Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

 
 


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.


 
 


Vanishing Biker

Location: Berkhamsted (Hertfordshire) - Road passing Berkhamsted golf club, before left turn to castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1976, around 23:00h
Further Comments: On a clear night with no other traffic on the road, a driver caught up with a Honda 50 type motorbike. The outline of the bike and rider were visible, and the driver maintained 25 yards (23 metres) between car and bike. Passing Berkhamsted golf club, the bike disappeared, 'as if someone had turned off a light'. The driver thought the biker may have come off into a ditch so stopped to look - there was no ditch nor any turnings the bike could have taken.


 
 


Coach

Location: Bettiscombe (Dorset) - Road between Manor and the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to be one particular night per year
Further Comments: The phantom coach which leaves the manor and heads towards the church is said to be connected to the manor's skull, but the reasons why are unknown.


 
 


Jocelyn Percy

Location: Beverley (Yorkshire) - Roads in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sir Jocelyn has been reported driving his coach and four headless horses around the streets of this otherwise quiet neighbourhood.


 
 


Gliding Old Man

Location: Billingshurst (Sussex) - Crossroads known as Buck Barn, between Billingshurst & Hayward's Heath, and Horsham & Worthing. Now a dual carriageway.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1947, onwards
Further Comments: Said to look like a traditional tramp or hobo, the old man sits on a milestone by crossroads, before gliding in front of incoming traffic. When the vehicle stops, there is no evidence of the figure existing. The reports have trailed off since the road updates.


 
 


Maid

Location: Birkenhead (Cheshire) - Area of former Birkenhead Hall (no longer standing), Pouton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pretty little maid was murdered by her jealous mistress, who was convinced she was having an affair with the property's master. It was not the case, and the maid now haunts the former grounds, and has taken to being mistaken for a hitchhiker along the nearby road.


 
 


Wilfred Barwick

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Coleshill Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 1975
Further Comments: The ghost of Barwick, a local butcher murdered in 1780, is said to haunt the road where he was killed. He was last seen stepping out in front of a Securicor van, vanishing as the driver tried to talk to him.


 
 


Overturned Cars

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Drews Lane (between 175 and the corner shop), Ward End
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Quoted in the Tarmac report on haunted roads, former Drews Lane resident Jackie said 'I used to hear cars that used to roll over while driving. Hundreds of cars have been heard and seen upside down with no reason or rhyme. There were a couple a week sometimes, nothing to explain it. There were never any other cars involved, just that when they came down our road, they would turn over.'


 
 


Small Pickup Truck

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - M6 near Birmingham
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Author Paul Devereux reported overtaking a phantom pickup truck along this stretch of motorway, apparently with no driver. The truck disappeared once Mr Devereux had finished overtaking.


 
 


Frilly Woman

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Victoria Road, Aston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This shade dressed in green is reported to just 'appear' in the middle of the road or on the kerb before drifting across the street before vanishing again.


 
 


Hit and Vanish

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Whitton Cemetery, Moor Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: A driver was convinced that he had run over a figure outside the cemetery (he felt and heard the 'bump' of the body on the car's bonnet), but the 'victim' vanished without trace. A police search of the area also failed to find any evidence of the accident.


 
 


Woman with Bike

Location: Bishops Waltham (Hampshire) - Undisclosed main road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: A woman dressed in black holding a bike asked two friends for directions to Dean. They gave the directions, during which the woman would only say 'yes', and afterwards she climbed onto her bike and disappeared seemingly into thin air when the two witnesses momentarily looked away. One of the friends later said that the bike was Victorian and the woman's clothing 'odd'.


 
 


Woman in Black

Location: Black Heddon (Northumberland) - Roads around village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly girl has been seen as she forlornly drifts around the village - it is thought that she was accidentally trampled to death by horsemen many years ago. This ghost shouldn't be confused with the other Black Heddon spirit; familiarly known as Silky, it jumps on the backs of passing horse riders, scaring them and often causing the horse to bolt.


 
 


Dorothy Southworth

Location: Blackburn (Lancashire) - Samlesbury Hall (part of the building now a restaurant), and road outside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 May 2006
Further Comments: This pale female spectre haunts an area of the garden where her lover was killed. It is said she is sometimes accompanied by a knight. A bus driver travelling on the road by the hall reported stopping to let a pale girl climb on board, only for her to vanish. In May 2006, the owner of a newly opened restaurant within the building reported a white figure which ran past him, cross the road, and vanished into nearby fields.


 
 


Black Dog

Location: Blakeney (Norfolk) - Little Lane
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lane is a favoured haunt for the black shuck. The same lane is reportedly haunted by a ghostly horse and carriage.


 
 


Dorothy Forster

Location: Blanchland (Northumberland) - Old Hexham Road, and Lord Crewe Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom Dorothy is still reported to drift down the road, heading towards the pub where she also haunts.


 
 


Moving Head

Location: Bleak Rivington (Lancashire) - Road near the vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The head of a man is said to move rapidly at ground level - they say that it belongs to a ghostly rider, but his mount and body can no longer be seen as the road has been built up over the years.


 
 


Monk?

Location: Blundeston (Suffolk) - Flixton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 September 2009, 21:30h, and earlier
Further Comments: Returning home in their car, two people encountered a small monk-like figure as it glided across the road ahead of them. It wore a hessian type garment, and the figure had an aura-like glow about it. Once out of the car's headlights, the figure was not be seen again. The entity may have been seen twice previously close to the prison.


 
 


Female in Long Dress with Highwayman

Location: Blythburgh (Suffolk) - A12 from Ipswich, towards Kessingland, near Blythburgh common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1700s onwards
Further Comments: Sometimes appearing with a horse, the two figures have been reported a number of times over the past two hundred years.


 
 


Anne Blakemore in Blue

Location: Blythburgh (Suffolk) - B1125 Blythburgh to Westleton road, crossroads known locally as Five Finger Post
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 June (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: Murdered in 1750, the ghost of Anne Blakemore has developed a habit of running in front of cars, convincing the drivers that they have run over a living person. She is commonly seen around 24 June, the date of her death.


 
 


Woman in RTA

Location: Bolney (Sussex) - A23 near the Queens Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1990s
Further Comments: A woman in a grey dress stepped out in front of a car and was hit - the car then crashed off the road. However, the woman in grey had disappeared once the three people in the car climbed out. Two other witnesses reported that they too had seen the woman in front of the car.


 
 


White Lady

Location: Boltby (Yorkshire) - Road leading into village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 2012, around midnight
Further Comments: One witness in a car reported seeing a white woman wearing an old fashioned party dress, although the woman's legs disappeared below the knee and the face was blurred. The witness said it was like watching a 'replay', and although the witness's car headlights did not illuminate the figure, the woman was visible against the darkness of the environment.


 
 


Noosed Highwayman

Location: Bolton (Lancashire) - Belmont Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shade, mistakenly hanged for highway robbery, still has the hangman's noose tied around his neck when he appears. They also say his eyes look as if they're ready to pop out of his head. Another report says that the road is also haunted by a fatal car crash from the mid twentieth century which killed a family - the screech of brakes followed by screams is heard but no accident can be seen.


 
 


Workshop Worker

Location: Bolton (Lancashire) - Outside the college and along Deane Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghostly figure has been seen standing outside the college, wearing clothes that identify him as an old blue collar worker.


 
 


Green Car

Location: Bolventor (Cornwall) - Road between town and Five Lanes
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: Seen by at least two independent witnesses at different times, this old fashioned car contains four men who appear to be laughing, before the vehicle vanishes.


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