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A ghostly woman in Lancashire.

Screaming Girl

Location: Accrington (Lancashire) - Black Abbey Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly figure drifts quietly down the road, screaming only if approached. She was burnt to death after having a love affair with one of the monks.

Faceless Man

Location: Acle (Norfolk) - A47 (aka Acle straight)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: A figure wearing green with no face stood on the side of the road. Other motorists have reportedly had to brake hard to avoid hitting a figure which quickly and mysteriously vanishes.

Middle Aged Man

Location: Acle (Norfolk) - Heading west into Acle from Halvergate turnoff
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 30 March 2009
Further Comments: Passing the turn off to Halvergate towards Acle, a driver watched as a middle aged man walked out into the middle of the road (from the right hand side) in the path of their car. The figure turned to look at the driver, and the car passed straight through him. The area is traditionally known to be haunted by a horse and cart.

A shadowy horse that cannot be found.


Location: Adisham (Kent) - Bossington Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A legend says that a shadow of a horse has been spotted under the bridge, but upon investigation, there is nothing there.

Young Man

Location: Ainsdale (Lancashire) - Road to Birkdale
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman driving home from work spotted a young man standing on the roadside. The man waved at her before vanishing.

Lady in Raincoat

Location: Alcester (Warwickshire) - A435, road near Coughton Court
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1990s
Further Comments: A couple driving along past the court spotted a pale middle aged woman standing by the roadside wearing a beige raincoat. She stepped into the road before vanishing. The figure has also been seen pushing a bike; another motorist reported hitting her as she stepped out of nowhere and crashed his car as he spun after trying to avoid her. A villager first on the scene reassured the driver that he was one of several people to have encountered the ghost that month. Separately, a phantom coach has also been reported along the road.

Benjamin Jones

Location: Alconbury (Cambridgeshire) - Road between Alconbury and Alconbury Weston, near the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered by a soldier (Gervase Matcham), the ghost of the little drummer boy, Benjamin Jones, was said to be heard walking and drumming behind anyone travelling this stretch of road after sunset.


Location: Alconbury (Cambridgeshire) - Road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This stretch of road is reportedly the haunt of a nun who steps out in front of incoming cars and causes them to swerve. There is also another report of three ghostly crashed cars that silently burn at night.


Location: Aldbourne (Wiltshire) - Road leading to the village from Braydon
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A white pony silently galloped past two men as they returned to the village. It has been speculated that the pony was King Arthur's mount Sigral (ridden at the Battle of Baydon) or belonging to a local man who committed suicide.


Location: Aldershot (Hampshire) - Alma Lane, between town and Barracks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s and 1972
Further Comments: The disembodied running heard along this lane has been attributed to a messenger taking the news of the victory at Waterloo to officers based at Aldershot - he was attacked and killed by robbers en route.

The Bag Lady

Location: Aldershot (Hampshire) - Road between Tweseldown and Aldershot
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1990
Further Comments: A phantom homeless woman was said to have been run over and killed along this road. She may have been seen in 1990, the car full of witnesses not being aware she was a phantom until long after the event.

Banished Spirit

Location: Aldwark (Yorkshire) - Roads close to the stone known as the Conjuring Stone, close to Chapel-garth (currently on grounds of Aldwark Manor)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghost which haunted the roads around this area would terrify the locals after dark, so a holy man was dispatched to banish the entity. After a time, the ghost was tied to a large rock which was designated the Conjuring Stone.

Cloaked Figure

Location: Alfreton (Derbyshire) - Doehole Lane, Ashover
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December 2015
Further Comments: A driver was forced to brake hard as he and his passenger watched a transparent cloaked figure with a hood covering its head cross the road. The figure vanished before reaching hedgerow on the verge.

White Dog

Location: Alfriston (Sussex) - The White Way, road leading from the town towards Seaford
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature is reportedly the dog of a young man murdered while out walking during the 1700s - because the pitiful hound sat by the victim's shallow grave, the criminals killed it also. The haunting is said to have ceased after the bodies of dog and owner were discovered when the road was widened.


