Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

 
Hitchhiker

Location: Felixstowe (Suffolk) - Crossroads controlled by lights
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: For several days, a car driver found himself giving a lift to a World War 2 pilot, who would suddenly appear in the back seat of his car when he reached a certain point of his journey. This stopped once the driver started taking a different route.


 
White Lady

Location: Fleet (Hampshire) - Bagwell Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly white lady haunts this country lane - she is also said to cross a field and vanish into a pond.


 
Insane Nurse

Location: Fleetwood (Lancashire) - Unnamed road in the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: Travelling with her husband and a chauffeur, Therese watched a nurse run in front of her car. The woman in grey was knocked down, and when all three people jumped out of the car to help her, she had vanished. Therese saw the ghostly woman several more times after that event, in different places. Seeking help, Therese met a spiritualist who recommended that she return a recently purchased second-hand writing desk as it belonged to a nurse who committed suicide after murdering a patient; after that, the apparition departed.


 
Woman in Green

Location: Formby (Lancashire) - A565, between the town and Ince Blundell
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This stretch of road is reportedly haunted by a woman in a green coat, who has been observed by motorists.


 
Motorbike & Sidecar

Location: Fossebridge (Gloucestershire) - Roads around the area
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: August 1997
Further Comments: Three men in a car reported being followed by this aging vehicle, ridden by a man with no crash helmet. It suddenly vanished while close behind them.


 
Man in Light Jacket

Location: Foxton (Cambridgeshire) - A10 between Foxton and Royston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer morning, exact date not unknown
Further Comments: A driver expressed concern to their passenger as a man in a light coloured jacket and dark trousers crossed the road in front of traffic. However, the passenger was unable to see the man, and as he reached the other side of the road, he disappeared with no sign of where he could have gone.


 
Headless Lady

Location: Freckleton (Lancashire) - Road leading to Kirkham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered along the road, this decapitated woman drifts along the area where she died.


 
Charlie Miles

Location: Frimley Green (Surrey) - Old Guildford Road, and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid - late twentieth century
Further Comments: This old man tragically lost his son, and now walks the road with his dog, looking for new friends.


 
Woman in Black Dress

Location: Friskney (Lincolnshire) - A52 road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1990s, October, early morning
Further Comments: A family of three travelling by car passed a woman wearing a Victorian-style dress walking along the roadside. She had long curly hair under a hat, and a face which glowed green. The car turned and drove passed her a second time before turning off the A52 and taking a different route.


 
Military Cyclist

Location: Frome (Somerset) - Road outside the Morton Guest House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 22 July 1990
Further Comments: A photograph taken here could show either a phantom motorcyclist or a double exposure of the photographer himself. Even though the latter is much more likely, the site was the location of a fatal motorbike accident in 1940.


 
Murdered Servant

Location: Galgate (Lancashire) - Green Lane, near the war memorial
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Once a year (exact date unknown)
Further Comments: A maid was once found murdered along the road, the body partially covered by a layer of snow. Once a year the spot is snow covered, even if the rest of the area is baron.


 
Skeletal Woman

Location: Garstang (Lancashire) - Bridge and lanes around the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered on the bridge, this ghoul now extracts revenge by standing by the roadside with a hood covering her face - when approached, she reveals the white skull that is now her face. She was said to have chased a postman, only ceasing the pursuit when he ran past a churchyard and she disappear within.


 
Jim Barrow

Location: Gatley (Cheshire) - Carr Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Jim was disliked while living, local emotion soon turning to hate once the man returned to the area after he died. The noisy spirit was finally exorcised by a team of preachers.


 
Phantom Coach

Location: Geldeston (Norfolk) - Road to Bungay from Geldeston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A coach drawn by four horses and driven by a headless coachman is supposed to travel from Bungay to Geldeston before returning to its departure point.


 
Armed Rider

Location: Gerrards Cross (Buckinghamshire) - Area around the Bull Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 10 February 1984
Further Comments: While walking home from the Bull Hotel, Dave Robson heard the thumping of hooves approach him. Within moments, a dark cloaked figure wearing a big hat and holding a gun dashed by on horseback before vanishing near a group of trees.


 
Coffin

Location: Gillingham (Dorset) - Unknown road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A motorist is said to have encountered a ghostly coffin as it lay in the road. A local story says that the funerary box accidently fell from a horse drawn cart, and occasionally reappears.


 
Jangling Highwayman

Location: Gillingham (Norfolk) - Road past the War Memorial
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of chains that can be heard crossing the road as the church bells ring are attributed to a phantom highwayman. He prowled on people using the road between Beccles and Great Yarmouth, and when caught the man was chained and hanged.


 
Falling Man

Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - Edinburgh Road, Cranhill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2016
Further Comments: While walking towards a shop, one witness watched a man stumble across the road holding his throat before falling against a fence. As the witness approached, the figure vanished.


 
Thin Woman

Location: Glossop (Cheshire) - A57 Hurst Reservoir area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2017, 23:00h
Further Comments: Returning over the hills from a friend's house, a driver spotted a woman on the side of the road. She was thin, tall and eerie. The driver was scared and drove on, only to see the same woman two hundred yards (180 metres) further down the road, The driver did not use the road again.


 
Woman in White

Location: Godley Green (Buckinghamshire) - Road from Gee Cross
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1906
Further Comments: Not a 'normal' post-mortem apparition; a woman returning to see her ill brother watched as a ghostly white woman left the building in which her brother lay. She soon discovered her brother had passed away seconds before her arrival.


 
Bull

Location: Godolphin Cross (Cornwall) - Jew's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lane is said to be haunted by a bull, containing the soul of the Jew who hanged himself on a tree along the road.


 
Moustached Man

Location: Godstone (Surrey) - A22 heading northbound
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 December 1967, approx 00:30h
Further Comments: Travelling along the road one witness had to brake hard as a man ran out in front of his vehicle. The man was described was around six foot tall, thin faced with a moustache, and wearing a light coloured trench coat. The driver thought he would hit the figure, but when the vehicle stopped, the figure was nowhere to be seen.


 
Hooded Woman

Location: Goosnargh (Lancashire) - Horns Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 November 2007
Further Comments: Several people have reported seeing a phantom woman wearing a long black cloak standing in the middle of the road. Cars have skidded to a halt, only to find the figure has vanished.


 
Pony and Trap

Location: Gorleston (Norfolk) - A143 - Gorleston / Beccles road; the Lily Pit - once a deep pond, now filled over and a school stands there
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though there does not appear to have been any reports of this pony since the pond was filled, it was reported that this creature would travel at breakneck speed before vanishing into the water.


 
Dog with Long Legs

Location: Gorleston (Norfolk) - Suffield Road and High Street
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: A woman reported seeing a strange dog-like creature with long legs on two different occasions around Gorleston. When she spotted the creature the second time running down the High Street, it vanished without trace.


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