A phantom coach drawn by headless horses, the appearance of which is said to be an omen of death.
A coach drawn by four headless horses, and driven by a headless coachman, appeared on Christmas Eve, at midnight, near Bury St. Adams. It came from the parish of Great Bartan, across the fields, regardless of fences, and proceeded to a deep hole called "Phillis's Hole" near "the two-mile spinney," in the parish of Rongham, and there find a resting place.
At Acton, Suffolk, on certain occasions the park gates were wont to fly open at midnight "withouten hands," and a carriage drawn by four spectral horses, and accompanied by headless grooms and outriders, proceeded with great speed from the park to a spot called "the nursery corner." The "Corner," tradition says, is were a very bloody engagement took place in Roman times.
- Notes and Queries, 1st Series, Vol. 4, 1852. London: Bell & Daldy, pp. 365, 196.
- Henderson, W. (1879). Notes on the folk-lore of the northern countries of England and the borders. Covent Garden: W. Satchell, Peyton and Co., p. 326.
- Wright, J. (1898). The English dialect dictionary. Vol. 1. London: H. Frowde.