Ardwick le Street (Yorkshire) - Hanging Wood
The woods were a popular place for Nevison, a highwayman, to lurk before riding out to commit his crimes. After he was hanged in York, his shade returned to the scene of better times.
Armathwaite (Cumbria) - Fox & Pheasant Inn
A previous landlady and her friend observed a woman wearing old fashioned brown clothing walk through the front door while it was closed. The ghost is said to be a woman who lost both her children outside the inn in a coach accident. A highwayman is also reputed to haunt the building.
Atwick (Yorkshire) - Roads in the area
This decapitated spectral bandit remains lurking in the shadows of his old ambush area. One version of the story says he remains on his horse.
Bagley Wood (Berkshire) - General area
Walking through the woods after dusk, a couple found themselves chased by a large shadowy quadruped that stood just over a metre tall. One of the witnesses said it did not move like a deer or a dog. The woods is also reputedly home to a phantom highwayman.
Barnstaple (Devon) - Ashleigh Road area
Two people witnessed the ghost of a man riding a large horse in this area. The witnesses carried out some research and believe they had encountered the ghost of Tom Faggus, a Robin Hood-like figure who operated in the area.
A ghostly woman with a red veil.
Batley (Yorkshire) - Howley Hall ruins, and surrounding golf course
A woman with a red veil has been reported here, sometimes accompanied by two male escorts. It has been speculated that one of these men could be a highwayman by the name of William Nevison. Civil war soldiers are also said to haunt the area.
Beckhampton (Wiltshire) - Road running through village
Mid twentieth century
A phantom highwayman is reputed to haunt this road. There is also a story that a ghostly horse and coach have been heard along the Beckhampton Road.
Bedford (Bedfordshire) - Junction of Tavistock Street, Union Street and Clapham Road
Around Christmas, 1990s
A nineteenth century highwayman, Black Tom was executed and buried at this junction with a stake driven through his heart to prevent his return. The ritual failed, and both he and another unknown ghost were seen countless times for years following his death. A 1960s sighting of Tom took place in broad daylight, with witnesses stating they saw a gruesome figure with a broken neck staggering down the road, vanishing into thin air seconds later. The witness who spotted Tom during the 1990s thought he was just a drunk man in fancy dress, until he suddenly disappeared.
Bickley (Kent) - The Chequers public house, Southborough Lane
Local legend says Dick Turpin's ghost was seen in an upstairs room sitting at a desk, writing with a quill. Another story says a woman in eighteenth century garb also haunts the upper part of the building. The pub hit headlines in September 2013 after it was reported a phantom French Soldier called Barnard scared away two bar staff who were staying overnight.
Billinge (Lancashire) - General area
Riding on his horse, this former highwayman passes through the village where he once hid out.
Blackpool (Lancashire) - Eagle and Child public house
A former highwayman, Murph can sometimes be heard mumbling and moaning at the bar late at night.
Blandford Forum (Dorset) - Crown Hotel
Wearing a black crinoline dress, this ghostly woman has been observed on the first floor. One of the cleaning staff spotted a woman in black enter a room, but upon investigation, the room was devoid of life. The hotel is also home to a phantom highwayman who hangs about in the courtyard.
Blythburgh (Suffolk) - A12 from Ipswich, towards Kessingland, near Blythburgh common
Sometimes appearing with a horse, the unknown woman and highwayman have been reported a few times over the past two hundred years.
Bolton (Greater Manchester) - Belmont Road
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.
Boroughbridge (Yorkshire) - Great North Road (A1), between town and Scotch Corner
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.
A ghostly highway escapes across a field.
Bramshot (Hampshire) - Roads in the village
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.
Bridgwater (Somerset) - A39 between Street and Bridgwater
Pocock, a highwayman, was badly injured in a fight. Pocock managed to escape and hide, only to die of his wounds in a cave which has never been discovered. His ghost has been seen on horseback, curiously galloping on the spot, and has been blamed for several accidents in the area.
Buckton (Northumberland) - Roads in the village
At the end of every month (reoccurring), last seen 1987
Dressed as a male highwayman, this girl has been seen still riding her midnight black horse. She reportedly held up a stagecoach carrying an execution order condemning a friend of hers, which bought him enough time to escape the noose.
Ye Olde Three Tuns pub, Bungay.
Bungay (Suffolk) - Ye Olde Three Tuns public house
An investigation by a medium revealed this building was haunted by 24 ghosts (!), one of whom was Mr Rex Bacon, a highwayman from the eighteenth century whose base of operations was the inn.
Calne (Wiltshire) - Area around Black Dog Hill
Summer 2016, 0200h
A group of friends exploring this area heard a loud, tuneful whistling with no discernible source. One of the witnesses was later told the site was the haunt of a phantom highwayman who would whistle while he worked.
Calne (Wiltshire) - Road in the area
A naked man is said to haunt a road in this area. One story says that the figure was a highwayman who stripped and oiled himself up, to ensure that no one could grab him.
The ghostly highwayman of the A6.
Carlisle (Cumbria) - A6, Barrock Hill near Carlisle
An infamous highwayman, Whitfield was finally caught and hanged for murder - but the rope was not tight enough and several days later a passing coachman heard Whitfield crying and moaning, dangling from the noose. To end the suffering, the coachman shot the hanging man; Whitfield's ghost can still be heard today crying for help.
Upper Bell Inn, Chatham.
Chatham (Kent) - Upper Bell Inn (no longer standing)
Unknown Ghost Type
This public house was said to be haunted, possibly by the ghost of Dick Turpin, although there is a distinct lack of accounts of any sightings. A headstone which stood in the beer garden most likely added to its spooky atmosphere, as did its location, close to Blue Bell Hill and its infamous vanishing hitchhiker (but more on her another day). One paranormal group claimed to have photographed 'orbs' on this site.
Chingford (Essex) - Area around Richmond Avenue and The Avenue in Highams Park
New Year's Eve, year unknown
A woman out walking in the area reported seeing a phantom highwayman who rode past her - the terrified witness ran back to her family.
An old postcard showing Clifton Down.
Clifton (Somerset) - Clifton Down, Lady's Mile
1977, around 23:00h
A driver and passenger witnessed a dark figure standing in the middle of the road with long arms stretched out in a 'stand and deliver' stance. Several days later the driver found out about the ghost of Jenkins (or Jenkin) Protheroe, a former highwayman hanged in the area.