Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Tall Lady

Location: Eastbourne (Sussex) - A22, Willington Road junction
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Killed in a large accident which occurred at the site in 1923, this phantom woman has been seen many times; she steps out in front of oncoming traffic, as if deliberately trying to cause a crash. She is most often seen late in the afternoon.


Female Form

Location: Easterton (Wiltshire) - Road near Fiddington House, leading to Lavington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1869
Further Comments: The road that skirted the farm was once haunted by a phantom woman. When workmen building a wall alongside the house discovered two skeletons and gave them a proper burial, the woman vanished forever.


Passenger

Location: EC4 (Greater London) - Corner of Water Lane and Fleet Street
Type: Other
Date / Time: 31 October 1684
Further Comments: A Hackney carriage driver picked up a dark figure who wanted to go to Lower Church Yard. The horses, whoever, refused to move, and when the driver asked the passenger to leave, released that the figure had transformed into a bear with flaming eyes that quickly vanished in a flash.


Tudor Man

Location: Eccleshall (Staffordshire) - 'Ghost Mile' Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A piece of road near Eccleshall is so named by locals as several paranormal events have occurred there. This includes a man dressed in Tudor clothing being seen walking along it, and another figure that stepped out in front of an incoming car - the driver swore that he'd hit someone, but the figure vanished. A phantom coach may also haunt the area.


Bony Nun

Location: Ecton (Northamptonshire) - Road outside the World's End public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Said to appear at midnight
Further Comments: This ghost wears the clothing of a nun, but her face is one of a fleshless skull. The pub itself has reported disembodied footfalls and shadowy figures in the cellar.


Runaway Horses

Location: Edale (Derbyshire) - Crossroads between church and railway station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: Three farmers walking home from a village meeting heard horses running towards them. The men made ready to stop the runaway but were amazed when the sounds past straight through where they stood, and they could see nothing.


Wagon Driver

Location: Edgmond (Shropshire) - Lane between Edgmond and Adeney
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1868
Further Comments: A drunk wagon driver who was killed after being run over by his own cart was said to have returned to the scene.


Old Lorry

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - A7 towards Stow
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century to early twenty-first century
Further Comments: A phantom lorry has been blamed for causing a number of accidents along this part of the A7. Other sources state phantom cars have also been encountered, including an orange Austin car in 2010.


Jane

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - George Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Jane once owned a shop along this street, which she sold on the recommendation of her friends. She regretted it almost immediately, though, and died soon after. She was seen several times post-mortem, heading along the street to her former property.


Cyclist

Location: Edwinstowe (Nottinghamshire) - Road between Edwinstowe and Ollerton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: A ghostly cyclist is reputed to suddenly appear in front of moving cars, passing through them before vanishing.


Accident

Location: Effingham (Surrey) - A246
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 2015, between 03:00 - 03:30
Further Comments: A motorcyclist spotted a pair of red taillights on the road ahead. Despite changing speed several times, the lights stayed the exact distance away, until they veered off the road into trees. The motorcyclist heard a crash, and fearing an accident, pulled over and looked for the crashed vehicle. Nothing could be found.


Hovering Figures

Location: Eglwysilan (Mid Glamorgan) - Mountain Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1987
Further Comments: While driving along this dark road at night in the rain, a motorist encountered two white figures holding hands. He said that the faces were very clear, but they appeared not to have noses. No legs were visible, and they just hovered. The figures stopped in front of the car, looked straight at the driver for several seconds and then drifted to the other side of the road before disappearing through a field gate.


Dark Blob

Location: Elksley (Nottinghamshire) - A57
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A bus driver and conductor reported hitting a dark, non-human shape that screamed as it made contact with their bus. Coming to a halt, they both searched the road and surrounding area but failed to find whatever they thought they had run over.


Sometimes Headless Man

Location: Ellesmere (Shropshire) - Unidentified house at Hampton Wood, and road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After a series of murders occurred at the house, the area became haunted by a man who could apparently choose whether to have a head or not. On one occasion the ghost manifested on a horse which was being ridden through the area. A minister banished the ghost after a three-day battle, forcing it into a glass bottle which was placed inside three iron chests and buried under a barn, to remain for 99 years.


Alice Lisle

Location: Ellingham (Hampshire) - Moyles Court
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: For assisting two fugitives, Alice Lisle was hanged in 1685 - though her defence was that she did what any good Christian would do. The rustling of her silken dress and footfalls could be heard echoing down the corridors for many years after her death. The road outside the hall was also haunted by Alice in a coach, pulled by headless horses.


Failing Breaks

Location: Elmsted (Kent) - Elchin Hill
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Some cars have been said to experience sudden mechanical failure on the hill, normally affecting the brakes and steering.


Upset Woman

Location: Emsworth (Hampshire) - Horndean Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story has this road haunted by a distressed woman who was hit by a vehicle and killed.


Seventeen Century Boy

Location: Enchmarsh (Shropshire) - Road leading through the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 1965
Further Comments: Two men driving through the village encountered a 'colourless' horse and rider standing in the middle of the road. The rider appeared to be dressed in 17th century clothing. The horse then galloped away across a nearby field.


Gliding Man

Location: Enniskillen (County Fermanagh) - Properties near the A4 road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1976
Further Comments: Just after climbing into their car, a witness watched a figure dressed in old fashioned clothing glide past the passenger side door. The entity was also seen by a neighbour, standing at the foot of the bed.


Hooded Face

Location: Evesham (Warwickshire) - A435, between Evesham and Beckett's Farm, near Portway turnoff
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: Returning home from a holiday, a couple were horrified when a hooded black face jumped onto their car windscreen - no body was visible. The face moved from left to right across the window until it disappeared.


Crying Mother

Location: Exeter (Devon) - Martin's Lane, general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A weeping woman waits along this lane at night - her daughter ran away to follow Sir Francis Drake on his last voyage, and never returned.


Speeding Car

Location: Eyam (Derbyshire) - Between Eyam and A6 Chapel en le Frith bypass
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 June 2013, 00:10h
Further Comments: A driver was tailgated along a country road by a dark, older model sports car. The sports car overtook the driver once the A6 was reached, only to suddenly vanish a short distance ahead. There were no turn offs.


Speeding Cyclist

Location: Eyam (Derbyshire) - Road between Eyam and Stoney Middleton, and dales in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A squeaky bicycle with a ringing bell has been heard approaching various witnesses at speed - they move out of the way and turn to see where the sound is coming from, but nothing can be seen. A few people have reported spotting the phantom cyclist, who quickly vanishes from view.


Female Forms

Location: Eyke (Suffolk) - White Woman's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This road in the village was reportedly named after the shade that haunted it. A house along the road that was particularly haunted was destroyed during the twentieth century, though its orchard remains. Another theory is that the lane was named after the women who worked in the flour mill, who would return home covered in white dust, while others say the lane takes the name from a white witch who resided along it.


Town Witches

Location: Fairford (Gloucestershire) - Poulton Crossroads
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small group of evil witches are said to have once plagued the town. After they died, they were buried at this crossroads, and their shades now haunt the area.


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