Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

 
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.


 
Hitchhiker

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.


 
Drake

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.


 
Boys

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.


 
Gamekeeper

Location: Thetford (Norfolk) - A11, duel part of the road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 November 2006, between 23:45h - 00:15h
Further Comments: Driving to pick someone up, this witness claimed to have seen a ghostly figure on his car bonnet. The figure wore a light thorn coloured suit with a thin red pinstripe, and had dark hair. The figure was said to be smiling. The driver turned to his passenger who was asleep, and when he turned back the ghost had gone.


 
Leathes Family

Location: Thirlmere (Cumbria) - Dalehead, road above
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: In Haunted Britain, Coxe says that a member of the Leathes family haunted this region, but by whom and the exact reason why are unknown.


 
Radiant Boy

Location: Thirsk (Yorkshire) - Road to the town, exact location unknown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lighting up the night with his brilliance, this lad rode past the witness on horseback, disappearing across a field.


 
Tom Otter

Location: Thorney (Nottinghamshire) - Lanes in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 1806 onwards
Further Comments: Tom was hanged after murdering his wife on their wedding night. His phantom is said to still walk or ride around this area.


 
Two Monks

Location: Thornham Parva (Suffolk) - Road heading towards the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1975
Further Comments: A male witness reported cycling home towards the village at one night when he passed by two hooded figures in monks garb and a white dog. The two figures raised a hand and wished the man goodnight, but when he looked directly the pair, the witness realised the inside of the hoods were empty - the monks had no heads.


 
Baker's Van

Location: Thornton (Lancashire) - Unknown road in the area
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1939
Further Comments: A phantom baker's van was reported by two people out cycling at dusk shortly before the outbreak of World War Two.


 
Bearded Man with Stick and Tall Black Hat in Road

Location: Thorpe-le-Soken (Essex) - Tan Lane turning into Holland Road, Thorpe-le-Soken to Clacton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several drivers narrowly avoided running over this man, braking sharply, only to find he has disappeared. A few witnesses have also reported seeing him with a lady, though no one knows who they are.


 
Lady in White

Location: Thringstone (Leicestershire) - A512, near Grace Dieu Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1961
Further Comments: The pale spectral form of a woman has been reported on the roadside near the ruins of the priory. She was last seen by a police officer in 1961.


 
Green Lady

Location: Thundersley (Essex) - Bread and Cheese Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This phantom green lady was said to cross the road while travelling up the hill, oblivious to the traffic which would serve to avoid her (by often driving off the road).


 
Monks

Location: Thurgarton (Nottinghamshire) - Thurgarton Priory and nearby village road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little remains of the twelfth century priory, other than the phantom monks that have been reported. One driver was convinced he had run over a real person, until the robed figure stood up and faded from view.


 
Coach

Location: Tickhill (Yorkshire) - Wong Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghostly coach has been observed dashing down Wong Lane before fading from view.


 
Monks

Location: Titchfield (Hampshire) - Abbey and A27
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: As well as being observed drifting around the abbey grounds, this phantom monk is said to appear in the backseat of cars driving along the nearby A27, though he quickly vanishes once seen.


 
Pallbearers

Location: Todbar (Dorset) - Churchyard and road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1920s?
Further Comments: Walking away from the churchyard, two ghostly men carry a coffin covered over in black cloth.


 
Foetal Position

Location: Tollesbury Maldon (Essex) - Apprentice Hall Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid June 2007, 23:45h
Further Comments: A female form laying in a foetal position on the road was encountered by a driver and passenger. The woman looked to be in her early twenties and wore a black dress and high heeled shoes or boots. As the driver stopped his car, the figure lifted her head and raised her hand. The driver moved the car to one side of the road, but when he and his passenger climbed out to help the woman, the entity had vanished.


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