Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

Guard Dog

Location: Swinscoe (Staffordshire) - Leek to Ashbourne road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The site where three Jacobites are buried is haunted by a large black hound that ensures their graves are not disturbed.

Crying Girl

Location: Symondsbury (Dorset) - Lane between village and Bridport
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This country lane is said to be haunted by a young crying girl. She is said to vanish if approached.

Dark Cavalier

Location: Tadcaster (Yorkshire) - A64 entering Tadcaster from York, grassy field to the left hand side
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October or November 1993
Further Comments: A couple driving their young child to the babysitter were forced to brake to avoid hitting a figure dressed in dark cavalier type clothing with long knee boots as he ran across the road from the right to the left. The figure pasted within two metres of the car (close enough for the witnesses to report he looked afraid of something), and both driver and passenger could see through him. The entity continued running before pixelating and disappearing. Local radio later carried an identical story from a different witness.

Fragmented Soldier

Location: Tamworth (Staffordshire) - Unknown road in Fazeley area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 1972
Further Comments: A witness driving along the road slowed down to offer a lift to a tall man dressed in a soldier's uniform that was walking along the verge. However, the soldier appeared to shimmer and fragment like a broken reflection on water as the witness approached closer.


Location: Taunton (Somerset) - A38 road near the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970
Further Comments: This man dressed in a long grey coat stands by the roadside, and if an oncoming car doesn't stop to offer him a ride, he throws himself in front of the vehicle. Either way, he vanishes without trace, normally leaving the witness scared and confused. A female version of the man has also been reported in the same area, but dressed in white.


Location: Tavistock (Devon) - Road between town and Plymouth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pulled by black headless horses, Sir Frances Drake drives a dark hearse down these roads whenever his drum beats (see Yelverton (Devon) entry).

Headless Group

Location: Tenby (Dyfed) - Between Tenby and Sampson Cross
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Every night (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A headless team of horses driven by a headless coachman carries a headless lady in a coach along this road every night. As they reach the crossroads known as Sampson Cross, some ten miles from their starting point, they all disappear in a large explosion. Some people believe the entities have been laid, and now rest in a nearby lake.

Young Man

Location: Tenterden (Kent) - A28, near Silver Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 1997
Further Comments: A woman driving along the road watched in disbelieve as a semi-transparent man dressed in black stepped out in front of her car. She hit the figure and stopped immediately, but was unable to find the man, and her car remained undamaged.

Heinous Horse

Location: Termonfeckin (County Louth) - Road passing Rath House
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1966
Further Comments: Two young adults driving along this road witnessed an otherworldly horse with the face of a man, the creature's eyes bulging from their sockets. The manifestation stood in the road, blocking their path for two minutes before vanishing.


Location: Tewkesbury (Gloucestershire) - Church Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: Dressed in knickerbockers and other old fashioned clothing, these two ghostly boys move around the area on crutches. A couple out walking spotted the children, who vanished down an alleyway which ended in a high wall.

Headless Horseman

Location: Thaxted (Essex) - Gibbets Cross, crossroads
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A local farmer told his friends that he had seen a headless horseman sitting upon a white steed pass by this crossroads.

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