In 1930, the local writer Edith Olivier described various apparitions to be seen in and around Stourton. On New Year’s Eve, on a road near there, one might encounter a headless horseman accompanied by a black dog. He was said to be a man who foolishly betted that by going across country he could ride home from Wincanton Market to Stourton in seven minutes – and broke his neck galloping down the Sloane track.

Also in this village was Brook House, one window of which was at that time kept bricked up, supposedly because the room it belonged to was haunted by a black dog and by an old woman. An old man told Edith Olivier that he had once slept in that room, and saw the woman at the foot of his bed; in the morning he found that all his bedclothes had been pulled off, and even the bolster removed from its case.



Haunted England : The Penguin Book of Ghosts – Written by Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson
Copyright © Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson 2005, 2008