Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

 
Head Thrower

Location: Staffin (Highland) - Road in the area, exact location not known
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This macabre, phantasmic entity would attack and kill unwary travellers by pulling off its own head and throwing it at them!


 
Bloody Horseman

Location: Staindrop (Durham) - A688 between town and Raby Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom rider on a white horse has his face covered in blood. The entities are said to slowly descend into the ground.


 
Headless Lass

Location: Stainmore (Cumbria) - Stainmore Pass
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1937
Further Comments: A driver stuck in snow on this pass went for a quick walk on the moorland while waiting for help. He reported seeing a headless woman sitting upon a white horse. A legend claims this to be the daughter of a Norman landowner who was killed by a Saxon chieftain after kidnapping her.


 
Pale Hitchhiker

Location: Stanbridge (Bedfordshire) - Station Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1979
Further Comments: Mr Fulton, returning from a darts match, stopped and picked up a young man dressed in shirt and trousers who was thumbing a lift here. A few miles down the road the driver turned to offer his passenger a cigarette, only to find that he had vanished.


 
Trotting Man with Hands Deep in Pockets

Location: Stanway (Essex) - Turkey Cock Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost in a raincoat has been seen as he materialises through a quickthorn hedge, moves down Turkey Cock Lane, turns towards the old London Road, before slowly fading from view.


 
Monk

Location: Stert (Wiltshire) - Land between church and Manor Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: A teenage girl walking home encountered a monk-like figure in this area. She described him as having a pale, cruel face concealed under his cowl.


 
White Woman with Handbag

Location: Stirton (near Skipton) (Yorkshire) - Road through the hamlet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2009, around 03:00h
Further Comments: Four friends driving through the area in the early hours of the morning caught in their headlights an older woman dressed in white, holding a white handbag, standing on a narrow grass verge. Concerned for the woman's wellbeing, they stopped around 25 metres up the road and reversed back to check on the woman, Although only thirty or so seconds had passed, the woman had gone, and a further twenty minutes of checking fields and further along the road turned up nothing.


 
Breathing

Location: Stock (Essex) - Broomwood Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1980s
Further Comments: A lad cycling along Broomwood Lane could hear extremely loud heavy breathing very close to him. Looking around for the source of the sound, none could be found, so he quickly peddled away.


 
Cowled Figure

Location: Stocksbridge (Yorkshire) - Stocksbridge bypass
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s, 2000s
Further Comments: The scene of many accidents (over 120 since 1988, with 23 dying since 1998), the area is said to be haunted by several ghosts; a hooded man has been seen here, as have Victorian children who are thought to have died in a mining accident.


 
Coach

Location: Stoke Abbott (Dorset) - Between Stoke Abbott and Beaminster
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Driving a phantom coach over road and field, an angry ghost of a former squire is doomed to relive his journey over and over.


 
Driverless Coach

Location: Stone (Buckinghamshire) - Road towards Thame
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1994, late summer
Further Comments: A stagecoach with horses but no driver was seen by a witness in a car driving in the opposite direction along this road.


 
Hooded Figure

Location: Stoney Middleton (Derbyshire) - Jacob's Ladder (an old, steep bridle road)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s?
Further Comments: A young driver was left in a state of shock after he watched a cloaked figure wearing a hood pass through a stone wall and continue heading towards the Riley slate mine.


 
Executed Man

Location: Stornoway (Outer Hebrides) - A858 between town and Leurbost
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local tradition tells says that this man was executed in Stornoway for murdering a student who had accompanied him on a bird hunting trip. The ghost is said to haunt the spot of the killing.


 
Bella

Location: Stourbridge (West Midlands) - Badgers Sett public house (was Gypsy's Tent pub)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: Nicknamed Bella, the phantom woman said to haunt the cellar and bar area is said to be connected to the body of a female which was found in Wych Hazel nearby. A ghostly male in uniform has also been spotted on the road outside the pub.


 
Horseman

Location: Stow on the Wold (Gloucestershire) - A429 Fosse Way, heading towards Warwick
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September or October 2006, early evening
Further Comments: A driver reported glancing at her rear view mirror and seeing a horseman wearing a long black cape leap out into the road. The horseman was so close, the driver thought the rider would hit the car, but he vanished.


 
Victorian Gentleman

Location: Stow on the Wold (Gloucestershire) - Foss Way heading towards Stow, highest point on the road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 07 December 2004
Further Comments: Dressed in Victorian clothing and wearing an old top hat, this man was seen twice in one day by a couple of friends out driving. The first time they encountered him they narrowly avoided hitting the 'man'; while realising that there was something strange about him they were not too sure what, until they drove back the same way a few hours later and glimpsed the figure again - this time he vanished in front of them.


 
Four Figures Standing around Gallows

Location: Stratford St Mary (Suffolk) - Four Sisters Crossroads, along A12
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: As well as the mysterious four figures, an evil presence has been felt here.


 
White Light

Location: Street (Somerset) - A39, between Street and Bridgwater
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A white light is said to follow drivers as they pass through a wooded area of the road. The light vanishes when witnesses turn to try and see the source.


 
Man Carrying Stone

Location: Strokestown (County Roscommon) - Hilly road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was once not uncommon to see the ghost of a figure carrying a large mill stone along this road.


 
Outline of Coach

Location: Stroud (Gloucestershire) - Rodborough Common, road running alongside and apartments built near Rodborough Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A couple out walking watched in amazement as the ghostly outline of a horseless coach passed them. Other witnesses have seen the phantom, and others have reported headless horsemen or of hearing galloping.


 
Cyclist

Location: Stroud (Gloucestershire) - Stroud Hill Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1910s - early 1920s
Further Comments: Two men on different occasions witnessed a cyclist crash into a hedge, falling over the top of it. On examination of the crash site, bike and rider could not be seen.


 
Grey Lady with Basket

Location: Stuntney (Cambridgeshire) - A142 - near Stuntney, where the old and new roads cross
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: Appearing towards dusk, the woman is believed to be the wife of Robert Cromwell, father of Oliver. Oliver's mother once lived in a long gone hall in the village.


 
Danny Grimshaw

Location: Sutton Courtenay (Oxfordshire) - Hobbyhorse Road and near the local power plant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghostly figure, charging around the roads on the back of a white horse whilst waving a bloody, straight edged razor, has survived at least one exorcism attempt.


 
Old Bicycle

Location: Swainsthorpe (Norfolk) - Outskirts of Swainsthorpe, along the road from Brooke
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Heard on one occasion, and seen on another, the bicycle was reported to look and sound as if it had hard iron tyres, and upon observation, was riderless.


 
Car

Location: Swindon (Wiltshire) - Road between Swindon and Huntingford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: There are several reports of a car crossing the road somewhere between these two towns, though at the point at which it crosses there is barbed wire fencing on each side.


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