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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.


Location: Detling (Kent) - Site of former RAF Detling
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2004
Further Comments: A cyclist dressed in a Second World War RAF uniform passed by a witness and then disappeared. When the witness mentioned the encounter the following day, they were told horses would refuse to cross the grassy area where the sighting had occurred.

Gatley Shouter

Location: Didsbury (Lancashire) - Road to Gatley (was Carr Lane, since renamed?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This phantom, nicknamed the Gatley Shouter but said to be a Jim Barrow in life, was said to emerge from the northern churchyard and head off towards Gatley, gibbering and singing 'Milk and water should I ever, weight or measure gave I never'. The Gatley Shouter was banished by a parson, cast under a large stone by the parson's gate.


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.


Location: Disley (Cheshire) - Road running by railway line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 December 2011
Further Comments: A couple out walking on Christmas Day encountered an overwhelming scent of old fashioned perfume which they could taste at the back of the throat. No other person had been seen for hours

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.

Faceless Man

Location: Ditchling (Sussex) - Ditchling Bostall road, near Ditchling Beacon
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2004, around 23:00h
Further Comments: A driver slowed down as they passed a man in a wide-brimmed hat and scarf walking along this road. Deciding to stop and see if the man required a lift, the driver watched the figure approach in the wing mirror. As the man draw close to the car, the driver realised that the figure had no face, and quickly left the scene.

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'.


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.

Tall Figure in Habit

Location: Drayton Parslow (Buckinghamshire) - Road running by church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 26 September 2019, around 23.15h
Further Comments: As a driver came around the bend into the village, they spotted a person, around six foot tall and dressed in a full habit with a cowl covering the head. The habit was a sandy brown colour. The driver was moving quite slowly, and as they watched the figure walked away from their car on the path outside of the church, it literally disappeared. Up until that point, the figure had appeared quite solid and was walking with intention.

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.


Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Kimmage Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: The area where an old woman was murdered by a tramp was haunted by a strange jangling sound. Two sisters who heard the jangling were hit by a blast of air as it passed them.

Buck Jones

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Jones's Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Riding headless on the back of a white horse, this phantom is named as Buck Jones, former City Sheriff (though the man died in a debtor's prison).

Headless Dorothy

Location: Duddon (Cheshire) - Roads around village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A story says 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. The local pub is named after her sad tale.


Location: Dudley (West Midlands) - Road alongside Woodside Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: A woman and her son walking along this road could hear shuffling footsteps behind them, although when they turned around, nothing could be seen. The sounds, and the feeling of being followed, lasted until the pair turned off the road.

Old Murphy

Location: Dundalk (County Louth) - Castletown Road leading to bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murphy originally hailed from the area and took to haunting this stretch of road. The sounds of ghostly rattling chains and clattering feet would be heard moving along the road, only ceasing when they reached the Castletown bridge.

Hairy Man

Location: Dundee (Angus) - A92, approaching Tay Road Bridge
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: A driver reported in the local press that he had encountered a tall (around 2.7 metres) dark figure in woodland as he drove past.

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