate. The drummer was questioned regarding the disturbances, and he admitted that he was the source. Consequently, he was found guilty of witchcraft and sentenced for transportation. However, even that did not seem to stop the phantom drumming!


For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe.


Visitor Information

Tidworth is a garrison town in Wiltshire, England.

It is located along the A338 road, situated at the eastern edge of Salisbury Plain. It is approximately 10 miles west of Andover and 15 miles north by northeast of Salisbury.

Pictured left is a view of Tidworth Camp courtesy of Andrew Smith. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.