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The River Trent is reputedly home to a water elemental.

Water Spirit

Location: Swarkestone (Derbyshire) - River Trent, near Swarkestone Bridge
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The water elemental which frequents these waters is said to require three lives annually to remain pacified. The bridge was built, they say, by two young ladies who saw their lovers taken by the spirit and acted to ensure no one suffered the same loss.


Location: Swarkestone (Derbyshire) - Swarkestone Bridge
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sisters who built this bridge are said to haunt it, while others say phantom horsemen from Bonnie Prince Charlie's army can be heard crossing.

Upset Husband

Location: Tallington (Lincolnshire) - Footbridge over the railway line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 January, 17:50h (reoccurring)
Further Comments: After the death of his wife (see West Deeping, Lincolnshire) this grief-stricken individual jumped from the footbridge over the railway track and was hit by the train from London, which killed him instantly. The incident is re-enacted once a year.

Queen of the fairies.

Built by Fairies

Location: Tavistock (Devon) - South Down Bridge
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: It is said that the Queen of the fairies helped build this bridge by turning some of the water below into boulders.

Little George

Location: Thetford (Norfolk) - St George's Nunnery - Nun's bridges
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Sixteenth century?
Further Comments: The seven year old George fell from a wooden horse in May 1559, cracking his skull on the wall of the bridge and dying from his injury. The young ghost haunted the area for many years (riding around on a headless wooded horse) before being exorcised.

The Devil's Bridge

Location: Thorpe (Yorkshire) - Dibble's Bridge, Yorkshire Dales National Park
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Bridge still present
Further Comments: In a rare moment of generosity, the Devil built the bridge for a local shoemaker who had shared a drink with him.


Location: Tisbury (Wiltshire) - Tisbury Bridge (aka Molly's Bridge)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: A local legend says that Molly Peart was hanged from this bridge (she was actually hanged in Oxfordshire) and that her ghost haunts the site. The legend also says a child was hanged at the site. One witness reported shadowy figures passing the window on their parked car while close by and something swinging from the bridge.

Potted Witch

Location: Toft next Newton (Lincolnshire) - Pilford Bridge - between Toft next Newton and Normanby
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a witch which harassed anyone using the bridge was finally caught and trapped in an iron pot.


Location: Upavon (Wiltshire) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heard but not seen, a phantom coach occasionally crosses the bridge.

An old postcard of Wadebridge.

Coach and Horses

Location: Wadebridge (Cornwall) - Trewornan Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Once per year, on a night of a full moon
Further Comments: Moving at breakneck speed, a phantom team of horses pulling a coach race across the bridge before vanishing on the other side.

Fallen Horses

Location: Wakefield (Yorkshire) - Denby Dale Road bridge, and river below
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: Walking her dog across the bridge, Amanda West was frozen with fear when the sound of horses passed her - with no horses to be seen. Without warning, she then heard a loud splash. Looking into the river below, the water was calm, but the sound of panicking horses could now be heard coming from below. She later found out that the original bridge had collapsed in 1836 and a team of horses pulling a cart had drowned.

Crawling Man

Location: Wakefield (Yorkshire) - Wakefield Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pathetic figure reportedly crawls near the bridge, where he fell from while living, breaking his legs.

Victorian Girl

Location: Watford (Hertfordshire) - Gade Bank footbridge
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 19 August 2012
Further Comments: An Infrared Automatic Number Plate Recognition camera was said to have caught a young girl dressed in Victorian clothing. Police officers could not see anyone when they looked for the girl.

Waterloo Bridge, London.

Headless Man

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Waterloo Bridge, Embankment
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The discovery of human remains near the bridge in the mid-twentieth century resulted in a ghostly apparition appearing for a few weeks after the incident. Earlier in the twentieth century, a criminal spotted a well-dressed young man on the bridge. As the criminal tried to grab the man, the young potential victim vanished.


Location: Wendy (Cambridgeshire) - Bridge over stream between Wendy and Shingay
Type: Other
Date / Time: August 1976, circa 23:30h
Further Comments: Travelling home on motorbike during a clear, hot summer's night, a man passed through a dense mist which had gathered just before reaching the bridge. Upon entering the mist, the rider became instantly aware of an evil presence - he quickly accelerated away, although felt something was following him.

One of Three Shucks

Location: Willingham (Lincolnshire) - Bridge at River Till
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of three bridges in Lincolnshire that is said to be a haunt of the black shuck.

Child in Yellow Dress

Location: Windsor Forest (Berkshire) - Callins Bridge, near Shurlock Row
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970
Further Comments: This young girl with raven hair is reported to lead anyone who follows her to a mass grave of soldiers killed in the Civil War.

Man Monkey

Location: Woodseaves (Staffordshire) - Bridge along Birmingham/Liverpool Canal
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 21 January 1879
Further Comments: This strange black creature with glowing white eyes leapt onto the back of a horse pulling a cart - when its owner tried to hit the mysterious creature, his whip passed straight through its body.


Location: Wooler (Northumberland) - Cave in Cockenheugh Hills, and Fowberry Bridge (and occasionally Tower)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Either a former Border reiver or someone who committed suicide (or maybe both), this entity would manifest as a dun coloured horse and scour the area for his lost treasure.

Glowing Train with Red Lights

Location: Wormit (Fife) - Tay Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 28 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The badly designed Tay Bridge collapsed in 1873, a passenger train crashing down with the faulty structure into the cold waters of the Firth of Tay below. The scene is re-enacted on the anniversary of the crash.

Phantom Coach

Location: Wroxham (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.

Wild Hunt

Location: Yeolmbridge (Cornwall) - Village bridge
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local man once crossed the bridge as the wild hunt was coming the other way - he was warned that if he ever passed that way again, he would die. For many years he avoided the area, until the day he grabbed a lift from a stranger who crossed the bridge... He was found dead soon after.

The Foss Bridge in York.

Shrouded Woman

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Foss Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure is reputed to leave St Crux and head towards the Foss Bridge where she vanishes - this may be the same entity which leaves the same church but disappears at Spen Lane.

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