Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
Running Lady

Location: Bomere Heath (Shropshire) - Small road between Bomere Heath and Walford, near the railway bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 2005
Further Comments: A driver and his wife watched an elderly lady wearing grey with a headscarf run across the road ahead of them. The scene was weird, as the figure looked wispy, and her clothes appeared to be moving slower than the woman herself. Stranger still, while the driver had watched her cross the road from the left hand side, his wife saw her cross from the right.


 
Romans of Parade

Location: Bonchester Bridge (Borders) - A6088
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom Roman legion is said to march along this road, coming from the direction of Chesters.


 
John Bibby

Location: Bootle (Lancashire) - Peel Road / Bibby's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Seen once a year, Bibby rides his coach with his decapitated head in his lap.


 
Tom Hoggett

Location: Boroughbridge (Yorkshire) - Great North Road (A1), between town and Scotch Corner
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This former highwayman, wearing a coat so long it almost drags along the ground, is still thought to lay in wait for the unwary along this stretch of road.


 
Running Man

Location: Boughton Heath (Cheshire) - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Darting out from the side of the road, this speedy figure crosses in front of oncoming cars, before vanishing on the other side.


 
Woman in Road

Location: Bourne (Lincolnshire) - Kings Street, off A15 near Baston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter, 2003, circa 22:30h
Further Comments: A local legend says this area of road is haunted by a woman who died there during the 1970s or 1980s. One driver, returning home with three friends in the car, spotted her in the road and swerved to avoid the figure. Looking back, she had vanished, and while all in the car said they had seen her, one said that she seemed to vanish as they approached where she had stood.


 
White Lady

Location: Bournemouth (Dorset) - Millhams Lane, and surrounding Longham area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February (reoccurring); last confirmed in 1970s, but legends say she continues
Further Comments: The area around the A348 bridge is reportedly haunted by a ghostly white (or grey) woman, who was killed when hit by a horse and trap along the road. One story says she tries to entice men to jump off the bridge.


 
Thomas Lawrence

Location: Bovington (Dorset) - Clouds Hill cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1935 onwards
Further Comments: Best known as Lawrence of Arabia, Thomas was said to often express his love of home, which would explain why his shade now resides there. His motorbike is also reportedly heard travelling the local roads.


 
Kit

Location: Bowerchalke (Wiltshire) - Crossroads south of the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The woman only known as Kit is buried at this crossroads after committing suicide nearby. Her shade is still reported here, and it is claimed no birds sing in the area.


 
Roman Battle

Location: Bowerchalke (Wiltshire) - Between village and Woodminton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Headless horses can be seen and the sounds of fierce fighting can be heard here - the area was the site of a battle between Roman legionnaires and the Britons.


 
Silence

Location: Bowerchalke (Wiltshire) - Kit's Grave, crossroads at Vernditch
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman who drowned herself in a well is said to be buried at this crossroads. The surrounding area is reputed to be devoid of birdsong.


 
Morris Minor

Location: Box (Wiltshire) - Shockerwick bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Midnight
Further Comments: This blue Morris Minor appears without warning, forcing drivers to collide with it, though no impact occurs.


 
Policeman with No Face

Location: Bracknell (Berkshire) - Railway Arch between Martins Lane & Whistley Close (other sources say A329 between town and Ascot)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This poor police officer in an old uniform lost half his face in an incident here - he remains to try to find it.


 
Sir Grimston

Location: Bradfield (Essex) - Main road through village and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: unknown
Further Comments: Sir Harbottle Grimston, who once lived at Bradfield Hall, is still driven around the village in a coach on moonless nights.


 
Coach

Location: Bradford Peverell (Dorset) - Road west of village, near River Frome, leading towards Muckleford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer months at midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A coach that crashed into the river, killing the horse and driver, is said to periodically repeat the accident. Another report says that the coach overturned into a boggy area.


 
Lightless Cyclist on Wrong Side of Road

Location: Braintree (Essex) - Road near Faulkbourne Hall, south of Braintree
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Cycling like a madman, this ghostly rider charges at mortal cyclists and tries to knock them over!


 
Treasure Hunter

Location: Braishfield (Hampshire) - Dark Lane, and the surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area is reportedly haunted by the shade of an Edwardian woman looking for a hoard of treasure she hid while living in a building along the road. She is said to be more likely to be seen by dogs, which react by howling for no apparent reason, rather than people.


 
Highwayman

Location: Bramshot (Hampshire) - Roads in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Roads running in and through the village are reportedly home to several phantom entities. A highwayman, a cavalier, a small group of Tudors have all been reported here.


 
Teenage Lad

Location: Brandon (Suffolk) - A1065 heading towards Lakenheath
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2011, around 06:00h
Further Comments: A lone driver heading away from Brandon glanced into her rear-view mirror and spotted a lad, around fourteen years of age, sitting in the backseat of her car. She looked again, only to see he had gone.


 
Sow with Litter

Location: Bransby (Lincolnshire) - Bonnewells Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This spectral sow with her young appears along this lane on Halloween. The same stretch of road is also haunted by a woman in a silken dress which rustles as she moves, and there have been reports of a shuck.


 
Funeral

Location: Bratton (Wiltshire) - Unknown road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom horse drawn funeral procession occasionally passes by the area.


 
Woman in Floral Dress

Location: Bretby (Derbyshire) - Mount Road and Ashby Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: A local newspaper carried two stories about drivers who had spotted a woman in a floral dress standing on the roadside. On one occasion she stood with a bicycle. As one driver passed her, they looked in their rear view mirror and noticed that she had vanished.


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