Strange Bridge Stories

Pallbearers

Location: Bowerchalke (Wiltshire) - Bowerchalke Down, aka Marleycombe Hill - Applespill Bridge area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seven ghostly men carrying a gold coffin have been reported crossing the bridge - a local legend says that a coffin made of gold was found and stolen from a nearby barrow. Another ghost carrying a bag of jangling coins also walks the area, normally following people around.


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.


Fairy Home

Location: Braddan (Isle of Man) - 'Real' Fairy Bridge
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Bridge still present
Further Comments: This is another site said to be home to the fairies, and it is considered unlucky not to say hello or wave to them as you cross the bridge.


Sir Thomas Boleyn

Location: Braydeston (Norfolk) - Bay's Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This bridge is said to be one of several which Sir Thomas passes over in his coach on the anniversary of his daughter's death.


One of Three Shucks

Location: Brigg (Lincolnshire) - Bridge along Wrawby road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of three bridges in Lincolnshire that is said to be a haunt of the black shuck, this one normally manifesting on a Saturday night.


Jumpers

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Clifton Suspension Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The shades seen drifting around on the bridge are thought to belong to those who have jumped off, taking their own lives.


Morphing Shuck

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Dead end lane in Hallen Bristol, next to the M49 bridge
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1908 and December 2004
Further Comments: The large black dog seen here in 1908 was seen to climb out from a hedge, before transforming into a donkey and standing on its hind legs. A very similar creature was seen in 2004, as it passed through a car, shaking the occupant.


Staring Woman

Location: Broxbourne (Hertfordshire) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 August 2014, around midnight
Further Comments: Dressed in old fashioned clothing and hair style, this woman was spotted by a couple of witnesses as they drove past in their car. The figure stood motionless staring into the water.


Sir Thomas

Location: Burgh (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A ghostly coach and four passes over this bridge once a year. It is said to be driven by a headless Sir Thomas Boleyn and is one of eleven (or twelve, or forty) bridges that he passes over on the night of his daughter Anne's execution.


Phantom Coach

Location: Burgh St Peter (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly coach is driven across the bridge in the village, although to whom it belongs is unknown.


White Figure

Location: Burton on Trent (Staffordshire) - Branston Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 July 2011
Further Comments: A driver reported seeing a white figure pass over the middle of the bridge. The light from his headlights appeared to go through the figure, and once it reached the far side of the bridge, the figure vanished.


Phantom Coach

Location: Buxton (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A ghostly coach and four passes over this bridge once a year. It is said to be driven by a headless Sir Thomas Boleyn and is one of eleven bridges that he passes over on the night of his daughter Anne's execution.


Misty Figure

Location: Caergwrle (Clwyd) - Packhorse Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A team from the Cheshire Paranormal Society photographed a strange white figure crossing this footbridge late at night during one of their vigils. It is said a total of three spirits haunt the bridge, a young girl and two older women.


Coach

Location: Calcutt (Wiltshire) - Bridge in the area (A419?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This coach, pulled by a team of four horses, crosses a bridge close to Calcutt.


Lady in White

Location: Calstock (Cornwall) - Cotehele House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980
Further Comments: A young lady dressed completely in white is said to haunt this building. The ghost would descend the main staircase. Phantom music has also been reported in the house.


Bloodstain

Location: Calstock (Cornwall) - Cotehele Quay, Bridge
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A part of the bridge is reportedly stained by blood from a murder that occurred long ago - nothing has ever been able to shift the mark (although it is said to be now painted over).


Beaten Nun

Location: Cannington (Somerset) - Bridge over brook, and in nearby public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: When the nunnery stood here, one sister was beaten to death after straying from the path. Her ghost can still be seen waiting on the bridge.


Wishing Bridge

Location: Carnock (Fife) - Conscience Bridge
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Named after a murderer who decided to confess to his crimes on the site, the bridge once had a reputation for being a place where wishes could be made.


Crying Child

Location: Castle Douglas (Dumfries and Galloway) - Cuckoo Bridge, near the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The waters below are said to hide the body of a murdered infant, whose cries can sometimes be heard. A horrifying white shape has also been reported.


Sighs of Criminals

Location: Chester (Cheshire) - The Bridge of Sighs, near Northgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1990s
Further Comments: A man cycling to an appointment along Northgate Street looked up at the bridge and spotted two or three people dressed in old fashioned clothing. They then vanished, leaving the man rather surprised. Prisoners being led to church prior to execution would cross this bridge, and it is believed their sighs can still be heard.


Watchers

Location: Christchurch (Dorset) - Regent Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A couple of ghosts were said to sit in the stalls and watch the stage.


Singing

Location: Christchurch (Dorset) - Town Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sounds of singing, pipes and drums are said to be occasionally heard from the bridge.


Lady Banks

Location: Church Knowle (Dorset) - Stone Bridge along Knowle Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lady Banks held nearby Corfe Castle against the Roundheads during the English Civil War. The defences were only broken after a treacherous Royalist officer opened the gates. Lady Banks has been named as the lady in a white flowing dress who haunts the bridge.


Lucette

Location: Clayton le Moors (Lancashire) - Dunkenhalgh Hall (currently a hotel) and nearby bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A former maid at the hall, Lucette fell pregnant after a torrid affair with the master - he was not interested in her long term future, so Lucette took her own life. The maid's misty white form now comes back around Christmas to remind others of her fate.


Blood Stains

Location: Clitheroe (Lancashire) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghostly blood from a man murdered on the bridge is said to periodically pool here.


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