Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Horseman

Location: Chicksands (Bedfordshire) - Woods and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: A driver passing through the woodlands encountered a horseman who passed through their car. When the Luton Paranormal Society investigated the area in 2015, they reported no evidence of a haunting, though noted the site had an 'odd feeling'.


Legless Woman

Location: Chideock (Dorset) - Clock House Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A former landlord and his wife saw this young female phantom standing in the middle of the car park. She smiled and vanished, but not before the landlord's wife noticed that the ghost had no legs.


Grave Dog

Location: Chideock (Dorset) - Road from Morcombelake, & local graveyard
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1900s?
Further Comments: This creature followed a couple of witnesses as they walked home from a nearby village. The creature turned away near the graveyard, and they watched it disappear next to a gravestone. A phantom priest is also said to haunt the same area.


Leaping Figures

Location: Chipping (Lancashire) - Lanes around the demolished Leagram Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: Car engines have been known to cut out in this area without reason. The roads that skirted the hall is locally renowned for their ghostly figures who leap out from behind bushes, and strange mists and noises. The postmistress blamed the death of her dog on three shadowy figures that chased the canine, terrifying the animal so much it refused to eat.


Gliding Woman

Location: Chirton (Northumberland) - Unnamed road leading down to the river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: A tall elderly woman in a black dress and bonnet, accompanied by a black dog, was encountered by a miner as he walked towards the river. The phantom emerged from a hedge and touched the top of the miner's head, paralysing him, before drifting back from where she had come. The snapping of a twig broke the miner's petrification, enabling him to run away.


Human-Shape

Location: Chorleywood (Hertfordshire) - Chenies Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December 2014, 23:30h
Further Comments: A shadowy, human-shaped figure was spotted in a rear view mirror by the occupant of a car. The figure disappeared, blending' into the shadows of a fence.


Soldier

Location: Christchurch (Dorset) - Bypass, heading towards Bournemouth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 04 August 2017, 01:30h
Further Comments: A driver and passenger spotted a man dressed in military-style clothing standing on the central reservation. When the car was turned around to have another look at the figure, he had vanished; the car grew cold and experienced mild electrical interference. One of the witnesses believed the figure may have been a friend who died a couple of years previous.


Hanging Around

Location: Christleton (Cheshire) - Plough Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two felons hanged along this road are thought to have remained in the area.


Grey Figure

Location: Church Lawton (Cheshire) - Liverpool Road West
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 09 September 2011, around 21:30h
Further Comments: A driver reported seeing a figure walking along the pavement, head down, illuminated by the lights on an oncoming car. The driver said the figure was completely grey - no other details could be seen. The figure dropped out of sight as the oncoming car passed, and when the driver reached the same spot along the road, the figure had vanished.


Woman in the Red Scarf

Location: Church Minshull (Cheshire) - Road to Winsford, near cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 December 2004, 00:30h
Further Comments: A figure of a woman in a red scarf whose pallid face was darkened only by black sunken eyes was seen by two people driving along this road. They reported that the ghostly figure stared right through them, was totally motionless and that her clothing looked like it dated from the 1960 or 1970s. When they drove past again the following day, the whole area seemed very different from previous.


White Woman

Location: Churchill (Oxfordshire) - Crossroads close to Lyneham Longbarrow
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A white female phantom is said to walk this area. It is unclear whether the ghost is that of an old woman who once lived in a nearby cave and watched over a hoard of treasure.


John Wrixon

Location: Churchtown (County Cork) - Wrixon's Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wrixon was seen ten years after his death, riding down the road which bears his name (special thanks to the Churchtown Village Renewal Trust, from their 'The Annals of Churchtown').


Waiting Figure

Location: Cinderford (Gloucestershire) - Bus stop outside Dilke Hospital (Dilke side of the road)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010, 00:30h, and again 12 February 2012, 19:00h
Further Comments: A driver spotted a figure standing at the bus stop - knowing that there was no bus due, the driver stopped to offer the figure a lift, but on doing so, no one was in sight. Eighteen months later, the driver once again drove by the bus stop and the same figure stood there. The driver stopped, but the figure was nowhere to be seen.


Betty

Location: Cirencester (Gloucestershire) - Betty's Grave, crossroads
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Betty was executed and burial at a crossroads for the crime of witchcraft. Her ghost has failed to find those who killed her, and now wanders lost around the area near her grave.


Mean Old Dog

Location: Clachtoll (Highland) - Main road through the village
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom hound is said to harass those using the road late at night. It can easily be recognised by its pair of horns.


Horse and Cart

Location: Clayton (Staffordshire) - Aynsley Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2009
Further Comments: Walking his dog one early morning, a man watched a horse and cart appear from nowhere. The man was frozen to the spot. The cart was driven by a weathered man, and appeared quite solid, although old fashioned. After the cart had passed the witness, he composed himself and turned to follow the vehicle, but it had vanished.


Glowing Figure

Location: Cliffsend (Kent) - Site of old gibbet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The burial site of crooks and suicides, a glowing figure appears here and was blamed for a handful of weird car accidents near the site.


Jenkins Protheroe?

Location: Clifton (Somerset) - Clifton Down, Lady's Mile
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977, around 23:00h
Further Comments: 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.


Gaolai

Location: Clonakilty (County Cork) - Bealad and Clonakilty areas
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Gaolai was a phantom woman who haunted the roads around Brandon, Bealad and Clonakilty. She victimised men in the early hours of the morning, leaping onto their backs as they rode through the area. She is said to have been banished by a Father O'Heal.


Lamp Carrier

Location: Clones (County Monaghan) - Road between Clones and Scarva
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Travelling along the road carrying a candlelit lamp under one arm, this tall shadowy figure wearing a long cloak is thought to have once been murdered in the area.


White Woman

Location: Clonmel (County Tipperary) - Unnamed road leading southwards, passing over a bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth or early twentieth century
Further Comments: Walking to a friend's house late at night, this witness spotted a glowing woman in white with long hair cross a bridge ahead of him. The girl vanished without trace, and upon mentioning it when he arrived at his destination, his friend told him that the same figure had appeared at the foot of his bed a few nights previous.


Hooded Monk

Location: Clophill (Bedfordshire) - Between Haynes Church End and Clophill Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969
Further Comments: A hooded monk on horseback holding a lantern was seen by a man delivering newspapers in the early hours of the morning. He said that the horse passed straight through his car.


Archibald Jacob

Location: Clough Mills (County Wexford) - Road between Clough Mills and Wilton Castle, Black Stream area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Renowned for his monstrous temper, Captain Jacob died when his horse stumbled and threw him from the saddle, breaking his neck. Jacob's ghost remains in the area, probably still a little angry.


Fast Moving Car

Location: Clyst St Mary (Devon) - Road between Clyst St Mary and Clyst St George
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 22 February 1997 (car), Autumn 2002 (soldier)
Further Comments: This witness was passed by a fast moving car which turned off in front of them. As the witness drove by the turning spot, they realised that the route that the fast car had taken was blocked and there was no sign of the vehicle. Five years later the same witness reported a blue soldier which manifested in the front seat of their car along the same road.


Sound of a Horse

Location: Clytha (Gwent) - Road on the hillside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Autumn 1898
Further Comments: The driver of a horse and cart and a passenger were left shaken after encountering the sounds of a horse which passed them, and although nothing could be seen, the sounds were accompanied by a cold gust of wind. A murder had occurred along the road a few years previous, where a woman on horseback was decapitated by a former lover.


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