Highway Robbery - Phantom Highwaymen and Ghostly Robbers

 
 


Highwayman

Location: Evershot (Dorset) - Acorn Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This sixteenth century inn is said to be home to a phantom highwayman.


 
 


Jangling Highwayman

Location: Gillingham (Norfolk) - Road past the War Memorial
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of chains that can be heard crossing the road as the church bells ring are attributed to a phantom highwayman. He prowled on people using the road between Beccles and Great Yarmouth, and when caught the man was chained and hanged.


 
 


Woman in a Crinoline Gown

Location: Great Holland (Essex) - Treasure Holt - farmhouse in marshes
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s?
Further Comments: The history of this building goes back to 1138, and several ghosts have attached themselves to it and the surrounding area. The woman dressed in a crinoline gown drifts silently through the house, while a woman with blonde hair sits in front of the fireplace. This may be the same ghost who rides a white horse down the lane outside. A cavalier has been observed in the lounge, and a phantom monk walks a foot above the ground outside in the garden. Finally, just round the corner of the building the spectre of a highwayman still hangs from a tree.


 
 


Highwayman

Location: Gussage All Saints (Dorset) - Drovers Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom highwayman is said to haunt this pub's cellar.


 
 


Could be Dick

Location: Hastings (Sussex) - The Stag Inn, All Saints Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1988
Further Comments: Thought to be Dick Turpin by the witness, no real evidence exists to back this claim up.


 
 


Dancing Robert

Location: Hemel Hempstead (Hertfordshire) - Boxmoor Common
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Midnight
Further Comments: The site where the body of Robert Snooks lays, the last highwayman to be hanged in England. Anyone who dances around the grave twelve times will summon him to join the jig.


 
 


Headless Highwayman

Location: Hickleton (Yorkshire) - Area near the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghostly figure still rides his horse, still seeking his head that was taken from him as punishment for his crimes.


 
 


Robert the Wizard

Location: Hothfield (Kent) - Estate near Hothfield Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: A highwayman of local fame and folklore, the headless ghost of Robert appeared to a local woman who had recently moved to her new home.


 
 


Water Spirit

Location: Hounslow (Surrey) - Bell Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This destructive entity, named as a highwayman hanged just across the road, is blamed for turning on taps and smashing barrels of beer.


 
 


Dick

Location: Hounslow (Surrey) - Hounslow Heath
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The highwayman Dick Turpin, who is just as busy in death as he was in life, is reported to haunt this area of urban heathland.


 
 


Highwayman

Location: Hounslow (Surrey) - Hussars public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure, complete with dark clothing and cape, has been observed loitering around the cellar doors.


 
 


Highwaymen

Location: How Hill (Suffolk) - London Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A popular place to display the corpses of highway robbers, their shades now walk where the bodies hung.


 
 


Ned King

Location: Hurst Green (Lancashire) - Punch Bowl Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A highwayman caught at the public house and hanged nearby, Mr King returned post-mortem for several years after the event, knocking on doors and windows late at night.


 
 


Headless Shape on Horseback

Location: Icklingham (Suffolk) - Icklingham Way, southern corner
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Archbishop of Sudbury was decapitated near to this point by his enemies, the man now returns on dark nights to retrace the route of his death. Another story names the headless horseman as a highwayman.


 
 


Highwayman

Location: Knockholt (Kent) - Harrow Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A highwayman who was hanged on gallows that once stood outside this building is still said to make his presence known in the area.


 
 


Hoggett

Location: Langton (Yorkshire) - Hoggett's Hole, River Swale
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A highwayman during his life, Hoggett drowned in this pool while running from the law. It is now said that his ghost ensures no one ever swims in it without drowning.


 
 


Suicide

Location: Lincoln (Lincolnshire) - White Hart Hotel, Bailgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Several spooky phenomena have been reported here, including a floating ball of light, a girl in a mop cap, the sound of a gunshot, a faceless highwayman, and food that would jump off a plate in the restaurant. A young man who took his life in the building is blamed for most of the occurrences.


 
 


Highwayman Jacques

Location: Liphook (Hampshire) - Royal Anchor Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This robber was shot by lawmen in room six, and his spirit is said to remain. It is also thought that he can be heard travelling along the roads in the village.


 
 


Highwayman

Location: Little Abington (Cambridgeshire) - The Old Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Dusk
Further Comments: A figure dressed as a highwayman has been observed in the garden of the building.


 
 


Dick Turpin Followed by a Ghost

Location: Loughton (Essex) - Traps Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Three times a year (exact dates not known)
Further Comments: Turpin's ghost is said to ride down this hill, with a ghost of an old woman hanging onto his back. In life, Turpin tortured her until the woman told him where she had hidden her money, so now her ghost haunts his.


 
 


Frozen Nick

Location: Lydmarsh (Somerset) - Windwhistle Hills
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area is said to become so cold at night that the Devil died of exposure here, and is buried under a hill. Phantom highwaymen are also said to ride around the countryside.


 
 


Gilbert

Location: Marden (Kent) - Road to Hawkhurst
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Gilbert, an eighteenth century highwayman who tried to rob a coach, was stabbed to death by one of the occupants after she recognised him as having killed her brother. The killing drove the woman mad. The scene was said to silently reenact every Christmas Eve.


 
 


Catherine Ferrers

Location: Markyate Cell (Hertfordshire) - Area around the priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen riding her horse topless, and swinging around tree branches without a stitch on, the ghost of the highwaywoman Ferrers continues to create the same amount of havoc that she did whilst living.


 
 


Rider

Location: Marlborough (Wiltshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a highwayman is said to ride through the area, and is more likely to be heard than seen. The ghost is said to follow the route of a road that no longer exists.


 
 


Hooves

Location: Millbrook (Bedfordshire) - Sandhill Close
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of hooves heard passing this way are thought to belong to the horse of highwayman. Galloping Dick, who lived locally.


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