Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Floating Hat

Location: Cranfield (Bedfordshire) - Buttercup Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969
Further Comments: Two men walking along the lane watched a legless and armless shape wearing a large hat drifting along. They stated the entity stood just over two metres in height and changed colour from white to black.


Lady Snagge

Location: Cranfield (Bedfordshire) - Wood End Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While riding her horse, Lady Snagge was decapitated by a thin piece of rope pulled across the road by robbers who plundered her body before leaving it. Snagge's ghost is still reported as it repeats her final journey, sometimes with head intact, and sometimes without.


Figure in a Habit

Location: Crathes (Aberdeenshire) - A93 between Banchory and Crathes
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly monk is reputed to haunt this stretch of road, upsetting drivers by walking out in front of them. The entity may be related to the monk seen on the A980, near Banchory.


Roman Soldiers

Location: Crawford (Lanarkshire) - Watling Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Cut off at the knees, ten ghostly Roman soldiers are said to walk along the street.


Human-faced Dog

Location: Creag an Ordain (Highland) - B869, between Stoer and Lochinver
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: On closer examination, this shuck has the horrible face of a person, with little devil-like horns. If it barks more than two times, disaster will follow shortly.


Revenue Fight

Location: Crewkerne (Somerset) - Road between Chard and town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A fight that once occurred between revenue men and smugglers can still be heard along this stretch of road - the sounds of battle slowly die away, leaving only the gasping of a dying man.


The Criffle Diamond

Location: Criffel (Dumfries and Galloway) - Exact location not known
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Pre 1890
Further Comments: It was once said that ships coming up the Solway would be able to see the glint of a large diamond coming from Criffel. If the diamond was looked for, it could never be found.


Stealth Sheep

Location: Crondall (Hampshire) - Roads in village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Never appearing, this phantom flock can be heard moving along the roads, the occasional 'baaaa' betraying their position.


Sarscowe Lady

Location: Croston (Lancashire) - Gradwell's Farm, now a museum, and nearby road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1958
Further Comments: This woman fell in love with a monk from the site, and threw herself in the well after being rejected - the forty foot drop into the water below killed her. Her shade was once hit by a bus on the nearby road; the driver was convinced he had hit a real person, though no body was found...


Dashing Lady

Location: Crowborough (Sussex) - Alice Bright Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy weather
Further Comments: A young woman was found drowned in a stream along this lane early in the twentieth century - now when the weather is right, her shade is seen running down the road in the conditions which lead to her accident.


Bag of Soot

Location: Crowborough (Sussex) - Jarvis Brook Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This unlikely ghost would chase unwary travellers down the road!


Old Lady

Location: Crowcombe (Somerset) - Edge of the road bypassing the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This elderly phantom is thought to be a woman who lost her home - the cottage was demolished during the construction of the bypass, and she died of a soon after being relocated.


Funeral Procession

Location: Croxton (Norfolk) - Road between Croxton and Thetford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A murdered gamekeeper whose body was hidden in a ditch is said to receive a phantom procession. A phantom hearse and pallbearers emerge from where the corpse lay and travel down the road a short distance, before turning around to return the gamekeeper to his ditch.


Green Man

Location: Cryers Hill (Buckinghamshire) - Four Ashes Lane, outside the local crematorium
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 1986
Further Comments: This strange looking figure has been observed twice on different occasions - both reports described the entity as having no hands and being dressed in green, though while one witness said the figure had a green face and stood just over five foot high, the other stated it had no head at all and was seven feet tall.


Anne Sergison

Location: Cuckfield (Sussex) - Cuckfield Park, B2036
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This figure reportedly haunts her old house and the area around it - though she died in 1848 and is still seen today, reports suggest her ghost began haunting the area in 1830. The ghost has been mistaken for a real person in the past.


Bright Headlights

Location: Cuerdley (Cheshire) - Widnes Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 2000s, around 03:00h
Further Comments: While driving back from Liverpool, a driver spotted a bright pair of headlights rapidly approaching from behind. Just as the driver thought he would be overtaken, the lights vanished. Believing that a car had crashed, the drier turned around and looked for it, but could find nothing.


Hearse

Location: Cutcombe (Somerset) - A396, between village and Timberscombe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A number of accidents along this road have been blamed on the phantom black coach pulled by headless horses that runs wild and driverless.


Bleeding Witch

Location: Dalarossie, Inverness (Highland) - Road towards churchyard
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two witnesses reported seeing the shade of an old witch running away from several hunting hounds - this relates to a local legend, in which the old hag tries (unsuccessfully) to murder a huntsman.


Flitting Woman

Location: Dallinghoo (Suffolk) - Lanes in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century
Further Comments: A widow by the name of Shawe was said to have killed herself by slitting her throat, after which she took to the lanes in the area, flitting around without visible feet.


Peddler

Location: Darley Dale (Derbyshire) - Ghost Lane, runs past the churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom peddler who haunts this lane is said to have been murdered on the spot during the Seventeenth Century.


Clibbon

Location: Datchworth (Hertfordshire) - Area around the station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Found guilty of highway robbery, Clibbon was tied to the back of a horse and dragged around the town until he was dead. His screams are sometimes heard. The same area is also home to a headless horse, though it may not be the same creature associated with the highwayman.


Little Old Lady

Location: Datchworth (Hertfordshire) - Hawkins Hall Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in black, this petite elderly woman can be spotted quite easily as she walks down the road - her head is missing.


Tall Man in Hat

Location: Debenham (Suffolk) - Road through village
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 04 January 1973
Further Comments: After colliding with a cloak-clad gentleman, a van driver then observed the spectral figure running along a nearby grass verge.


Small Carriage

Location: Delamere Forest (Cheshire) - Road by the Station Cafe
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 14 February 2006, 04:00h
Further Comments: Returning from a late shift at work, this witness drove past a horse pulling a small, two wheeled carriage that was dimly lit by lanterns. The driver of the carriage remained motionless as the witness's car went by.


Runaway Horse

Location: Denchworth (Oxfordshire) - Road leading into Denchworth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 January 2006, around 21.00h
Further Comments: While driving into Denchworth, two people spotted a panicked horse, which galloped from a side road in front of their car. The driver immediately slammed on the brakes and turned the headlights down so as not to startle the creature further. Not quite believing what they had both seen, they turned the headlights back up only to see the horse galloping in front of the car for a few more seconds before vanishing.


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