Strange Stories concerning Bridges

 
 


Radiant Maiden

Location: Abertridwr (Gwent) - Area around the Old Mill footbridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: At least one witness watched this glowing figure cross the bridge late one dark night. She has also been seen on the nearby football field, gliding towards the footbridge.


 
 


Cheated Devil

Location: Aberystwyth (Dyfed) - Devil's Bridge
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil is said to have built the bridge for an old lady - he expected her soul as a reward, but ended up with that of a dog instead. Crossing the bridge at night is said to risk the Devil pushing you off as revenge for the old woman's treachery.


 
 


Burge's Pooling Blood

Location: Acle (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 07 April (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: Josiah Burge was murdered by a man seeking revenge for the death of his sister. Josiah's blood is now reported to pool at the location on the day of the fatal attack. The stories state that Burge's ghost appeared only once - returning to kill his murderer.


 
 


Phantom Coach

Location: Aylsham (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: A ghostly coach and four passes over this bridge once a year. It is said to be driven by a headless Sir Thomas Boleyn, and is one of eleven bridges that he passes over on the night of his daughter Anne's execution.


 
 


Old Soldiers

Location: Balcombe (Sussex) - Railway tunnel, line to Three Bridges
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Last seen mid 1990?
Further Comments: Killed by a train whilst sheltering from a storm, these three (or four, depending on the source) First World War soldiers have made several appearances; they always slowly fade away when approached.


 
 


Sprites & Pixies

Location: Ballona (Isle of Man) - Ballona Bridge
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 20 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: On this day the fairy population comes out in force. If they are not acknowledged by any one crossing the bridge, the fairy folk have no hesitation in making their presence felt.


 
 


Farmer

Location: Bamford (Derbyshire) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom farmer holding a lantern is said to haunt this bridge, though he has not been seen for around one hundred years. Another witness encountered a ghostly animal, 'neither dog or ram', which blocked his path.


 
 


Shuck Haunt

Location: Barnby (Suffolk) - Bridge over Hundred Stream
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Legend states the stream to be the haunt of a Shuck, though no further information could be found.


 
 


Phantom Coach

Location: Belaugh (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A ghostly coach and four passes over this bridge once a year. It is said to be driven by a headless Sir Thomas Boleyn, and is one of eleven bridges that he passes over on the night of his daughter Anne's execution.


 
 


Headless Monk

Location: Bentley (Suffolk) - Bridge on road linking Brantham and Bentley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once based at Dodnash Priory, which once stood nearby, this monk now haunts the road between two villages. A single stone remains at the site of the priory, and it is said treasure is concealed underneath.


 
 


Alexander Cruwys

Location: Bickleigh (Devon) - Bridge over the River Exe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This shade returns once a year to the place where he murdered a man, throwing the body over the bridge into the waters below.


 
 


Pact

Location: Bideford (Devon) - Road behind the churchyard
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witch once claimed (likely under duress) that she met the Devil in human form along this road, where she made a deal with him. As a side note, the Devil is thought to have tried to hamper the construction of the bridge here.


 
 


Pallbearers

Location: Bowerchalke (Wiltshire) - Bowerchalke Down, aka Marleycombe Hill - Applespill Bridge area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seven ghostly men carrying a gold coffin have been reported crossing the bridge - a local legend says that a coffin made of gold was found and stolen from a nearby barrow. Another ghost carrying a bag of jangling coins also walks the area, normally following people around.


 
 


One of Three Shucks

Location: Brigg (Lincolnshire) - Bridge along Wrawby road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of three bridges in Lincolnshire that is said to be a haunt of the black shuck, this one normally manifesting on a Saturday night.


 
 


Jumpers

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Clifton Suspension Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The shades seen drifting around on the bridge are thought to belong to those who have jumped off, taking their own lives.


 
 


Morphing Shuck

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Dead end lane in Hallen Bristol, next to the M49 bridge
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1908 and December 2004
Further Comments: The large black dog seen here in 1908 was seen to climb out from a hedge, before transforming into a donkey and standing on its hind legs. A very similar creature was seen in 2004, as it passed through a car, shaking the occupant.


 
 


Phantom Coach

Location: Burgh St Peter (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly coach is driven across the bridge in the village, although to whom it belongs is unknown.


 
 


Phantom Coach

Location: Buxton (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A ghostly coach and four passes over this bridge once a year. It is said to be driven by a headless Sir Thomas Boleyn, and is one of eleven bridges that he passes over on the night of his daughter Anne's execution.


 
 


Misty Figure

Location: Caergwrle (Clwyd) - Packhorse Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A team from the Cheshire Paranormal Society photographed a strange white figure crossing this footbridge late at night during one of their vigils. It is said a total of three spirits haunt the bridge, a young girl and two older women.


 
 


Lady in White

Location: Calstock (Cornwall) - Cotehele House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980
Further Comments: A young lady dressed completely in white is said to haunt this building. The ghost was seen as it descended the main staircase. Phantom music has also been reported in the house.


 
 


Bloodstain

Location: Calstock (Cornwall) - Cotehele Quay, Bridge
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A part of the bridge is reportedly stained by blood from a murder that occurred long ago - nothing has ever been able to shift the mark (although it is said to be now painted over).


 
 


Beaten Nun

Location: Cannington (Somerset) - Bridge over brook, and in nearby public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: When the nunnery stood here, one sister was beaten to death after straying from the path. Her ghost can still be seen waiting on the bridge.


 
 


Crying Child

Location: Castle Douglas (Dumfries and Galloway) - Cuckoo Bridge, near the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The waters below are said to hide the body of a murdered infant, whose cries can sometimes be heard. A horrifying white shape has also been reported.


 
 


Sighs of Criminals

Location: Chester (Cheshire) - The Bridge of Sighs, near Northgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1990s
Further Comments: A man cycling to an appointment along Northgate Street looked up at the bridge and spotted two or three people dressed in old fashioned clothing. They then vanished, leaving the man rather surprised. Prisoners being led to church prior to execution would cross this bridge, and it is believed their sighs can still be heard.


 
 


Watchers

Location: Christchurch (Dorset) - Regent Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A couple of ghosts were said to sit in the stalls and watch the stage.


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