Strange Stories concerning Bridges

 
 


Suicide

Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - Dalmarnock Road Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972
Further Comments: A man in his 30s wearing black trousers and a blue coat was seen to leap over the bridge by one witness, only to vanish into thin air.


 
 


Railway Carriages

Location: Halsall (Lancashire) - Disused railway bridge at a nature reserve
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: While videoing on the bridge, one man picked up the sounds of railway carriages running along the disused tracks, though nothing could be actually seen.


 
 


Suicidal Leap

Location: Harston (Cambridgeshire) - Road bridge en route to Haslingfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Here a white lady has been seen throwing herself off the bridge, but like so many other ghost stories, the reason behind it is unclear.


 
 


Sir Thomas

Location: Hautbois (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.


 
 


Anne Boleyn

Location: Hever (Kent) - Bridge over the Eden
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Boleyn's spirit crosses the bridge once a year. The area is also haunted by a farmer, robbed and murdered nearby.


 
 


Screams of the Drowning

Location: Holt (Clwyd) - Bridge over the Dee
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two young lads were thrown into the icy water beneath the bridge by their trustees, to prevent the children from inheriting a large amount of money and land. Their pitiful yelps can be heard coming from the river at night.


 
 


Howling

Location: Homersfield (Suffolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A noisy ghost (perhaps the entity from the Homersfield house that was exorcised) was laid under this bridge. Unfortunately, during repair work on the structure, the ghost was freed; it can now be heard moaning and howling under the bridge.


 
 


Glint of King Edmund's Spurs

Location: Hoxne (Suffolk) - Goldbrook Bridge
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 870 onwards
Further Comments: Discovered hiding under the bridge after the glint of his spurs attracted the attention of a pair of newly weds, Edmund was taken and beheaded. The glint is still seen, and it is considered unlucky for newly wedded couples to cross the bridge.


 
 


Nun and Nurse

Location: Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire) - Nun's Bridge over Alconbury Brook
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1965
Further Comments: It is unknown where the nurse's ghost came from, but the nun is thought to have had an affair with a monk during her lifetime - this was discovered and the nun killed for her crime.


 
 


Bull

Location: Hyssington (Shropshire) - Hyssington church, and Bagbury Bridge
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature haunted a local farm house - a group of clergymen lured it in to the church, where it was exorcised. However, locals once believed it was only relocated to Bagbury Bridge, and they always walked their horses across in fear of waking the spirit up.


 
 


Heavy Footsteps

Location: Ingatestone (Essex) - Footbridge at Ingatestone station
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: These disembodied footsteps were heard by a couple from London; the witnesses listened as the footfalls climbed the stairs of the bridge and down the other side before trailing off further down the platform.


 
 


Man in 1930's Clothing

Location: Kenley (Surrey) - Road bridge that crosses the railway line near the station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1996, evening
Further Comments: While walking home, a witness spotted this phantom gentleman walking towards the railway station. The entity appeared to be deep in thought, and as it reached the station, suddenly stopped before dissolving away.


 
 


Passenger Train

Location: Killeavy (County Armagh) - Railway line, Barney’s Bridge area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom train is only seen at a distance, and vanishes without trace at Barney’s Bridge.


 
 


Protective Voice

Location: Kilmarnock (Ayrshire) - Craufurdland bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A hoard of treasure is reported to be hidden under the bridge, though if anyone comes too close to finding it, a voice talks them into leaving the scene empty handed.


 
 


Built for a Soul

Location: Kirkby Lonsdale (Cumbria) - Devil's Bridge
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still stands
Further Comments: The Devil built this bridge, in return for the soul of the first who crossed it. Alas for him, a local woman let her dog run across it first, and so Satan left with his new pet. A more recent story concludes by saying that when a new bridge was constructed in 1932, Satan was so upset that he created rain, hail and snow storms, which delayed the opening.


 
 


Man walking Dog

Location: Knight Stainforth (Yorkshire) - Bridge in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These two shades once haunted a hall, but once the building was destroyed they took up residence on the village bridge.


 
 


Stabbed Bulldog

Location: Littleport (Cambridgeshire) - Bulldog Bridge, which connects Littleport & Shippea Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Dusk
Further Comments: After saving a local girl from a friar who attempted to rape her, the dog was killed by her attacker. It can now be seen crossing the bridge.


 
 


Drunken Fisherman

Location: Lowestoft (Suffolk) - Jubilee Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A drunken sailor, in a vain attempt to impress his girlfriend, tried his hand at balancing on the handrail of the bridge - he failed, fell and died. It is now said his dying moans can be heard when you stand under the bridge.


 
 


Viking Raiders

Location: Ludham (Norfolk) - Ludham Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 02 April (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This raiding party appears late at night and heads towards the bridge, blowing hunting horns and cracking whips.


 
 


Headless Hound

Location: Manchester (Lancashire) - Cathedral area, & bridge over the Irwell towards Salford
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1825
Further Comments: The dog was seen by a tradesman outside the cathedral, where it jumped up at him. The phantom creature was finally exorcised under the bridge over the Irwell.


 
 


One of Three Shucks

Location: Manton (Lincolnshire) - Bridge between Manton & Scotter
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of three bridges in Lincolnshire that is said to be a haunt of the black shuck.


 
 


Crying Baby

Location: Maryport (Cumbria) - Dearham Bridge railway station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man once threw his new-born child under a train here, killing the infant. The father was hanged for the crime. Now, as a train is now about to enter the tunnel, the child can occasionally be heard screaming before being hit.


 
 


Coach

Location: Meyton (Suffolk) - The two bridges in the area
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.


 
 


Phantom Jaywalker Alarming Motorists

Location: Mistley (Essex) - The Walls, small hump-backed bridge known as Hopping Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Matthew Hopkins is named as this phantom jaywalker, reported to wear clothing suited to the seventeenth century.


 
 


Headless Lady

Location: Mount Bures (Essex) - Bridge Street, the bridge over Craig's Brook
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Midnight, reoccurring
Further Comments: Holding her head under one arm, the spirit has no known history


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