Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

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 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 on impact.


Mother and Child

Location: East Lulworth (Dorset) - Unnamed road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: A driver passed a mother and child both dressed in clothing from the 1860s; the child was crying, and the mother looked angry. When the driver turned for another look, the figures had vanished. The driver spotted the couple several times in the same area during 1982, but never again after the year ended.


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.


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 few accidents along this part of the A7. Other sources state phantom cars have also been encountered, including an orange Austin 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.


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