Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Coach

Location: Digby Fen (Lincolnshire) - Unnamed country road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1950
Further Comments: This road was haunted by two glowing lights that some believed belonged to a coach that was accidently driven into a bog, vanishing without trace.


Wish Hounds

Location: Ditchling (Sussex) - Road between town & Westmeston, and nearby downs
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The local shucks, known as wish hounds, reportedly stalk these roads. One of them is said to be headless.


Parcel Carrier

Location: Dixton (Gwent) - Lanes between Rectory and river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather dependent: Dark winter nights
Further Comments: A homeless man drowned in the river, and now walks around his final route, tightly clutching an unknown package. One version of the story says the man now has the head of a rat. The village is also haunted by a white dog, often seen alongside a strange man.


Matching Soldier

Location: Doncaster (Yorkshire) - Just off the B1403, a lane known as The Cannon Ball run
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2005
Further Comments: A couple in a parked car watched a soldier wearing a hat match by their car before vanishing in the beam of their headlights.


Lantern Carrier

Location: Dorchester (Dorset) - A352 roundabout (towards Bournemouth)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 1992
Further Comments: While returning from a gig with a friend, one man drove past a figure holding a lantern. The figure resembled the old man featured on the cover of Led Zeppelin IV. The driver asked his friend whether he could see the figure, to which the friend replied 'Yes, don't stop'.


Hand

Location: Dovenby (Cumbria) - Wooded area on road between village and Tallentire
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Dark, stormy nights
Further Comments: A disembodied hand is reported to reach out from the trees and push passing cyclists from their bikes.


Lady de Bevere

Location: Driffield (Yorkshire) - B1249 between town and Beverley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pitiful shade walks the area in want of a person who will find her grave and say Mass. Her body is reputed to be concealed under castle ruins in the area, hidden by her husband who lost his temper once too often.


Rustling Woman

Location: Droylsden (Lancashire) - Ashton Hill Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity drifts along the road and has been reported wearing both dark clothing and white clothing (or, of course, they could be two different shades).


Archdeacon Bulkeley?

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Area around Old Bawn Road and the Dodder
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 08 September (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Said to either be driven by or containing Archdeacon Bulkeley, a coach drawn by six headless horses containing two passengers together with two footmen, drives through this area of Dublin. Anyone who spots the coach is said to die within 366 days.


Headless Horseman

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Roper's Rest, leading to Love Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This decapitated figure rides along the road once darkness falls.


Headless Dorothy

Location: Duddon (Cheshire) - Roads around village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: One particular story states that young Dorothy was accidentally decapitated by her father as he tried to save her from a group of drunken Roundheads. Her headless form is now reported to drift aimlessly around the village, and the local pub is named after her.


Victorian Policeman

Location: Dunfermline (Fife) - Coal Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: While driving past Pittencreif Park, one witness spotted a figure dressed in a Victorian policeman's uniform standing in the shadows at a space of the wall.


Soldier

Location: Dunfermline (Fife) - Ferry Toll Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2009
Further Comments: A female driver reported passing a young man dressed in military uniform walking towards the dockyard. She looked into her rear view mirror to have another look at him, but he had vanished. The witness said there would not have been time for him to turn off.


Squire Fulford

Location: Dunsford (Devon) - Roads in area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Driving a coach pulled by four headless horsemen, the squire passes though the village only at certain times of the year.


Two Cricketers

Location: Dunstable (Bedfordshire) - A5 between Markyate and Dunstable
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1958
Further Comments: The lost spirits of two cricketers have been seen walking along this road, heading towards the Pack Horse public house. They are thought to have been killed in a road traffic accident while travelling back from a cricket match.


Phantom Horse

Location: Durnford (Wiltshire) - Salisbury Road between Durnford & Amesbury, near Chalk Pit Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature, only heard and not seen, would gallop on the road and in the fields in this area.


Asian Woman

Location: E11 (Greater London) - Aldersbrook Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1993
Further Comments: This Asian woman was only visible to two out of four occupants in a car. She ran out in front of the vehicle, causing the two witnesses both to scream as they thought she would be hit - though no impact occurred. The entity was said to have a face full of fear and regret.


Mrs Ryan

Location: E11 (Greater London) - Beacontree Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The shade of an old lady haunted one property along this road, frequenting the room where her family would keep her locked up. Another presence, this time male, was more dominating; it would materialise during the night and stand over the beds of any females present in the house.


Thomas Fletcher

Location: Easingwold (Yorkshire) - Road between village and Thirsk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fletcher was murdered by three men and buried just off this road - his ghost hounded one of his killers to such a degree that the murderer told his sister of the crime, and she reported it to the authorities. All three men were executed. Still not content that justice was done, Fletcher continued to haunt the scene of the crime, upsetting horses travelling along the road at night.


White Woman with Pointed Head

Location: East Bridge (Suffolk) - Road towards ruined chapel
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Observed by a group of bird watchers, a woman in white was seen drifting down an old trail that leads to the ruins of a chapel. It is unclear if her 'pointed head' was a hat or bonnet.


Horse

Location: East Chinnock (Somerset) - Main road in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Midnight
Further Comments: The sounds of a horse have been heard as it gallops down the street. Some believe it carries two eloping lovers from the rectory.


Iron Pot

Location: East Halton (Lincolnshire) - Manor Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A ghost, thought to possibly be a monk, was laid in an iron pot contained within the small basement. Household members considered it unlucky to move the container, and its removal would result in the ghost returning.


Man in Overcoat

Location: East Hanney (Oxfordshire) - Road close to bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This road is thought to be haunted by a man who previously died in an accident. Wearing an overcoat and cap, he is seen to run out in front of cars, only to vanish at the moment of impact.


Floating Light

Location: East Scrafton (Yorkshire) - Main road through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A light is said to float down the middle of this road at night, causing motorists to swerve.


Grey Lady

Location: East Vicarage (Somerset) - Unnamed road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October, late nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Driving their mule drawn cart on a cold October morning, two women stopped along the road when a strange woman crossed the road ahead of them. Despite the freezing temperature, the lady wore a pink summer dress with a white lace headscarf. The two women in the cart then realised that the pedestrian was floating around thirty centimetres from the ground, and that the figure had skin and eyes like grey dust. One of the women fainted, and their mule bolted, not stopping until two miles separated it from the entity.


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