Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

 
Phantom Coach

Location: Audley End (Essex) - Audley End Road & Chestnut Avenue.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The coach departs the Lions Gate, and is driven along the local streets until it reaches the B1383. As normal, the coach driver is said to be headless.


 
Lurking Figure

Location: Avening (Gloucestershire) - Road between village and Minchinhampton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to be the shade of a suicide, this ghost waits alongside the road, but for what is anyone's guess.


 
White Lady

Location: Aycliffe (Durham) - A167 north of town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century, though sightings go back to eighteen century?
Further Comments: While the clothing of the woman varies (from wearing a raincoat to a wedding dress), the figure is always white. In true 'phantom hitchhiker' style, the woman had been picked up by passing drivers, only to vanish a few miles down the road.


 
Lady in Black

Location: Aysgarth (Yorkshire) - Road between Aysgarth & Woodhall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 1934
Further Comments: Dressed in dark Victorian clothing with white gloves and a walking stick, this woman has been mistaken for someone living, though she never interacts with witnesses.


 
Crimson Lady

Location: Ayton (Yorkshire) - Crossroads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two phantoms were reputed to haunt this crossroads. A crimson lady (who is now likely redundant) would scare passing horses by leaping out at them. The second ghost, a pale woman on horseback, would scream at witnesses, and was said to chase passing cars.


 
Killer Woman

Location: Ballingeary (County Cork) - Road towards Droumanallig, 300 metres west of Ballingeary
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A female phantom began to kill those who failed to answer her riddle 'A candle and a candlestick there is, and you fit a couplet to that'. Local man Michael Creedon banished her after replying 'You ought to have got to heaven in time rather than being a ghost as you are'.


 
Headless Horseman

Location: Ballymena (County Antrim) - Road leading to the White Gates, Crebilly Road area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A robber escaping from a house rode into a thin piece of wire tightly pulled between the gateposts here, losing his head in the process. His decapitated shade is either seen or heard at Halloween, still on horseback.


 
Monkey-faced Shuck

Location: Balsham (Cambridgeshire) - Wratting Road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: For reasons unknown, the shuck which has been observed in this area is believed to have a bald head and wide eyes, similar to that of a monkey, while the body is that of a large black shaggy dog. It leaps out in front of cars travelling along this road, only to dart out of the way at the last possible second, either on all four legs or standing upright.


 
Sheppard

Location: Bampton (Oxfordshire) - Road between town and Clanfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure, dressed in old clothing (although one story says he appeared naked) appears to lonely travellers along the road.


 
Monk

Location: Banchory (Aberdeenshire) - A980, Upper Lochton (approximately 1 mile north of Banchory)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990
Further Comments: A figure wearing a habit stepped in front of the car of a man returning from Aberdeen. The driver braked hard, convinced an accident would occur, but the figure vanished around three metres away from the vehicle.


 
Rough Coated Dog with Large Yellow Eyes

Location: Barham (Suffolk) - Along the main Norwich Road, Barham Church Lane, just past Barham Hall gates.
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1910s?
Further Comments: The dog harassed a couple of men walking back from work - one of them reported trying to hit the creature with a stick, but the piece of wood passed straight through the dog's body. Another version of the story states the dog disappears into a solid wall.


 
Thing

Location: Barnton (Cheshire) - Unnamed road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Little is known about this phantom. One witness, returning from market with her pony and cart, described it as a large white 'thing'.


 
Vanishing Man

Location: Barrow-In-Furness (Cumbria) - Clive Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2008
Further Comments: Driving along Clive Street on a dark rainy night, a driver and his daughter spotted a male figure crossing the road in a diagonal path from left to right. As the driver slowed to let him cross, the figure just vanished. The driver's daughter yelled 'Stop the car, dad, that man just disappeared'. The driver stopped and climbed out the car, but the man was nowhere to be seen.


 
Large Cat

Location: Barrow-upon-Soar (Leicestershire) - High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2011
Further Comments: A large white or ginger cat ran out in front of a car before the driver had a chance to react and disappeared under the vehicle. Both driver and passenger felt a bump and, stopping the car, leap out to check on the animal. However, they could find no blood, fur, or any other evidence they had hit something either on, under or near the car. Reflecting on the incident, one of the witnesses thought the creature was very large, seemed too visible under the lighting conditions, and seemed to suddenly appear.


 
Hit by a Cart

Location: Basildon (Essex) - Church Road, coming in from Clay Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Either one or two ghosts haunt this road - a spirit was blamed for throwing men over a bush as they returned home from the local pub, and the shade of a little girl has been reported, killed by a cart.


 
Horses

Location: Bath (Somerset) - Laura Place and connecting streets
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound (never the sight) of horses and drawn carriages is said to linger here.


 
Charlie

Location: Battle (Sussex) - Corner of Netherfield Road and London Road
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witness saw his gardener standing at this corner, though several hours had passed since the ghostly figure had committed suicide.


 
Coach

Location: Beaminster (Dorset) - Lane leading to Stoke Abbott
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Condemned to drive his coach and four horses along this lane, a wicked landowner haunts this area.


 
Rider with Large Hat

Location: Bearsted (Kent) - Road leading to Pilgrim's Way
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This man on horseback is described as wearing a large hat and possessing silver spurs. Some stories say that various people have engaged the man in conversation, not realising he was a ghost until he vanished.


 
Nun

Location: Bebington (Lancashire) - Poulton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 1970
Further Comments: This phantom woman is believed to be a nun who was killed travelling back to the nunnery. A driver in 1970 stopped his car when he saw a woman standing in the middle of the road. She vanished.


 
Man in Tricorn

Location: Beckhampton (Wiltshire) - Road running through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom highwayman is reputed to haunt this road. There is also a story that a ghostly horse and coach have been heard along the Beckhampton Road.


 
Misty Figure

Location: Bedale (Yorkshire) - A684 road, leading to Leyburn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The road leading west from Bedale is reputedly home to a grey misty figure. The mist is also said to haunt a nearby wooded area.


 
Nun

Location: Bedford (Bedfordshire) - Bellairs Avenue and Dowty Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 1996
Further Comments: Walking down Bellairs Avenue with his brother, this witness could see a nun walking towards them in the middle of the road. He commented on the figure to his brother, who could not see her. As a car drove up the road, she vanished. The same witness said he spotted the same figure a few weeks later in Dowty Avenue.


 
Black Tom

Location: Bedford (Bedfordshire) - Junction of Tavistock Street, Union Street and Clapham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Around Christmas, 1990s
Further Comments: A nineteenth century highwayman, Black Tom was executed and buried at this junction with a stake driven through his heart to prevent his return. The ritual failed, and both he and another unknown ghost were seen countless times for years following his death. A 1960s sighting of Tom took place in broad daylight, with witnesses stating they saw a gruesome figure with a broken neck staggering down the road, vanishing into thin air seconds later. The witness who spotted Tom during the 1990s thought he was just a drunk man in fancy dress, until he suddenly disappeared.


 
Coach

Location: Bennett End (Buckinghamshire) - Road between village and Radnage Bottom
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local legend says that a phantom coach with horses sometimes travels down this road at night.


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