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Bridge Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Pca

Location: Clonlara (County Clare) - Bridge (may no longer be standing), two miles south west of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: A dark shadow-like horse was named by some to be a puca, although it would appear no one stayed around long enough to find out for sure.

Couple

Location: Cockermouth (Cumbria) - Bridge on Mill Fields
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 August 2010
Further Comments: One person claimed to have seen a man and woman walking on the bridge before they vanished. A short time later the same witness watched a lady in grey clothing flee from the direction of the castle, again vanishing, but reappearing by the river, headless.

Hannah Corbridge

Location: Colne (Lancashire) - Laneshaw Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: Hannah's boyfriend murdered her in the 1780s after discovering she was pregnant. The girl's ghost still appears near the scene of the crime.

Phantom Coach

Location: Coltishall (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring) (coach)
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. A headless Black Shuck is also reputed to cross this bridge once per night.

Pongay

Location: Coppull (Lancashire) - Darkland Bridge and surrounding area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Part dog and part ghost, Pongay was once often blamed for accidents and mishaps in the area.

Rustling Woman

Location: Cornwood (Devon) - Fardel Hall (also called Fardell Hall), area between hall and nearby bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in dark clothing, this feminine shade protects a hoard of buried treasure. The silk of the ghost's dress can normally be heard in the wind. One field in the area is said to be impossible to cultivate.

Highlander with Hounds

Location: Corrieyairack Pass (Highland) - Bridge over a stream
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Misty weather
Further Comments: This shade is said to guide people to the bridge when the weather becomes treacherous.

Thomas Wildey

Location: Coventry (West Midlands) - Ryton Bridge, River Avon
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wildey murdered a mother and her daughter, for which he was hanged. His body was then placed in a gibbet by the bridge where it slowly rotted for many years. The strange patchy mist that hangs over the area is blamed on the ghost of the man, as are the lights seen to flitter nearby.

Crooker

Location: Cromford (Derbyshire) - Bridge over River Derwent
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Crooker was an evil spirit which took the form of an Ash tree by the Derwent. It would attack travellers as they crossed the nearby bridge, until one man managed to thrust a stick of St John's Wort into the spirit as it tried to kill him. Crooker was never heard of again.

Oh God, What Shall I Do?

Location: Crumlin (Gwent) - Bridge (no longer standing?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, likely to be pre-nineteenth century
Further Comments: A woman standing on the bridge one evening heard a voice travelling up the river repeating 'Oh God, what shall I do?'. The woman was struck with terror and fled the scene, fainting once she reached home.

Sounds of Combat

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Gidleigh bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small battle has been heard on the bridge. The area is also haunted by the shade of a woman who drowned here.

Fighting

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Cadover Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of battle can be heard near the bridge, the screams of the dying and injured, and the clash of sword and shield.

Nun in a Carriage

Location: Derby (Derbyshire) - St Mary's Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Travelling in a royal carriage, a nun passes over the bridge only to vanish shortly after reaching the other side.

Screaming

Location: Derby (Derbyshire) - Well Street - St Mary's Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The bridge was once used to display the bodies and limbs of executed criminals and priests - their cries are a reminder of the method of their deaths.

Cheated Devil

Location: Devil's Bridge (Dyfed) - Lowest of the three bridges
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This bridge was built by Old Nick by the request of an old woman who needed to cross the water to reach her livestock. In return for his work, the Devil demanded the soul of the first living creature to walk over it. The old woman was not prepared to lose her own soul and sent her dog over the bridge first; the Devil left angry and empty handed.

Screams of the Drowning

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Deey Bridge and canal lock
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A passenger boat sunk here in the eighteenth century; many of the occupants drowned, and their psychic screams continue to this day.

Lock Keeper

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Rathmines Bridge, Portobello Harbour
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1861
Further Comments: The hostile phantom of a former lock keeper has been blamed for the deaths of seven people over the years - it takes the form of a blinding light which causes disorientation in witnesses, resulting in them falling into the waters below and drowning.

Elle

Location: Dungannon (County Tyrone) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An older looking woman wearing a gown, Elle is said to haunt the area around the bridge.

Northumbrian Pipes

Location: Durham (Durham) - Elvet Bridge (including Jimmy Allen's club)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The horse rustler Jimmy Allen died in this former cell days before his pardon arrived - he can still be heard playing on his pipes from beneath the bridge. The ghost of another man, who mysteriously vanished, would be spotted at the base of the bridge, standing on the river's banks.

Mother

Location: Ebbw Vale (Gwent) - Churchyard, mill stream and bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman with her baby is said to haunt this area, with some believing the woman to have committed suicide by leaping from the bridge after falling in love with a Norman soldier. A few versions of the tale do not mention the baby.

Jewish Cries

Location: EC3 (Greater London) - Old London Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area of the river under the bridge is thought to be the location where dozens of people with Jewish faith drowned in 1210, when a ship removing them from the country sank. Their screams and cries have been reported in the area.

Searching Monk

Location: Egglestone (Durham) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1928
Further Comments: This figure, dressed in brown habit, has his head down as he scours the bank for a lost item.

Steam Locomotive

Location: Elsham (Lincolnshire) - Ancholme Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Foggy weather
Further Comments: Said to reappear in the same spot since an accident in the 1920s which killed four people, this large steam locomotive gently glows in its foggy environment.

Lady Charlotte Watson-Taylor

Location: Erlestoke (Wiltshire) - Erlestoke Prison and village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Both prison workers and villagers have reported seeing this phantom lady inspecting the prison grounds, and even driving her horse and carriage over a road close by where a bridge once stood.

Built by the Devil

Location: Exmoor (Devon) - Tarr Bridge (also known as Tarr Steps), River Barle
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A local giant made a wager with Old Nick that that a bridge could not be built across the River Barle overnight. Old Nick rolled up his sleeves and promptly proved him wrong. The Devil then took ownership of the bridge, refusing to let anyone cross safely until a priest drove him away.

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