After being killed in the battle of Banbury, Thomas Vaughan's spirit was allegedly trapped in a snuff box by the local holy men and banished into nearby Hergest Pool. Thomas "Black" Vaughan of Hergests ghost took the form of a fly in order to unsettle horses and disrupt farm wagons, and believed to have entered the church as a Hereford bull.
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Many ghost books and ghost story websites contain the story of Hergest Court. It is perhaps one of the most famous paranormal tales in the county of Herefordshire. Therefore, it was only right that Herefordshire's paranomral team investigated the property. The actual house has been divided into 2, yet the group were privileged to be given access to both buildings.
The investigation began with a recital of the legend being told by David Phelps, author of Haunted Hereford and guest investigator on the night. He had indicated to the team "of all the properties he would love to explore in a paranormal way, Hergest Court was his number one choice.
Both David and one of the HPG's co-founders gave a talk on the Hauntings of Hereford at the Castle Hotel Hereford. This was a hugely popular lunch time event.
David Phelps, Publishers - The History Press and a Co-Founder from the HPG at the Castle Hotel
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Thomas Black Vaughan's ghost trapped in a snuffbox was said to be sunk under a great stone in the pool below Hergest Court. However, an accident released his spirit, roaming the borders in the shape of a ghastly black dog. It is argued Sir Arthur Conan Doyle based The Hound of the Baskervilles on that very legend, who is thought to have stayed at the Croft while researching the story