Location: Alkborough (Lincolnshire) - West Halten Lane, near the cricket ground
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1970s
Further Comments: While cycling home a witness braked hard to let a small dog cross in front of him - the puppy moved half a metre out of the way before vanishing on the grass verge.

Man in a Red Cap

Location: All Cannings (Wiltshire) - Wickham's Lane area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Described as a smallish man wearing a red floppy hat, this figure walks the streets in this area of the village.

Woman in White

Location: Allington (Wiltshire) - Road to Horton, near Tan Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 30 October 1904
Further Comments: Seen by two lay preachers driving a horse and trap, this phantom was mistaken for a real woman as she walked towards them in the rain. They could see she had auburn hair and a beautiful face, before she vanished without trace.


Location: Alscot (Warwickshire) - Parkland and roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghost-like entity said to be part calf, part man, was said to haunt this area.

Knight in Armour

Location: Ampthill (Bedfordshire) - Road from Ampthill to Millbrook, and Ampthill Great Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: This glowing ghostly knight appeared in front of several witnesses along the road in the early twentieth century. Soldiers at a nearby barracks also reported the figure around the same time, observing the ghost from a distance as it descended a hill. At least one local man reports seeing the ghost several times around the park; on this site it is said to depart the site of a castle (now marked by a cross) and move towards a brook where he vanishes. A phantom woman in white has also been reported in the park.

Man with his Dog

Location: Ampton (Suffolk) - Callow Hill Lane
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: A young boy reported that he walked alongside a man and a dog, which both disappeared once they reached this lane.

A herd of ghostly cows.


Location: Annadale (County Leitrim) - Road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely to be nineteenth century
Further Comments: A herd of phantom cattle was once said to walk around this area at night. The location was also home to a Puca which leapt upon a local man's back - he managed to stab the entity with a penknife and throw it to the ground. When he returned to the scene the following day, he found a wooden log with a knife-sized hole along one side.


Location: Annan (Dumfries and Galloway) - A75 between Gretna and Annan
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 2004, around 21:30h (stagecoach), 2000s (man in red)
Further Comments: A lone driver performed an emergency stop after a stagecoach pulled by a horse drove across the road in front of her. The witness described the coach 'like a grainy fuzzy picture you'd see on an old black & white TV'. The incident lasted no more than ten seconds. Almost immediately after, the driver received a phone call from her partner, who had feared she had been involved in an accident. A few years later a woman driving from Annan reported hitting a man wearing a red jumper and dark trousers as he stepped out in front of her car. However, the man vanished when she looked for his body. There are said to be several other reports of people hitting the same man in the area. Other ghosts seen along this road include an old man with no eyes and an aging woman in Victorian clothing.

Screaming Hag

Location: Annan (Dumfries and Galloway) - A75 to town from Dumfries
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: April 1962
Further Comments: Two brothers travelling along this road were terrified by strange entities that appeared in front of their car, including phantom animals, an old man and a woman who resembled a traditional witch. Their ordeal ended when they thought they were now about to hit a white van head on - the vehicle vanished into thin air on impact. There have been more, but less dramatic, sightings of entities along this road.

White Lady

Location: Annesley (Nottinghamshire) - Annesley Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970, 25 September 2012 and 10 October 2012
Further Comments: Dying in childbirth, this mistress of a former owner still walks the walls. The ghost, or perhaps another, was seen in 1970 as it crossed the road outside the hall; the driver of a car drove straight through the figure. In October 2012, one team of ghost hunters recorded laughter in the stable when the area was empty - the area is reputed to be the location where a serving girl hanged herself - while another team in September spotted a black dog.

Female Cyclist

Location: Antrim town (County Antrim) - Dublin Road (poss. British Road), towards the airport
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: While travelling to work, a man spotted a young girl wearing a long 1900's type dress cross the road on an old fashioned bicycle. When the witness reached the point where he had seen her, he realised that there were no gaps in the heavy hedge rows and that on either side of the road deep ditches leading into heavily ploughed fields made it impossible for anyone to cross at that point.

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